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 160 – I am grateful that hubby took over with doing bath and bedtime this evening. He’s rarely home during the week for bedtime so just to have the extra pair of hands at that time of day is always good; to leave it all to him and have a bit of time out was even better!
Day 161 – I am grateful for some calm after the storm. Yesterday was such a tough day with grief hitting me hard. Today has been a little kinder.
Day 162 – I am grateful for boxes.
Day 163 – I am grateful for an evening of dipping my toes back in the waters of am-dram. I forgot how much fun it was. Can you guess the show?
Day 164 – I am grateful for raincoats and rain covers.
Day 165 – I am grateful for the LOL dolls that one of Sophie’s friends gave her as she had duplicates. Sophie has wanted LOL dolls for ages and was so happy to finally have some of her own to play with. Also grateful to have been reunited with Sophie’s badge bag which she left in Starbucks last week after parade and for my friends at Girls Brigade for helping once again make a tough day much easier. Good friends are truly worth their weight in gold.
Day 166 – I am grateful for some much-needed family time.