Our heads are spinning from the whirlwind trip to Colorado Springs to pick Taylor up from her YWAM base. Taylor returned to the states a week ago, but spent the past week debriefing. Wendy and I left Wednesday night after I returned from a speaking gig in Miami. We left Des Moines for Colorado about 10:30 p.m. and made it as far as Grand Island before I couldn't keep my peepers open any longer. We finished the drive on Thursday morning and arrived at Taylor's base mid-afternoon.
It was so good to see Taylor. Wendy and I took Taylor to Starbucks to see her pictures and do a little debriefing of our own. Taylor had a challenging, character building trip – but I'll leave it to her to share more about that. On Thursday night there was graduation dinner for all the teams that YWAM sent out this term. It was great to meet all of the members of Taylor's team and to actually put a face with the names we've been hearing about for months.
Taylor was selected to share a bit about her team's trip during the graduation ceremony. She did a great job. It was interesting to hear stories from the teams that went to other countries, as well. Wendy and I were really tired by the time the graduation ceremony was over, so we headed to bed and let Taylor spend her final night on base with her friends.
On Friday morning the three of us had breakfast with our friends, the Straits, and then hit the long road for home. We ran into snow around Grand Island and drove in a snowstorm through the rest of Nebraska and Iowa. We finally got ahead of it just west of Des Moines. We arrived home just before 11 p.m. and found Taylor's friends, Emily & Sophie, getting out of their car to post a "Welcome Home Taylor" sign on the house. Madison was anxiously waiting her sister's return, as well.