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 320 – I am grateful for some beautiful flowers from my in-laws to help cheer me up after a tough week.
Day 321 – I am grateful for the simple joy of a toddler stomping in a muddy puddle.
Day 322 – I am grateful for a bench, a book, a flask of tea and a little boy who had a lovely nap while we were out and about.
Day 323 – I am grateful that I can still visit Jessica during this lockdown. And grateful for an adorable moment with Thomas giving her carving a kiss and saying “Ahh, Jessica. Love you Jessica.”
Day 324 – I am grateful that I have as much fun recreating Bible readings for church using the children’s Playmobil as they do playing with it. Guess what this week’s reading is?
Day 325 – I am grateful for time outdoors with Thomas this morning before a very busy afternoon preparing content for this week’s church service.
Day 326 – I am grateful for Sophie’s help with cleaning and refilling the bird feeders.