My aunt Areej (my mom's sister) got sick this past week. We thought it was minor, but she ended up having multi organ failure within a few days. She was taken to the hospital unresponsive and died yesterday. It was shocking to all of us. She tested negative for COVID but the doctors think it must have been what she had because of how fast her health declined. 4 members of my aunts family died suddenly within a few days of getting sick. My uncle, 19 years ago, then my cousin Wisam 3 years ago, then my cousin Mohannad 2 years ago...and now my aunt.
She has been wanting to join my uncle who had passed away 19 years ago this month. She kept saying, I want to go be with Yacoub. My cousin Rana says she had her funeral dress picked up, decided where she wants to be buried and even had a picture she wanted people to post for her funeral. She was so ready to go and be reunited with her family members.
I wish we were able to travel home this summer and see her one last time, but sadly COVID prevented that. I am sure I will see my aunt again someday.
I was reading these days in the Book of Mormon about Christ's visit and his resurrection. How He came out of the tomb after three days of darkness and appeared in all His glory. Our lives are a lot like that. This earth life is sometimes dark and gloomy. It seems like the darkness will never end, but light will come. One day, just as Christ walked out of the darkness of the tomb, we will too. That day will be glorious. We will see loved ones again and we will fall into the Savior's arms to thank Him for making all of this possible.
My family and I are overwhelmed with the amount of love and concern others have shown. I posted on our prayer Facebook page asking for prayers for my aunt and her family. I had 1800 views and about 700 comments of people telling me they will pray for my aunt's family. Thank you all for your faith and love.
My friend and her daughters came to my house today and dropped off this cute plant. In our culture, we don't give flowers generally when someone dies. So, I was not sure what I did to deserve flowers. It really meant a lot to me. Thank you Laura! I am really blessed to have amazing friends who care about me and my family.
I don't post as often these days. I have been busy the last few weeks. I had some friends who came to visit me from Utah. We went to Yellowstone and did a lot of fun things. One Tuesday we started our meetings before classes start. We had our college and department meetings. I joined through zoom. I have decided to teach remotely in the fall.
I was given a certificate for being at BYU-I five years. I can't believe it has been 5 years since I came to Idaho. Time flies by so fast. I have really enjoyed living here. Our summers are great and I wish they would last longer because I am not ready to go back to work!
September is usually a very busy month for me because school starts and I also translate for conference. I am hoping to find something to do this semester to get out...teaching from home in the winter is going to be a challenge. I am tempted to just hibernate for the winter and not leave my house at all. But, I know I will get depressed fast if I do that. Even though it would be nice not to have to clear my driveway! I can just order food online 😆 I guess I could do puzzles so I don't go completely insane.