July 16, 2006
Serendipitous Café Meeting
Before visiting the first of our handful of potential church families this morning, we decided to investigate a café in a neighboring town for breakfast. The Sun, in Sunninghill (not to be confused with Sunningdale, where we live, or Sunnyvale, California, where we lived for ten years 1995-2005).
As we sipped our hot chocolates and espresso, and nibbled on our quiche lorraine, croissants (surprisingly good), pain au chocolat (doesn't matter that it was spelled incorrectly, it was fresh out of the oven), doughnuts and apple strudel, another family of four walked in and ordered. They sat down at the next table and we couldn't help but steal glances at them:
- The father carried a laptop (this made us feel bonded already).
- The mom and kids were blonde (we are too). I don't remember the color of the dad's hair, perhaps light brown.
- There was a boy about Jason's age, and a girl a little older than Emily.
- Then we overhead their American accent.
Since we don't know a soul here, on the way out, I had to initiate a brief conversation with the pick-up line of "Excuse me, but is there wireless internet access here?" (something I would have dearly wanted to know anyway, since we are still on dial-up for another week or so).
It turned out we had a mind-blowing amount in common with this family, in addition to the above four items:
- They moved here this week.
- Their kids will attend the same school as ours.
- Their son will be in Jason's grade.
- They are not only from the U.S., but from California. Not only from California, but Northern California. From Silicon Valley. Menlo Park, to be exact.
- Their kids went to International School of the Peninsula, where our kids went to a summer French immersion camp.
- They have lived in France (for six years; in fact their kids were born there).
- They have lived in additional countries (Netherlands).
- They have a VW (we had a VW in California, and again in France; we don't have a car yet here).
- They thought breakfast at the Sun on Sunday morning would be a good idea.
Wow! So we exchanged information and hope to get together soon to get to know each other better. Thanks, God!
Then we went to church and had a great time - the kids both loved their classes, and there's a youth group meeting Wednesday night for Jason (and this church is 8 minutes from our house! We've never had anything that close before). We still have about four other good possiblities, so we will probably visit those as well.
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Again with the perfect time. God is so good!
Posted by: Jennifer Knighton | Jul 16, 2006 7:21:37 PM
So glad you had a wonderful Sunday. We visited our first new possible church today, too. The Chapel on the Air Force Base. Love that you met a great family for you to become friends with. God is taking care of you, as always.
Posted by: Melene | Jul 16, 2006 9:57:19 PM
Wow, that's almost freaky!
Posted by: Jon | Jul 17, 2006 1:01:16 AM
Very cool! :-) I'm so happy you made it safetly to England. Yay! Sending this off with a prayer for all the details to come together.
Posted by: Helen | Jul 17, 2006 2:09:44 AM
I have not packed yet, but, Lord willing, I will be on the plane tonight and give and receive many hugs tomorrow! I worked four hours yesterday to finish the French translation for our Africa division head, who is actually still in Africa, but ready or not, here I come!
I love you! Mom
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Jul 17, 2006 12:32:32 PM
If you think that's freaky, Jon, how about this: without any communication, we ran into them AGAIN today, in a different town 15 minutes away, in an enormous superstore complex, in the bathroom (well, the moms!).
And discovered yet another location in common: Colorado. Both our families go there at least once a year for skiing and/or hiking, and have done for years. From our ski resort (Snowmass), we can see theirs (Steamboat Springs), even if it is 4 hours' drive away. We also have a friend from Steamboat, and have been there.
What is God planning here???!
Posted by: Katherine | Jul 17, 2006 6:23:25 PM
What a wonderful confirmation that He who is really in charge wants you to know He is. Love to your Mom who I know is visiting...how I miss her. Love, Aunt Willow
Posted by: Willow | Jul 21, 2006 7:33:44 AM