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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-07-21
2019-07-21 04:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  2. willows95988.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/img_2277_1.JPG
  3. Wedding Planner and Gratitude xoxo
  4. Heading Home
  5. Spring in Paris

Seashells
2019-07-20 17:33 UTC by French la Vie

 

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First, I must say I use to collect seashells. But that is not why I gave Chelsea her name. 

Secondly, my daughter's prenom-first name is, "CHELSEA." My Father-in-law, a man of very few words, let alone English ones, said to me at her birth: "Chelsea is, "Sea-Shell, backward, non?"

The French pronounce CH...

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A Memory of Chelsea as a Child
2019-07-19 21:27 UTC by French la Vie

Child's Play 1991
 
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"What can I give her to play with?" My neighbor asked herself. Glancing around her beautiful apartment my eyes could only see one fragile object after another. "Don't worry, I have plenty of toys in my diaper bag." Though my reply fell on deaf ears, she continued opening buffets and shuffling things around.
 
While I...

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Brocante Items on Instagram
2019-07-18 21:57 UTC by French la Vie

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Little sweet things collected over time and now going across the sea to new homes. I have been posting brocante finds on Instagram. If you are interested in seeing more please follow me under my name. 

 

       

Smelling the Roses
2019-07-17 20:46 UTC by French la Vie

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Smelling the roses wasn’t a hit.

They do not have a scent that is why!

wink,

 

Enjoying Every Moment
2019-07-16 21:47 UTC by French la Vie

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Sipping and savoring these sacred summer day moments  

without gulping down the deliciousness.

       

Just like That...One Month Old Today
2019-07-15 15:30 UTC by French la Vie

one month

 

 

of course, I knew that a baby would change everything. I thought I knew what everything meant.

I knew my heart would expand that memories of my childhood and my daughter's childhood would all come back to me.

That I would see life full circle a thanksgiving rich with memories of my grandparents, my parents, my...

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My Mother Says I am a Hoarder
2019-07-14 17:05 UTC by French la Vie



kitchen counter style

 

 

 

 Hoarder:

"Compulsive hoarding, also known as hoarding disorder, is a behavioral pattern characterized by excessive acquisition of and an inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment."

...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-07-14
2019-07-14 04:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  2. Heading Home
  3. Wedding Planner and Gratitude xoxo
  4. The Eve of a New Beginning
  5. Spring in Paris

A Day of Newness
2019-07-13 15:41 UTC by French la Vie

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Early in the morning soon after Baby Gabriel breastfed I took him for a walk in his stroller to give Chelsea a needed few hours of rest.

As soon as I stepped outside my senses turned towards imagining life through the senses of Gabriel.

We walked along the babbling river with the century-old Plantain branches...

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Love is ...
2019-07-12 21:20 UTC by French la Vie

love

 

One of you wrote in regard to having children:

"You love your child, you fall in love with grandchildren"

Oh how true.

I am head over in heels falling in love deeper and deeper I go.

Gabriel three weeks.

 

Dancing on the Table
2019-07-11 21:41 UTC by French la Vie

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We were dancing to Bob Marley because Martin sings his songs to the baby. As Martin had to work in Paris these last two days we played Bob Marley for the baby, but it wasn't quite the same. Chelsea took Gabriel upstairs to breastfeed and Sacha and I stayed downstairs and danced. Yes, I am standing on the coffee table because Chelsea and...

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Sacha Meets Gabriel
2019-07-10 21:00 UTC by French la Vie

loving meeting

What Do I Look For at the Brocante
2019-07-09 20:34 UTC by French la Vie

Brocante View, French la vie, Corey Amaro

 

 

When asked what I look for at the brocante I answer I look for anything that speaks to me, I look for things for our home, to sell, to give, to understand, to admire...

Medals.

But the thing is once I start looking at one thing it leads to another and then another and then it takes me on a quest to find one older or...

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Drinking in Life
2019-07-08 20:08 UTC by French la Vie

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Holding you in my arms the clock ticks 

Nights days blend into a motionless dance

sung by church bells, the nightingale, the owl, the lark

a stream of sunlight moves slowly across the floor.

Sacredness interlaces us in

a bond of undeniable rhythm. 

As my newborn drinks in life.

 

 

Real Blooms
2019-07-07 08:39 UTC by French la Vie


real blooms

Real Blooms

after years

without much

perhaps a stitch or pin to a hat or collar

perfuming imagination

no need for water or pruning, nor sunshine

real blooms 

the unfolding beauty of age.

 

       
...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-07-07
2019-07-07 04:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  2. Wedding Planner and Gratitude xoxo
  3. www.lagunatravelguide.com/?page=mount-makiling
  4. The Eve of a New Beginning
  5. Heading Home

And They Danced...
2019-07-06 21:01 UTC by French la Vie

And They Danced...

 

 

July 6th, 2018

One Year Anniversary.

How they danced and are dancing still.

A year later the two have made one.

 

 


And They Danced...

This was one of my favorite moments, Chelsea and Martin entered the reception and instantly started dancing which lead to everyone dancing before dinner. Martin...

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Between Heaven and Earth
2019-07-05 14:18 UTC by French la Vie

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There is a place between heaven and earth,

between the mind and the heart, 

between ourselves and each other, a sacred place where the imagination grows,

where the spirit expands,

where life fully lives.

The door is continuously open for any of us to enter,

the risk is only in...

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Happiness Overload
2019-07-04 17:03 UTC by French la Vie

 

 

Antiquing, life, family, love

 

 

Antiquing. Baby. Antiquing. Baby.

Plus Yann, Chelsea, Sacha (who arrives in a few days for a month), and Martin not in that order as there isn’t a list of who is first just a full heart that is overflowing. A full circle.

Chelsea is doing fine, breastfeeding which anyone who has breastfed knows it is a...

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Summertime and the Living is Easy
2019-07-03 21:07 UTC by French la Vie

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Motherhood
2019-07-02 21:30 UTC by French la Vie

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Lavender Fields Forever
2019-07-01 21:59 UTC by French la Vie

Cathy came on the French la Vie with one thing high on her Bucket List to see the lavender fields.

 

 

lavender fields forever

 

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lavender fields forever

 

 

 


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French La Vie Journey Surviving the Heat
2019-06-30 21:12 UTC by French la Vie



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The colors of Provence. Enchanting. Today I was reminded why I love this country, this landscape, this life... beauty in many ways surrounds me.

I am grateful.

What a pleasure to share what I see and live with those who come on the French la Vie journeys with me. Today we went to two brocantes, then...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-06-30
2019-06-30 04:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  2. Heading Home
  3. The Eve of a New Beginning
  4. www.lagunatravelguide.com/?page=mount-makiling
  5. Wedding Planner and Gratitude xoxo

Two Weeks Old
2019-06-29 21:18 UTC by French la Vie

two weeks

French la Vie Summer Outings
2019-06-27 21:57 UTC by French la Vie



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Oh, Provence who knew you could show my hometown Willows in the Sacramento Valley

how to hit 113 degrees!!

My God for once I had to say, “It was Hot!”

Thank goodness for air conditioned cars, ice-cream, plantain trees, good friends and the desire to seize the day.

 

 

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French la Vie Summer Outings
2019-06-27 21:57 UTC by French la Vie



provence French la Vie Corey Amaro

 

 

Oh, Provence who knew you could show my hometown Willows in the Sacramento Valley

how to hit 113 degrees!!

My God for once I had to say, “It was Hot!”

Thank goodness for air conditioned cars, ice-cream, plantain trees, good friends and the desire to seize the day.

 

 

...

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A Lovely Day in the Heatwave
2019-06-27 21:05 UTC by French la Vie

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Even the incredible heat wave that we are experiencing in Provence

could not alter our mood or mission. Brocanting we did go with the French la Vie.

We found what we were hoping for, no rush nor stress we dipped our hands in the nearby fountains

wet our faces and necks and kept on going.

We stopped by my friend...

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Wish List on the French la Vie
2019-06-26 22:08 UTC by French la Vie

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While in Cassis we stopped before lunch to have a drink. Even in this heat, we are going strong nothing can dampen the spirits of those who love the brocante and antiquing. Cathy had a wish list: small oil paintings, santons, Sicard's cigale or Cicadidae, pottery ... we found it all today.

We tried Pastis because you kinda have...

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Wish List on the French la Vie
2019-06-26 21:08 UTC by French la Vie

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While in Cassis we stopped before lunch to have a drink. Even in this heat, we are going strong nothing can dampen the spirits of those who love the brocante and antiquing. Cathy had a wish list: small oil paintings, santons, Sicard's cigale or Cicadidae, pottery ... we found it all today.

We tried Pastis because you kinda have...

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Santa Claus
2019-06-25 21:04 UTC by French la Vie

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Today started the French la Vie. We are off to a wonderful adventure as you know brocanting is certainly on top of the list, and going to explore the lavender fields in Valensole.

Barely had we started the French la Vie French Husband found a baby’s rocking horse. I think he wants to be the Sugar Daddy of sorts. He wants the baby to think he...

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A Letter from my Mom?
2019-06-24 13:44 UTC by French la Vie

letter really a joke

 

letter

 

 

My mom does not write letters, so that was the first clue that something was off, then there was the handwriting which definitely wasn't my mother's. Noticing that it wasn't her handwriting reminded me that when we see the handwriting of those we care for it is a sign of their evident presence, a sense of knowing someone as if...

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Sweet Happiness
2019-06-23 17:47 UTC by French la Vie

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-06-23
2019-06-23 04:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  2. The Eve of a New Beginning
  3. The Broken Cup
  4. Wedding Planner and Gratitude xoxo
  5. Heading Home

One Week Old
2019-06-22 21:04 UTC by French la Vie

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One week ago today Chelsea gave birth to Gabriel.

I was honored to be at the birth which was at a natural clinic in Paris.

 

Gabriel, you came with one glorious push, sliding into this world with a ribbon around your neck and under your arms

that slide off the instant you were born.

 

Your mother who...

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When the Youngest and the Oldest at Last Meet
2019-06-21 17:13 UTC by French la Vie

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Love Story
2019-06-20 06:57 UTC by French la Vie

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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.

 

 

 

 

      

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-06-16
2019-06-16 04:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  2. The Eve of a New Beginning
  3. willows95988.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451cb9a69e201675f8cac83970b-pi
  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

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  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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