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 343 – I am grateful for a thoughtful little gift remembering Jessica this festive season. Knowing that others are thinking of us and remembering our beautiful girl means so very much.
Day 344 – I am grateful for Christmas cards which include Jessica’s name and two more lovely decorations for my tree which remember our beautiful girl.
Day 345 – I am grateful for being able to go to Sophie’s Christmas craft session at school this morning.
Day 346 – I am grateful for the annual Rotary Club visit from Father Christmas.
Day 347 – I am grateful that Thomas enjoyed the Christmassy songs at BilinguaSing this morning.
Day 348 – I am grateful for photo editing software allowing me to produce a Christmas photo where my three children are all together. We are only sending a handful of physical cards this year but this is our virtual one to wish everyone a merry Christmas.
Day 349 – I am grateful for all the beautiful Christmas tree decorations we have been given in memory of Jessica. I dreamed of her the other night. She came to give me cuddles and said “Mummy, you need to put the Christmas tree up.” It has gone up today. We shed lots of tears putting it up, especially when we came across decorations that Jessica made and the little wooden tree that was her first Christmas tree in PICU. It feels like my dream was her giving us her blessing to try and enjoy Christmas. We will do our best, beautiful girl xxx