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 180 – I am grateful for dinners that end with clean plates (although not with clean hands or faces!)
Day 181 – I am grateful that this week’s home learning theme (the seaside) has given us lots of ideas for craft activities.
Day 182 – I am grateful for dolly pegs and petits-fours cases.
Day 183 – I am grateful for a busy but productive day, managing to juggle most of the things I needed to do and have fun joining in with Sophie’s online dance and drama class too!
Day 184 – I am grateful for Calpol. We’ve got a poorly little boy today who has a high temperature and is generally very miserable apart from those short periods when the Calpol has kicked in. Hopefully not Covid but he’s been tested just in case and we’re all self-isolating in the meantime. Hope he feels better soon. Lots of snuggles and mummy milk needed today. [The test results came back later that evening as negative]
Day 185 – I am grateful that Thomas has perked up today and enjoyed having some scones and cake in the garden this afternoon.
Day 186 – I am grateful for quiet woodland walks.