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A Slice Of Cake and A Brunch….

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The outpour of gracious birthday wishes from all of you has been far beyond my expectations.

I truly appreciate your gesture. The gift of even a moment of your time and kind thoughts are invaluable.

I will get round to responding to all the lovely comments that were sent my way. It’s unlike me to delay in responding, but it’s been a hectic weekend with my young son under the weather, dashing in and out of the hospital and trying to have a little birthday time as well.

Well on a sweet note, I saved a slice of cake for you, so do have one slice of virtual cake on my behalf ūüôā

Secondly, I want to ask a quick question with regards to the posts links that I have been featuring daily.

I like to take stock and review my actions as much as possible and would like to know if it has been useful in any form?

Then finally to THE INVITATION, I will be hosting a PRE-EASTER BRUNCH this weekend and you are cordially invited to the Easter egg hunt, mingling, connecting and blog-hopping.

The last¬†shindig¬†held in this abode was popping hot and we all had a good time. I hope this will be equally as delightful, if not better ūüôā

Do say ‘aye’ if you are keen on it and YOUR invaluable inputs are welcome on how we can make it beautiful together.

My kindest regards and thank you once again.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

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A link to my neighbours/Community · Blog Awards · Blogging

The Things Hanging Around My Neck….

The heaviness of these blings from the awards received by a good number of you is making my neck bow down with it’s weight, that it’s high-time I respond to all of you who have chosen to decorate my heart with your kind thoughts.

I would first like to explain the delay in appreciating these awards.

Primarily, I was considering going award free, but I choose to mull over it for a while.

I like the awards because it fosters a sense of community. Secondly, I think it is good especially for those who are just starting out, because it really boosts morale.

I remember the positive vibes and zing that mine gave me the very first time that I received one, so I decided to stall on my decision to go award free.

However, due to the fact that they take a whole lot of time to put together and from the nominations that keeps coming to me, I wouldn’t want to inundate my readers with award posts every other day. That would become tedious and boring.

I will respond to awards once every quarter to keep it to the barest minimum and by so doing, I still recognize those who gave it to me.

So to get to it, I would like to thank these awesome bloggers below:
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The bikini bookworm for the nomination of Spirit Animal blog award.

Perfect The Days, In cahoots with muddy boots, Deborah Crocker, for the nomination of the Sunshine blog award.

The Shiva’s ponder¬†for the Dragon loyalty award.

Chape, Element healing, Thoughts of a train wrecked pineapple, for the nomination of the One lovely blog award

Its good to be crazy sometimes for the nomination of the Epic Awesome blog award.

Memee’s musings,¬†Life Experiment,¬†Annette’s place,¬†The Daily Atholian,¬†The Lonely Tribalist¬†for Versatile blog award

Life Experiment for Blogger recognition award.

Brew N Spew for the Creative blogger award.

There were some questions to go with these awards, but answering them would take quite a while since it’s tantamount to writing an autobiography which usually takes years, so, I will just share some random stuff about myself that I can think of.

  • I love vivid bright colours, but also the subtle ones. I have no favourites at all.
  • If I were an animal, I would probably be an Eagle. I would love to soar high, to go far and wide and see many places and things.
  • I am a happy person. I have my downtime moments, but they don’t last.
  • I consider myself a very loyal and faithful person.
  • I am a chocoholic! *Did I just admit that aloud?*
  • I watch Television very sparingly. I could go for days/weeks without touching it.
  • I refer to myself as ‘A child of the Sun.’

 Once again, thank you for your kind thoughts and my regards.

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

A link to my neighbours/Community · Blogging · Quotes For You

Lessons Learnt And Feedback To My Committee Of Friends…

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Honestly, I don’t know where to start from on this post, but I will take it from the middle and make it brief.

The outpouring of support that I received from my fellow bloggers over the weekend was what I would call Fantabulous’ a word coined from fantastic and fabulous.

The turnout was way beyond my expectations and the ripples of the party still bounces off my walls.

As blog parties go, this was totally off the hook to my surprise.

‘There is no greater honour than the giving of your time and you guy’s gave it full time.’¬†

When the seed of the idea was planted in my heart and I sent out little feelers, I must confess that I had trepidation and indeed, I received a couple of hints that the timing I chose may not be right because it was a Valentine weekend, but a good number of voices that were keen to see how it would all turn out boosted me.

You know how the negative sometimes does it’s super-best to overshadow the positive, the feedback that didn’t quite support kept ringing in my head and reminding me that I am a small blogger, but the little voice of encouragement within me kept reminding me that Valentine was even the more reason to have a party ‘because it’s a love thing and love is everything.’

Love is not meant to be restricted nor kept covered only to be exposed in one day. It should be a lifestyle. So, I dug in my heels and got to work on the hurdle that I had set for myself.

I didn’t want to leave the taunting voice of regret to hound me with the fact that I failed to try.

I also try to practice what I preach ‘do it, even if you are afraid,’¬†so we did it, and boy, oh boy, was it a sweet interlude.

A blog party attended by over 105 awesome bloggers with over 1,060+ comment thread is one big party.

We had live music, good food, drinks, dessert, stories, poems, pillow fights and talks, slumber parties, dancing on tables, auctions, smooching in corners, our very own Cupid, super company and lots of blogs falling in love with each other. Now tell me that wasn’t sweet.

I made a good number of new friends, had a swell time and hope that everyone else did.

The last few words I would like to say, I will say them in a quote:

‘There is strength in unity and love.’ Unknown

‘Stand your ground, for today’s mighty Iroko tree was yesterday’s nut that held it’s ground.’ African proverb

‘When you have a dream, hold on to it, work it out and never let anyone talk you out of it.’ Jacqueline.

Thank you all for keeping me company, for supporting me and for being my friend in this place.

With all pleasure, I say, let’s do it again sometime soon.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

A link to my neighbours/Community · Blog-hopping · Featured Blogs

It’s A Love Thing…Featured Blogs #10

For the past few days I have been featuring other blogs prior to my Valentine Shindig as a way of showing some love to fellow awesome and supportive blogger friends of mine. 1454511643782[1]

You can share the fun and the love by sharing the party invitation as much as you can. Bring your Bae, your sweetheart, your neighbourlybloggers, your old lady, your old man, even your dogs and cats are invited.

It‚Äôs a way to connect with other bloggers and hey, who knows, you might hit it off with someone ūüėČ

Please share and share alike. Thank you very much.

For today’s features, I am showing some love to the bloggers listed below:

‘Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.’ Romans 12.9

Sheridan I enjoy our interactions and your very positive posts. Thank you for all your support.

Turtle my dear, thank you for your kind words and very Turtly hugs. My regards.

Cindy, I appreciate your presence and support in my blog World. Thank you.

A Momma’s View, your insights are quite inspiring. Thanks for being there.

Mrs Swiss your posts always leaves me with a smile and chuckles. Thank you for being here.

Saraa, thank you for being here. Your support means a lot to me.

Getting real with PTSD thank you for your presence and support. My regards.

Stacey thank you Stacey for your support.

Jamila your support is appreciated.

Relax thank you for being around.

Michnavs your presence is appreciated.

Astrid my appreciations for your support.

Ann you have my thanks for your presence here.

Aysabaw thanks my friend for your support.

It’s good to be crazy sometimes¬†your words make smile and think. Thank you for being here.

Random Ramblings thank you very much for your support. My appreciations.

Amra you are a good friend. Thank you for your support here. My regards.

Spiritual Journey thank you my dear for being here. I appreciate you.

‚ÄėWalking this path, I have been so blessed to have you all by my side. Thank you very much.‚Äô

My regards,

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

A link to my neighbours/Community · Blog-hopping · Blogging · Featured Blogs

It’s A Love Thing…Featured Blogs #9

For the next few days till my Valentine Shindig I will be featuring several blogs a day on one post, as a way of showing some love to fellow awesome and supportive blogger friends of mine. 1454511643782[1]

You can share the fun and the love by sharing the party invitation as much as you can. Bring your Bae, your sweetheart, your neighbourlybloggers, your old lady, your old man, even your dogs and cats are invited.

It‚Äôs a way to connect with other bloggers and hey, who knows, you might hit it off with someone ūüėČ

Please share and share alike. Thank you very much.

For today’s features, I am showing some love to the bloggers listed below:

‘Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.’ 1 Peter 4:8

Gpicone thank you Sir. You are one of the very first bloggers that followed me right from the start and you have been there all this while. My sincere appreciations.

Where’s happy, thank you my dear friend. We’ve grown in this journey and it’s been good interacting with you.

Claremary my lady, you have been a wonderful support all this while. Thank you very much.

Izzyasabee thank you for being there through these months. My regards.

Lisa I appreciate your visits and interactions. Regards

Joel its been a total pleasure connecting with you in this place. My sincere thanks.

Shiva you have been a gentle support since we connected here. Thank you.

Eric my appreciations for your time and encouraging words in this place. My regards.

MLou my lady. You have been a friend all these months. Thank you MLou.

Blabberwockying Anand, I enjoy our interactions in this place. My regards.

Rixlibris thank you Sir for your support and good words. My appreciations.

Tildy my dear lady, you have been such a gentle support with your kind words and I totally appreciate you. Thank you.

Marquessa¬†my friend, it’s been lovely connecting with you in this space.

Thomas thank you for your encouraging words and presence.

Koko¬†thank you for being there all these months. It’s been a pleasure connecting with you.

Anand my dear one, you provide me with laughter and merriment. Thank you.

‚ÄėWalking this path, I have been so blessed to have you all by my side. Thank you very much.‚Äô

My regards,

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

A link to my neighbours/Community · Blog-hopping

It’s A Love Thing…Featured Blogs #8


For the next few days till my Valentine Shindig, I will be featuring several blogs a day on one post, as a way of showing some love to fellow awesome and supportive blogger friends of mine.¬†1454511643782[1] Continue reading “It’s A Love Thing…Featured Blogs #8”

A link to my neighbours/Community · Blog Awards · Blogging · Gratitude

A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR…

The year 2015 is practically a wrap. A big thank you

We made it through despite so much upheaval around the World, so many individual challenges that looked insurmountable, and if there is nothing else to say, the fact that we waded through it all, is a massive blessing and a huge reason to be thankful.

My gratitude challenge today is two pronged.

Foremost, I am truly thankful to God for so many things that I can’t begin to count but above all, the gift of life, the gift of family and the gift of friends.

I deeply appreciate the connections that I have made on this platform.

A lot of you have been winds in my wings and oxygen in my lungs.

Your words have decorated my heart in indescribable ways and I am grateful that I met you in this space.

I have received a whole bunch of award nominations from my good friends and I truly must appreciate them for the generosity of their hearts.

Please, let me apologize upfront if I missed out mentioning a nomination.

It is not a slight but an oversight, because it has grown in number (over 20 of them) and I truly didn’t want to inundate people with putting out an award post ever so often.

 

For the Epic Awesomeness Award, I thank Yinglan of This is Another Story, for this kind nomination. 

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For the Versatile Blogger Award nominations, my appreciations go to: iamabloggertoo, Gharkepakwan, Emma of Shut that negative noise off, Amra of Perfect My Days, Izzyasabee, Star Scrolls, Koolaidmoms

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To Sam of Starlit Octave , I say thank you for The Word Magician Award:

The nominations for Leibster Award comes from: Recharge Your Day. Sister Emma, Pamela of K. Phoenix, Walty, Rebirth of Lisa, you warm thoughts are very encouraging. Thank you.

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For the Sisterhood of The World Bloggers, my appreciation goes to Inspiring Max, Susan, Jake of The Peasant Blog,

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Now I have a loyal Dragon to guard me from marauders and I say thank you to¬†Kaushal of Expressive Human/Original Thoughts,¬†An Off beat bluestocking, for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. This made me smile.

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Chape, a heartfelt thank you for the Darts Awards/Premios Dardos

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Dear Joanne of Vellissima found my blog neat enough to nominate me for Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you my friend. 

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In my place, it is said that ‘the man who has human support is better than the one that has money.’ Money can buy you a lot but cannot warm your heart with it’s words.

So, to all¬†of¬†you, dear friends of mine, who have supported me by breathing life into my blogging journey, ‘may the Sun shine on your path and may the shadows fall behind.’

Thank you very much and do stay blessed.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

Hope · Inspiration - Motivation · Love · Musings

1 For The Teachers….

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Thank you may seem like such a simple word, yet it is a word that has the immense opportunity to carry a whole lot of meaning, appreciation, gratitude and it sometimes represents plain old-fashioned politeness.

From the very moment a person learns to talk, they are presumably taught how to say thank you. After a while it becomes an automated action, that we sometimes fail to know the value and then take a whole lot of things for granted without giving thanks.

School is out for summer holidays and as I watched my youngest hug his teacher goodbye, and told her how he would miss her, that little gesture spoke volumes to me.

At the start of school year, we had just moved to this vicinity/school district and I was a bit anxious as a parent as to how well my kids will adjust to their new schools and curricula, especially coming from British oriented school curricula to American curriculum. All through this school session, I had listened to their narrations about each school day while holding my breath.

At the onset, we floundered a little bit and agreeably some days were perplexing but we quickly caught on with the way the land lay on this side, and not one day did my children express a negative feedback or not feel like going to school. My worries about their adjustment and making friends soon turned to immense relief and gratitude.

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After you as their parents, their teachers are poised to be the next most influential person in your child’s life and they are also responsible in imparting some of life’s most important lessons and social skills which are not detailed in the syllabus.

I have three children who are very active and there are days I wonder how a teacher manages to keep a bunch of fifteen to twenty-five children attentive for six to eight hours without pulling out all their hair in exasperation. I came to realize that the teachers must really enjoy teaching. They must enjoy having their students around them and imparting selflessly on these younger ones who look up to them for direction.

Most of the time, they go above and beyond their call of duty in the education of our children.

To the Amanda Spiegelman’s, Carolina Loria, Dawn Stevens,¬† Haley Bassett, Gbemi Olowookere’s and the teachers of this World who give selflessly, saying thank you is hardly enough, yet this is one of the means¬† to appreciate your kindness, support, patience and understanding.

In my place it is said that “we should keep our eyes open to our little mercies, because the man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life”, thus in my indigenous Ibo language, I will say, “Ji sie ike, dalu nu”. Well done and thank you all.

Some might wave it off and say you are just doing your jobs, but I firmly believe that you are doing so much more. You are helping to mold the future generation. Keep up the good work.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha