My Graduating Sisters

(pictures forthcoming)

Sometimes I regret missing the "growin' up" years of my sisters and brother. For two years, I was serving the Lord in Orange County and since then, except for a 4-month trial run of being an RM in Utah, I've been living in the very area I served as a missionary. I don't regret for a minute the experiences I had during my missionary service or subsequent community service among the Vietnamese Americans here (heck, I married one :) but I do wish I could have been around while my family was growing and maturing. It's a bit of a paradox.

However, the Lord hasn't left me hanging. Since I couldn't be "there" for my own siblings, he's blessed me with other brothers and sisters - with whom I cannot claim blood relation but who I definitely claim as family. This concept hit me like a brick this past week while I stood at Van's graduation and realized that my Morgy's graduation was just two weeks ago. Could it really be true that they are the same age, that they were going through the same trials at the same time, that they're both moving beyond high school in the same year and starting on the same road of opportunities? My goodness, it still shakes me up to think that all this time I hadn't even made the connection. My Utah life and OC life still run parallel paths in my head, yet to intersect at any meaningful crossroads, so it never crossed my mind that my two "sisters" who I feel are so far separated might be more-closely related than I imagined. Now I can't help but think, all those years I've been geographically distant from my Morgy (I didn't even email her for crying in the mud!) but in constant contact with Van, perhaps through some channel of karma or flow or "what goes around comes around" or just God's tender mercies, I've been there for both of my sisters. I sure hope so. And either way, they're both graduated and moving on, so I need to do the same.

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travel log
  • 02.13.08 - to the temple with Luan and his mom, good to be back
  • 02.14.08 - Mẫu's alive! and staying for the weekend
  • 02.15.08 - floor hockey and Thái food makes for some strange dreams
  • 02.17.08 - frisbee and swamp monster at the park: fun but I'm pooped!
  • 02.19.08 - just read Triết's response to my last post - game on!
  • 02.20.08 - raining and expected to continue through Sunday - thank goodness!
  • 02.21.08 - 3-hour nap is a bad idea right before bed
  • 02.23.08 - to the beach to watch kites, a baptism @ 5pm, and homemade bulgogi - what a day!
  • 02.25.08 - just gave myself a haircut - woo, cold head!
  • 02.26.08 - 75° and spring cleaning - couldn't feel better
  • 02.27.08 - fed the elders bún đậu tonight - think it's their first time
  • 03.01.08 - working on new background...
  • 03.02.08 - finalized javascript to change background without muffing up my other scripts
  • 03.03.08 - fhe: "In his strength I can do all things" (Alma 26:12)
  • 03.07.08 - some decisions are harder than others, but some are downright excruciating
  • 03.08.08 - there is life after work... i almost forgot
  • 03.11.08 - the distance between good and bad is much shorter than between better and best
  • 03.12.08 - conversion is sometimes a gradual process, so much so that we don't even notice
  • 03.14.08 - for some reason everything was a little harder today, looking forward for bed!
  • 03.15.08 - last night after blog reading, I missed OnlyBlue, today I find she's back
  • 03.16.08 - best day of my life!
  • 03.19.08 - "Pray for the answer that they've been looking for"
release notes v1.0 - FINALLY DONE!
  • 12.07 - first thought of starting a new blog
  • 01.08 - busy with election stuff but blog design still on back burner
  • 01.13.08 - first idea to imitate jk rowling with the "desk" theme
  • 01.28.08 - start sketching current design, breaking down development into phases
  • 02.02.08 - election only days away but still drafting final plans
  • 02.04.08 - v0.6 LAUNCH
    • main components (blog body, sidebar, header, etc) designed and implemented
    • styling for font, links, drop caps, etc. finished
  • 02.07.08 - v0.8 LAUNCH
    • image style to imitate polariod
    • moveability - post-it notes and static clings can be repositioned by drag and drop
    • release notes styled and written
  • 02.16.08 - travel log (beta) added in hopes of catching the mundane
  • 02.22.08 - lightbox 2.03 reinstalled and working fine (hopefully - let me know otherwise)
  • 02.26.08 - v0.9 LAUNCH
    • travel log seems to be working, so I'll keep it
    • lightbox also seems to have passed the test, so it's a keeper
    • some credits/info added to bottom (will expand)
    • keeping old Viet terms in archive for future viewing
  • 03.18.08 - v1.0 LAUNCH
    • installation and testing of time-sensitive background completed (for now)