#365daysofgratitude – Week 23

For the last two years, I have taken part in a daily gratitude challenge – sharing one photo a day on Instagram of something I am grateful for. It’s taught me to look for the little things and has made me a more positive person. It has not always been easy to find something to be grateful for each day though, especially since losing my beautiful daughter Jessica in April.


One of Jessica’s godmothers once described her as a “joy carrier”. It was, and still is, such a wonderful description. She might have only had half a heart, but it overflowed with love and she brought sunshine to all who knew her. She taught me how to be strong, how to live each day to the full and how to find joy in the challenging moments. I continue with this challenge each day in honour of her.


Day 154 – I am grateful that Sophie had so much fun playing in the paddling pool with friends today.

Day 155 – I am grateful that the Pretty Jessica roses are now starting to bloom in the garden.

Day 156 – I am grateful for getting to catch up with my lovely independent midwife friend Carole today and having my booking appointment with her.

Day 157 – I am grateful for time to sit by Jessica’s forever bed while Sophie was at preschool this morning. We brought her some of the roses from the garden that she loved and read her a Charlie and Lola story.


Sophie playing with friends in the paddling pool; the Pretty Jessica rose in the garden; me at 30 weeks' pregnant; a wooden vase of roses at Jessica's forever bed; Sophie holding a bowl of raspberries and strawberries; Sophie in a new top and skirt; summer dresses in the girls' wardrobe - "#365daysofgratitude - Week 23"


Day 158 – I am grateful for being able to pick ripe raspberries and wild strawberries from the garden. Not that I get to eat many as Sophie loves them so much!

Day 159 – I am grateful for pretty outfits for Sophie.

Day 160 – I am grateful for an empty ironing basket. Most of it was last year’s summer dresses and Jessica’s school uniform (just goes to show how long a lot of it has been there!) I did have a little cry when putting away the dresses that Sophie has outgrown and hanging Jessica’s ones from last year in their place especially when they were matching ones. Always loved seeing the girls in matching summer dresses.

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