Thankful: January 2018

Oh, January! You felt short and long at the same time.

I hope that on this last day of the first month of the year you still feel motivated and eager to make the most of the year. Now’s the time to review those goals you made and see if they are serving you or if you want to replace them with other goals. And one thing I like to do is make time to give thanks for the month that was.

Here’s my thankful list this month. Continue reading

Unexpected: Long-distance courtship

When I last shared from the Unexpected series a million years ago, my mom and I were on our way home from a trip to Nigeria in 2016 during which I had met Sayo for the first time. By the end of the trip, we’d decided to enter into a long-distance relationship. I wanted to keep things about Sayo quiet back home, even with my family, because I didn’t know if things would fizzle as quickly as they’d started.

After spending four blog posts outlining what happened in those first couple of weeks that we spent together, I’m going to cram most of our time apart into one blog post.

My mom was bursting to tell my dad, sister, and brother-in-law that I had met someone. She tried to get me to break the news with meaningful glances while we were updating them on the trip but I didn’t. Finally, she said something like Continue reading

Goals and resolutions for 2018

Happy New Year! Thank God that we made it to 2018!

Eighteen has always been a special number for me because my birthday falls on the 18th (of June). Because of that, I’m claiming 2018 as my year (but we can share): no more playing, no more passive expectation! This is the only life (on earth) that I get and I owe it to myself to live it BIG, not for bragging rights but because I know that I’ll regret it if I do anything less than this.

I have a long history not following through on my resolutions and the reason I don’t follow through is I want freedom! I like doing what I want when I want to but I recently heard something that resonated with me: Continue reading

Thankful: September 2017, October 2017, November 2017, and December 2017

I’m back! Back in Canada and back with you, dear reader. Sayo and I are in a long-distance marriage (hopefully not for too long!) and I’m still getting used to wearing my wedding ring on a daily basis, particularly on days that I don’t leave the house!

2017 has been unforgettable and a testament to what God can do for anyone. My dad always says you don’t have to be a prayer warrior or a perfect human in order for God to answer your prayers and I’m definitely proof of that! I’m so thankful that God’s goodness isn’t dependent on who we are but on who He is.

I’ll be sharing more details about our relationship and wedding in 2018 (by God’s grace) but on this last Thursday of 2017, allow me to catch up on my thankful posts. Continue reading

Thankful: August 2017

Hello, September and an even bigger hello to you! After displaying a tiny bit of consistency on this blog I dropped off, even though I know it’s one of the worst things that a blogger can do. Writing something worth reading when one is feeling bad isn’t easy, which only increases the blogging break. That being said, I thank God for the much-needed holiday of Labour Day. August was full of built-in thankful things and I’d like to share those as well as other things with you.
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Thankful: July 2017

When I thought of the things that I’m thankful for this month, I realized that it’s a shame that I don’t keep a pen-and-paper recording of prayer requests because: wouldn’t it be awesome to go over all you’ve prayed for and see how God has answered your prayers? (If you do this, tell me how worthwhile it is!) I bet the list of things I’m thankful for each month would triple if I started keeping track on a daily basis.

  1. On the list of answered prayers that I’m thankful for, I can’t believe (but I can; human nature) how quickly I forgot that last year my mom had two eye surgeries and I remember how I was feeling and how motivated I was to pray during this time. I thank God that she got through it and she has been doing alright since. I give Him glory for the medical experts that my mom has in her life and the work they do to support her.

    In the same vein, this month I also thought about November 2013, when I drove my mom and sister (who was several months pregnant with my nephew) to the US for some Black Friday shopping. The weather conditions were Continue reading