So I am China these days...I left Sunday & arrived on Tuesday. I came with the purpose to check in on everything, make corrections or tweaks as needed, and to train my staff on a few new dishes to optimize the holiday season. (The biggie is learning how to roast a turkey.) I also hope to be an encouragement - James and I never want our staff to feel abandoned, even if our personal lives are up on end at the present.
In short - everything is going really, really well. I am so impressed with our staff - they are a truly remarkable group of people. (How well do you think you'd do if James taught you how to make Kung Pao Chicken and then left you for a few months? Do you think you'd continue to nail it on the flavor, or would it start to taste like American Chinese take-out?) Over here at The Foreign Wife, everything tastes right, everything looks good, everything is (still!) immaculately clean. It's incredible.
It's been great to get to reconnect with our staff too. They are some of our best friends here, and I think they've enjoyed hearing how we're really doing. It goes without saying that they are anxious for our return.
And then, since I am here and James is there...I got an email from my husband. I'll let him share his good news in his own words. He speaks a lot about his cough - for one, because it's an incredible nuisance (and something he's put up with for nearly a year). For two, when we asked his doctors if his cough would go away, they both responded "We hope so." (Apparently when it comes to lung cancer, asking if the cough goes away is akin to asking, "Am I going to be healed?")
I am doing well. I feel these days my health is getting better everyday. Coughing is getting less every day and much less violent and I'm coughing much shorter. Last night, for the first time, I woke up without coughing, It was a very weird feeling. Eventually I coughed of course, but it was short and light. Yesterday I played basketball and in a few minutes I was out of breath, but this morning when I woke up I felt like I have much more energy. I took Michaela and Caroline out to walk and I chased them, didn't feel any problem to breathe at all. Today I coughed so much less than any other days. I feel God's complete healing is at hand. I'm very excited and encouraged about it.
Thank you all, again, for your many, many prayers on our behalf. We believe that God is hearing them and is working great things on our behalf as a result. Thank you.