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 341 – I am grateful that I managed to put together all the video content for this morning’s service and it all worked. Hubby normally does this as it’s his area of expertise but he’s away this week so gave me a quick lesson in how to use the software before he went. Think it also helped having sat and watched him put services together a few times before. Nice to learn some new skills as well.
Day 342 – I am grateful for Advent Christmas lights to look out for each day.
Day 343 – I am grateful for all the lovely memories I have of my dad who died eleven years ago today. I wish my children could have known what a lovely funny man their grandad was, although I like to think that he is now looking after Jessica for me and being the loving grandad to her now that he would have been in life.
Day 344 – I am grateful that Father Christmas was still able to do his rounds of our local roads this year. Sophie was so excited to see him.
Day 345 – I am grateful that happiness is a little boy with an apple in his hand and a puddle to stomp in.
Day 346 – I am grateful that last year’s Christmas jumpers still fit.
Day 347 – I am grateful for time to sit and make two Christmas wreaths – one for us and one for Jessica.