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 194 – I am grateful for our first family day out in five months!
Day 195 – I am grateful for sleepy snuggles while sitting outside in the garden.
Day 196 – I am grateful for free flowers thanks to a friend passing on a promo code.
Day 197 – I am grateful that Sophie and Thomas were so tolerant of a busy day for me with trying to juggle Zoom meetings and childcare with hubby being out for most of the day. Admittedly they had more screen time than I would normally be happy with but we’ve had some fun outside too; they’ve been happy and I’ve managed to do what I needed to do too.
Day 198 – I am grateful that the children are able to enjoy the playground again.
Day 199 – I am grateful that (home)-school’s out for the summer and that this little lady has coped so well with a term and a bit of home school.
Day 200 – I am grateful for sand.