Monday, April 28, 2014

Ever Thought (Dreamt) of Moving to the French Countryside?

 Good morning! I hope your day is off to a good start. If you were here, I would offer you a piece of rhubarb pie that I made with the rhubarb from our backyard (does this classify as "living off the land?").  I would, except you know it's all gone. We are a family of pie-eaters. The swimsuit season, here in Seattle, is much shorter than other places in the country… and we're just not feeling the pressure yet (wink).

 Something I will share, however, is a dreamy (yet real!) story of an adorable American family of eight (yes, 6 kids!) who moved to the Normandy region of France. The Blair family lived in France for 2 1/2 years and had quite the adventures (beginning with an episode on House Hunters International)!

French FarmhouseImage by Gabrielle, DesignMom

I had the privilege of corresponding with Gabrielle Blair when I took part in her "Living with Kids" home tour series (Living with Kids - Julie Thomas). Gabrielle has an amazing eye for design and all things creative. Though Gabrielle and her blog, Design Mom, is hugely successful, I appreciate Gabrielle's graciousness and down-to-earth style. 

I loved her answer to her reader's question, "How do you do it all? How do you achieve work/life balance?" Gabrielle writes, "This is my most frequently asked question. And the answer is: I don’t. Not even close. In fact, on some level, I believe the whole idea is a myth. If my blog is really good on a given week, then you can bet my house is a wreck. If my blog seems a little bleh, then it’s guaranteed we’ve got a lot going on at home. If you know me in real life, then you know I work in my pjs as often as possible and that I’m a very typical mom. As each new child joined our family, I had to learn to be a more flexible and lower my expectations another notch."

I know you will love reading about the Blairs' experiences in France. Happy reading!
 The Blairs in France - First 6 Months.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
adding pinterest script 3. Changing the Position of the Pin it! button The cool thing about this code is that you have some freedom over where the Pinterest button for Blogger will go over the image. Take a look at the code that you just copied and pasted into the HTML for the word 'center'.