#365daysofgratitude 2018 – Week 2

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. Even on the difficult days, I have managed to find something that I can be thankful for. It’s now become such a positive part of my life that I’ve decided to keep going for a third year. To find something in every day that I am thankful for, no matter how small. These weekly summaries have become a lovely way of looking back across the week, and a reminder that I have so much to be thankful for. These are the things that I have been thankful this week:


Day 7 – I am grateful for FaceTime. We’re all missing Sophie at the moment but it is lovely to be able to see her and talk to her even if it’s only via video call.

Day 8 – I am grateful for happy mail. Jessica was so chuffed to receive two parcels in the post today – one with some lovely activity books, cards and sweets and another full of hand-made cards from all her friends at Girls’ Brigade. Thank you all so much – you made her day.

Day 9 – I am grateful that Jessica was able to take her first post-surgery walk all the way down to the playroom. I thought she’d be a bit wobbly on her feet but she was speedy! I almost had to run to keep up with her. Such a proud mummy moment.


Jessica talking to Sophie via FaceTime; Jessica looking at her cards from her friends in Girls' Brigade; Jessica up and about going for a walk for the first time since her op; Jessica giving a thumbs up in bed; me, hubby, Jessica and Sophie sitting on Jessica's hospital bed; Jessica with Grandma and Grandad; Sophie in the playroom at the Ronald McDonald house - "#365daysofgratitude - Week 2"


Day 10 – I am grateful for big steps forward on the recovery front. We are now out of high care and Jessica is off oxygen and had her remaining chest drain taken out today.

Day 11 – I am grateful to have my little family back together again. So lovely to be able to have cuddles with Sophie again after more than two weeks apart.

Day 12 – I am grateful for a lovely visit from Grandma and Grandad.

Day 13 – I am grateful for the Ronald McDonald House (or the M house as Sophie calls it). Having somewhere we can stay as a family so close to the ward has been brilliant, especially when hubby and I were taking it in turns to do the night shift with Jessica. The only difficulty is trying to persuade Sophie to leave the playroom to come see us on the ward!

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