At the start of 2016, inspired by a friend, I started a daily gratitude challenge – posting one thing that I was thankful for each day on Instagram. I enjoyed it so much that when I reached the end of that year, I carried on and have kept going ever since. Finding one little thing to be thankful for each day has now become part of my daily routine and I’ve loved seeing friends joining in along the way too.
Finding little things to be grateful for isn’t always easy, especially when living through scary and uncertain times. I have found though that trying to find something, however small and trivial, to be grateful for has helped me through some of the hardest days of my life.
My eldest daughter Jessica, who died in April 2018, was an inspiration to me throughout her short life. She had so much strength and such a wonderful zest for life. Her godmother described her once as a “joy carrier” and it was the perfect description for her. She was a little ray of sunshine, full of smiles and gave joy to all who knew her. I am, and will always be, grateful to be her mummy. She taught me to enjoy the little moments and to make the most of everyday because tomorrow is never promised. And even though having to live life without Jessica is by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do, I will continue to look for those little things to be thankful for, and keep going with this challenge in honour of my beautiful brave girl.
Here are my grateful moments from the past week:
Day 82 – I am grateful for my lovely Mother’s Day cards and flowers.
Day 83 – I am grateful for the beautiful sound of birdsong in the garden.
Day 84 – I am grateful that Sophie (and Daddy!) had so much fun playing with oobleck for our science session.
Day 85 – I am grateful for sticks. Sophie had fun using them to make a den for her toys.
Day 86 – I am grateful that we can still join in with some of the children’s groups and classes via video link. Sophie loved joining in with Thomas for this morning’s Tiny Talk class.
Day 87 – I am grateful for a little small world play to help bring some of our home learning to life. Sophie and I have had fun making a little explorer ship and sailing it in the tuff tray to recreate Christopher Columbus sailing to the Americas.
Day 88 – I am grateful we were able to see my in-laws on their golden wedding anniversary while maintaining social distancing with the children being able to enjoy running around in Grandma and Grandad’s garden.