We spent about six hours today in transit, and only about one hour of that was in the air. The flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is short and uneventful; it's the getting in and out of airports that takes so long.
After a long, long day, however, we're finally settling in at our house in Chiang Mai, graciously loaned to us for a couple weeks by a Thai friend of Tutu Bee, our country director.
After arriving at the Chiang Mai airport at about 4:30pm, we dropped our bags off at the house and headed to a wonderful little roadside restaurant in Doi Saket before joining the team from Goshen, Indiana for the evening at our DS1 campus. (The mediocre lunch at the Bangkok airport cost 8 times as much as our delicious dinner; truly the best meals can be found at the least impressive eateries.)
The kids and staff from 8 of our 10 Thailand homes joined together for a service of thanksgiving and dedication of the home that had burned down in December, and which was rebuilt quickly by the generosity of a number of our churches, Grace Community, Goshen Indiana, included. It was a treat to have Pastor Jim Brown and a team from the church present for the occasion.
Unfortunately, the service lasted longer than our energy, so I had Khun Cho, one of our staff, drive us home. The kids and Kori are in bed and I'm waiting for Tutu to arrive with some supplies for our week -- the house we're in came without towels and linens.
I'm completely beat. Everyone's in relatively good spirits. Kori and Xiu Dan are fighting their strep bravely. I count all of these as blessings. Soon, I hope, I'll also be counting sheep.