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 something to be grateful for each day isn’t about trying to give the impression that life is perfect and wonderful. It isn’t. Those little moments of gratitude can be hard to find at times; particularly after my eldest daughter Jessica died in April 2018. Some days, I struggle to find my grateful moment; some days I just feel broken and bruised. But even when it has been hard to do, I have still managed to find something. Even if it is something small, and silly, and trivial.
Jessica 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 47 – I am grateful for a lovely afternoon at my mum’s house catching up with my family.
Day 48 – I am grateful that Sophie enjoyed her first swimming lesson.
Day 49 – I am grateful for a fun day at Kidzania with Halo Children’s Foundation.
Day 50 – I am grateful for family changing rooms with baby seats that made taking both children swimming by myself for the first time much easier to manage.
Day 51 – I am grateful for how entertaining seeing the fish at the garden centre can be – especially when you get to feed them too!
Day 52 – I am grateful that Sophie enjoyed learning a little more about birds of Prey and holding and stroking some owls and a hawk at the Birds of Prey encounter.
Day 53 – I am grateful for help at church with watching Sophie and Thomas so I could do the flowers.