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 202 – I am grateful for a lovely spa day with my hubby while the children enjoyed a day with Nanny.
Day 203 – I am grateful for an afternoon doing some baking with Sophie.
Day 204 – I am grateful for a lovely evening seeing Matilda in the West End with a friend. My third opportunity for some child-free time in the space of a week and my first London theatre trip since having children – the last time was about a week before Jessica was born!
Day 205 – I am grateful for the fabulous teachers that Sophie has had this year; that she has enjoyed her year in Reception and for the start of the school holidays. Here’s my baby girl on the first and last day of Reception.
Day 206 – I am grateful for a picnic in the shade.
Day 207 – I am grateful for a year of having this gorgeous boy in our lives. He’s had a fun day opening his cards and presents (with help from Sophie), playing with his new toys and eating birthday cake. Happy 1st birthday little Thomas!
Day 208 – I am grateful that Thomas had a lovely first birthday party. Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us. I think the birthday boy had a lovely time and it was so lovely to watch all the children having fun together.