Castles...2 days

We are making our way back to Paris to fly out Sunday...I still can't believe our time here is coming to an end.

We stopped in some towns along the way that have Castles! Vianden, Luxembourg and Bouillon, Belgium. The other day Sadie said, "Daddy, I am going to have a big party and you are going to dance with me, ok?" It was very funny to see her reaction when we came across a castle.




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roman ruins and sweet friends...3 days

We are in Trier, Germany for a company meeting and are thankful for being able to visit friends one last time before heading to Houston. Unfortunately, I did not get very many photos of everyone.

In Trier there is ancient ruins from the Roman, its crazy that they were able to get so far north, the Roman Empire was huge.




Sadie was not too happy about singing for everyone. When they sang "If you are happy and you know it..." she just shook her head no.



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foreign language....4 days

my memory of the day...sometimes when you read foreign languages out loud they can sound like english words. Germans...


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our renault....5 days

This was our lovely car...we are proud of her! She made the whole 2 years, she scared us a few times but it was always ok.


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Neighbors...6 days

This wasn't today but some good memories I want to have from last week.

This was our direct neighbor across the hall, Daria. She was too sweet to us and in the photo below is our upstairs neighbor, Chloe.



Not a neighbor but Francesca worked down the road from us. isn't she cute.


Francesca, Matt & Loic

And goodbye water...we stopped at the beach on the way to the hotel. So pretty.

Hello Paris! Sadie found herself a Pink Eiffel Tower!

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Goodbye Corte....7 days left

Today we officially leave Corsica. We head to Paris for a night and then get to drive across France & Luxembourg to Trier, Germany for a week long company meeting before heading to Houston. Bittersweet. Corte has taught us many things as a family, many trials and blessings. 1/2 of our marriage has been spent here an 1/2 of Sadie's life. I wonder if she will remember any of it. We welcomed a son into our family, Sadie attended school when she didn't even know the language, Corsica gave me a best friend for life, we fell in love with it's beauty, and welcomed its individuality. What I love the most is that it taught me the simplicity of Life, teaching me how to free up most of my time spent on un-needed things and which enables me to focus more of what the Lord has for me for Each day. The present day. I saw God in His creation and the beauty of His power. Sometimes its seems like a quick 2 years, other times it seems like the end would never come. We learned and lived. We tried and grew in our experience. We have had our eyes opened a little bit wider. I believer that wisdom comes from trails and experience...hopefully maturity will start to surface now. Being rather secluded and alone, our experience forced us to depend on something other then ourselves and man, and it strengthen our faith, it forced me from a introvert to a extrovert and gave us relationships that taught us more then we are even aware of right now. Our time in Corsica, most importantly has given me a Bible that has not seen such wear and tear. Tired and True.We are ready for the next adventure God takes us on...shaken but not empty. Stronger together.

our beloved town for the past 2 years.....






This is Corte. In the center you see the Citadel, which is actually up quite High. Corte seems like it was just dropped in the center of mountains. They call it 'the bowl' of Corsica...among other things. It's the coldest in winter and hottest in Summers.

 This is a closer look at it.

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small towns, afternoon cafes, beauty.....still 8 days

We ate staying at our Friend, Annette's, B&B for our last days here so that we can clean out our apartment. She lives about 10 minutes from us in Poggio de Venaco. Her village is one of my favorites and the surrounding villages are just so pretty. I love the vibe.

I love this photo for so many reasons....1st the Corsican just siting outside reading the paper, of course the beautiful flowers going up the stairs, the cool fly-catcher door beads, the blue shutters and the house being built into a rock! So typical.


This always make us laugh...instead of going in together and building one common extension, they have to do Along, one unit at a time. And the outcome always looks like this.


Above the local produce store. and below the local cafe which sits right on the road.

This is Poggio du Venaco from a distance in the photo below. You can see the chapel up on the hill.



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cobble stone roads, old stores, alley ways.....8 days

my memory of the day...

These were all taken in our town, Corte, as we took an afternoon stroll.





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Salad au Cheve Chaud... still 9 days

my memory of the day


yummy yummy salad with goat chees (a lots of it!) with little toast to smoother it on...
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gorcery isles.....still 9 days

my memory of the day...

cheese & yogurts isles!



{just one of the yogurt isles...)

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