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 89 – I am grateful for slices of freshly baked chocolate cake, still warm from the oven.
Day 90 – I am grateful for time to put together these pretty flower lights with Sophie to go in the den under her bed.
Day 91 – I am grateful for a little outdoor art session in the garden.
Day 92 – I am grateful for the tuff tray – it’s getting plenty of use at the moment for various home learning activities. Today we recreated the first moon landing. It started off fairly conventionally but after the astronauts left, a giant came along and stomped all over the moon before reshaping it into a moon sand castle. I do love Sophie’s imagination!
Day 93 – I am grateful for some lovely surprise treats in the post.
Day 94 – I am grateful for the way this little boy comes up to me, hugs my legs and says “awww I love you, Mummy.” Makes my heart melt every time.
Day 95 – I am grateful that Sophie is able to continue with her ballet class at home.