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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happy birthday dear husband

God has truly blessed me with you to share my life with. You are such a smart, caring and humble person. I would not want to change anything about you!

I wish you with many more birthdays to come!

I love you.

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a little adventure

This past Saturday Jason and I went hiking at South Mountains State Park. It was 1 and a half hours drive for us. We were meeting up with my coworker and her friends there. Before we arrived, we stopped at a small town to grab lunch. We ate at this old family restaurant called Jan’s restaurant and it had an 80’s vibe. Everyone seemed to know each other there. I ordered a hotdog with everything and fries. Before we eat, we prayed. After praying and talking, a lady came up to us and said that she saw us praying and that was nice because not many people pray in public anymore. We were stunned. We didn’t know what to say but replied with a simple thank you. It made our day and we actually felt good inside.

When we arrived at the mountains, we started hiking right away! We got to know some new friends while hiking and that was nice. We hiked about 4 miles to see the waterfalls. It was brutal but worth it!

After hiking we decided to get together for dinner. We talked and learned more about our new friends. My coworker and her boyfriend are not Christian, but their friends are. We had quite a lot in common with the Christian couple, and we got invited to visit their church sometimes. We hope by our actions that my coworker and her boyfriend will want to know Jesus too.

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my good husband (thankful Thursday)

*He wakes up early in the morning with me on the day that I work, warms up my car, packs my lunch, grabs my work bag and shoes together, prays with me and kisses me goodbye for the day.

*He cooks dinner and cleans up when I’m tired.

*He fills up my gas tank every week so that I’ll have a full tank driving to work.

*He makes sure that I eat healthy and exercise.

*He makes homemade coffee rather than buying coffee labeled with partially genetic engineering.

*He makes sure that I carry some cash with me in case of an emergency.

*He cleans the bathroom so that I don’t have to do it.

*He plants food in our garden so that we can eat healthy.

*He takes me fishing.

*He encourages me to pray and read the bible.

*He makes sure I take my meds every morning.

*He fixes my car, cleans the headlights, gets oil change, fixes the windshield wipers, etc.

*He always tells/texts me that he loves me.

*He stands by me when I’m ill and takes care of me until I’m well again.

*He eats whatever food that I cook even the ones that are so bad and to him everything is good.

*He tries to learn my native language so that he can communicate with my parents and the elders at church.

*He takes off his shoes inside the house and bow to the elders.

*He tells me that I’m pretty all the time, although I think it’s a husband thing to say to a wife.

*He listens to me when I have concerns/problems.

*He cares about my wellbeing and only allows me to work three days a week.

*He gives me hugs and kisses when I come home from work. (sometimes i feel like a small child, because he has to kneel down in order to hug and kiss me)

*He’s patient, kind, humble, and very generous.

Thank you for being a good husband, Jason ❤

 

 

 

 

 

it’s not about us, it’s about Him

Last week I went to get a physical and blood work done and everything was normal. My creatinine level was 0.68, the range is 0.57-1.00 mg/dL. Five years ago, I was dx with an autoimmune disease that attacked my kidneys. I was at a 4.0 when I was hospitalized and my doctor said that I may need a kidney transplant or dialysis if I’m not responding to tx. Looking back I can see God’s work in all of this. If you see me now, you wouldn’t know what I had gone through because I look normal and healthy. I try to use my personal difficulty to encourage those who are going through the difficult time and know that there is a God, and if there seems no way out, let Him in.

I can’t believe we’re in December, it seems like Thanksgiving was just last week. Speaking of Thanksgiving, I had a great time with family and friends. I took some friends fishing on Thanksgiving weekend. One guy has been attending our church regularly and I don’t think he’s a believer yet. He brings his daughter to play with the kids at church. He’d just moved here from Cali and never fished before. My good husband did a good job teaching him how to fish and making sure everyone had fun. We had talked before about starting a fishing ministry within our church group and expanding it from there. And this was a good start, I’m glad this guy and another friend went with us and had fun.

I’m half way done with buying Christmas gifts for family members. To be honest, I hate shopping, but it’s once a year that everyone will get presents and on their birthday. I try not to get into the idea that Christmas is about buying new toys, christmas tree, santa clause or reindeer, but to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas–Jesus’ birth. God sent his son so that we may have eternal life. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and Jesus Christ was born to save us from sins. This is the real meaning of Christmas, it’s so profound and important, and I hope that we continue to go into the month of December with this reflection.