June is my favourite month of the year and not just because it’s my birthday month! Summer in Canada officially begins in June and if you lived in Ottawa, where the winters are long and c-o-l-d, you’d understand why summer is such a big deal (full disclosure: it did hail yesterday—yup, ice pellets—so summer isn’t off to the warmest start but we have hope). It’s time for another Thankful post so let’s get started!
- I’m thankful for my sister and her husband’s accomplishments while my mom and I were in Nigeria: they worked on things that will move them forward as a family and it was great to come back and celebrate with them. There’s so much happening in that family to give God thanks for and I look forward to sharing testimonies.
- I give thanks to God for my aunt’s life and I’m thankful that my mom and I got to see her (my dad’s sister) while we were in Nigeria because only God knew that it would be the last time we’d ever see her. She passed away less than a week after our return to Canada and when I allow myself to think about it, I’m shocked that she’s gone, that it can be over like that, and I feel for my cousins. I think my aunt and I had a bit of a bond because I resemble her in stature and everyone always mentioned it. I’m thankful that she got to attend all her children’s weddings and meet their grandchildren. She was my dad’s last living sibling so my heart also aches for him.
- I’m thankful that God saw fit to let me celebrate another birthday. I know that it’s not because of what I’ve done or who I am but rather because of who He is. Countless accidents and other unfortunate events take the lives of people who are smarter, kinder, and younger daily. With every year that passes I’m filled with a sense of urgency to figure out my purpose and get on the right path.
- Every so often, my birthday falls on Father’s Day and this was one of those years so it was nice to celebrate my father too. He is such an involved parent (sometimes too involved!) but I’m thankful that he cares oh-so-much. A lot of who I am comes from my dad because he’s so present and he doesn’t shy away from telling me hard-to-hear things.
- The love and support of my family is another huge thankful point. I’ve been reflecting on the subtle ways in which I’ve changed: although I’ve always been close to my family, 10 years ago I’d rather be with a big group of friends than at my parents’ place. Now, many of those whose presence in my life seemed so important are people I barely see or pick up the phone to talk to. And when we do run into each other I realize how surface-level some of those friendships were, especially when compared to the time I gave to the friendships. I can’t compare those relationships to the family bond and as I watch my brothers mature it makes my joy more full and I see the family getting closer. I know it’s not true for everyone but I’m thankful that for me, blood is thicker than water.
- I’m thankful that Bayode saved me hassle and money by helping me get some pictures and documents to Nigeria (and she trusted me not to have anything suspicious in my package!)
- Finally I’m thankful for the opportunity to introduce you to Sayo—a year ago I had no idea that I’d be writing the Unexpected series but I am thankful that God has brought me in contact with a loving and caring man who inspires me with his faith in God.
I’m also thankful for the immense love and support that you’ve shown: to see people, most of whom have never met me, some of whom had previously never commented, express so much happiness for me, for us, warms my heart in ways that I can’t put into words. Thank you.
These are the things that made my thankful list this month—what are you thankful for?