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 251 – I am grateful for an enjoyable afternoon spent rehearsing Act 1.
Day 252 – I am grateful that Sophie and Thomas’s bedroom is finally ready for them both!
Day 253 – I am grateful for having a clear space between the bed and the wardrobe for the first time since Thomas was born!
Day 254 – I am grateful for being able to share Jessica’s story and meet other Action Medical Research families, Paddington Bear and lots of other lovely people including Davina McCall at the GFI Charity Day. Thank you Action for inviting me along and for all you do to fund medical research to help so many children.
Day 255 – I am grateful for a lovely day out visiting Buckingham Palace.
Day 256 – I am grateful for being able to get on with jobs around the house while Thomas naps in the baby carrier.
Day 257 – I am grateful for a fun afternoon at Pinner Village Show. Sophie enjoyed handing out flyers to help promote The Sound of Music too.