Gratitude is always there. We don’t use it all the time, but it’s always present. The little nibbling thought in the back of our minds that makes us feel silly when we take things for granted. I’ve never been good at showing gratitude, yet I am so eternally grateful for my life and the substance it holds. I have a beautifully furnished roof over my head, delicious food on my plate, loving and caring friends but most of all I have a happy and healthy family. Bypassing the larger qualities of life and looking into the ordinary moments is when it hits home how lucky I really am. I feel lucky that I get to wake up in the morning and spend five out of seven days with my precious daughter. I get to cuddle up on the sofa with her whilst we have our morning tea and watch repeats of Bing on CBeebies. We get to have our slow and lazy mornings as we gradually get ready for the day ahead of us. She is happy, she is funny, she is lovely and smart. But most of all she is here and she is healthy. I think of all the mothers and fathers that would long to hold their child’s hand again. I think of the hurt they must feel as they go to sleep without being able to kiss their child goodnight. How incredibly lucky am I to have my daughter. To stroke her hair whilst she falls asleep and to see her little face as she wakes up in the morning. How grateful I am.
I feel lucky everyday that I have Andrew in my life. Just like every couple we have our ups and our downs. We’ve had arguments that have made us question everything, but most of all we come back fighting. Because what’s the point in giving up on something so special? I am incredibly grateful everyday that he dotes on me and looks after me. He loves me and he loves Daisy as though she was his own. The love she has back for him makes my heart melt. ‘Daddy Andrew’. I feel so blessed that I get to share my days with these two (and our little pup of course!).
I come from a large(ish) family. There’s my mum and dad, my two sisters and my brother. We’re all close in age and get on well. We then have our wonderful nan and grandad, aunts, uncles, cousins (you get the picture). I am so grateful that I have such a beautiful and kind family. One that will go out of their way to make someone else happy. My mum and dad will always put everyone else before them and pick up the pieces when we are sad or broken. They bend over backwards and I probably never thank them enough. I’m so happy that I have been bought into such a loving and caring family. It’s nice sometimes to write down what I am grateful for. It’s easy in the midst of a busy life to forget the overall aspects of life. It’s easy to forget how lucky we are compared to so many. We get carried away wishing for a bigger house or a nicer car, when in retrospect what we do have is worth so much more than any materialistic possessions.
What are you grateful for?