Thankful: April 2015

This the first month that I can say the winter weather is finally behind us—I’m so thankful for this! God brought many other reasons to be thankful in April; read on to find out what I’m talking about.

  1. April 6 is a special day for our family: two years ago on that date, my sister and her husband got married, and one year ago on that date my nephew was born—a child is a pretty great first wedding anniversary gift, if you ask me! ;)
  2. I’m thankful for health: on Easter Monday I went to the hospital and when I was released several hours later it was with a clean bill of health. I’m thankful that my mom insisted I go because I wanted to go, but I didn’t want to worry anyone. In the end going and getting a doctor to say that my symptoms did not indicate anything serious released my anxiety. I’m thankful for Canada’s health care system, that I didn’t have to think about the costs of going to a hospital before going—many have to (Note: it’s not cool to burden the system by going to the emergency room for every small thing; and any immediate concerns about health should be addressed right away, even if the cost is something else—we only get one life!)
  3. A member of the “connect group” (church bible study/social group) that I attend told me that she likes that I often have praise items to share. That made me happy because I know that thinking about my thankful post items during the month helps me look for good things to thank God for rather than focusing on things that aren’t going well. I still have negative thoughts every day because I’m human but instead of focusing on that I try to address what I can in my own strength and increase the number of good thoughts I think. Think this is crazy? Read the comments about having a positive attitude on this post.
  4. The Nigerian Blog Awards concluded almost two weeks ago (view winners)–praise God! He totally had my back, allowing everything that needed to be done to get done…mostly!
  5. I’m thankful for freebies: I love getting things for free (or for very little money) so any opportunity to do so works for me. I’m actually going to write about some things I do to enjoy those extras in life while saving money. A few months ago a colleague brought some of her kitchen supplies that she no longer needed to the office and I was able to make some of her “junk” my treasure. When I was thinking about that it reminded me of other secondhand (third-hand, fourth-hand) items I own and how acquiring them when I first moved out of my parents’ house allowed me to meet my immediate needs then upgrade some of them over the years when I had more money to do so. I’m not sure if a lot of Nigerians are into getting things secondhand but it’s a great way to get what you want at a reasonable cost (“free” is verrry reasonable!).
  6. The best thing that happened this month is the safe arrival of my sister and nephew a couple of days ago, back in Canada! They were gone for five months and I’m thankful for their protection and good health while they were away, and for the journey back. While we’re happy to have them back, my heart goes out for the family that is separated once again. I can’t fully understand how hard it is but I know that God will see them through.

What are you thankful for?

15 thoughts on “Thankful: April 2015

  1. I always enjoy reading your thankful posts Jummy. Yaaaaae, I’m so happy to hear that you have your Sister and Nephew back with you in Canada. I’m sure you and your family are overjoyed to re-connect with them.

    • Thanks so much, Highly Favored! We sure were happy to reconnect—it’s been hard to leave my nephew to go to work each day!

  2. Glad you’re feeling better. Question: Is there a walk in clinic near you? If your health issue isn’t anything too major, it’s probably better to go to one of those than emerg. Shorter wait and you won’t feel “guilty” about burdening the hospital.

    • Thanks Cynthia!

      Oh I didn’t feel guilty about burdening the hospital because my symptoms were serious: at emerg I was whisked in almost right away. What I was saying is that although we COULD go to the hospital for every little thing because it’s “free”, we shouldn’t because we’d be putting an unnecessary burden on the system.

  3. Wow!!! My mum had my sister on her wedding anniversary, this same sister of mine had her son on her wedding anniversary… now my sister and yours have something in common!!!lol
    Being thankful is a guaranteed way to stay positive regardless and the honest truth is it is highly contagious says an “infected” moi!!!

    • Wow, what a family tradition—so cool! I loved reading that, NoLimit!

      You’re right about the effects of a positive attitude. My “positivity” infection comes and goes but I will work on staying infected 24/7! :D

      Thank you for stopping by, NoLimit ♥

  4. I join you in giving thanks Jummy.
    Congratulations to your sister and happy birthday to your nephew.
    I applaud you for doing a good job of the NBA.
    Happy new month.

    • Happy New Month, Nitty and thank you for dropping by and leaving your comments! I wish you all the best in May!

  5. Jeez I hate health scares. Glad you are alright now. Aww at your sis and nephew. Are they visiting or relocated? Congrats on a job well done with the Nigerian blog awards. It is so good to be thankful. I am trying to learn that. Maybe next year, I will make the list for hair blogs :)

    • Me and you both, neuyogi (re: health scares); thank you!

      My sis and nephew were visiting Nigeria as they’re waiting for her husband’s papers to get sorted out—once his papers are sorted he’ll come here and then they can make the best decision for their family regarding where to live.

      It really is good to be thankful; it’s the best and most impactful habit I’ve added to my life as an adult—I get cranky and negative every day so I very much needed to cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” to counteract the negative!

      That would be awesome if you were to join the list of Best Beauty or Hair Blog nominees–you’re certainly one of my natural hair inspirations!

  6. Awww did did not know Tobi’s Birthday is exactly a month away from Nols and also his parents Anniversary. Thats super special.

    So glad it was just anxiety not anything major. Thank GOd for you.

    I love you thankful post it makes one stop and think of all the many blessings we receive daily :)

    • Aww, your cutie pie…so his birthday is May 6? So they’re just 11 months apart!

      Thanks so much for your love and support, Cannime!

  7. Hey Jummy,
    Long time no “talk!” I’m sorry I’ve been so offline recently, but life has been so busy. I was so worried to read about your health scare but THANK GOD it turned about to be a testimony. And yay to your sister coming back with your nephew. I’m sure they’ll miss the rest of the family, but I also know that you and your parents and siblings will more than make up for it. I hope everything gets sorted out soon and they(you) can all be together again.

    Have a lovely weekend,
    Hugs from Brussels.

    P.S. I love love love your thankful posts. they remind me to think about my testimonies too, so yeah thank you.

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