Et c’est parti pour…

La Bretagne!

Or, so it appears.  We’re waiting on the amendment of Damien’s contrat de travail, but they let him know on Monday that the team in Brittany wanted him after his interview the week before.

I’m feeling….  relieved?  a bit nervous?  and excited, all at once.  It seems weird to be diving in, especially to a place I’ve never been.  I know another blogger that lived in Bretagne and didn’t care for it at all.  I’m hoping that isn’t the case for us.  I know it was a lot easier for me to make friends in Metz once Lily started school, so I’m hoping that it works out similarly in Brittany.  I’d love to make *real* friends, like our crew we had way back when in Paris.

I’ve also read accounts by people that absolutely love the area, the people, and have made beautiful lives for themselves.

And now starts the slow packing (we aren’t going anywhere until after the girls finish school), slowly culling what we don’t need/want, calling banks to see if we can swing buying something we want right off the bat, or if we need to sell our Paris house, first.  I originally was hoping we could buy something right away, but I think that might be fairly difficult now, since it takes so long to buy a place in France.  We’ll likely have to put the girls in one school, rent until we find something to purchase, and then move and change schools.  This makes my Mama heart ache for Lily.  She is definitely old enough to get it now, and since she is starting 1st grade, I was hoping to land somewhere we can stay…  Unless we end up really lucky and are able to rent in the same village we purchase in…  But it seems unlikely that that could all hinge together so well.

After all that waiting it seems a bit surreal to know.  I almost don’t even know what to do with the free mental space knowing has clearing up, even though knowing has its own set of ‘unknowns’ that have come with it for now.  But we can at least start considering what an ideal cross country move would look like for us, what a plan B, C etcetera would look like.  I can also start dreaming up what my ideal home would look like, make a list of must haves, or can do withouts.  We don’t want to make a mistake in picking a home, but it looks like we will be in Bretagne for years to come, so we need to choose wisely.

So, voilà, the news from Alsace; soon to be delivering life in France from Bretagne!

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