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. Jessica’s zest for life, her strength and the joy that she gave to all who knew her have always inspired me. I continue with this challenge every day in honour of her.
Day 287 – I am grateful that Sophie has such a lovely little “partner-in-crime” at Girls’ Brigade. I am sure that this beautiful friendship must help make Jessica’s absence at GB a little easier for Sophie and it is wonderful to see how these two little girls adore each other.
Day 288 – I am grateful that Sophie and Jessica’s friends have been involved in making some beautiful butterflies which will be part of her memorial at school.
Day 289 – I am grateful for a beautiful autumn afternoon and a ramble through the woods with Thomas.
Day 290 – I am grateful that Grandma was able to help look after Thomas while I was at the dentist.
Day 291 – I am grateful for a lovely evening celebrating with friends at their wedding reception. Congratulations Gemma and Steve!
Day 292 – I am grateful for grandads. Today would have been my wonderful dad’s 85th birthday. I like to think that he’s up there looking after Jessica for me. It’s also my father-in-law’s birthday and Thomas has been treating him to some big smiles today.
Day 293 – I am grateful to Jessica’s opticians for making Sophie’s day with these lovely sunglasses. She used to love coming in with Jessica and helping her sister choose glasses but was always disappointed not to have a pair herself. Now she has her own pair!