It was a very quick and busy two weeks back in Oregon and now once again I’m off to China! Portland International Airport was actually quite busy when I got there at 4:30am to check in for my first flight to Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Yet, when I landed here (in Vancouver now) I was the first one through customs and entered a complete empty terminal for international flights. Most of the security guards are still sitting around drinking coffee and I am one of maybe 5 passengers in the entire terminal. It looks like my flight to Shanghai at 11:15am is the first international flight of the day, so most passengers don’t arrive at 7:30am.
After two nights of very little sleep, I sort of wish I were sleeping still! The last few days have been a whirlwind of excitement, emotions, friends and family. My beautiful sister pulled off one of the best (if not the best) weddings I have ever been too. From Friday afternoon manicures and pedicures, the rehearsal dinner, breakfast at my moms with the bridesmaids, getting ready at the venue outside Eugene, Oregon, to the wedding, the delicious BBQ and fruit pies at the wedding, and the dancing that followed it was 36 hours of fun, food, drinks and tons of people to socialize with. But we couldn’t end there! We had a quick trip to the bar after the wedding venue kicked us out, I said farewell to the beautiful bride and her new husband and wished them a fabulous honeymoon in the Virgin Islands. I’m sort of jealous! I wish I had a week in the Virgin Islands to relax before heading back to Shanghai.
Being home made me remember how much I love Oregon, and how blessed I am to have such amazing people in my life there, who care so much about me. I think it is much harder going BACK to Shanghai than when I originally left because the newness, adventure and excitement of the unknown has worn off. Or it could be because I don’t have a return plane ticket this time. Taking a one way ticket across the globe and really not knowing when I will be home again adds to the uncertainty and anxiety of going back.
I know I will continue to enjoy Shanghai and life in China. Well, and the life I led the past two weeks in Oregon wasn’t exactly the real world. Perfect weather doesn’t last long in Oregon, although we were blessed with it the past two weeks, couch surfing between friends houses would get old after awhile, and I certainly couldn’t manage to spend spend spend without making a dime for much longer in the States.
Three hours until my flight…
As I have a little time, I want to thank everyone who made my trip to Oregon so wonderful! I appreciate each and every person I was able to see again, meet for the first time, spend time talking with and all of you that helped me out! I am probably forgetting many people, but THANK YOU and lots of love to everyone.
A HUGE thank you to my mom, for letting me use her car for the majority of the trip, for letting me crash at her place in Eugene, for taking such good care of my Jack while I’m away, and for a million other things I don’t have time to mention. Thanks to Matt too, the best step-dad a 29 year old girl could ask for. I love you both and can’t wait to show you around China!
Thank you, Beth, my dear friend, for being my ride to and from the airport, provide a couch to sleep on for many nights, letting me drive your new car and just being an awesome friend! (I left the end of a bottle of wine in your fridge… drink it!)
Thank you, Chris, Crystal and Rio Logan for being fabulous hosts, for home cooked meals and helping me to appreciate little dogs more. You guys are a true blessing.
Thanks to Chris and Sheena Blevins for the use of their guest room, car and the endless amounts of delicious food in the cupboards. I wish I could have had more time to hang out with you, and I really appreciate your hospitality.
Thank you God, (he really is the most important) for blessing me with a wonderful family of believers at Solid Rock and for the time I had to share and fellowship with them at House Church and on services on Sunday.
Thank you to the best sister ever, Leah (Yeager) Price, for getting married so I had an excuse to come home, for letting me play such an important role in your day and for all you do for me. And of course thanks to your groom for picking my sister! He is a smart man.
Thank you, Dad for coming and spending time with your daughters, bringing us gifts from your trip to the UK and being a huge part of Leah’s day even though you were more jet-lagged than me!
Thank you to everyone of my MIM friends who made it out to my birthday happy hour to see me and celebrate with me. I love all the generations of my MIM family.
Thanks to Janell and Cindy for lunches to catch up and for always being there no matter how busy and crazy life gets.
A big thank you to the rest of my extended family who took the time to travel and come see us this weekend! It was great to see you all again after (in many cases) many years.
And also a big thank you to Leah’s new family in law, friends and vendors (all of whom were AMAZING) for helping my sister and brother in law have a fabulous wedding day. (Photographer Holli True, DJ Troy Kelly, Bartender Trevor Spangle, Hair by Amanda Morgan, Make up by Chelsea Gassner, Venue Deep Woods with day of coordinator & owner Karol Niemeyer, flowers by ???, delicious pies from Paula Walker (mother of the groom) and Wild Plum, delicious catering from Hole in the Wall Barbeque.)
And who ever I am forgetting… I love you too!