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 236 – I am grateful for my lovely hubby and glad that he has had a nice birthday.
Day 237 – I am grateful that our first shopping trip into town in over five months was a relatively painless experience. We booked the shoe fitting for as early in the morning as we could – by the time we left there was a queue outside so will be making sure we head into town as early as possible for any future shopping trips.
Day 238 – I am grateful for lining paper and painting aprons.
Day 239 – I am grateful for all the time that Sophie and Thomas have been able to have together over the last few months. We’ll miss it when she goes back to school next week.
Day 240 – I am grateful that Sophie is such a helpful big sister.
Day 241 – I am grateful for cheeky grins from this gorgeous little bundle of mischief.
Day 242 – I am grateful for a moment of calm in a busy day. We’ve been to visit Nanny today, I’ve had a bridesmaid dress fitting (my clever mum and sister have adapted my dress so I can breastfeed in it), Thomas has been fitted for his little suit and I had fun co-hosting our online church quiz this evening. It’s been a lovely day but little moments of calm were much appreciated!