Country Roads

Country Roads

Members of #AYCFrance2019 will recognize todays feature pic. It’s the twin spires of the church in Richelieu, the idealized community (in terms of civil engineering – layout & architecture) that is located just about 25 km from Châtellerault.

Even those of you who are not part of that small group of people would have an awareness of the illustrious person who gave their name to the community: Cardinal Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, aka. “Cardinal Richelieu” … the dark villain of the Three Musketeers story.

Richelieu really existed and was a scourge during the reign of Louis XIV… countless atrocities were done under his reign over the Catholic church in France and is one of the reasons why France is so dissociated from God today: they threw the proverbial baby out with the bath water, so to speak.

Ouf! That feels like a low key to begin on… let’s go back a step or two…

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Bringin’ Home the Hardware

Bringin’ Home the Hardware

If you didn’t see my last post you may not have been aware that Dominic qualified, in the quarter final quizzing tournament (that took place via ZOOM), to go on to the national finals. So… last weekend, we changed things up and left Châtellerault for a couple of days. It was really, really nice. As we were driving up to Melun (greater Paris region) it occurred to me that it had been a full 6 months since I’d driven that route.

How’d the day go?

Pretty good you might say, but before I give you the full details, let me talk about the day before…

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Transition Month

Transition Month

Officially, school only just ended a couple of weeks ago (July 10th-ish). Practically speaking though… they were done weeks earlier, but with the uncertainty of COVID-19 hanging over their heads in terms of whether they’d have to return, what other work they’d have to submit, etc.

The balance of July was really a true break.

Unlike the past three years when there were trips to North America planned, this was our first “stay-at-home” July since then. It kind of felt good actually.

Now… we’re beginning to switch ever so slowly back into “thinking about school” mode. However, we’ll save that… let’s look at the week.

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Small Step, Repeat…

Small Step, Repeat…

Last Sunday, Liz & I celebrated our 23rd anniversary.

23 years of kisses & great coffee.
23 years of moments we’re proud of… & some less so.
23 years of hopes… & sometimes disappointments.
23 years of trusting in a faithful God.

Today I’ll tell you a little bit about our anniversary getaway and one of the lessons that we were reminded of in the process.

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Where’s my Blogging MOJO?

Where’s my Blogging MOJO?

I’ve been having a hard time finding my blogging MOJO of late.

I’m not entirely sure what it is, but I have a hunch… it’s related to a blog post that’s in the works but not yet published. I was hoping to have it out 2 weeks ago, but that didn’t happen and I’ve come back to it a couple times, but am just not quite satisfied yet.

Perhaps the MOJO will return when that post is up… but in the meantime, here’s a more recent glance into France…

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Lookin’ back from 50

Lookin’ back from 50

Very often, photos on my phone are a starting point for my posts. They remind me of what was important that week; what I wanted to remember. Not always of course. There are other important things that never make it to the camera roll, but things on my camera roll are often the starting point for my posts.

Today’s post will be a bit different – and it will be longer (you might want to throw on an extra pot of coffee 🙂 ). You see, not too long ago I hit one of those milestone birthdays. So for the past couple of months I’ve been in reflection mode...

Ready? Let’s go…

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