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 215 – I am grateful that the children had fun picking blackberries and plums in Grandma and Grandad’s garden.
Day 216 – I am grateful for early mornings in the garden watching the children play together while I sit and have a cup of tea. Such a lovely way to start the day.
Day 217 – I am grateful for a “nic-nic” (as Thomas calls it) and a lovely walk around Chiltern Open Air Museum.
Day 218 – I am grateful for the way Sophie chats away to Jessica when we visit her at her forever bed. She was telling her today about what class she will be in next year and about all the little things she and Thomas have been doing. That beautiful bond they shared is still there.
Day 219 – I am grateful for gorgeous reversible outfits – especially ones that come with matching hats! Shout-out today for one of my favourite children’s clothes brands Seesaw Children’s Clothes. Sophie absolutely loves her new dress. Thomas also has some lovely new reversible dungarees too. (This isn’t an ad – I bought the clothes and just wanted to give a shout-out to a small brand that I love because they are amazing).
Day 220 – I am grateful for a paddling pool in the shade.
Day 221 – I am grateful for pre-loved toys. Sophie was very happy with her new LOL dolls.