I expected to feel a swooping, left-my-stomach-behind sort of sensation as we left the ground, but it wasn’t there. We were driving on the runway, and then we were floating like marshmallows to the top of hot cocoa, joining the clouds and leaving the trees far, far below…Read More
If you'd told me last June how our lives would change in the space of one year, I would have been afraid. Afraid, because the balance of highest highs and lowest lows is so dramatic when I look back over the last twelve months. We have mourned the loss of two grandparents and one friend, witnessed our families shift and shuffle homes and lives, and have been to the other side of the world and back. Oh, and I graduated college. :)
It's been a hard one. So when my mother-in-law Emily mentioned that she was visiting her sister Sharon in Texas, I asked if I could come along. This was odd for me, because I hate the idea of imposing, but it was a gut feeling. My very bones knew I would need this, and that it would be good for me. (This was probably due to my thorough knowledge of how amazing Emily and Sharon are, especially when they're together.)
For four days, I wandered around shops, restaurants, and homes with these two, and I have never felt so restored by travel in my life.Read More
First things first: The hospitality of the people we encountered in China was absolutely staggering.Read More
"He says you are lucky because you've brought rain to Yantai."
Wenbo was generous enough to basically translate everything to us for free while we were in China, and our driver in Yantai didn't more than a few phrases of English. And he had a point - it seemed like rain was following us everywhere like a loyal dog the whole trip (we didn't mind - we love rain). It kind of felt like we crash landed in this "small" seaside city of six million.Read More
"The air burns our eyes."
Not to start out on a sour note, but that's one of the first things I wrote down in my journal when we arrived in China. I learned later that some of the grey haze that tinged the light in the broad day was cloudy weather, but not all of it. Before we left our home-grown Tennessee town, we had wondered to each other whether we would notice the infamous air pollution in the world's third largest city.
We did.Read More