Thankful: January 2016

Welcome to the first of what will be many thankful posts this year (by God’s grace)! I hope you had a good January and had big and small things to thank God for. Here are the things that I’m thankful for this month.

  1. The biggest news in our family is that my sister’s husband arrived in Canada after a relatively smooth immigration process! We thank God for showing himself faithful through the whole process (from the submission of the application to him getting the green light to come), for protecting my sister and nephew as they were in Nigeria this time last year, for bringing them safely back, and now for bringing my sister’s husband here. It’s a long trip that you can’t appreciate until you make the journey yourself. We give God all the glory. I did a Periscope broadcast on the day that my brother-in-law arrived, and he made an appearance on the broadcast; check it out!
  2. I thank God for my health. My knee started bothering me recently, so I went to see a doctor last week and he has prescribed a course of action that I believe will be successful. I’m thankful for medical interventions and for Canada’s health care system. I have a lingering cold but after a few more applications of Aboniki to my throat I’m sure I’ll be fine. I can’t believe that I hadn’t used Aboniki before this week!
  3. I had two bits of website-related hassles that are now (mostly) resolved; thank God. First of all, Good Naija Blogs was down for a while, leading me to call tech support at least ten times. After a lot of back and forth, one smart woman finally fixed my problem—it turns out it wasn’t something that I could fix, as the other tech support people had been telling me. Then I found out (thank you, Adeola) that the Nigerian Blog Awards website had been hacked, with malicious code inserted into pages of the site! The good news is the horrible content that had been added is now gone, but I had to pay extra to remove the malware, and I’ll have to pay even more to remove the actual links–grr!

    The lesson here is if you use WordPress, please, please, update your plugins regularly. Even if you don’t log in to your blog account daily, make a note to log in at least weekly, just to check if any plugins need updating. Also, deactivate–or better yet, remove–plugins that you’re not using so that you cut down on the chances of this happening to you. If you think your site may also have been hacked, Gertrude has a helpful blog post on the topic.
  4. Me and deals right? Ok, so Starbucks had this deal where they would give you a sticker for each latté you bought, and once you’ve collected five stickers you could get a free drink in January, but you had to buy all five drinks before Christmas. I had managed to get four stickers, three of which were from a friend who was buying lattés, so I was short one sticker, and Christmas was long past. A sweet smile and a tale of woe from me to the Starbucks employee and he graciously gave me the free latté–oh, the little things!
  5. Last but not least, I’m thankful that I’m slowly getting more clear about what’s important to me and making decisions with my best interests at heart. I’m a people pleaser who doesn’t like to disappoint others, so it’s not easy for me to put my needs and feelings first but it’s necessary, otherwise I get resentful and I wallow in regret, and I don’t want to be that person.

What are you thankful for this month?

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14 thoughts on “Thankful: January 2016

    • Thank you, Highly Favored! I appreciate your support. My nephew recognized his dad, probably because he was in the habit of seeing him almost daily, thanks to the wonders of video chat. My brother-in-law is adjusting; I’m sure it’ll be a process, given that there are so many new things to get used to! Please pray for my sister and her family. :)

  1. It was awesome seeing your family in periscope! I just discovered aboniki on my Xmas trip to naija. That stuff is powerful!

    • Thanks for watching the broadcast live, Neuyogi–it was great to have you there!

      Regarding that Aboniki yes o: it’s strong! I rubbed some excess on my neck and you won’t believe how my neck was stinging me.

  2. Congrats to your brother-in-law! I hope he likes Canada. :) Re: Starbucks – I have a Starbucks card (okay, it’s really an app on my phone) and I get a free drink (of whatever I want!) every 12 purchases (sometimes fewer – it really depends on whether there are special deals where one gets additional “stars”). Didn’t even know they still did the sticker thing!

    • Thanks, Cynthia! In addition to the fantastic Starbucks Rewards program, every Christmas they have this “buy five Holiday lattés, get one free” thing that’s an old-school initiative (you can’t do it using your gift card or app). I don’t mind though because it means that if you go for coffee with people who aren’t into rewards, you can get their stickers!

      • Sounds cool. Personally, I’m not much of a “special” or seasonal latte/flat white kind of gal (though I really liked the Holiday Flat White) as I find them much too sweet! The stickers are great for those who love coffee like that, though! :)

  3. Gracious God I am most grateful for the gift of life, for not allowing the devil and sin to take me away from your presence, it can only be by your mercy and may your mighty name be praised forever!

    Good piece Jummy, always fun to read all of your write up, learning so much from you over the time, more powers to your elbows and may God keep you and grant every of your heart desires this year in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen!

    • Thank you, God, for the gift of life and for the work you have done in Sesan’s life.

      Thanks for your kind words, too, Sesan! Amen to your prayer.

  4. Awww… I enjoyed your periscope video and it was good seeing your mum,sister and brother in law … you got such a lovely family . I do feel like a distant family member with my loyalty to your blog …. though I have never left a comment … we need some snow in England so feel free to send some our Way if you guys feel overwhelmed … oh and it was good to hear the real voice behind the writing … I feel like I’m hitting on you now so I better stop all the compliments

    I can’t promise I will watch d next live periscope but catch up feels equally as good …

    By the way just a gentle reminder you promised you will do an interview with your BIL and sister about their long distance dating experience and how they met… I’m looking forward to seeing this appear on the blog one day …

    Oh happy New Year …I pray 2016 brings you Love happiness and less procrastination X

    • Aww, Mo, thanks so much for your support as a reader for all these years (I remember you telling me as much on Twitter, last year I believe!). It’s great to read your comment. You are definitely welcome to be part of our family!

      Please, take ALL our snow, every last flake! Just tell me where to ship it! :D

      I’m thrilled that you remembered so I will definitely get that interview. Thanks for reminding me!

      AMEN to all you’ve said…I wish you all the best in 2016 too. ♥

  5. I rejoice with you and your family, Jummy.
    In everythibg, we should learn to give thanks.
    I am thankful for so many things like my bithday, job. God be praised.
    I wish you quick recovery in your knees.

    • THANK YOU, Nitty! I give thanks with you for the great things that are happening in your life, including the addition of another year to your life this month!

  6. Sorry to hear about the issue of naija blog awards, am glad you later resolved it as i got to know this blog via the website.
    and yeah, am thankful that unlike before, am moving closer to my dreams and likewise to my loved ones. i hope to celebrate with you soonest when i got a PC(its one of my biggest dream)

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