Thankful: July 2016


July’s Thankful Thursday post was supposed to be shared with you two weeks ago, from Nigeria, but I dropped my laptop and now the screen’s busted. I’m addicted to my laptop so I almost replaced the screen while in Nigeria, but since the laptop is almost five years old, I decided to wait and make the decision when I get home.

But that’s not what this post is about! As you can imagine, the first thing that I’m thankful for is that God brought my mom and I, safe and sound, to Nigeria. Once in Nigeria, He kept us safe as we travelled from Lagos to Ondo State (a trip not for the faint-hearted!) and He kept us as we did what we had come to do.

On top of that, we were able to have an impromptu birthday celebration for my mom. On July 10 my mom celebrated another year of life. The day started with my grandmother saying that she would make a birthday meal for my mom, and it turned into a family celebration, with my mom’s siblings and cousins showing up. My sister’s in-laws also came and provided the cake, which added to the celebratory atmosphere. I thank God for my mom’s life—she’s such a great mother. I also give Him thanks for all He saw my mom through prior to this trip (two eye surgeries!) and for the way He continues to keep her. Health is wealth as they say, and when I see what people around me dealing with, the gift of life just humbles me.

My uncle and aunt also visited Nigeria at the same time, giving my grandma the surprise of her life. My uncle hadn’t been to Nigeria in 21 years and he and my mom arranged to be in Nigeria at the same time to surprise my grandma. She was so thrilled and surprised; it was cute how she said “Wow…wow…wow!” before bursting into her infectious laugh when she realized that it was actually this particular son and not the son who lives in Abuja who had arrived. I’m thankful that my uncle and aunt arrived safely and that the surprise was a success.

My sister’s sister-in-law delivered a healthy baby boy and mom and I attended the naming ceremony, which was special. I’m thankful that both mom and baby are healthy and also that the mom was able to find another hospital when her regular hospital couldn’t accommodate her.

Let’s talk about my sister’s mother-in-law for a moment: she’s definitely a thankful point! I’ve talked about coming from a good family before and while I don’t get too hung up on this concept of a good family, we really enjoyed my sister’s mother-in-law. She brought us food, she brought us gifts, she was so cheerful. She was too much in a good way. And it wasn’t just for show: in the three years since we last saw her she has been checking in on my grandma, bringing her food, attending family celebrations, basically behaving like a family member, which she is now. She and my mom had such a blast together, and I’m glad they had that time. I hope to be blessed with a mother-in-law who likes me enough to be so kind to my family, even when I’m not around. Although I focused on my sister’s mother-in-law, the whole family really made us feel so welcome; they did more than our own blood did at times!

I’m thankful that I could draft most of this post on my laptop because…I finally got access to the internet, thanks to a friend who hooked me up with a modem and a data plan. As you can imagine, getting internet access was near the top of my to do list, but when I went to price some options, my thrifty heart couldn’t part with that many Naira at once. I was so grateful for the modem and extra sad when I dropped my laptop! It was great to be able to come online (depending on the electricity situation, of course) because I had determined that if I only posted one entry in July, it must be this one. In the end, it wasn’t meant to be.

So there you have it, July’s Thankful post, two weeks late. The good news is that August’s post will be coming up in just two weeks!

What were you thankful for in July?

18 thoughts on “Thankful: July 2016

  1. Thank God for a successful trip to Nigeria. I was amused when I read that the journey from Lagos to Ondo State is not for the faint-hearted. Thank God for your family too.
    Anyway, I’m thankful for the gift of life, for the gift of a healthy pretty daughter and for her safe delivery. She arrived in June. I’m grateful that despite the complications after birth, I’m still here standing. Thank God for my mum who is taking care of me and baby. May God’s name be praised forever.

    • Biodun, praise God for the safe arrival of your baby girl and for His preservation of your health and hers! I’m so excited for you that you are now raising boys…and a girl! Thank God for your mom as well. Amen: God bless you!

  2. Welcome to Nigeria GNG!
    Thanks be to God for landing you safely back home (the journey is not a small thing oo). Happy birthday to Mum and its so cute the way all of you are making grandma happy.
    Family gatherings are amazing and lovely especially where there is love. I pray the bond of love continie to grow stronger.
    Am thankful to God for making me clock another year (July 16th) and i believe he will soon answer my prayers and my desired good wishes:)

    • Thank you, Tunde, and amen: I also pray that the bond of love in my family will grow stronger.

      Congratulations on celebrating another year of life; I pray that the Almighty God will continue to uphold you, answer your prayers, and allow your dreams to come true.

  3. Thanking GOD for a safe journey to 9ja! Happy to hear that you are having fun.
    I am thankful for my 15th wedding anniversary this July. Also, thankful for everyday living.

    • Thank you, Nitty! Congratulations on celebrating 15 years of marriage: that is no small feat! I pray that God would continue to protect and uphold your marriage and your life.

  4. Enjoyed reading this thankful post. Was smiling all through. Really touched by the surprise you all gave to your Grandmom and most especially by the hospitality your family experiences from your inlaws. God is Great and Greatly to be PRAISED.

  5. omg not the lap top!
    glad your trip went well joomy.

    I’m thankful that i’m employed and haven’t had any medical relapses in a few years. Which can be challenging as it was a regular every year thing for me.

    • Thanks Matt! Yes my laptop is not the same!

      Thank God for your health and job—these are great things to be thankful for!

  6. Awww, sorry about your laptop but thank God for your family trip! And that your sister has a great mother-in-law.

    I’m thankful for the job opportunity that came my way, even though I wasn’t even looking in that direction. It’s not my dream job in any way, shape or form but I’m thankful that I have an income again.

    • Thank you, Berry! The laptop issue pales in comparison to the other good things from the trip.

      Woohoo: congrats on the unexpected job op and the resulting income! I hope you love the job and your working environment, even if it’s not your dream job. And I like that you are thankful for it, despite it not being the dream job!.

  7. I was waiting for this post. So glad you had a good time in Nigeria and grandma was pleasantly surprised by the visits.
    Great news all around in this post. I was hoping you’d share more pictures (wink).

    Welcome back, Jummy.


  8. Welcome back!

    And I’m thankful for this post as I’ve been feeling down a lot for the past few days but this really encouraged me.

    I’m thankful for my family, God has answered so many prayers that seemed small and impossible when they were being prayed. I am incredibly grateful for that.

    • Thank you, Yetunde! :)

      Aww, I’m so happy to hear that this post had a positive impact on how you were feeling and I pray that your feelings of encouragement have continued. Praise God for the answered prayers experienced by your family!

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