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 258 – I am grateful for a lovely afternoon finishing off our hunt for the Lions of Windsor – we’ve now found them all!
Day 259 – I am grateful that Thomas is able to enjoy the park more and more now.
Day 260 – I am grateful for freshly picked fruit.
Day 261 – I am grateful for a lovely unexpected opportunity to catch up with one of my midwifery friends from my Birth Centre days and to watch our baby boys playing together.
Day 262 – I am grateful for Thomas’s delight at being able to take a few steps across the room now. He’s still a bit wobbly but is gradually getting more confident with walking.
Day 263 – I am grateful for friends that you can meet up with after not seeing each other for a while and pick up as if you only saw each other yesterday.
Day 264 – I am grateful for a lovely day celebrating our friends’ wedding.