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 278 – I am grateful that Sophie enjoys a nice long walk as much as I do. We’ve had a lovely time exploring together while Thomas stayed home with Daddy and had his nap.
Day 279 – I am grateful for an autumn walk around Black Park with Thomas.
Day 280 – I am grateful that Thomas has coped well with having to watch Sophie doing her swimming lessons (with a little help from Numberblocks on iPlayer to help keep him amused!)
Day 281 – I am grateful for a mid-morning “nic-nic” and a flask of tea by the lake.
Day 282 – I am grateful for Sophie’s help with planting daffodil bulbs.
Day 283 – I am grateful for my nice new waterproof jacket. The old one has lasted about 15 years and has been a little snug for the last 5. This one feels much more comfortable!
Day 284 – I am grateful for time together baking brownies with Sophie.