YOU KNOW YOU TRAVEL TOO MUCH WHEN…
- You look forward to airline dinners.
- A 5-hour flight is considered short.
- When you fly without your kids, it’s a vacation. Even on a red-eye.
- Your leg workout is squatting in airplane and airport bathrooms.
- You can take your kid to the bathroom, pee, wash up and change clothes all in a 2′ by 2′ radius.
Yep, this has kinda been my life over the last few years. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Natalia & I blog at Ma Nouvelle Mode. We live between two countries: France & America.
My husband – who is from The Bahamas – is a professional basketball player in France. We’ve lived in 4 different cities over the past 5 1/2 years of marriage. One city two times but never the same house. You might say we’re slightly crazy. I know I do.
When I’m in France, I love it, but it’s tough.
It’s tough to speak a language, to try to communicate and maintain relationships in a language that isn’t your own.
It’s hard to have to make new friends every year. And to be the outsider because I am not as integrated into the culture & lifestyle of other Frenchies.
It is especially hard to find a church & commit to attending. Seeing as my French is conversational, sitting and listening to a sermon is difficult.
But then I’m here. I’m here now. Now what?
It’s silly how when I’m in one place, I tend to think about or even miss on occasion, the other. I tend to only remember the good stuff.
Speaking French. I know I just mentioned that in the ‘tough’ side of things. But it’s pretty awesome that I can speak another language, as tough as it may be.
Truly experiencing another culture. We get to live in it. We get to experience the two-hour lunch breaks, the laid back lifestyle. The bakeries, the pastries, walking places, taking your time and enjoying life.
The beauty of it all. I am sure we have places in the states that are just gorgeous. But France is amazing. It’s so so pretty. I love the countryside. I love the views. I even love the cities. Don’t even get me started on Paris. One of my favorite cities in the world.
Part of me wishes we could settle down. That we could live in one city, get a house, maybe a little stability. But then there’s France. I’d miss France.
It all comes down to knowing & believing that God is in control of my life. I do not and cannot see His plan. It most certainly doesn’t mean it’s not a good plan. It’s just a little tough to follow at times.
So I’m learning contentment. This is where I am. What is here that I can do? Why am I here? What can I accomplish?
I always feel sorry for people that don’t live in the moment. They are always looking for the next big thing. But this is life, isn’t it? All the little things in between the big things? God gives us grace for each day. For each minute, each hour. We don’t need to look ahead to what might happen. We also don’t need to look back to what has passed. This is where we are, where He’s called us to be.
So I’m gonna do it. Work on being content in the moment. Being content for the in-between times. Pressing forward for His glory. Try to see what the Lord is trying to teach my in my down times.
Who’s with me?
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