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 110 – I am grateful for time to sit in the sunshine with a cup of tea and a giant biscuit.
Day 111 – I am grateful that the love between Sophie and Jessica is still there and that bond can never be broken. It is lovely that Jessica is still in Sophie’s thoughts although it makes me sad too that she misses her sister so much. I’m glad that she is able to express these thoughts more now through writing and drawing though.
Day 112 – I am grateful that the roses are starting to bloom.
Day 113 – I am grateful for home-made IKEA-style meatballs – yummy!
Day 114 – I am grateful for being able to have an outdoor classroom.
Day 115 – I am grateful that hubby has put the ‘party tent’ (as Sophie calls it) up in the garden.
Day 116 – I am grateful for being able to enjoy dining alfresco.