For three years, I have taken part in a daily gratitude challenge, sharing a photo of one thing I am thankful for each day on Instagram. There have been days when finding little things to be grateful for has been very easy to do and others when it has been incredibly hard. Life as a bereaved parent is quite a rollercoaster at times. There have been many moments when I don’t feel grateful for anything at all – just broken and bruised. However, looking for those little moments has helped me even on the darkest of days. Hard though it may be at times, I have always managed to find something to be thankful for.
My eldest daughter Jessica was an inspiration to me throughout her short life. She had so much strength and such a wonderful zest for life. Her godmother described her once as a “joy carrier” and it was the perfect description for her. She was a little ray of sunshine, full of smiles and gave joy to all who knew her. I am, and will always be, grateful to be her mummy. She taught me to enjoy the little moments and to make the most of everyday because tomorrow is never promised. I continue with this challenge in honour of my beautiful brave girl.
If you would like to join me in a daily gratitude challenge for 2019, do feel free to use the hashtag #LHBL365daysofgratitude2019 on Instagram so I can find your posts there.
Day 1 – I am grateful for a positive and pleasant start to the new year. Sophie and I loved relaxing in the hot tub at our friends’ house this morning.
Day 2 – I am grateful for finishing off the school holidays with some family time together going to see the new Mary Poppins film followed by lunch at Pizza Express.
Day 3 – I am grateful for the Bumbo that has been passed down from my nieces through all three of my children. Thomas quite likes sitting in it for short periods with his toys on the tray.
Day 4 – I am grateful for hubby’s efforts at clearing the mountain of paperwork off the dining room table so Sophie has space to play with her toys (and we have space to eat at the table again!)
Day 5 – I am grateful that Sophie had so much fun at her friends’ birthday party this morning.