on christmas morning, michael was opening his second present... with a knife. we all know how this story will end... he cut his thumb open. a pretty deep cut. we spent many hours in the ER on christmas day and found out michael almost completely severed the tendon inside his thumb, will need surgery very soon, and should not leave the country. this means we are not on our way to russia with everyone : ( fortunately, we were able to refund our tickets and save the money to go this summer. i was obviously devastated, as i've looked forward to our return all year. however, i was reminded by my art teacher (who is on the trip), that there is a reason for everything and we just don't know why god wants us to stay here. He is so tricky sometimes, but i know His plan wins. pray for michael and his healing, and the group in russia right now.