We left Oregon almost 11 years ago. We were friends with a couple who had two sons and a little girl, named Sarah. We had been there to see Sarah grow from a newborn to the bright little eight-year-old that she was when we moved away. She was as sweet as she was cute. We haven't seen Sarah (or any of her family) since 1998.
Wednesday night our phone rang. It was Sarah's mother. Sarah and a friend were driving from Oregon to Oklahoma Christian University, where they are both students. They were returning after being home, with their families, for Christmas break. Because of the terrible weather conditions in the Pacific Northwest right now, they had to go a route that took them down into California, then east on I-40. They would be passing through Albuquerque sometime Thursday night, and she wondered if they could stay that night with us.
Sarah and her friend, Mark (from Vancouver, WA), finally made it to Albuquerque around 9:00 p.m. We all stayed up and talked until 11:30 or so, and Dan and I really enjoyed visiting with them. Sarah is a beautiful young lady now, a sophomore, who spent her first semester this year studying abroad (Vienna, Austria). We also enjoyed meeting Mark, who is the son of a Vancouver preacher. It was a joy having them here for this surprise visit, and we hope one or both of them will stop by on other trips to and from college.