It has been three years since we have sent out any updates on our life by way of pictures or Christmas cards. This has not been for any lack of happenings, but on the contrary and Christmas card mailings have sunk to the bottom of our priority list. It is actually still there, but we did not feel it was fair to flee the country and not give any info on the happenings in our family over the past few years.
So I will start with France. Yes. We are moving to France for two years come January 24th. The most oft question asked is: Are you excited about it? And the answer to that question is: We have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off for so many months trying to prep for this move that we have not had a lot of time to process our "feelings". No time for that. I guess we will process when we get there and we sit around in our French home and have no one but ourselves to talk to.
The next question: Do you know French? No. Refer to previous answer. We do know that cheese is fromage and we plan to eat a lot of that.
We are moving to a small town of 5000 in SE France. We will be dual-enrolling our children in the French school in the village. They do not speak any English there-- except for the English teacher, which we have met and I have plans to become best friends with her. We visited a wonderful little church that we loved and plan to attend. A gentleman named John from England offered to sit behind us and translate the sermon. He may have a full-time job doing so for the next few years! Hubby has been working for Federal Mogul in Burlington for the past six years and the French plant is instituting a new line of spark plugs for BMW and apparently Federal Mogul thought that moving our wild clan overseas was going to be the best way to do this. Our nearest biggish city is Saint Etienne which is 30 minutes away, and the big cool city nearest us is Lyon which is about an hour away and approx the same size as Saint Louis. We also will be living a little more than an hour away from a famed French Alps ski town called Grenoble.
We are keeping our home here in the Midwest and we have friends that are moving in to care-take for our home.
Okay. Now that the France topic is settled, let's move on to our little Gremlins. We have added two since our last official family news release. Three years ago, we added B-man to our family. He came to us through foster care and after parental rights were terminated, we welcomed him into our family. Meet B-man