Happy New Year! 2019 will be our best year yet in Jesus’ name (Amen!).
2019 is off to a great start for me because Sayo and I rang in the new year together! In fact, Sayo has been here for two months—I know!! My prayer and wish that he would arrive in time for Christmas were answered!
Since Sayo’s arrival, we’ve been adjusting to married life, making a single woman’s house into a home for two, and in the process, learning lots about each other. I’m not as prepared for married life as I thought I was!
Long overdue thankful post
After my last post, I was planning to resume sharing thankful posts in November. That didn’t happen, so let me catch you up on the top thankful items for the past few months.
- Just like that, our one year church wedding anniversary is behind us! Parts of the day are hard to remember already—thank God for photographs!—but I thank God for keeping us separately so that we could reunite and dream of celebrating our second anniversary together!
- God enlarged our family once again: my sister and brother-in-law are parents to their third child, a sweet baby boy! I thank God for the little guy’s safe arrival and for protecting my sister through the pregnancy. On the three occasions that she’s experienced pregnancy, I’ve been in awe of how well she gets through it physically. Motherhood is beautiful, and I have such respect for what women do to bring a healthy life into this world.
- My 13-year anniversary with my current employer was in the middle of November and I’m currently transitioning to a new role with the organization. I’ve made a request regarding my new title that I hope will be granted—pray for me! I’m thankful for employment that has, over the years, provided me with the means to have a comfortable life.
- I’m also thankful that after over nine years of being a homeowner, I finally hired someone to paint our house! It was painful financially, but it would never have been done otherwise!
- It was a real treat to have my entire family together at my parents’ place for Christmas; it’s something that I don’t take for granted.
- I thank God for sparing my dad and I in a car accident at the end of January. As we were going through this experience, my dad’s observations really made me think. For one, we make plans but we don’t know what the outcome will be—God knew we weren’t going to make it to the prayer meeting we wanted to attend. The biggest prayer that we could have prayed was answered (protection and preservation for everyone involved in the accident). We were about five minutes away from my parents’ house when the accident happened, reminding us what a gift it is to go out every day and come back safely.
- Sometimes I look at Sayo and I can’t believe he’s here! I’ve laughed a lot because of him—I’ve also lost my temper because of him so, you know (insert shrugging emoji). The way he shares anecdotes makes me laugh; his impressions of how people here behave is refreshing. He’s fixed things around the house that I didn’t even know were broken; he’s so helpful—oh, he has enriched my life!
- Finally, I give God thanks for granting health and protection to my family, including my immediate family, extended family, and in-laws. This sounds like lip service until I think of people who have lost a family member already this year—so sad! May God continue to keep us all in Jesus’ name: Amen!
I wish you a wonderful 2019 but tell me: what are you thankful for so far?