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 209 – I am grateful for an afternoon at the funfair.
Day 210 – I am grateful for sunny afternoons and sleepy snuggles.
Day 211 – I am grateful for a lovely day at the zoo.
Day 212 – I am grateful for a lovely afternoon watching Wind in the Willows at Cliveden while enjoying a picnic.
Day 213 – I am grateful that we have now worked out our route and booked all the train tickets ready to travel from John O’Groats to Land’s End and “JoGLE for Jessica” later this month. We are fundraising for Little Hearts Matter as we travel across the length of the country. If you would like to support this fabulous charity, we have a JustGiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/JOGLEforJessica2019
Day 214 – I am grateful for a lovely evening catching up with a friend over Chinese. Thomas found the chopsticks and warm towel very entertaining!
Day 215 – I am grateful for an evening out celebrating 30 years of Tap for Fun. Lovely to catch up with some of my old friends from my tap dancing days.