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 168 – I am grateful for this wonderful husband of mine who is the best daddy ever for our two beautiful girls and baby Peanut. He has been an amazing source of strength and support to us all throughout the journey that we have been on since becoming parents and especially so in the last couple of months. His love for his family shines through in everything he does and I couldn’t have asked for a better daddy for our children. Today will be a hard day as his first Father’s Day as a bereaved father but we will see it through with a mixture of tears and smiles and with lots of love and happy memories to strengthen us. Thinking of all those daddies out there today whose arms are emptier than they should be.
Day 169 – I am grateful for scooter rides and afternoon trips to the park.
Day 170 – I am grateful that Sophie had such a fun day out at Legoland with her preschool friends and am also grateful to be home again with my feet up after all that walking!
Day 171 – I am grateful for cheeky grins from this little monkey of mine.
Day 172 – I am grateful for a lovely play date this afternoon.
Day 173 – I am grateful for a morning watching Sophie having fun at soft play and the adventure playground while catching up with a friend and one last opportunity for Sophie to ride in Jessica’s buggy before it went to another heart warrior who needs it.
Day 174 – I am grateful that Sophie had fun in the garden at a local group which helps support bereaved children.