Having Parker and Charity here for Christmas was a ton of fun. The one thing Parker and Charity said they wanted to do while they were in Thailand was to ride an elephant, so a couple days before Christmas we took them elephant riding. While Parker and Charity were on the elephant ride Jabez and I were talking to the woman who owns the the elephants and after talking for a while she asked if Jabez wanted to ride an elephant. If you know Jabez you will know that riding an elephant has been one of his hearts desires for the past couple years, so he was thrilled...at least until he got up close and saw how big it was :). The picture might not show it, but when he got down he was very happy to have ridden and fed an elephant.
Two days after Christmas found us on our way back to the states for GYC (Generation of Youth for Christ), which is a large youth conference in Kentucky. It was a crazy trip let me tell you. On the way there we had two 10 hour layovers in China, but it was fun because we actually left the airport and spent the night in a little hotel in Kunming. It was freezing cold -- at least by Thailand standards -- the floor was actually so cold you could barely stand on it barefooted but the bed had heated mattress, so fortunately we were able to stay warm enough.
We then had another long layover and then a 15 hour flight to JFK. The Lord really blessed and Justus was a little angel and slept at least 9 hours of the flight, so we were very happy about that. Once we arrived in JFK we were met by my family and immediately left on a 12 hour drive down to Kentucky. As you can imagine, by the time we arrived in Kentucky we were exhausted...and frankly we're still trying to recover from that trip :).
GYC was an incredible blessing even though we weren't able to make it to all the meetings due to being so tired. Maria shared her testimony while we were there and if you want to watch it you can check it out below.