I love springtime. I always have, I guess. It’s almost magical how everything outside transforms in the spring. For instance, there has been this UGLY tree outside my living room window all winter. It’s a medium-sized tree, with all it’s branches chopped short, making it look like a hacked-up skeleton. However, this week, it’s burst out beautiful white blossoms! And then, (even better!) a friend told us that it’s a real cherry tree, with very sweet cherries. Now that will be something to look forward to in a couple of months. (Sorry there is no picture of the cherry tree- my poor old camera is dead and it will be a few days until our new one comes. I will try to put a picture in my next post!)
I’ve enjoyed being able get outside and do some gardening. I’ve gotten most of our vegetable garden cleaned up and tilled. There is still this strip of it at the end, that has some uber-nasty weeds that I gave up on this afternoon. But I will try again tomorrow! I actually think they’re shoots from a bush just outside the garden that is trying to take over, but I will not let it. 🙂 So far I’ve planted, peas, radishes, lettuce, turnips and onions; and I hope to plant sweet corn, melons, squash, tomatoes, carrots and green beans- and maybe some broccoli and cabbage. Lily’s also been enjoying the fresh air with me. Guillaume, however, only comes outside when I make him- he’s just not the fresh-air kind of guy 🙂
Other news from us: Guillaume had a job interview at a placement agency last week for an IT Helpdesk job, and he got a call back today, with an appointment for another interview this week- this time, with the actual company that is hiring. This is really encouraging to us, because this is only the 2nd job interview Guillaume’s had since we moved here 6 months ago. The French job market is so tight right now, recruiters won’t even look at someone with a foreign degree. It’s too much of a risk in the French system. In France, universities offering the same degree, all teach the same program, so employers know exactly what a student has studied, based on the degree they have. Degrees are also pretty much correspond directly to a job, unlike in America, where you are encouraged to get a broad, liberal-arts education. 2 other factors: First, French university students do a ton of internships all through their schooling, to gain work experience; but, Guillaume has no work experience in France (work experience in America doesn’t seem to count with most agencies- go figure?). Second, because of labor laws, once you get a job, it is nearly impossible to get fired. So, employers don’t like taking risks. It was quite discouraging to us when we found out a few months ago that all the hundreds of resumes Guillaume has sent out have probably been trashed without a second glance. So, all that to let you know that we are quite excited at the prospect of a job interview! Please pray with us about this opportunity! We do feel that God has called us to live in France, but to live we must have a job!