Our 5 year old started kindergarten this fall, on Sept 7th. We are naturally all very excited and very thankful to God for this milestone. My little guy has graduated from pre-school – Yippee ! Praying and continually trusting God for the best for the entire family as everyone takes each new step.
Fortunately, our 3 year old also has a big milestone to celebrate this year – he started preschool on Sept 14th – Yay to graduating from “baby day care”! ! I am especially thankful this is happening the same time our 5yr old goes off to kindergarten – wouldn’t want to get asked 100 times every week – “When do I get to go to school Mummy?” lol. It’s been a very exciting time for us as we’ve settled into our new routine. We are all absolutely loving their schools and all their new friendships and experiences:)!
For instance, my 3yr old announced yesterday as he recalled everything that happened in school – “I’m a smart cookie Mummy”! Oh really?, I replied. Did your teacher tell you that? “No she didn’t, I just know I’m a smart cookie.” Amen to that! ! lol…
One day, during the first couple of weeks of school, I was picking my 5yr old up at the end of the school day. We were all still getting to know each other, so I was meeting (or speaking with) many of the parents for the first time that week. I took my son’s hand and was about to walk to the car when I noticed one of his classmates coming out to meet his mom. He just looked sooo handsome in his cute little outfit and his contagious smile. So I turned to his mom and said – “Your son is so handsome”!
She smiled and replied, without skipping a beat –
“Thank you. He looks like his dad, and his dad is very handsome.”
I don’t know if she even remembers saying that now – but if she does, I don’t think she knows what an impact that simple statement made on me that day. All I did was smile… and then we exchanged a few more words before we said our good byes.
But as soon as she replied, a song I know immediately came to mind – “Oun Ani la’ngbe laruge”. It’s a Yoruba song, and it essentially means “We should value and give honor to whatever is ours that is good”(By the way, Yoruba is a beautiful language spoken in many parts of West Africa ).
So simple and so true – isn’t it? If we have something valuable, something good – should we not honor it before others? Should we not continually value it? If we don’t, yes – it will probably remain valuable, but its value will continually diminish before our very own eyes. We take its value for granted, and eventually we may not even realize how valuable what is right under our nose is.
“Oun Ani”… I am specifically referring to the people God has placed in our lives. Our spouses, parents, children, siblings, in-laws, relatives, friends… It is sometimes easy to become so familiar that we take so many things/people for granted. Yes, everyone has their flaws (we all have that in common lol), but if we sit down, reflect, and find that the very good in our loved one far outweighs the not-so-good, and that the not-so-good is getting better every day – then we have a whole lot to be thankful for.
For example, instead of constantly reminding people of your spouse’s flaws (jokingly or otherwise), how wonderful would it be to remind them of all the things you love about your spouse? Or just taking the time to reflect and think about it from time to time – you will most likely think about so many things that you had even completely forgotten about… and I hope it will make you appreciate them even more.
Same thing goes for all the other people in our lives… in a nutshell, what happened that day reminded me to continually “value and give honor to whatever or whomever I have that is good”!!! It is a great exercise, believe me !
So today and by God’s grace always, I am valuing and giving honor to –
- My dear husband and #1 best friend (after God ), who is amazingly such a perfect answer to prayers I prayed long before I met him . I am extremely thankful to God for this wonderful and ever delightful gift! & My dear children, who continually amaze and humble me. You all continue to teach me so much, every day – I am very grateful to God for this opportunity. I pray that our lives and our home will always give glory and honor to God. Amen. Much Love !
- My dear parents, who have always been there for me and who have always been such a great and practical example to me and my 5 sisters. My parents are so awesome ! We are all so truly blessed. My 5 (+x ) dear sisters, my God-given best friends, & My 3 (& counting!:)!) dear brothers – I’m very thankful God brought you into our lives…. Love you all very much. You are all a huge blessing to me !
- My dear in-laws – including my wonderful parents-in-law and siblings-in-law:),
My dear Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, Cousins, Relatives, Friends-Like-Family, Old Friends, New Friends, Everyone that has shown me love one way or another – I thank God for every single one of you. From the bottom of my heart, I truly thank you all for being such handsome /beautiful people to me. I can’t believe how many different amazing people I am blessed to be connected to ! And I keep meeting more and more wonderful people almost every day! I feel very blessed, and I certainly do not take this for granted. Thank you .
Praying that your lives will be continually surrounded with much beauty and love. Praying that God’s sweet presence will ever be with every one of you, and that our lives will always radiate God’s love and goodness. Praying that we will all continue to support, strengthen, learn from, value, and give honor to each other – to the glory of our Father! Amen.
And most of all, I value and give honor to the One to whom all honor is due – God, my creator, my source, my all. The one who has no flaws, who is beautifully perfect. Even when we have questions, we can be assured that His love for us never ever wavers, and that He loves us more than we can even imagine. Thank God for God, right ?
Finally, I would like to share the entire song with you:
Oun ani lan’gbe laruge… (2x)
E ba mi gbe Jesu yi laruge… , [nitori..]
Oun a ni la’ngbe laruge…
Thanks for reading everyone – you are loved, valued and honored! And please, don’t forget to “value and give honor to whatever or whomever you have that is good”– starting with God !!!
Something else to think about –
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust
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Much Love & Blessings,