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 315 – I am grateful for those who gave their lives so we could enjoy freedom. Sophie made me proud at her first Remembrance Sunday parade today.
Day 316 – I am grateful that there are still lots of raspberries to pick on our raspberry bush. Perfect for an after-school snack!
Day 317 – I am grateful for these pretty flowers I was given today. Will be sharing them with Jessica when I next visit her forever bed.
Day 318 – I am grateful for the big smiles Thomas gives Sophie when she chats to him.
Day 319 – I am grateful for another little reminder that Jessica is loved and remembered by others. Today when I went to visit her forever bed, there were already some fresh flowers in her vase. It is nice to know that she has had other visitors. As I was leaving, I happened to notice one of the nearby trees was a snowdrop tree – one reserved for babies and children. I took a closer look at the memorials. The first one I saw was that of another heart angel – a little girl whose story I followed a few years ago. What a strange coincidence that she and Jessica now sleep so very close to each other.
Day 320 – I am grateful for the excitement of getting to go to school in pyjamas.
Day 321 – I am grateful for Halo and all they do to help support bereaved children. Sophie loved being able to ride a pony for the first time at today’s family meet-up.