#365daysofgratitude 2019 – Week 48

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.


Sophie and Thomas at the park on their bikes; Sophie and Thomas playing on the floor with Playmobil 123 farm animals; hubby sitting on the sofa holding Thomas next to Sophie who is reading a book; hubby and Sophie sitting on the sofa next to the photo cushion of Jessica looking through photos and memories of Jessica; Thomas in his new orange stroller; a hamper containing 24 books wrapped in brown paper; me and hubby out on a date night - "#365daysofgratitude 2019 - Week 48"


Day 328 – I am grateful that Sophie and Thomas had fun taking their bikes to the park this afternoon.

Day 329 – I am grateful for toys that Sophie and Thomas can sit and play with together.

Day 330 – I am grateful to have hubby home again.

Day 331 – I am grateful for the opportunity to talk about Jessica with Action Medical Research and to share our memories and our story to help raise awareness of some of the amazing research they help to fund. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster of a day but having space to talk about Jessica and remember the wonderful little girl she was is always a precious gift and hopefully sharing our story will help other families too.

Day 332 – I am grateful that we now have a replacement buggy after our old one broke after eight years of use. It made sense to go for a stroller – the only downside is that I will miss having Thomas facing me but he seems quite happy being able to see where he is going.

Day 333 – I am grateful that Thomas had a nice long nap this afternoon which gave me time to wrap all our Christmas books for our book advent calendar before Sophie came home from school.

Day 334 – I am grateful for a lovely and much-needed date night with my hubby.

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