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 54 – I am grateful for time at the park after church.
Day 55 – I am grateful that these two little ones love snuggles so much.
Day 56 – I am grateful to have my hubby home from Australia.
Day 57 – I am grateful that the country parks are starting to open later in the evening so we have more time for after-school fun.
Day 58 – I am grateful that I managed to make it back in time for school pick-up after losing track of time while chatting to friends at church this afternoon.
Day 59 – I am grateful for nap-time snuggles while watching a bit of season three of The Crown and a successful transition from arms to buggy ready for the school run.
Day 60 – I am grateful for clear skies so we were able to see the Moon and Venus at the astronomy society public observing evening.