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 aย  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! ! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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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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I’ve been contemplating for awhile about doing this ancestry DNA, but I finally agreed to let my husband get it for me for valentine (We don’t do valentine but I just need to make it sound special). I’m always curious about my family history. Growing up my parents would tell us that we have a mixed Chinese and Cambodian background. I’m not surprised because I’ve got mistaken for Chinese and Vietnamese a lot.

However,ย  I’m more intrigued about my Cambodian side where they actually began, how they came about and what they comprised, are they from South Asian (Indian) integrated with Chinese and became what we known as Cambodian? I don’t know but we’ll find out in 6-8 weeks.

PS. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m neither of what I mentioned above and actually something else.

interview and more fishing

I had my interview two days ago at the Asthma and Allergy clinic. I think it went well. I was surprised to learn the manager who interviewed me had so much in common with me. Not only that we share the same last name, but she has a daughter-in-law who is half Cambodian and Chinese. She said that she knows a lot about the Cambodian and Chinese cultures. I really find that amazing when someone of another race knows about my culture backgrounds.

Nonetheless, it’s a PRN position and I think it will provide more flexibility in life for me. As I have mentioned in my previous post that Jason and I want to start a family, if God’s will for us. We don’t know when that will happen but it’s a matter of God’s timing.

Anyway, Jason and I want to do more fishing. Yes! We love fishing! It’s been so cold, but that will not stop us. It’s just that Jason has so much work to do, and I simply can’t go out and launch the boat on my own. Jason is working so hard to get his work done so that we can go fishing this coming weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

And last the Carolina Panthers are going to the SUPER BOWL 50!! I’m so excited and have been waiting for this to come!! I can’t wait!! Please be sure to cheer for them!! I have and will always stand behind my home team although I do have other favorite NFL teams. but GO PANTHERS!