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 145 – I am grateful for the first barbecue of the year.
Day 146 – I am grateful that Sophie and Thomas both had fun experimenting to find out what things float and what things sink (and then had lots of fun splashing in the tuff tray afterwards!)
Day 147 – I am grateful for being able to work from the garden.
Day 148 – I am grateful that Sophie and Thomas can enjoy small world play together.
Day 149 – I am grateful that Sophie and Thomas enjoy sitting and playing the piano together even if it isn’t always very tuneful!
Day 150 – I am grateful that my children are happy and have been coping well on the whole with life in our lockdown bubble.
Day 151 – I am grateful for being able to stay connected to my church family. Was lovely to be able to chat this morning at our virtual coffee morning.