*Written Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, around 6:30pm.
As I write this, I’m sitting on the train to Paris, knowing that in 24 hours, I’ll be back in Illinois and sleeping in my own bed. I’ve cried way more than I care to admit and my heart hurts at the thought of leaving this place, this culture, this language that I’ve fallen so desperately and hopelessly in love with.
Living and working in France was everything I expected to be, yet at the same time, so much more than I ever could have imagined. I had my fair share of ups and downs living in Clamecy, but in the grand scheme of it all, life in France has been magnifique. I had the best colleagues, I worked with amazing students, and personally, I’ve experienced abundant growth and change. France, you’ve been a dream and thanks for all you’ve done for me. La France, je t’adore et bisous ❤
There’s no way I can write this post without mentioning the one person who made this time in France ‘oh so wonderful for me: L (also known as MTC).
You are the last thing I expected to find in the very last place I was looking to find you but praise God for the way He works and so intricately weaves our paths and writes our stories. I am so blessed by you in more ways than you know. Je t’aime, mon chéri.
It’s unreal – it feels like just yesterday I landed in Paris for the first time, with no idea what was going to play out before my eyes. I am so unbelievably, remarkably blessed that God put me on this path – these last seven months have been undoubtedly and beautifully orchestrated by Him and Him alone. I am not sure what exactly is in store for me in the future – where I’ll end up or what I’ll be doing – but I know my faith in His plan for my life will lead me to where I’m meant to be.
The next time y’all hear from me, I’ll be back in the good ole’ USA. Even though this chapter of my life in France is coming to a close, I’m planning on keeping up with the blog – writing has always been my preferred method of expression, plus I just really love blogging! So as always, thanks for reading and check back soon for more.
Until next time,