Sunday, September 21, 2008

Last day in Okinawa

On Saturday, my sister Deborah, her son Shingo and his wife Chika came to pick us up at the hotel to take us to various places in Naha. We went to a Chinese Garden, given to Okinawa by the Chinese. We fed some koi fish and turtles and walked around. It is located right next to where my sister used to live so I was able to see her old apartment, where I spent 2 months one summer before I graduated from highschool. She then took us for lunch, to a donut shop and then to see Michael(my brother) at his shop. My brother builds motorcyles and does alot of welding and building. He took our boys individually on a ride (which, I was really nervous about at first, but just prayed God would protect them). They had a blast (what boy wouldn't?). We then met my oldest sister Marie and headed to the airport. It was so fun to hang out with my sister Deborah. We both have always got along and she has a crazy sense of humor like me so we were having such a great time together. When it was time to leave, I was so sad... my life in the states is so good and I wouldn't trade it for the world, but spending time with my sisters made me realize how much I have been missing. It was like a piece of me was being torn apart again. Goodbyes are so hard... I know I lived 20 years without them, but somehow when I spent time with them, it was like time never passed. Calvin is such a tender-hearted boy and when I started crying, he started crying and he surpassed my tears and kept crying almost all the way to Taipei! (1-1/2 hr flight!) He kept saying how much he is going to miss my sisters and his cousins.
I do hope to see them again much sooner than 20+ years from now.


Karmen and Greg said...

What a special time you had with your family. 20 years is too long -- you need to find a way to see them more often. I am SO glad that this reunion with them took place. Your trip was God ordained in more ways than you will probably ever know.


Kelly Berryhill said...

I can imagine how hard the parting had to be but what a blessing that you had this time with them all!! Hopefully next time won't be so far away! You and your sister Deborah look so much alike! Blessings on the rest of your travel!!