i’m still here…

I was told by my sister-in-law that I haven’t blogged in a while, and I know I haven’t been on here writing as much as I would like.

So here I am updating on what has been going on.

These past few months, we had two deaths in our church. One lady was a missionary to Cambodia for many years. She was a humble, compassionate, and giving woman. She opened an orphan center and provided food and school for the children. While she was in Cambodia, she had an accident and sustained a head injury. She was transported back to the USA and was hospitalized for months. She passed away from bacterial infections that spread rapidly.

The second lady was my aunt-in-law. She had been battling with cancer for almost 6 years. At first she had breast cancer and she was in remission for about a year. Then the cancer came back and metastasize in her lungs and bone. She went overseas to visit her children and when she flew back to the USA, she died on the plane.

And recently I learned that a coworker that I used to work with at the bank, passed away too. I don’t know what happened but it’s shocking and sad.

It can be very sad when people we know and build relationships with is gone. I think it’s their absence that makes it difficult, and also the memory that left behind.

As a  Christian, we get to be with Jesus and that is a very special joyful celebration for life after death.

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On a different happy subject, I don’t quite want to mention it or it probably sounds like I’m boasting, but we paid off our mortgage! ! 🙂 PRAISE GOD! Debt-free!! I honestly don’t know how we did it!! Maybe it’s because we’re frugal people who shop at Goodwill and buy things when they’re on sale. 🙂 Anyways, thanks God for providing when we were not expecting it to happen soon!

My little nephew just had a birthday, and he turned one!! He can walk too. He’s such a cute little guy who LOVES to eat. Cheers to being one, Titus!!

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Another exciting news is Jason and I are involved in a men and women bible study group. This was something we had prayed about and God has led us to connect with some old friends. The women’s group we’re starting from the basic learning to study the bible with both our hearts and minds, using Jen Wilkin’s book. This was also something in my heart that I want to learn because honestly I don’t know where to start in the bible. Although I grew up in a Christian family, read my bible, attend church, learn the stories in the bible, sing hymns and praise and worship music, I still feel like I don’t know who God is. I want that deep inner knowing and connection of who God is. God spoken in the same direction to a lady and she approached me with the topic and invited me to her study group, and it was another WOW moment! God works in wondrous ways!

So there had been some good and sad things. But like in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. This is just one of my favorite bible verses!

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posing with the bass

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my fishing license expired today. i need to renew it the next that that i go fishing. i simply can’t get enough of fishing. it’s addicting! i love surprises and fishing is like surprises, you’ll never know what you’re going to catch and how big the fish is!

looking to get away

Jason and I currently live in the 2nd safest town in NC. We have a police station, fire station, grocery stores/shops, and a very good elementary school within walking distance. However, we live between a neighbor who is constantly drunk and loud and another neighbor who has a dog that barks all the time. It’s so frustrating. Home Owner Association did talk about it in their newsletters and now they just ignore it. Someone did take legal action against the dog owner and at one point the dog stopped barking for a while. Now he’s out and barking again, I would guess the dog’s shock collar ran out of battery or that the dog is immune to the shock and it does nothing to him.

I want to go and address these problems with the neighbors, but Jason wouldn’t let me. He thinks that I would escalate more problems, especially with the drunk lady who likes to sit outside her porch, telling whoever she is on the phone with to “F” themselves.

On my spare time, I like to casually look at new homes. A couple of weeks ago, Jason and I went to look at a few houses, but there were some disappointments. Sometimes pictures and descriptions can be misleading until you actually went to see it. There’s this one house that we really liked, and it was perfect in our descriptions and price range, but it was sold to the person who went to see it just ahead of us. It was disappointing. The house markets seem to go pretty fast. We’re not in any hurry yet, we just want to see what’s out there that meet our descriptions. In the meantime, we’re trying to fix/remodel our current house and trying to stay positive with our neighbors.

i’m not a boring human after all

I got my 23 andme reports back and the results were surprising. I also uploaded the 23 andme raw data to Wegene to break down my Asian ethnic groups and my results were very different. I’m not sure what to believe. I know from my family that we’re Cambodian Chinese and that seems right. However, my Cambodian percentage on 23 andme seems higher than my Chinese percentage, and on Wegene my Chinese percentage is higher than Cambodian. Also I got some South Indian, Melanesian and European somewhere down my lineage.

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