This post is quite delayed! On October 5, 2013, a very amazing and happy event happened. I married the man of my life, Zhengbin Xu! We traveled to Davenport, Iowa and were joined by Mom, Dad, Corey, Danielle, Zach, Aaron, and Nathan. We were married in a short ceremony right on the bank of the Mississippi River by Magistrate Carrie Coyle. Afterward, we all had a nice lunch and had photos taken by Danielle at several beautiful locations around Davenport.
This post is one which I’ve been avoiding for a while now. On January 18th, 2013 at 8 AM, Molly passed away. She would have turned 18 on April 12th. She passed very peacefully and with Justin and me by her side.
Molly has been with me and my family since she was a tiny kitten. She was abandoned by her Mom in order garage at the first house I ever lived at in April of 1995. In 1996 we moved to a new house about 1/2 a mile down the road and she seemed more attached to me than anyone else. In 2008 when I moved to West Lafayette, Molly came with me to live with us at Purdue Village. In 2010 we moved to Lindberg Village. While she never really liked Sparky, there were moments when she would tolerate him enough for them to be near each other.
Molly always would sleep with us, either by our heads or on our stomachs. She was always there for comfort and warmth. It’s hard sometimes because we will see something that will remind her of us and, at least for me, I’ll think she’s there for a second until I realize she’s gone. Pretty soon we will be moving on to a new house we have purchased. It will be difficult because this is the first place I’ve lived where Molly hasn’t lived with me as well. It will be hard to leave behind the last place she was, but we will always have memories with her and many pictures to remind ourselves of the impact she made on our lives.
Farewell Molly, we will miss you greatly.
Here’s to a productive 2013 with projects getting completed, jobs prospering and the country moving forward on equality!