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 208 – I am grateful that Thomas had a lovely birthday and absolutely loved his presents and cakes.
Day 209 – I am grateful for some fun Mummy-Sophie time building a den together in the woods.
Day 210 – I am grateful for some new additions to our fairy garden.
Day 211 – I am grateful to find our den still standing on our walk today and that Sophie was able to show it to Thomas.
Day 212 – I am grateful for getting to watch caterpillars transform into butterflies. One of the butterflies (which Sophie named Bella) settled on both me and Sophie after being released and spent ages sitting quite happily on us before flying away which was amazing.
Day 213 – I am grateful for a fabulous virtual Girls’ Brigade/Boys’ Brigade get-together – so lovely to see everyone’s videos showcasing their talents and the Explorers/Anchor Boys rendition of ‘Our God is a Great Big God’ was a highlight. Grateful too for my husband’s video editing skills and technological wizardry helping make these kind of events happen.
Day 214 – I am grateful that the children had fun in their miniature brick pit.