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Good News

Doesn’t seem to be a lot of good news in the media these days!  But I guess that just reminds me of the best Good News – that God loves us, that his Son Jesus died to forgive us from our sins, and that one day God will bring his children home to heaven to live forever.  This year I’ve spent living out of boxes and suitcases makes me really long for that eternal home;  I’ll finally be able to unpack and settle in some place for good!

As for our housing situation here in France, the good news is that my in-laws have a buyer for their house and the transfer of ownership is October 3rd.   With that “eviction date” so close now for us, we have set our decision deadline for September 15th, to give us a good two weeks to pack and empty out the house.

Here’s the problem:   Nearly 12 million people (20% of France’s entire population) live in the Paris Metropolis.  Because of the over-population, owners have the privilege of being very choosy when renting their apartments.  It’s really hard to explain the whole ‘culture’ of renting in Paris.   It’s taken us 4 months to just kinda figure it out.  But we really have tried everything.  We even tried getting Guillaume’s parents to rent an apartment for us, and their application was also refused.

So, that last paragraph doesn’t look like it has a lot of good news in it, does it?    But, I guess it really does.  The good news is that God knows exactly where he wants us to be, and he is completely capable of accomplishing his will.    We would love to be able to get housing here and stay in France.  We’ve spent a lot of time, energy, and money on our move over here.  We’ve made friends.  Guillaume has a good job that he enjoys, with good co-workers.   But if we don’t have housing lined up by the 15th next week, we have decided we will have to return to America.

If it was just us, Guillaume and I would go live under this amazing bridge in Paris! But well, we have Lily to think of, and she can't swim yet.

So, pray for us.  We’ll be making a few more phone calls today, following up on a few last housing leads.  Pray for God to open the right doors and close the wrongs ones.  Pray that we have peace with the decision we’re led to, whatever it may be.   God is good.   And, well, that really is just the best news.

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First Post

I have decided to start a blog in order to better keep in contact with all my American friends and family when we move to France this fall.   I do not anticipate blogging much between now and our move.  I just don’t think I’ll have time with working full-time for BJUP DL and packing this month, and then beginning my new full-time job as Mommy next month.

Just as an update, Guillaume and I are planning on leaving Greenville the end of September and moving to Paris, France (after a week’s visit to Lebanon to say goodbye to everyone up there).  We are expecting our first baby, a girl, to arrive in early August.   We are excited to see how God has led us this far and will continue to guide us through this transition stage in our lives.

We will miss seeing every one of you here in the States, but yet quite thankful for the many methods of communication available to us!   Please keep in touch, either on this blog, on Facebook, with IM, email, Skype, or all of the above.  And for anyone “old-fashioned,” we can even give you our snail-mail address!