So, I'll encapsulate the last couple of months. And I'll try to be less of a perfectionist in the future...but no guaranties!
Since our last post...we got our visa situation sorted out. We were a confusing case for the French government - and that's no slight on the French. Why in the world would a married couple in their 40's with five college degrees between them and 3 children aged 7, 9 & 11 request student visas? It turned out that our case was forwarded from the embassy in Washington to Paris for a decision. In the end, we were steered from student visas and issued Long Stay visas - good for one year of residence in France that is extendable. It cost less up front, but more in the long-run. Anyway, the bottom line is that it all was sorted out and we arrived two and a half weeks before our language study began in July. God certainly was providing for us in the process and any speed bumps that showed up were smoothed out quickly and without much stress.
|We got to meet Teri Centner, a sorority sister of Lori's, in Washington, DC for dinner after our appointment at the |
Our travel to France...was great. We got a great deal on tickets complete with extra baggage allowance. We flew from Washington, DC to London to Geneva, Switzerland on June 18/19. We were met in Geneva by a very kind van driver that drove us across the border into France and on to Albertville. We stayed for two and a half weeks in a temporary apartment until our regular apartment was ready. In that time we were able to arrange our banking, utilities, and cover some school requirements for the kids (immunization records, etc.) as well as getting acquainted with the town.
|With our heap of luggage outside Dulles Airport in Washington, DC|
|The outside of our building. We're on the third floor.|
|Noah, Kristin, and Ben in front of the Olympic torch in Albertville. Albertville hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics. The Olympic park is about a half mile from our home.|
|Visiting the medieval city of Conflans, which is located on a hill overlooking Albertville.|
|The 19th stage of the Tour de France passed right in front of our apartment on July 19th. We had our entire class over that afternoon to have lunch and watch the cyclists pass by.|
|This is from our visit to the town of Beaufort, which is up in the mountains just east of Albertville.|
Until next time...Soli Deo Gloria.
|This was the view from Noah and Ben's room at dusk one evening in July.|