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Friday, December 15, 2017

Our New Family Activity

Since last early August 2017, I had an initiative to bring my husband and our youngest daughter to gather and read the bible. We started from the Old Testament: Genesis that contains 50 chapters.
 
This is one of my dreams. I had been waiting since my youngest daughter was able to read very well and prayed The Lord Prayer by herself. This initiative grew stronger since my youngest daughter told me she wanted to have bible study last year but I could not find any place of bible study for teenagers around our neighborhood. We have to wait till she is in the High School. They have extracurricular for bible study.

We use NKJV Study Bible--my gift for my husband years ago. This bible is the first publication. I got a special offer from the publisher which was free and only paid for $1 for shipping and handling. This bible is very special as we begin to open the pages one by one. It features presentation page (for every page we read); NKJV test with center-column references; 15,000 expository study notes; 350 word focus word study keyed to strong's concordance; 100 in-depth articles; 80 quick view charts; 8 full bible summary sections; 78 maps with index; subject index to annotation and features; 195-page concordance, and much more. My husband loves it! By reading together, we have time to discuss an interesting topic, especially for our youngest daughter. She has curiosity for many things.

Last Sunday was special because my husband asked to have a special time to read his favorite verses (Psalm 23: 1-6) and pray to confess his sin before we started to read. We also prayed for our son, William, who was still in the ICU at that time.

I thanked God for that special time. I hope our activity will grow well and it will bring us closer to interact with our creator and know him better.
Below I enclose my husband's favorite verses:

A Psalm of David.
1The Lord is Ps. 78:52; 80:1; (Is. 40:11); Ezek. 34:11, 12; (John 10:11; 1 Pet. 2:25; Rev. 7:16, 17)my shepherd;
(Ps. 34:9, 10; Phil. 4:19)I shall not want.
2Ps. 65:11–13; Ezek. 34:14He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
(Rev. 7:17)He leads me beside the still waters.
3He restores my soul;
Ps. 5:8; 31:3; Prov. 8:20He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4Yea, though I walk through the valley of Job 3:5; 10:21, 22; 24:17; Ps. 44:19the shadow of death,
(Ps. 3:6; 27:1)I will fear no evil;
Ps. 16:8; (Is. 43:2)For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5You Ps. 104:15prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You Ps. 92:10; Luke 7:46anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.
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Thank you family and friends for your support and prayers for our son, William, who is still hospitalized at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a strong young man. He had double lung transplant 6 years ago and now is battling his cancer. I believe his strength, faith, and determination are the powerful medicine to fight his cancer and God will use other special tools (doctors, nurses, medicine, treatments, etc. including family members) for healing. AMEN!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Celebrating 15 Years Living in the USA


August 27, 2017 was a special date for me. I had been 15 years living in the USA.

I try to track what have happened during that period. I would like to write them below as a treasure of my memory:
- August 2002, I arrived in the USA.
- October 2002, I married and had a new family.
Married couple, October 2002.
- March-April 2003, I noticed that I was pregnant.
My baby in my womb, in 10 weeks pregnancy.
- January 2004, a new family member was born.
First night with our new family member.

Three months old cute baby girl.
- August 2005, we moved to our first new house.

Front Porch
- November 2005, I--with St. David's Adult Choir members (Episcopal Church)-- sang at Washington National Cathedral for the first time and for the last time.  We were lucky to be chosen and invited to sing there because it would happen again in the next 50 years.  It means every year they will choose a choir from another state in the USA.  That means maybe they would choose St. David's Adult Choir again or other choir in PA for the next 50 years.  You can imagine how lucky I was.  I joined with that choir group in the right time.  I ever imagined to present to Washington National Cathedral when I was watching US president came for a special service to celebrate something special in there when I was still in Indonesia.  I was so amazed with the cathedral's interior design and imagined I would be there someday--that was impossible for me at that time.  But for GOD, nothing impossible happens if HE plans for us.

In this month I also started to join as a citizen reporter on www.kabarindonesia.com.

- February 2006, I started blogging: personal blog with its address: www.fidaabbott.blogspot.com (this blog you're reading).  I had been awarded as a finalist of Christian Indonesian Blogger Festival in August 2008 and in February 2009, I had been awarded as an Honorable Mentioned Blog by BlogNet Awards.

In this month I was being offered to volunteer as an editor at www.kabarindonesia.com.  My husband was happy and asked me to accept it.

June-July 2006, I was chosen as Managing Editor at www.kabarindonesia.com after they saw how I worked in around 4-5 months.
- August 2006, I got my first part time job as Walmart associate. God gave me that job in the right time.
- Around April-July 2008, I had been chosen as a Director of Online Writing Course at www.kabarindonesia.com (PMOH: Pelatihan Menulis Online Harian KabarIndonesia.com).  In around couple months I worked hard to create programs and systems, and prepared to launch the first class.
- December 2008, I launched my first e-book: What Prayers Does Mommy Teach Me? (First action in the literature world)
- February 2009, the first class of  PMOH began (General Class). In this month I also planned to start writing my first cookbook. Several months later, I launched my first cookbook titled: Fabulous Leftover Turkey.
- March 2009, I started to write a novel.
- February 2010, my first novel based on my own true story, titled Enthusiasm was published.
- April 2010, my book won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the category of novel for Spring 2010.
- December 2010-January 2011, for the first time I opened Fiction Class. With great mentors, we had done great job for our students (from Senior High School to College students, workers, entrepreneurs, teachers, and professionals).
- March 2011, I got my second job as Adecco Associate for CTDI (Communication Test Design Inc.).
- September 2011, I was in the list of one of the winners of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.
- December 2011, we moved to a small--full renovated house--good size for 3 members of family.
February 2012, my book was published in Indonesia (Enthusiasm in Indonesian version: Antusiasme by YKBK--Yayasan Komunikasi Bina Kasih)
- October 2012, my brother passed away. He already read my book, Antusiasme (Enthusiasm in Indonesian version) before he got sick.
- December 2012, my father passed away. He already read my book too, Antusiasme, before he got sick.
- October 2013, graduated from Stratford Career Institute with the Highest Honor in Administrative Assistant/Secretary in one year instead of two years!
- December 2014, for the first time being a Certified Tax Preparer (CTP) under Liberty flag.
- March 2015, I attended a ceremony of being a new US citizen.


- In the end of 2015, I was promoted as a Director on Online Indonesian News based on the citizen reporter, KabarIndonesia.
- March, 2016, I got an offering as a defense language instructor in Indonesian for virtual classes servicing USAF.
- May 2016, I got certification as a certified defense language instructor in Indonesian servicing USAF and several weeks later I got a new job as a Data Entry Analyst in a brand new company.
- September 2016, I got another job as a Data Entry Specialist/Operator at another company (contract).
- December 2016-January 2017, I launched a new online class (Writing Story for Children) after several years I hold my idea to open this class because of unsupported situation and I wasn't ready yet.
May 2017, I was hired by the company which I worked as a Data Entry Specialist/Operator.
- August 2017, I was chosen and offered to assess a superior class (Advanced Assessment class) for USAF.
- Sept 2017, Advanced Assessment Class will start.

I'll  keep looking forward to see the next interesting and challenging journey in my life God guides me.(*)


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

INTERMEZZO OF THE DAY: Smile for Customers!

Have you read my recent post titled Celebrating 11 Years of Servicing Walmart Customers? If you read it, you know why I write this post.
Eleven years servicing in the retail world, I have faced many different kind of customers, from good and friendly until bad and unfriendly when meeting them on the floor or speaking with them on the phone. Anyway, most customers like when the people who serving them smile, and I do smile.
I got "thank you" from them by showing my smile. One day I helped on the register, a customer said, "Thank you for your smile." I also had the same experience when a customer was waiting at the fitting room. Not only with customers, I also got compliments from fellow associates, supervisors, managers, and management members.
I had a funny story regarding to my smile. When I was helping at the register and there was no line, I saw a young man (late twenty) coming toward my register. I smiled already when seeing him walking toward my register. I thought he would like to pay but I was wrong. He just passed, and then he came back.
"Are you married?" he asked.
I showed my left finger without saying anything and still smiled.
"Too bad. He is a lucky man!" he said and left.
I could not hold my laugh. I shook my head many times. He thought maybe I was like his age or younger than his age. He didn't know maybe I was like his aunt's age, hahaha!
The next day at home I told my husband about that man and asked him, "Are you a lucky man?"
He was thinking but didn't answer it.
"Say yes or no!" I teased him.
He kept quiet and busy with his fingers doing something.
"Okay, if you answer, I'll kiss you," I teased him again.
He didn't give any response.
It made me cranky, so I tricked him. "Okay, if you answer, I will kiss you. If you don't answer, I'll kiss you, too."
He glanced at me. Then in a second he moved his back and run. 
I chased him. Hahaha!
Speaking about smile for customers, combining it with good customer service, it will make valued customers feel special. One day I serviced an old lady in the wheel cart finding her needs. By the end of her small shopping, she said, " next time when I shop here, I'll make sure to find you first!" It was unexpected compliment and it made my day.
Other interesting story: a lady came to me. She asked my opinions for the clothes she would buy. I gave my honest opinion and she enjoyed it. The problem was, she kept asking me till she felt satisfied. By the end of our conversation, she talked about her son who had different things with her and she found difficulty to manage. I said to her, "That's no problem, it was easy to fix, but not like me. My husband and I comes from different country so we have many things different, culture, habits, etc." I gave her several examples. 
She was amazed by my stories. Then she asked very carefully, "So how do you face those different things?" 
I responded, "Well, it's good for me." 
She narrowed her eyebrows--confused, and asked me again carefully, "Why is it good?" 
I replied, "Good, because I'll write a book about those things!" 
She laughed so hard. She didn't expect I said that. I was worried seeing how she laughed. I looked around to see if other customers stared at us. Thanks God, not many customers were around us. Yes, she didn't know if I wrote a book. She thought I was making a joke. I wasn't. Hahaha!***
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