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 6 – I am grateful for a couple of little milestone moments. Thomas rolled from his front on to his back for the first time today and also sat in a highchair for the first time when out for dinner.
Day 7 – I am grateful for gorgeous gummy smiles.
Day 8 – I am grateful that Sophie is able to keep Thomas amused so I can make dinner.
Day 9 – I am grateful for being able to put Thomas down in the bassinet and that he stayed asleep long enough to get the Christmas decorations up in the loft.
Day 10 – I am grateful for rainbow blankets and adorable warm winter hats.
Day 11 – I am grateful for a moment of calm in the craziness of our Friday evening going from school to ballet to Girls’ Brigade.
Day 12 – I am grateful that my mum has come to stay.