We are slowly but surely drawing toward our departure date for China, Vietnam and Cambodfia. The signs are everywhere: the food in the fridge has dwindled to the bare necessities, our suitcases are lying open in our bedroom waiting for last minute additions and deletions, our ipods and ipads are fully loaded with entertainment for the long trip, we have purchased our Chinese Yuan, finally got our Visas and have arranged for someone to take care of the dog.
The last week has been a blur as we say good-bye to friends and family. Since we will only be home for five days before departing for our winter getaway to Arizona and Mexico, there is an urgency to get caught up on those last minute visits. Having friends and family who so openly express their sadness as seeing us go is touching, but it also speaks to the power of attachment. When we allow others to touch our hearts in a deep and meaningful way, it hurts to be apart. It feels good to be missed, but not so good to miss. I treasure my friends and family, and am so grateful to have meaningful relationships. I only hope to be a friend who is worthy of such trust, and to do my best to stay connected. Thus, this blog, while not terribly personal, will hopefully bridge this separation. I have many people on my prayer list, and have tried to let everyone know that I will be praying for them. When I look up at the moon, I will be thinking of everyone back home. I hope that you do the same, and send my husband and I your prayers and good wishes for a safe and happy journey!