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?