Sunday, November 26, 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I had a great Thanksgiving break. I didn't do much, which was the best part. I spent Thanksgiving with my friend Danae and her family. They have been so nice to adopt me every holiday. The food was amazing and I'm still eating pie that was left over from that day. 

We played games, went to a kids' movie to celebrate Owen's (Owen is Danae's nephew) birthday, watched a play that the kids put together and the best part was watching the kids get toilet papered and have so much fun playing in the toilet paper. 

I put up my Christmas decorations...I won't be in Rexburg for Christmas but it is still fun to have those...The nativity blocks in front of the fireplace was a relief society activity. We had fun making those. They are not olive wood, but they are wood. I think they turned out really cute.

On Saturday we made a craft project and I made the 'Believe' blocks. I painted them and glued the paper on. I believe the letter "L" with Santa on it turned out to be really cute. Everyone else made stockings and I got to be different.

The painting in the back is last year's project. I fixed it slightly this time. I guess doing a craft of some sort has become a tradition!

It was nice to have a break that I don't want to go back to work. But, we have almost two weeks left of classes and then we are done. I can't wait for this semester to be over. 

I tried to not take my hip medicine and it did not go well. I am not a person who can manage to live with pain apparently. I am now taking it every now and then and living with the pain the rest of the time. I think the physical therapy is helping which gives me hope that one day all the pain will be gone.  

I did some blood tests and other than high cholesterol everything seems fine. That is even strange...I've never had high cholesterol. Where does that even come from when I try to eat healthy stuff. Fruits and vegetables are always part of what I eat.  I had a hamburger the other day, but that was the first one I have had since the summer I think. Anyway, I guess I just need to watch what I eat...


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.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Short entry

I don't really have anything profound to say. We finally changed the clocks which should make it a little better at least for a while. I Leave home in the dark and come home in the dark which is really depressing...but it will soon stop making a difference as the days will get even shorter and it will be dark all the time.

I have been trying to work on my family history. I guess all those lessons I teach about how important it is finally made me do something about it. I guess you can't teach something you are not doing. So, I am adding to my family tree, at least names of cousins, nephews...etc. 

The other day I had a dream where I saw my father (he passed away in 2003) and he was showing me pictures of my ancestors. The pictures were part of a tape of slides that went around and around this field, probably thousands of miles long. Picture after picture of people...I specifically remember him mentioning his grandmother, my great grandmother, and showing me her picture. I don't know if he told me her name and I forgot, but I still remember her picture in my mind. She was pretty and actually looked a lot like my sister Suhair.

I had a good week. Last week was Halloween, but I didn't have many come to my house. So, I have a lot of candy left over. It is not candy that I would like or want to eat. So, I have to either give that away or throw it away. I am thinking of giving out something other than candy...I wonder how the kids will respond ha ha. Who says the treat has to be candy? I'll be the Palestinian who changes the Halloween tradition. This way if I don't give away all the toys, I can use them for next year. Who would not prefer a toy or a balloon to candy?

My classes are going well. My students are great. I am actually enjoying teaching non-freshmen for a change. I need to do that more often. I was afraid of teaching Math 330 for the engineering students but I think it has been my favorite class. It has been a lot of work, but I think once I finish and refine it, it will be a lot more fun next time I teach it.

I can't believe it is November already! time flew by so fast this semester. We will have Thanksgiving soon, then it will be time for Christmas.  The stores are already full of Christmas stuff and there were so many doing Christmas shopping. I am looking forward to spending Christmas with my family in Texas instead of staying here alone as I did last year.