After two weeks in Thailand and a 17-hour direct flight from Bangkok, we are home in the USA. We're celebrating Thanksgiving (so much to be thankful for) in New York with BOTH of our families (minus Scott, Barb & Christina - we miss you). A monumental event that I am calling the real version of the American/Indian celebration.
Here's some quick updates on what's been going on since we left India:
Thailand was a great, relaxing, rewarding buffer time between homes. We spent the first week relaxing, catching up with some AIA friends, taking Simon to the pool, and eating Dunkin' Donuts. Then, my mom came, and we had a great time together with Sy as Ben got really busy with AIA's World Leadership Conference. It's always fantastic to see AIA's staff from around the world (including 7 from South Asia) gather in one room to seek God's face for another year of ministry. We rode an elephant and spent some time in Bangkok as well, staying in the tallest building in the city.
Then, it was time to get on the plane. For all of you that prayed for a smooth journey, thank you. It couldn't have been better! Sy slept when we told him it was time to sleep, and we had an extra seat in our row, so he had plenty of room. He played well when he wasn't sleeping and we were thankful to switch off with his grandma, as her seat was in Economy Plus, with even more room for us to relax.
He is loving being back with his grandparents and aunts and uncles. He hasn't skipped a beat with them, and remembers everyone. We got some warm clothes for all of us. (Well, Ben's been a little paralyzed by the overwhelming experience of American shopping choices, so he's gotten socks, but I'm not having much trouble.)
Yesterday, we had Taco Bell, something I've been anticipating for months, and even though it's only 7:00 a.m., I'm wondering if it's too early to break into the chips and salsa.
Happy Thanksgiving to you. It certainly is for us.