This past trip to Hong Kong and Japan has been so wonderful. Since the passing of my beloved Balboa and Leo, I really haven’t really gone outside other than for work or for school. I left the house as minimally as possible because I couldn’t bear to come home to an empty house without my dogs waiting and wagging for me on the other side. But, being with my love and my entire family these past three weeks have helped me so much in dealing with my grief. At times, I felt guilty for smiling again, for laughing again; however, my family reminded me the importance of being happy and to cherish the time we have (and have had). Visiting my grandmother’s grave in Hong Kong especially reminded to cherish all of the wonderful times we’ve had, and that day honestly brought so much happiness to my heart. I still know I have a long road ahead to feeling a bit *okay* without my pups, but the love and welcome from my family has really so much helped with my healing. I feel so fortunate to have shared so many new memories in a place where I spent so many of my childhood summers with such loving parents, my brother and sister-in-law, so many aunts and uncles, countless cousins, and of course, my love.