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 279 – I am grateful that a love of singing and performing is something I can share with Sophie. We had fun today singing songs from The Sound of Music with other cast members at the Duck Pond market to help promote the show. Can’t believe that there are only two weeks left before we get in to the theatre!
Day 280 – I am grateful that Thomas is feeling better today having been unwell over the weekend. He’s been a little subdued today and we’ve had lots of cuddles but he’s definitely perked up again.
Day 281 – I am grateful for my children.
Day 282 – I am grateful that Thomas can now start to enjoy some of the garden toys.
Day 283 – I am grateful for time watching Sophie drawing pictures. I love the little details she adds, listening to her tell me all about who and what she is drawing and how much it reminds me of Jessica and her love of drawing.
Day 284 – I am grateful for a warm freshly baked cheese scone to go with my cup of coffee. Most of these are for tomorrow’s Girls’ Brigade coffee morning but I’ve baked a few extra for us to have at home too!
Day 285 – I am grateful for my sewing kit and time to take up my nun’s costume – just over a week to go until we’re in the theatre – eeek!!