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 173 – I am grateful for dads. Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads in my life – my amazing hubby, my wonderful and much-missed dad, and my lovely father-in-law.
Day 174 – I am grateful for plasters and magical Mummy kisses.
Day 175 – I am grateful for a little surprise present on the doorstep after Thomas’s lovely godmother responded to my tongue-in-cheek plea to #sendgin after a day of toddler tantrums yesterday. I’m enjoying a little glass mixed with some pink lemonade in the sunshine. And today has been better so far so on the toddler tantrums too.
Day 176 – I am grateful for ice cream.
Day 177 – I am grateful for Piriton and telephone consultations with the GP surgery.
Day 178 – I am grateful that Sophie’s face is much less red and puffy today.
Day 179 – I am grateful for a fun afternoon joining in with the Little Hearts Matter virtual children’s party. Thank you so much LHM, Sophie and Thomas had a wonderful time.