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The little things in life

It is the little things in life that matter the most.

I have found two wonderful women in the last few months that have changed the way I feel about my life in our little village. Because of the contact I now have with two Franco-American families I am socially happier here in the Jura. I have always loved our mountains and the thought of leaving them was never a pleasant one. However, the isolation was hard to deal with.

I am no longer isolated and it makes all the difference.

So, I am finding myself thinking more and more about staying in the Jura because of all the little things that make us so happy.

Vilay and I have talked about looking for another apartment after I start working. We have even agreed to find a kitten and it wasn’t me that brought it up this time. He told me that he would like to have a family pet to replace our cat that we had to leave in the States. She was the worlds best cat and now lives with my brother. After Vilay moved in with us she went from being my lap cat to being his. I think he just wants a cat to keep his feet warm during our long winters here. No matter what, I see this need to have a family pet as a sign that we are settling in.

We are starting to feel like we have found home and are terribly attached to the Jura mountains. We have begun making plans on putting down roots right here in the middle of no where.

For the first time since moving here I am not fighting the idea of spending the rest of my life surrounded by cows. I know that I will miss those cows while we are gone on vacation. I am sure that when I see them dotted across the gentle slopes of the Jura mountains I will feel home tugging at my heart.

Our life is quiet and peaceful but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have fun or enjoy it.

See what an hour walk in our village has to offer…

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We have endless walking trails and roads that allow us to discover the wonders of nature.

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The fields and sky are always changing and we like to rediscover them during our walks. We never grow bored observing the changes in our mountains.

We have a freedom of movement that is incredibly liberating. We walk wherever we want and only our own physical or time limitations make us turn back.

My children absolutely love living in our village. They are happier here than any other place we have ever lived.

Leading the way

Leading the way

hey wait up!

hey wait up!

sisters forever

sisters forever

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We have a free petting zoo available at every turn.

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Look at the tails on these sheep! I think they look like oversized stuffed animals and it makes me want to cuddle with them until I see their horns.

Below are photos of the girls at a skating ramp at the soccer field in our village. You don’t have to be a skater to have a great time running and pulling yourself up to the top. We like to take the kids here to tire them out. It works!

This is the first time that the girls were able to pull themselves up without Vilay or I being at the top to help them. They are getting so big.

She did it all by herself!

She did it all by herself!

The skate ramp is not just for skating.

The skate ramp is not just for skating.

Au revoir et à bientôt
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I hope to make one last post before we take off but I still have much to do before my Inlaws arrive to pick us up. So, I think I will go ahead and say bye for now.

I promise that I will post as I can over the next few weeks.

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  • sissi July 17, 2008, 1:09 pm

    I am happy for you , you like it better now.
    I still don’t feel home but when I return from you-know-where, I have few ideas and they should help me feel better.
    Funny thing is that whenever we drive back from France and we arrive in Jura I happily say “we’re home”. The roads are so pretty!

  • Katie July 17, 2008, 6:40 pm

    I hope you have a WONDERFUL trip with your family! Take lots of pictures! “See” you when you come back!

  • Pumpkin July 17, 2008, 8:17 pm

    Sissi,
    It is true that the roads are beautiful. It took me until just now to feel better here and last month was so hard. But now I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Really I can’t.

    Katie,
    Thank you! You know me…I will take way too many photos. Well, I don’t know if that is possible in the case of Prague. I am really looking forward to seeing Strasbourg again since it is like home now too after living there three years. I miss Alsace very much.

  • expatraveler July 18, 2008, 3:15 am

    you live in such a beautiful place.. And you are so lucky to be able to take such wonderful walks, and such a traffic free area.

  • Julie July 18, 2008, 3:29 am

    It looks like a fairytale place. I am happy for you.

  • might i add ... ? July 18, 2008, 7:06 am

    I hope you have a lovely trip. I know you will be missing your eldest daughter, but she can at least get to see the photos and hear the stories. Take care, and I will be looking forward to hearing about what you did and seeing your always beautiful photos!

  • lolab July 18, 2008, 11:19 am

    Oh! This post had me getting all teary-eyed and sniffly! I’m so happy for you (and for myself, too!) and I hope you have a wonderful trip with your darling (kisskisskiss) family. Can’t wait to hear all about it, and I’ll be checking your blog regularly hoping for a peak through photos. (Prague is a dream of mine…one day, one day…)

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