Reasons To Be Thankful

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time then you’ll know that Mondays are usually a day for favourites. But given that the last two weeks have been filled with more heartache and tears than I had ever imagined I’d experience, it doesn’t feel possible, or right, to sit and write about happy things that have made me smile.

But still, amongst the grief and the shock and the numbing sadness that this fortnight has brought, there have also been many, many reasons to be thankful. And I know that if my family and I are going to get through this incredibly hard time we need to focus on and be thankful for all of the good while we try to process the loss of our beautiful Blossom.

So today I wanted to write about all of the things I have been thankful for over the past couple of weeks. I wanted to remind myself that there is always something to be grateful for, even if you have to look a little harder sometimes.

Knowing that I am part of the most incredible, loving and strong family in the world

I have never felt more lucky to be part of my clan. Tragedy can make or break a family, and seeing how ours has pulled together so tightly to weather these difficult weeks has filled me with pride. There is comfort in knowing that none of us will have to be alone in all of this.

Receiving so many messages of love and support

Knowing that so many people are sending their love and keeping my family in their thoughts has been heartwarming and we have all appreciated it so much. Thank you to everyone who has sent a text or an email or a Facebook message – it has meant so much to us all.

Getting to spend lots of time with the kids

We have been helping out with the little ones as much as possible since we’ve been home, and they have really helped to lift our spirits. It’s easier to smile when you’re getting toddler cuddles or watching the girls make up dance routines to their favourite songs. They are so precious and I know they will help us so much.

So many acts of generosity

Honestly, I have had my faith restored in human beings over the past few weeks. Friends and family have made huge pans of homecooked goodness for everyone, our workplaces have been incredibly generous with the time that we need and the sheer volume of flowers and cards is breathtaking. People can be so kind.

My lovely Sam

He has been incredible through all of this – babysitting the kids despite having zilch experience, cooking delicious food for all of my family and always being there for a huge squeeze at the end of a hard day. I have never been so grateful that I get to marry this incredible human.

All of our happy memories of Blossom

By far the thing I have been most grateful for is the fact that little Blossy was a part of our lives. It’s hard to know that we won’t make any more memories together, but I am so unbelievably thankful for all of the happy ones we got to share. Talking about her and reliving all of the good times this week has reminded me that we are all so lucky to have known her and love her and learn from her. The joy she brought into all of our lives far outweighs the pain of our grief.

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  • Chris MO

    A polite reminder to stay strong in the face of adversity, a nice little read to start the day. Much love to you and the family 🙂

  • Such an inspiring post and i’m so proud of you Cliffy xxxxxx

  • You’ve been constantly in my thoughts. Big hugs to you and your family! x

  • It puts other hardship into insignificance and the fact you can find some light in a really dark time is so inspiring. Keep on going, and lean on the love and support of your family and Sam as much as you need. Thinking about you a lot over these weeks! Alice xxx

  • Tipo

    Beautiful… Cherish every second with your wonderful family…My daily love & thoughts go out to you all xox

  • I know it’s one of the hardest things to find a glimmer of light in such hard hard times. You’ve been never very far from my thoughts Soph, sending all kinds of love your way
    M x

  • This is really lovely Sophie. Times as hard as these, although so painful, can really bring people together and make you realise how lucky you are to be surrounded by such amazing family! Sending all my love. Immy x

  • This is lovely. It’s nice to see positive spins on the world when things can be so tough! x

  • Grief is such a horrible thing for anybody to go through so I hold my hand out to you for finding the reasons to be thankful because they’re so important during these times. I’ve loved seeing so much love on your FB page when I’ve left a message, it’s so nice to see so many people thinking about you and your family and sharing their love for Blossom. She was so lucky to be surrounded with such a loving family xxx

  • Sara Owen

    Hi Sophie, I know of you through one of your good friends (Sarah) and I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Grief is one of the most difficult of feelings, but it is wonderful to see that you’re finding the things to be thankful for. Stay strong, but remember it is OK to not always feel strong during this time and lean on loved ones and friends as much as you need. My thoughts are with you and your family. xxx

  • I almost wept as I read this. Sophie, no amount of words can make it better but know that so many people love you and your family. Keep smiling in your darkest moments.
    Love Bee xxx

  • Hayley Rubery

    Oh lovely, this broke my heart to read! Stay strong, surround yourself with incredible people and lean on them when you need to. I’m here for anything you need – sending you lots of love and a big cuddle! <3

    Hayley xo