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 222 – I am grateful for my birth pool.
Day 223 – I am grateful for paper and pens.
Day 224 – I am grateful for water play on a hot summer day.
Day 225 – I am grateful for a little bit of rain this afternoon.
Day 226 – I am grateful that Sophie and Thomas have such a lovely bond and have so much fun together. I love how she makes him giggle and watching them both joining in with Tiny Talk this morning made me smile. Jessica would be so very proud of her siblings.
Day 227 – I am grateful for the beautiful colourful flowers that arrived this afternoon to send “just a little bit of love after a tough week.” Thank you so much to whoever sent them. I will share some of them with Jessica when I next visit her.
Day 228 – I am grateful for some quality time together enjoying a walk around Hughenden.