What a funny story. I was an au pair for 3.5 years (New Jersey + Calfiornia) and as au pairs we tend to connect with each other, or better yet, other people like to connect us. And so one day a friend mentioned that he knew a former au pair from Germany who I should talk to. It took a couple of texts and next I knew Jen and I were sipping coffee at Starbucks in Menlo Park.
But this was just blur. What really makes this story incredible was when on the first official day of dating my husband he decided to text his best friends to tell them about this step (before we announce it to the world of the Internet). And so he texted Shyne, whose wife was Jen! Whaaat?! I could not believe that. I guess I completely forgot that Jen did mention that she was married to a guy called Shyne and that our circle of friends was fairly small. Either way… VERY small world.
Since then Jen and I became best friends. I don’t know if it’s because of the European roots or because of the Jesus’ roots but knowing Jen has been an amazing adventure and I am so thankful for her. When I started interacting with her something that came to my mind was that she was very open and friendly and always there. She is incredibly reliable and committed. I love that so much. I think we all know that it takes two people to build a relationship and when I started to hang out with Jen I had NO DOUBT that this would not be difficult. I knew that she does what she says she would do and she does that with joy and love.
I think of Jen as a supporter. She is not only always there for you but she is so excited and so into being present (with people and with Jesus). I love that sooo much. I recently got married and I cannot describe how much help and support I received from Jen. From putting vases together, to cutting flowers, to helping with the menu, to calling me on the day before to check on me and see how I was doing – Jen was there for me. And for that I am so thankful.
Soon, Jen will be a mom!
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’