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 195 – I am grateful for pretty dresses, fairy wings and a lovely afternoon seeing friends at a birthday party (for Sophie and myself!) I’m also grateful that England won the cricket World Cup. I don’t watch cricket usually and found the end of the final a bit too tense so had to leave hubby watching and take myself off to the garden to do the weeding instead!
Day 196 – I am grateful for an animal safari hunt in the garden. Such a simple activity but Sophie loved it.
Day 197 – I am grateful that all went well with this little man’s twelve month check today – although how on earth he is nearly one already is beyond me!
Day 198 – I am grateful that Sophie is enjoying rehearsals for The Sound of Music so much.
Day 199 – I am grateful for a rare child-free evening out catching up with some uni friends that I haven’t seen in quite some time!
Day 200 – I am grateful to finally get some dinner after tonight’s somewhat epic ballet show rehearsal.
Day 201 – I am grateful that Sophie enjoyed taking part in her ballet show and was awarded a cup that was given in memory of her big sister for someone with a love for ballet as Jessica loved it. So proud of my baby girl for doing so well in her performance. As you can imagine it was a very emotional evening.