Since 2016, 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 111 – I am grateful for a family day out visiting the ghost village of Imber – such an interesting place.
Day 112 – I am grateful that Sophie enjoyed taking part in the Easter egg hunt at GreenAcres this morning when we went to visit Jessica’s forever bed.
Day 113 – I am grateful for a lovely day out at Chessington to finish off the Easter holidays. Love how Thomas was able to sit next to Sophie on the Sea Dragons ride for the first time.
Day 114 – I am grateful that Sophie enjoyed her first day back at school after the Easter holidays and had a lovely surprise with Nanny being there at pick-up time.
Day 115 – I am grateful for indoor egg and spoon races with Nanny.
Day 116 – I am grateful for being back to our usual hectic but fun Fridays. Sophie loved being back at ballet and Girls’ Brigade and getting to meet beautiful Boba after GB this evening.
Day 117 – I am grateful for pretty party dresses and watching Sophie having fun with her friends.