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Much-anticipated Pictures

Mom and Dad got to visit Sister Shana at the end of October. She wanted to be able to take a trip away from the convent as she hadn’t really left the convent or Alma since she got there in September. Though they had to plan around morning and evening prayers (and sometimes afternoon prayers), Mom, Dad and Shana were able to take day trips. They went over to a nearby town to get some supplies. Being from Kansas, I guess you can think you’re prepared for the cold of Michigan, but really have no idea. Shana needed some warmer clothes.

Mom and Dad took Shana and the rest of the postulants to dinner.

Mom and Dad took Shana and the rest of the postulants to dinner.

EDIT: Mom says Shana was actually talking to Chase in the picture with Dad. She got in a convo to all the kids! Even Julia – for a bit.

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For transparency, this post is being written by Brandi … though Shana asked me to write it. Mom, Dad, Shana and I went up to Alma, Michigan this weekend and dropped Shana off. It was a wonderful trip as it gave us all a chance to see what Shana has seen – and truly feel comfortable with her and her decision. The home where she will live in gorgeous. The town is quaint, but really a decent size at about 12,000. And the sisters we met, including Mother Superior, welcome us with open arms – literally. It will truly be a wonderful place to live and grow in faith, and we couldn’t be happier for her. The sisters knew that saying goodbye to Shana was difficult and they were so wonderful as they hugged Mom – knowing it was probably most difficult for a mother. The Mother Superior told us “don’t think of it as losing a daughter or sister – but like gaining 70 nuns.” 🙂 She was definitely a hoot, and I was so very pleased to know that humor and laughter would abound in with the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Life is so very bleak without laughter, and the seriousness of the convent was one of my greatest concerns. I’m so very glad to have that fear wiped away.

So – what’s it look like? Well, Mom and I took pictures. Lots of them. Shana told us that our incessant picture-taking was “only slightly embarrassing.” 🙂 I will post more pictures in the coming days. We got to see everything from the house – built in 1917 I believe – to the new chapel and retreat center with commercial kitchen. More to come!

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