We had a little prep with one of the gifts I was most excited to give that I set up late at night on Christmas Eve after Santa came:
I set him all up ready to give us the gifts he sent through the mail. Ha!
The girls were pretty excited to have their brother around to share in all the festivities 🙂
We loved the gifts he sent:
(little backpacks, notes, a t-shirt and a Chinese scroll with the Plan of Salvation which is really cool)
It felt good to have him with us for our post-church family Christmas picture:
Ha! Yes we are cheesy like that 🙂
The time he scheduled with us was 9:00 on Christmas evening, which was a little weird since his Christmas would be over (he’s 16 hours ahead over there in Taiwan), but we weren’t complaining because that would give us a perfect time to really focus after all the other Christmas hoopla was done.
We got all the skype connections checked and ready, the computer charged and just like that, there he was, beaming his smile on over to us from all the way over in Taiwan.
There is nothing I can say to describe the spirit in that room and how much my cheek muscles hurt from talking to that boy we adore so much. How swollen my heart is still now from loving, and how our jaws dropped at his Chinese. We got to ask so many questions, laughed our guts out, he asked each of the girls to say a little something about what they’re doing right now. He bore his testimony to us in Chinese and here’s the recording Grace got…it’s kind of quiet but if you listen close you can hear it:
(Dave is translating a little bit at the end.)
We all shed a few tears as Dave asked me to offer the “closing prayer” before we had to say goodbye.
We only got forty-five minutes which was way too short, but he left us all glowing with happiness and the satisfaction of feeling connected.
No words can describe how it felt in that room, but hopefully our faces show it all.