What a happy weekend. It was very rainy, but we did lots of exploring in our van anyway. We went to Rouen and saw the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. And we stopped at Ikea to pick up a high chair.
On Sunday, we went to church. Our Mormon congregation here is teeny tiny — fifteen people not counting our family. And I have to say, I was delighted to realize how much of the Sunday School lesson (which was taught in French) that I understood.
The drive to church could not be more picturesque. In fact, every time we get in the car to go anywhere I am stunned by the beauty of the countryside. Rolling hills, meandering rivers, picturesque farms, manor houses and cathedrals off in the distance.
This building is at the entrance to the grounds of a castle, Chateau Carrouges, about 15 minutes from our house. We were driving by on our way home from church and decided to stop and check it out. Open grounds and we had the place absolutely to ourselves. Such a treat!
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I hope you’re making a blog book (like from blurb or something) about all your France posts for your family – what a keepsake that would be. I have one from my first year of blogging and I LOVE it. My mom has one too and she loves it. That reminds me, I need to get started (and finish!) my 2010 book pronto!!!
Lovely photos, as usual!
“We went to Rouen and saw the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. And we stopped at Ikea to pick up a high chair.” – This is such an odd and delightful juxtaposition of sentences (and centuries). Happy adventures to you!
ha ha ha, I was thinking the same exact thing when I read it!
Make that “Me three!” Love it!
i was also going to comment…I feel like only in Europe can one see both the site of a historical burning, AND hit up IKEA….oh how I miss it so… :) I once, saw the site of Hitler’s bunker and then bought a skirt from H&M…
i was also going to comment…I feel like only in Europe can one see both the site of a historical burning, AND hit up IKEA….oh how I miss it so… :) I once saw the site of Hitler’s bunker and then bought a skirt from H&M…
Your new little branch must be thrilled to have the eight of you! Thanks for sharing!
I love that Joan of Arc and Ikea are referenced in the same sentence. Only in France… the full-spectrum of cultural experience! How fun!
Aren’t Ikea high chairs the BEST! Such a streamlined design and so easy to clean. They also have some of the best baby spoons around, if you need any. :)
How spectacular. I am SO enjoying living vicariously through your family’s adventures. Thank you for sharing them.
Great post, but now I have so many questions. I’ll start with three:
How did the kids feel about church in French?
Did the branch have to organize a Primary now that you have arrived or are some of the 15 members kids?
Do you anticipate the title of Primary President in your near future?
Please do share more church experiences. I’m sure the Branch President’s mouth was watering when the eight of you streamed in : )
Just WOW. And yes, your Branch President is probably over the moon right now – be prepared for callings ASAP :) And Ikea highchairs are the bomb – we have 2.
amazing that you had a castle grounds to your selves:) viva la France:)
What a lovely castle. I’m trying so hard not to be green with envy!!
I love that you almost doubled the size of your little Branch. I bet the Primary President is stoked! :)
We lived in Italy for a few years when I was a kid and I remember many a drive where we would randomly happen upon a church or castle and my mom would make us get out and tour around. We, being punk kids, would whine about “another old church” but now, of course, I’m thankful for all I got to experience while living there. :)
Sounds like a wonderfully delightful weekend – no matter the weather. And what a fabulous photo as well.
Yay for small congregations! And I bet they’re excited to have you!
I am living vicariously through you all as you spend your year abroad. We love France, and in fact, our last visit there was a weekend in Rouen. I hope you got to see “Monet’s” cathedral. If you aren’t too far away, you need to plan to go back this summer for their ‘Les Nuits Impressionnistes’ festival at the Musée des Beaux Arts. It’s something we plan to go back for one day.
Looking at this adventure is wonderful and you are only at the beginning! Glad you found the church. Like all other wards you have been in, they will not want to ever let you go!
Love your family!
Love the detail in the brickwork.
i LOVE the window panes outline on that chateau…red! Wow, 15 people in a branch, I bet they were happy to have you join them!
I am loving reading your adventures in France and living vicariously through you.
Did Ben Blair get called to be bishop yet? Small wards are my favorite. How far was the church from your house?
You may never come back;)
Gosh, your kids look right at home in that picture! How lovely!
Do you know what mission you’re in? I have a cousin in the Paris mission and my uncle and aunt are serving in Tolouse(?–if that’s how you spell it). I had no idea the congregations were so small! Do they even have a primary?
Wow, how beautiful! I live in New Zealand, so I’m used to rolling hills, sheep, and beautiful landscapes, but not castles! :)
So gorgeous! I’m sure your cute family will breath new life into that little ward. So awesome!
Oh, that photo is so stunning!
I had been curious about your new ward/branch. I’ve never been to one that small, do you love it? Also wondering how far a drive it is. Please share your callings if you get a chance!
When I was young we moved to Iowa for 5 years. My Dad was called to be the branch President before the rest of us even got there. A few weeks after we moved in my mom became the Young Women’s President and ward chorister and each of us kids were the President’s of our classes. There are amazing experiences that I cherish from that time.