For three years, 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 48 – I am grateful that Sophie has had such a fun day – holding lots of different animals at her friend’s birthday party; catching up with her cousins who are over from Luxembourg; and then having Auntie Fizz, Ebony and Erin come to stay.
Day 49 – I am grateful for extra pairs of hands with my sister and nieces staying.
Day 50 – I am grateful that Sophie and Thomas have enjoyed spending time with cousins over the last few days.
Day 51 – I am grateful for reusable pouches for putting homemade purées in.
Day 52 – I am grateful that Sophie enjoyed doing some river dipping this morning.
Day 53 – I am grateful that Sophie had such a fun day with her friend at Cliveden.
Day 54 – I am grateful to have found the seat for the baby swing so Thomas can use it. Wasn’t too impressed by his first go though!