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 272 – I am grateful that Sophie won the family photo competition at church. We had a series of photo prompts to follow over the summer and had fun trying to capture a photo of Sophie which fit each of the prompts. These are the ten photos that we submitted for the competition.
Day 273 – I am grateful for hubby’s waterproofs. Perfect for babywearing.
Day 274 – I am grateful that Thomas enjoyed getting to walk outside for the first time, taking a few steps around the park with the help of a very proud big sister.
Day 275 – I am grateful that Thomas enjoyed watching the ducks at the park.
Day 276 – I am grateful for a lovely surprise in the post for Sophie from the tooth fairy. Thank you, tooth fairy, you made her day.
Day 277 – I am grateful for colourful new cardigans for Sophie and Thomas.
Day 278 – I am grateful for family time and getting out doing a treasure trail together.