…traveling mercies for my parents
I mentioned they were traveling and I am so thankful that they arrived home safely. They had a wonderful time away and got some much needed rest (my mom said my dad was snoring by 10pm like he does at home). When someone in the family is traveling, we always meet in the living room and say a family prayer before they leave, and when they return, we say a prayer once we enter the house. It’s a great way of acknowledging that God is the one who ensures that our goings and comings in one piece and in good health occur, by His grace.
I’m usually afraid of flying, but since the distance of my parents’ flight was less than two hours, I wasn’t too concerned for some reason (I feel like it’s the longer flights that are more likely to have things go wrong). However, even as I was sitting in the car waiting to pick my parents up at the airport, I remembered not to be so cocky; that there are no guarantees in this life. People get killed all the time doing the most mundane things. Every time I can leave the house and come home safely, even if it’s only a short trip 5 minute’s drive away, I will be thankful.
…His protection over me
I’ve been living alone now for over three months, and I have been moving around more since living on my own: going to visit my parents and going to visit my friends. I’m not afraid of the dark, but even the bravest person might get nervous approaching a dark house sometimes, especially if you have to walk through an unlit parking lot, right?
But even when I come home at three o’clock in the morning, I feel safe in my neighbourhood. The entryway to my place is well lit and so is the street in front and I just feel like I’m being watched over and protected when I’m in the front of the house. In the back however…let’s just say I don’t linger back there.
I’ve been feeling down lately, and disappointed with my daily existence because it lacks excitement. I shared this with some friends and they gave me some suggestions on how to get out of my blahs (YNC’s blog entry didn’t hurt either!). Even though I haven’t acted on the ideas yet, just having ideas was motivating and I’m more positive about what could be coming up in my life next. I can’t believe that July is nearly over, and I feel like I have wasted the year thus far, but there are still five full months that I can make the most of. All is not lost yet!
I pride myself on being fairly independent and self sufficient, but lately I have been asking for help and receiving it, and I am thankful that I have people that I feel comfortable asking for help from, and I hope that they feel blessed or good by helping me out. Ann is giving me pointers on some web design related questions I have, my sister and one of my brothers finally came to my house and helped me move the world’s heaviest television (clearly GNG isn’t rocking a flat screen yet) and my couch. I can’t even name all the ways in which family and friends have stepped in and offered me their talents, belongings and money, most in relation to me moving away from home but some completely motivated by the fact that they want to see me happy, and do what they can to ensure that. It feels good to be loved.
…being a homeowner (officially!)
You know how I mentioned I’m a homeowner? Well up until two days ago I was lying! I know: I’m terrible. I had purchased a place and moved in in April but until the place is registered by the city, I cannot pay my mortgage; I had to pay rent. This rent does not go toward the actual mortgage so in a way it felt like I was wasting the money, something that I didn’t want to do. I had originally been told that it would be registered in June 2009, which would have meant only 2.5 months of renting. When June came and went I contacted the builder and they told me it would be registered in July 2009. This is the last week of July and I was getting discouraged that once again the registration date would be moved but it wasn’t. Hurray! My contact at the builder’s office is on vacation and I appreciated that she actually emailed me while she was away to let me know this news.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but I am just in awe of all the Nigerians who are doing amazing things. I’m talking about entrepreneurially: it seems we are just so full of ideas! Many bloggers have writing aspirations, and many are working toward achieving that goal. Others are involved in the entertainment business, still others have been blessed with artistic talent that they are expressing through fashion or accessory design, handmade crafts or web design. One of our very own bloggers is an expert cake designer too!
Every time I discover another talented blogger who is working on these entrepreneurial goals while doing their regular job or going to school, I’m just blown away and awed. I have mad respect for the following people (this list is by no means exhaustive): Bob-ij, Gidan Nodza, Olamild, Oyato, Seye and Vera. They continually inspire me to remove the two ideas I have from the realm of “maybe” and make them realities. It is so hard to put your ideas out there, to commit to the extra work you will have to do on top of your regular work to see your dreams come true, but I know the payback will be worth it. I appreciate the inspiration of all of these people, and all the other bloggers whose names I didn’t mention.
Is it weird that I’m suddenly intrigued by the challenge of trying to write a book?