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Happy Birthday Sacha
2019-06-19 08:50 UTC by French la Vie

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Happy 27th Birthday, Sacha! 

 

(In French to say, Uncle, it is Ton. But just like some say Auntie for Aunt, Ton-Ton is for Ton.)

 

 

 

       

Love Does Such Things
2019-06-18 21:35 UTC by French la Vie

 

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Baby Gabriel
2019-06-17 21:25 UTC by French la Vie

baby

 

I asked if I could take him home.

Need I say the answer?

My friend Lizzie said that when a baby comes into one's life it is as if one is

watching Baby TV 24/7 because you cannot take your eyes off of them.

My new favorite show "Gabriel". I will be posting baby overload.

I never want to leave.

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Beautiful Boy Gabriel
2019-06-16 21:22 UTC by French la Vie

 

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Gabriel was born on June 15th in the morning.

He weighed 9 pounds.

Chelsea, Martin and the baby shared a beautiful natural birth

and are somewhere deep in an enchanted land of love.

 

 

 

 

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2019-06-16 04:00 UTC

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  2. The Eve of a New Beginning
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  4. Wedding Planner and Gratitude xoxo
  5. The Broken Cup

Overflowing Joy
2019-06-15 19:37 UTC by French la Vie

 

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So so much more to share.

overflowing Joy.

We are in that dream state between 

heaven and earth.

The baby has arrived.

Details will follow. 

 

Thank you for every thought, prayer, wish, dream, hope that you sent.

Your love and friendship were felt.

 

       

Baby??
2019-06-14 12:33 UTC by French la Vie

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Soon. Chelsea feels good and is happy. Anticipating with joy, not anxious nor worried. Such a special time to wake up wondering, « Is today the day? « Then being curious throughout the day and night with giddy excitement. I haven’t had this feeling since I was a child at Christmas.

       

Divine Touch
2019-06-13 10:16 UTC by French la Vie

divine touch

 

The Mystery 

full ripe womb

sacred treasure

seen 

but unseen

felt but not held

visible but

invisible

sacred wonder

loved and loved and loved

now and forever

 

(no sign we are happily waiting)

Anticipation
2019-06-12 20:39 UTC by French la Vie

waiting

for the expected

baby with 

anticipating joy.

baby to be

I see you wiggling

tomorrow maybe?

or next week's full moon?

the kitchen clock tics

Chelsea grows 

all is good

in this moment of elevated 

dreams to come true.

 

 

       

The House Next Door
2019-06-11 09:33 UTC by French la Vie

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A Repost from 2011 Chelsea and Sacha
2019-06-10 19:33 UTC by French la Vie

shining stars

 

Those shining stars who get under our skin, who capture our hearts, who take us beyond what we ever knew about love. Those shining stars, those who we love, and love us in return.

Have you ever known a love like that? Someone who is your star, who leads you?

Starlight.

 

 

xoxo

Star...

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Photos of Notre Dame
2019-06-09 18:15 UTC by French la Vie

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As I walked around Notre Dame in Paris I could not help but cry. It was shocking to see the damage even if the facade remains mostly intact.  The Rose glass windows have miraculously survived, their supporting facades stand strikingly tall and seemingly alone. The windows around the ambulatory appeared to be missing what I...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-06-09
2019-06-09 04:00 UTC

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  2. The Eve of a New Beginning
  3. The Broken Cup
  4. Wedding Planner and Gratitude xoxo
  5. Flower Power

Waiting for Baby
2019-06-08 06:50 UTC by French la Vie

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Table Top Love
2019-06-07 20:57 UTC by French la Vie

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"Everything happens for a reason" — and other lies I've loved
2019-06-06 11:54 UTC by French la Vie

antique playing cards

 

 

The game of life is an interest and challenging game

one in which you never know how it will end, but you know it will.

 

It can be played with a combination of

feelings, ideas, goals, attitudes, thoughts... you can give it your all

or give it very little, or somewhere in between.

The outcome of how...

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The Invisible Door
2019-06-05 11:10 UTC by French la Vie

brocante

 

Out of nowhere like the air that passes by something triggers a memory, a feeling, a thought

that takes me to a place or an idea that I have or have not thought of before. A magic wonder, serendipity, an open

door to discovering something deeper or new. The amazing occurrence of life's tidbits to wonder and awe or simply an aha...

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Paper Addict Admiration
2019-06-04 11:56 UTC by French la Vie

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Going to the brocante is more than an addiction it is an admiration for the past, for the discoveries I learn and gather about France, French culture and history. A living museum a rare account of the way things were. Going to the brocante is...

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Tic Toc Waiting
2019-06-03 05:38 UTC by French la Vie

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Before I knew Chelsea and Martin were expecting a baby I had scheduled the French la Vie Journeys. The next one starts on the 25th of June, Chelsea’s due date is the 15th. Fingers crossed the baby is born around then and not born late... otherwise I might be leading the group through the maternity.

 

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A French Riddle
2019-06-02 19:50 UTC by French la Vie

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A French Riddle engraved on a heart. What does it say?

I was at the brocante in Paris when I added a photo of this heart to my Instagram stories. Someone wrote me an hour or so later saying they wanted to buy it. Retracing my steps was as hard as finding a needle in a haystack! Luck was on my side when I found it and asked the dealer what it...

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2019-06-02 04:00 UTC

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  2. The Eve of a New Beginning
  3. The Broken Cup
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This Year's Blooms
2019-06-01 18:14 UTC by French la Vie

 

 

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The roses Eden in my courtyard, lush wonders of a hundred petals. Beautiful though lacking perfume.

This year there was an explosion of blossoms!

 

 

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Heading to Paris
2019-05-31 09:04 UTC by French la Vie

home is where the heart is

 

My bag is packed.

The bus arrives soon, then I will catch the train to Paris.

The day has finally arrived, or I should say the next chapter, I am going to go wait in Paris for the baby to be born.

Chelsea is not in labor yet, I am going ahead of time I do not want to miss the moment!

This moment is around the corner how my...

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Antique Discoveries St Exupery
2019-05-30 09:21 UTC by French la Vie

Antique discoveries St Exupery

 

One never knows what one will find while antiquing, even if one has been to the same shop or fair over a million times and knows every nook and cranny with one's eyes closed. Though antiquing is a source of magic, wonders behind a painting, tucked within the pages of a book, stuffed in a pocket, hidden in a box under a bed......

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Countdown to Babyhood
2019-05-29 15:27 UTC by French la Vie

Silver Baby Rattle Frahment

 

Countdown to babyhood, the dumpling that will arrive any time in the next two weeks. I do not know how I feel as it seems a bit surreal that is until I see Chelsea's growing belly. Chelsea has been the model of pregnant women: Hasn't been sick at all, started her maternity leave, feels good and has only gained about 15 pounds....

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French Market Any Day of the Week
2019-05-28 21:27 UTC by French la Vie

French Market in Provence, Corey Amaro, French la Vie

 

On any day of the week all year long there is an open market somewhere in Provence. Local products are mostly sold, and rarely is anything sold that is not in season. Hence, this time of the year it is the beginning of the overflowing cornucopia.

 

Homemade tomato soup click here.

 
French Market in Provence, Corey Amaro, French la Vie

 

Cherry Jam to read more...

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A Note From a Guest Who Stayed in the House Next Door
2019-05-27 19:26 UTC by French la Vie

French living, Charming France

 

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My stay at ‘the house next door’ was perfect.  The small but mighty home exudes instant calm as each room beckons…napping in the comfy queen size bedroom upstairs, soaking in the copper tub, whipping up flavor-filled food in the elegantly functional...

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I Have Been Gone Antiquing
2019-05-26 21:21 UTC by French la Vie

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What else can I say?

The last group of the French la Vie leaves tomorrow.

And the next one starts at the end of June, I will be a grandmother by then. 

I still have places left for the June trip if you or someone you know would like to come.

 

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-05-26
2019-05-26 04:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  2. The Broken Cup
  3. The Eve of a New Beginning
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Live it Fully
2019-05-25 21:26 UTC by French la Vie

"In this house

we share

we talk and talk about nothing

Everything

we are happy

WE DREAM, WE PLAY

we make errors and we forgive

we listen

WE COOK EAT DRINK

We love to receive We say thank you

we kick back and

laugh

We work

we do chores we grow we become 

we read we argue we wonder

we...

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A Day with the French la Vie
2019-05-24 21:49 UTC by French la Vie

French la Vie Corey Amaro

 

 


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Happiness, French la Vie
2019-05-22 20:48 UTC by French la Vie


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My first couple has come to Provence to join me on a French la Vie Journey. We will be exploring places slowly, tasting our way through the countryside, of course antiquing and dipping into things that make us smile. 

Tomorrow we are going out to sea for the afternoon and later to have dinner in Marcel Pagnol's...

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Chelsea and Martin's Apartment in Paris
2019-05-21 21:42 UTC by French la Vie

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Dear French La Vie Readers,

 

As you most likely know, Martin & I are expecting a baby very soon. 

We will give birth in Paris and stay here for a few weeks before heading down to the South of France, to our parent's homes for the summer. We are looking forward to being together as a family.

We are...

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Babies are Sugar Lumps
2019-05-20 21:56 UTC by French la Vie

  Baby's fist

 

There is something about a baby...

their baby smell, their little hands, their plump ruby lips, pinchable cheeks, silk ribbon tied wrists, their little bald heads...

Babies I am sorry to say I could swallow them whole like a lump of sugar.

 

Oh, and when they coo.

When they smile in their...

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SuperHero
2019-05-19 20:41 UTC by French la Vie

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While sourcing furniture at Isle sur la Sorgue for our friends Gary and Ching for their new home in Cassis we ran into Superman.

 French Husband or Superman who is the real hero?

I am going to say French Husband because I know it is true for me. Even if today at lunch when he ordered strawberry cheesecake a delicious one at that...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-05-19
2019-05-19 04:00 UTC

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  2. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  3. The Eve of a New Beginning
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  5. The Broken Cup

Loved Child
2019-05-18 21:24 UTC by French la Vie

falling in love with old and new

 

I am already in love.

We all are.

To love without knowing. 

A baby. A Grandchild that is already deeply loved.

 


loving beyond now

 

Martin's parents are first-time grandparents as well, they are in love already too.

Giddy.

Martin's mother knitted baby clothes, darling ones at that. She asked if I knew how to...

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The Last Lilacs
2019-05-17 21:57 UTC by French la Vie

Bringing Spring Inside, COREY AMARO PHOTOGRAPH

 

 

Walking around the countryside as Spring unfolds has allowed me to see nature's secrets. The barren branches, the buds bursting, the petals unfolding... I now know where the flowers bloom wildly, and where I can pick from the unattended fig and cherry trees.

Yesterday I went to pick some lilacs.

 

...

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Pregnant and Beautiful
2019-05-16 21:50 UTC by French la Vie

Chelsea 8 months

 

Chelsea came home for a few days as she is on maternity leave.

There is something surreal to see my daughter full and ripe with a baby in her womb. I have felt the baby move, watched her belly roll around, have witnessed the glow of love in her eyes and yet a baby is hard to imagine, a living person, a reincarnation of family...

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My Mother's Influence
2019-05-15 12:40 UTC by French la Vie

Corey Amaro Blog, Brocante, France, Provence

 

Antiquing or the Brocante Bug as I have called it has been in my blood since I was a girl. The first thing I ever bought was a brown glass ink bottle, a small bone hand mirror, and a blue beaded 1920s clutch was when I was twelve years old with my own babysitting money. I left them in the States when I moved to France. At first romantic...

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What My Friend Found at the Brocante During the French La Vie, and She Wasn't Going to Buy Anything
2019-05-14 09:50 UTC by French la Vie

French la Vie, Brocante, Jennifer, Provence

 

My friend Jennifer came to help me with the two back to back French la Vie Journeys that I led. She was Godsent. A ball of energy. Funny no really funny. Swore like a truck driver or better yet worse than me. Drove like a French person which is a big plus, and I could go on an on with singing no shouting her praise. I forgot how much...

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Eight Months -Soon To Be
2019-05-13 20:22 UTC by French la Vie

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Soon Chelsea will be a mother and Martin a father.

Their baby is loved.

 

Do you want to play a game?

 


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Guess:

The birth date?

The sex of the baby?

The name?

The weight?

Will the baby have a lot of hair or not.

Chelsea was born after her due date: December 20th, 1989

...

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The Feast of Being a Mother
2019-05-12 18:18 UTC by French la Vie

Statue

 

Next year my daughter Chelsea will be celebrating Mother's Day differently as her baby will be in her arms.

I will be a grandmother,

and my mother a great grandmother.

The wonder of giving birth, bring life, loving another, helping and watching a baby become their own person, it is an utter miracle, a masterpiece, a workout, a...

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Textiles in Provence at the Brocante
2019-05-12 09:26 UTC by French la Vie

French antique textiles

 

 

What can I tell you about love? The way it begins, the way it the journey unfolds, it will take you. Love how it comes how we are often caught without knowing and if we do feel the arrow that pierces through our wall to our heart.

 

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French antique textiles

 

 

 

 

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Every Season in Provence
2019-05-11 08:34 UTC by French la Vie

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When is the best season to come to Provence?

Anytime.

Each season has its own unique beauty and bounty.

These photos were taken in different seasons around where I live.

 

 

Every season in Provence

 

'tween Winter and Spring.

 

 

 

Every season in Provence



Autumn 

 

 

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Saint Mary Magdalen Basilica
2019-05-10 09:56 UTC by French la Vie

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sacred ground

 

This is the church that Chelsea and Martin were married.

...

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French Letters
2019-05-09 08:10 UTC by French la Vie

 

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Vine and Flower
2019-05-08 08:11 UTC by French la Vie

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Pretty in Provence
2019-05-07 08:28 UTC by French la Vie

 

 

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flowers in Provence

 

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provence spring

 

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Sweet Clementine, Holding on to What is True
2019-05-06 08:00 UTC by French la Vie

clementine, corey amaro , living in france

 

 

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French brocante style

      

18th Century French Plate Designs...
2019-05-05 20:21 UTC by French la Vie

18th Century French Plates

 

 

 

18th Century French Plates

 

 

 

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18th Century French Plates

 

 

      

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  3. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  4. The Eve of a New Beginning
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2019-05-04 20:20 UTC by French la Vie




Basket of History, French la vie

 

For the next few days, I will be posting photos with little text, as I have been these last few days as I need a little break.

The French la Vie groups were amazing, and the next one is coming up in a few weeks, but in the meantime, I need to focus on my friend's apartment that I have been working on in...

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In My Garden
2019-05-03 21:35 UTC by French la Vie

French la Vie Spring in the Garden

 

 
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French la Vie Spring in the Garden

 

 

 
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French la Vie
2019-05-02 21:45 UTC by French la Vie

Toile de jouy

 

The last two weeks of the French la Vie ended today.

So many memorable stories, new friends Carol, Susan and Jane, good belly laughs, treasure hunting, pounds gained in more ways than the weight of antiques in boxes, miles spent in the car with snacks, part of the car flying off,  Gloria and her cat expression, Jennifer's humor,...

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May First, Lily of the Valley
2019-05-01 21:40 UTC by French la Vie

 

Black and white lily of the valley

 

In France today is a public holiday which celebrates the social and economic achievements of the labor movement.

On May 1st, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a Lily of the Valley (Muguets) as a lucky charm

and thereafter decided to offer one each year to the ladies of the court. From the first year, I...

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