It’s the last Thursday of the year and we’re still here! Thank God for this wonderful gift of life.
2016 has been an interesting year—some awesome things happened to people around me and while it didn’t go as I had hoped, there’s so much to be thankful for, like good health, protection (in Nigeria this past summer and also as I went out and about locally, jumping in and out of my car at odd hours sometimes #nightowl). More specifically for December:
- A good friend had her third child three weeks early but mom and baby are both doing well and were able to leave the hospital several hours after the delivery.
- I was a co-emcee at our local Yoruba association’s end-of-year party and I sounded less nervous than I usually do AND I actually did some unscripted talk that went over really well; definitely a thankful point!
- I am thankful for provision: not once this year did I have to worry about how I would pay for something that I needed; I never had to compromise my needs due to the inability to afford something—such a blessing.
- We received answered prayers for my brother-in-law with regard to a specific job that he had applied for.
- Our family friends surprised our whole family with a retirement party for my dad. My dad actually thought we knew about it but everyone had kept us in the dark. It was so lovely to see yet again how much my parents are loved by their friends: they give so much so people can’t help but want to give back. I thank God for these friendships they have and pray that they would only grow stronger and more meaningful as the years go by.
- I’m thankful that God saw fit to spare each and every member of my family so that we could all (even my out-of-town youngest brother) celebrate Christmas together. Now that we have two little ones who are experiencing their first Christmas(es), the holiday is made even more special. To be honest, neither my nephew nor my niece really “get” Christmas, but the adults have regained some of that childlike excitement that had been eluding us these past few years. My brother-in-law celebrated his first Canadian Christmas so that was fun too: my parents, siblings, and I enjoyed making it extra-special for him.
- I’m a huge bargain shopper, so I started my Boxing Day shopping on Christmas Eve (online) and then around midnight on Boxing Day at the one store that was open. When I finally got home at past one o’clock in the morning, I felt such a rush of excitement: saving money is one of my most favourite things and I’m thankful that I saved a bundle! (And no, saving money by not spending it doesn’t give me nearly as much of a rush!)
What are you thankful for this month (or this year)?