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Dreaming of Paris

Last night was what we have coined a “Friday party”.  Friday parties happen every other week.  My mom comes after work and picks up my three youngest children and keeps them overnight.  Then on Saturday they take off and do something fun, like Chuck E Cheese, bowling, play lands, everything the seven and under crowd loves!  Lately, our older three kids have been very busy with theater practice. So, last night we were completely alone!  As if that wasn’t strange enough, we found ourselves alone again this morning!  It’s so nice to get a break every now and then.

Recently, we watched the superb movie “Monument Men”. I think this is what triggered my recent longings for Paris.  Without children under foot, I occupied my morning with dreams of Paris. I spent the early morning revisiting this book:


After that I was thoroughly inspired, so I pulled out my favorite cookbook:


I made a new recipe, Piperade, and enjoyed every minute of it. I told my husband we were practicing for when our nest is empty. Cooking for two instead of eight, enjoying our coffee with quiet conversation, it was all very odd, but wonderful!

It’s no secret that I love Paris.  I came across this article today, there is a lot of truth in it!  I, too, have found Paris to be very healing.  Not healing from ending relationships (I’ve only been to Paris with my husband) but healing from the myriad of troubles we are faced with in life. It offers a change of pace, a change of scenery, and a completely different style of living.  I’ve been meaning to write post on our trips to Paris, but for now here is a wonderful article about another person’s love of Paris!


Am I Crazy?

Some people think I’m crazy. I see it in their questioning glances. I hear it in their “just to be polite” comments. Why else would I make the choices I make? Getting married young (before finishing college), having children young, having more children, choosing to stay home with my babies, homeschooling, homeschooling through high school, traveling in an RV for months at a time with six children and a 90 lb. dog, the list could go on and on! I get it, my choices are different. But, different is so wonderful!!!

Knowing that we are packing up and heading out in our RV in the very near future is so exciting to me! We don’t know exactly where we are going, and that in itself is exhilarating. The freedom to be. Freedom from schedules, freedom from commitments, freedom from the predisposed ideas of what we should be doing; pure freedom!

Sure, life in 350 square feet with 8 bodies and a big puppy can be crazy. But, it’s our crazy, and we all love it! Being able to show my children that life is different than what they see in our community is priceless. People dress different, act different, talk different, live different, and being different is awesome. What a difficult life we make for ourselves when we are constantly trying to be like someone else. I want my children to truly know who they are. I want my children to accept their differences, embrace their own craziness, and to have peace in being the individuals God made them to be.

If being crazy is living my life the way I want and not the way society says I should, then yes, I guess I am crazy! Have you embraced your craziness lately?