We have safely arrived in England! Our flights went well, despite a mere one hour of sleep the night before. We were able to get a little sleep on the plane-maybe four broken hours for me, but Stephen fell in and out of sleep on every flight and fit a little more in.
We arrived on Thursday morning and somehow managed to stay awake until about 11 that night. We enjoyed a wonderful day with Chris and Jenn, and it’s shaping up to be a lovely week of conversations. That’s likely my favorite part of the time I get with my sister: hours of really wonderful conversation that encourages, challenges, and entertains me!
We’re soaking up the chance to relax and slept in a little today; I enjoyed a beautiful run through the park, and we really couldn’t ask for much more. It was a much needed rest. I was also really thankful to have England as our first destination. It was wonderful to see them at the end of the journey and be welcomed into their arms after so many goodbyes. It proved to be a nice step in between here and Thailand: we’re still obviously the foreigners, but we fit a little bit closer; we still said many goodbyes, but there are still a couple familiar faces. Somehow it becomes a bridge between the chasm. And we are so very grateful for it!