It’s hard to believe our trip to the US is about to come to a close! We’re hopping a plane back to China this coming Monday, September 19.
As many of you know, we came here because of my husband’s lawsuit (you can learn more about that here). The lawsuit still continues. And I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t hard.
It IS hard.
And when you’re facing hardship, as we are, sometimes you’re running low on inspiration. Sometimes you need to find ways to recharge and reconnect with everything that’s good and right and beautiful in this world.
That’s why I’m so grateful to you. It’s people like you that have inspired me and motivated me in the hard times.
This photo essay is dedicated to all of the people — even those not present in the photos I’ve shared below — who have stood by us with support, encouragement and warm smiles.
Thank you for being there for us.
Hugs from my friend Judy in Idaho.
Hanging out with my fabulous sister Sue and my niece.
Meeting up with my husband’s dear colleague Susanne.
At home with my loving stepmom and dad, who have been among our greatest supporters.
Dinner with Cheryl and Donna, two of our amazing supporters in Idaho.
Out and about with my Uncle Roy (yes, Uncle Roy, the chi is balanced and life is good).
Meeting with Susan Blumberg-Kason and her kids in Chicago’s Chinatown.
My dear Uncle Robert and Aunt Dolly, who graciously invited us out to Tommy’s, a vegetarian restaurant in Cleveland that I’ve missed for years.
Stopping at the Root Cafe in Lakewood, Ohio with Jillian, who really cheered me up over a tasty lemon almond vegan muffin.
My friend Kathryn, who is a librarian extraordinaire in Idaho and one of the few people I’ve met who has dared to learn Chinese.
An unexpected birthday party in Idaho with my friends Judy, Donna and Janice (with a birthday balloon)! They even remembered my favorite tea is mint.
Scott and Jan, who charmed us with their smiles and laughter over a generous lunch that was their treat (thank you for that).
An unforgettable evening filled with good conversation, lots of empathy and great Asian food with Gail, a longtime friend of the family.
Meeting with my dear friend and writing/business mentor Bill Doll, who has been an incredible supporter.
Enjoying the goldenrod at its peak with the one guy who inspires me everyday — thank you, Jun Yu.
I’ll be taking a break from blogging next week. Wishing you all a happy Mid-Autumn Festival!