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 96 – I am grateful that Thomas seems to be absolutely fine today after falling over and bashing his forehead on the corner of the stairs last night.
Day 97 – I am grateful that my husband managed to fix the oven so that we could bake our salt dough creations.
Day 98 – I am grateful for bamboo sticks and old sheets.
Day 99 – I am grateful for a lovely surprise Easter box that was delivered to Sophie and Thomas today. Sophie was thrilled and wanted to share some of the contents with her friends so we had the pleasure of dropping off packages and her being able to wave and say hello from a distance at her friends too.
Day 100 – I am grateful that I was organised this year with Easter crafts and bought all the bits for Easter bonnet making several weeks ago. Sophie had fun making her Easter bonnet and created this beauty all by herself.
Day 101 – I am grateful for Sophie’s help in blasting the aphids off the rose bushes. She’s also actively looking for ladybirds to put on the roses and help keep those pesky green bugs at bay.
Day 102 – I am grateful for the latest additions to my garden from friends and family to let us know that they are thinking of us and remembering Jessica with love.