Tag Archives | France

People, Places and Paint

Here’s a hodge-podge update of our lives the past week or so. Last Saturday, we spent an evening with the Yorkey family. Mike is a writer I met through a writer’s group. His family has a home in Switzerland and drove down to visit the area. We had a great dinner! Many of you know […]

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L’oasis de grace

Running today, I felt God’s smile. I don’t know why I have a hard time staying in the discipline of running because every time I do it, I meet the Lord. People in France name their homes. It’s such a lovely thing. Today as I jogged, I ran past a home named L’Oasis. I thought […]

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Missing David Crowder

The Lord’s been speaking to me about worship again. Our stereo hisses and blows weird air noises. It’s about ten years old, so I shouldn’t complain. The result is that my home isn’t filled with music anymore (other than sweet French songs my children sing or really nice recorder music from the mouths of Aidan […]

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Our Heroic Children

It used to be that teachers were my heroes. That changed a bit after we met with Aidan’s teacher last week. Seems he’s been having trouble calculating long multiplication problems like 458 x 157. (He’s in the third grade!) His math stress coincided with friend stress, so we felt it was good to share all […]

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Teachers talking, not teaching

It came out during our dinner conversation. It’s why I like that we’ve maintained the ritual of a family dinner every night. Around our table, our children’s days spill out, and we learn more about their struggles and triumphs. Two nights ago, this came up: “When my teacher talks on the cell phone,” Julia began, […]

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You are in my Pencil Box

When I spoke to her today, I didn’t expect her words. “Remember when you gave me your prayer card?” Maria asked. I nodded. Patrick and I met Uve and Maria on our first family trek to France. They had opened their home and their pool to us and had one of those unforgettable parties. Their […]

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Thank you Jeff and Rory

A breath of spring air. That’s Jeff and Rory Lavender. I fell apart last week on the heels of coming back to France. And then I fell down the stairs. Jeff and Rory drove over and prayed for me. They listened. They cried. They prayed some more. They’ve lived in France 15 years. All during […]

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Exxon Provence and Meeting Jane

Yesterday, we drove three drippy hours to Aix en Provence, which to Aidan sounded quite like EXXON Provence. We met up with our friends who are church planting in Paris and were in Aix on holiday. Although it rained the entire time, we made the best of our time by visiting a castle in Louberon. […]

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Undulation Reformation

I need an undulation reformation. I resonate with this dialogue from the Wonderworks movie, Anne of Avonlea: Marilla: You set your heart too much on frivolous things and then crash down into despair when you don’t get them. Anne Shirley: I know. I can’t help flying up on the wings of anticipation. It’s as glorious […]

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The land of forgetfulness

I have been living in the land of forgetfulness. Something happened to my wee brain when we crossed the great Atlantic. Now assaulted by the breeze of the Mediterranean sea, I am forgetting everything: Where I put important papers. Patrick and I joke that there is an evil vortex in our home, one consisting of […]

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