So far, we haven't really written a thing about our family's trip to France in June. We didn't exactly have the best luck while we were there. In fact, it seemed at times like we were getting screwed at every turn, and it was really frustrating. (It seems ridiculous to complain about anything on a trip abroad, I realize. This trip was something not everyone gets to have and we feel blessed for the experience.) It's been a hard road to recovery but I think after my trip back to France last month, I can forget it and truly write our experience off as a long string of bad luck. I now really look forward to going back… it's a lovely place with lovely culture.
Toward the end of our visit in France in the summer, we were invited out to the country to do a session at a very beautiful, very quaint home. We drove our motorhome around the countryside looking for their address, and when we looked lost, a neighbor directed us to the right place by getting in his car and leading us there. Uh, nice! That was a sign of great things to come for the day.
Our clients, Terry and Laila, are now our great friends. I feel really privileged to say that. That day was extremely magical. The weather was amazing. Our kids ran around their little farm like they had found heaven while we took pictures. Afterwards, Laila let Isabelle cook with her. Isaac and the puppy played catch and throw. Tyler and I sat around eating homemade tomato tart that I still crave.
I want to share the pictures below because when I look at them, I still feel that euphoric feeling I experienced that afternoon. That's the afternoon that we relaxed, embraced new friends, let the kids run wild, and experienced a French country life. And it was good. It was very, very good.
That evening after we had been spoiled to death by Laila and Terry, we walked down their drive and climbed into our beds in the motorhome. As we settled into our sleeping bags, the only sound around us was the chirping of crickets and wind blowing through the branches above us. The perfect French day had finally found us.
Sometimes all you need to feel a part of the world is to open yourself up to experience it in every way possible. To be able to dream about what life would be like if you lived here, or worked there, etc. and then carry out that dream. I hope I can remember that. Right now we have a very strong desire to go everywhere and do everything. And for us, right now, we feel a part of this world.
I spy Terry hiding behind flowers!
I'll post their pictures tomorrow. Can't wait.
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