While Mark and I were in San Francisco at Fisherman's Wharf, we met this couple who was traveling the world for 4 months. It is really quite interesting how it all worked out. As we were getting to know one another, we told them we were from Las Vegas, and that just so happened to be the one of their next destinations! We gave them our number and told them to call us for a BBQ and swimming. That was all in 15 minutes before we had to take off for our tour at Alcatraz. So that was that!
We'd been home from our trip for one day and they called us!! We did a BBQ and swimming at my parents house. Through getting to know more about them that night, we found that they were on the tail end of their traveling. They had already been to Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. For the next few days they were just going to drive back to L.A. and kill some time before they flew of to N. Y. on Easter Sunday. We offered them to stay with us til they had to drive back to L.A. and they accepted!
Crazy. Yes. I am Crazy.
But, they were extremely cordial. Very intellectual. Leonie spoke a few more languages, other than Dutch and English, and Erwin was fluent just in Dutch and English (as if that's not accomplished enough!) I am always amazed with people who speak beautiful English, as their 2nd language. Their vocabulary was enormous, more so than the average American high school student. I was stunned.
During their stay with us, we became wonderful friends. For life. When they get married, Mark and I have made it a goal to fly over for their wedding. (Hopefully that won't happen for another 1-2 years so we have ample time to save for the trip, with ample souvenir money!)
I have ancestry from Holland, and my grandpa went to Holland on his mission, still speaks it, and tells the conversion story of our ancestors (his grandparents) every Christmas Eve.
Erwin and Leonie came to church with us on Easter Sunday. They had just enough time to listen to the choir sing. As they were leaving we gave them Book of Mormons, and they graciously received them. You never know how the seeds will grow after planting them, until the eternities unravel their mysteries...