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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Goodbye Lauren!

After breakfast this morning, I asked the kids to go and brush their teeth so that we could leave for the airport... I love the simplicity of children (despite knowing that it's still a week till we leave) one of them still asked, "Are we going to Australia today?" Hee hee.
The Tang Gang: Stephanie, Rob, Lauren, Cori-Anne, Denise and Kelly
We were actually heading out to say goodbye to the Tang Family (heading back to America for the summer), but more importantly Lauren, the eldest of their four kids.  Lauren just finished Year 12 and is spending the next two months with her family but then, when they return to Thailand in August, she will remain in America and begin college.

It's a huge transition for her but we just know that she's going to be okay.
Tobi and Eli both shed their tears at different moments during the morning goodbyes.  Lauren has been like a big cousin to them for the past 18 months.  She is such a delightful, beautiful, gentle young lady with a quietly spoken way that people are just drawn to.
She is intelligent, musical and creative.  Her younger siblings also adore her.  
I had the pleasure a month or so ago to take some of her "senior" photos before graduation night.  My reflection: She really is the sweetest girl.
And so to Lauren, it is with some sadness that we wish you farewell but we know that you will be back to visit and we wish you all the very best for a wonderful 'first year' as a college freshman... is that right?  Trying to use my American English LOL.


Anonymous said...

Lovely pics!!

Cross Family said...

Thanks! It was a fun photo shot and as I mentioned, she is super sweet and, I wanna add soooo photogenic!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your lovely post on your blog. I kept saying "aw" to myself as I read it through.
Your family has been SUCH a huge blessing in my life, and I loved getting to know each one of you {the photoshoot was so much fun! Thanks amazing photographer!}. Just seeing as you walk past me to school or as you rode your bikes around the muubaan or go to the ZOE worship nights brightened me up and made me smile(: You've got such a wonderful, bright family. I can't wait to see you again after {Yes} my freshman year :)

Cross Family said...

Thanks Lauren. We hope you have the most wonderful next couple of months with your family and friends. Blessings, P Andie x