Sunday, November 19, 2017

May we remember to be thankful

I had a very busy week. After I started having stomach issues, I decided to stop taking my pain medication for my hip.  I am going to go do a physical exam next week just to make sure everything is ok. Because I even feel my heart beats weird. It may all be in my head though! It does not hurt to check I guess.

Needless to say, I have been in a lot of pain. I have given up two days and taken something for the pain because I simply could not take it anymore. The physical therapist I started seeing said he is sure that he can cure me. So, I am trusting that this will actually work and I will be healed of my hip issues for good. 

I would have to say that I am grateful for pain killers because without them I would not be able to function. I really could not do anything on Tuesday at work because I could not sit for more than 5 minutes. I even called someone on campus and he is coming to evaluate and may get me a stand-up desk. Which may help until this issue is resolved.

I can't believe November is about to end! After this we will have only two weeks left of classes. I still have so much to do before the end of the semester and still have to write final exams.  I hope I can get some work done during the Thanksgiving break.

Sometimes holidays make me sad. I can't help but look at everyone who has their family close by and wish mine was too. I am so grateful for my family and I miss them so much. Christmas just does not feel like Christmas when you spend it away from family. I am grateful for friends who take me in and allow me to celebrate with their families. 

However, I have been counting my blessings...and lately I have been feeling that I have more blessings that I ever deserve. I don't know why my loving Father in Heaven feels that I am worthy to receive all these amazing blessings. I can't thank Him enough. Words can't describe the amount of gratitude in my heart.

Today we went to the dedication of the Meridian, Idaho temple. It was great...We often forget how blessed we are to have a temple close by.  I love going to the temple and shutting off the noisy world and feeling peace in the house of the Lord. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family that are celebrating this week. I hope we all can count our blessings because we are all blessed no matter where we are. Heavenly Father loves you and is eager to bless you even more if you would simply cling to his arm that is stretched towards you.  I hope you will take time away from cooking and cleaning during thanksgiving and remember what this holiday is for. Be thankful for all that you have: hot water, electricity, food, clothing, warmth...etc. Especially, remember to thank Heavenly Father for the sacrifice of His Son, our Savior and Redeemer.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


It was a busy week. I actually had fun doing early Christmas shopping and wrapping gifts so can get a package sent to Palestine soon. People are already putting up Christmas decorations around here! It feels too soon for Christmas. 

I had a nice visit with a friend of mine from Utah today. She invited me to their trailer for lunch today and cooked an amazing meal. I ate so much that I can hardly move now and have been sitting doing nothing all day. Thank you Jeanette and Kent for your hospitality. I can't wait until you move her permanently!

 My doctor refused to renew my hip medication saying that it may have bad effects in the future. I am going to go see him this week and see what we can do instead. I am worried though because I really don't want to live in pain. My medication ran out today, so I guess we will see how this week goes. Online it said that ginger and turmeric work as natural anti-inflammatory supplements. So, I am going to try them and see. I really don't want to take medication for the rest of my life anyway. There must be a solution out there.

We had an activity at church yesterday where we made nativity blocks. We sanded the wooden blocks, painted them, then put the pictures on top.  I thought mine turned out very cute.

Today at church the person blessing the sacrament messed up 5 times and the bishop had him repeat the prayer 5 times (or was it 6?). I don't think I have ever had that happen. It made me realize how important those sacred words were. I am also grateful for a bishop who was strong enough and patient enough to keep asking the young man to repeat it.

I am trying to help my friend who is a refugee in Malaysia. His family is torn and their visa expires and they need to leave Malaysia. If anyone out there has ideas on where he could go, please contact me. His visa expires next month and we have no idea what to do. Going back to his home country is not an option as it is very dangerous there.  I tried to apply for a visa to Canada for him, but that was denied. Prayers for him and his family would be appreciated.