#365daysofgratitude 2018 – Week 19

For the last two years, I have taken part in a daily gratitude challenge – sharing one photo a day on Instagram of something I am grateful for. It’s taught me to look for the little things and has made me a more positive person. It has not always been easy to find something to be grateful for each day though, especially since losing my beautiful daughter Jessica in April.


One of Jessica’s godmothers once described her as a “joy carrier”. It was, and still is, such a wonderful description. She might have only had half a heart, but it overflowed with love and she brought sunshine to all who knew her. She taught me how to be strong, how to live each day to the full and how to find joy in the challenging moments. I continue with this challenge each day in honour of her.



Day 126 – I am grateful for slides and paddling pools.

Day 127 – I am grateful that my twinny took some photos of the last time our girls did crafts together and sent them to me today. I didn’t take any photos of them crafting at the time, just the flower fairies they made and it’s so lovely to have the photos of them crafting together.

Day 128 – I am grateful for ice lollies on a warm afternoon.


Sophie in a paddling pool; Jessica crafting with her cousins; Sophie eating an ice lolly; my birthday bear "Heartsie"; Sophie opening a hamper of gifts; Jessica dressed as Little Red Riding Hood in the woods; Sophie with some red pompoms - "#365daysofgratitude - Week 19"


Day 129 – I am grateful for “Heartsie” my birthday bear that my girls made me last year. When I squeeze her foot, I hear both my girls singing me Happy Birthday. I wish so much I could have been woken by them both singing it to me in person. Today has been so very hard. I cannot pretend it has been a happy birthday but there have been a few moments that have made me smile. Thank you all for the birthday wishes.

Day 130 – I am grateful for the lovely hamper that Sophie received in the post today.

Day 131 – I am grateful for so many happy memories. I’ve spent a lot of time this week editing photos ready to put together in a slideshow. Looking back over all those happy moments may have made my heart ache but it made me smile too.

Day 132 – I am grateful for a lovely afternoon catching up with friends and celebrating a big birthday.

One thought on “#365daysofgratitude 2018 – Week 19

  1. I know this week is going to be so hard for you saying goodbye to Jessica and putting her into her forever bed. I’m not religious and I’ve never met you but that doesn’t stop me from sending you all the love and strength in the world to get through it. I know little Sophie will do her big sister proud and keep sending you little smiles from Jessica even in the darkest times.

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