Meeting Old Friends

Today was a very busy day for meeting friends. We were not expecting them, but after church, we saw this couple who introduced us. Every time I see them, I am filled with gratitude and affection. Since Flora had just arrived, she was still going through jetlag, but we really wanted to take them out for a meal and spend time with them. What started out as a “quick lunch” turned out to be an extended time of chatting and catching up over dumplings and beef rolls. I think we were all energized by the fellowship. I hope to see them again before they go back to China!

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Later in the evening, we picked up some friends and drove for more than one hour to the Americana in Glendale to meet up with Jamie Taylor (of Hudson Taylor fame) for dinner. Since he had just come back from Asia, he specifically requested “no Chinese food.” Happily, I suggested Cheesecake Factory and met no dispute from my husband. We waited for a good hour before we got seated but it was way worth it. Jamie spoke Chinese most of the time and I found him to be down-to-earth and genuine. He was going only going to be in Southern Cal for a few days for a conference, and we were privileged to be asked to spend some time with him on this sojourn.

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In Cheesecake Factory style, we had big servings but we could not pass up on the dessert. We should have only ordered one but opted for two instead. We had chocolate oreo cheesecake and ice cream. We were stuffed but happy!

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