Monday, September 19, 2011

We Left Her in Irvine

We watched Shannon walk away...

Saturday, September 17, 2011
Purchased printer, textbook for Shannon and souvenirs (hats, sweatshirts, t-shirt) for the rest of us at the UCI Bookstore
Purchased bicycle for Shannon.
Bought little things such as Coke, bottled water, tylenol, etc. for Shannon
Played Civilization 5  (Tim's is still winning)
Brahms led devotions at the hotel lobby.
Ronnie and Irene Lim delivered the fridge, that we stored at their house, to the hotel.

Once they were always together...

(Leonard is a doll that Miriam made for her sister. We tucked him under her bed cover before we left the Shire.)

How can a parent prepare for a time as this?

Only by trust and faith in God and the confidence on our child. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011
7:00  Breakfast at Embassy Suites, Irvine.
8:30 New Song Church, Shannon went to sign her name to indicate her intention to volunteer at the Children's ministry.
9:00   Worship Service at New Song.   Shannon met people in the New Song College group. Talked to the college pastor Abe Park.
11:00  We helped Shannon move in to Middle Earth Housing.
12:30  We went out to eat lunch together at Carl's Jr.
2:00  Dropped her off at the Berkeley Place Parking lot.  We hugged and said goodbyes and watched her walk towards Middle Earth.
2:15   We drove back home and arrived at about 10:30 pm. 

She now lives so far away from us - 8 hr-drive on I-5

Everyone is sad that there are only four people in our family now.  Miriam teared up several times at the thought of not having her sister with her anymore.  Brahms regrets that the only person he knew ever since he was born (other than mommy and daddy) is not with him anymore. 

This is Shannon's time to try her wings and see how they fare out there.  We've done all we can to prepare her for this time.  May God be with my daughter always...

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