Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
We took our final test of the semester today. It was difficult and I can not even guess what I made on it. Caleb turns 6 years old tomorrow. I have the urge to make him a lemon cake. Angie had a meeting with Lilia's teacher today. He was real impressed with her progress. Often she does better on vocabulary and spelling test than all the other french students. One of the new language school students child will be in her class starting Thursday. Caleb as well will have one of the their kids in his class. They are both very excited about it. We meet with Caleb's teacher Thursday, and I am really looking forward to finding out how he is doing. We can not get any information out of him. Tomorrow we will celebrate Calebs birthday, take the kids to the Library and get a replacement cell phone (ours has slowly deteriorated after it was washed). God bless, JASON
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
à comprendre, ou je ne comprends pas donc je ne crois pas", but you get the idea. We picked up some stuff after church for Christmas, including the Christmas tree (le sapin de Noël). Yesterday (Monday) we set it up because we had a lot of homework to do Sunday night. It looks nice but we did not put the lights on it yet so I will post a picture later. I'll end with another Micah moment. He was talking in his sleep the other night and said clearly, "I didn't do it. God bless, JASON
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The kid's schools were on strike today and Andrew and Micah are a little under the weather. I have had Andrew home all week. But as soon as Jason was out the door the phone rang and it was the kids school saying that Lilia and Caleb could come. Caleb's teacher was not on strike and neither was Lilia's french teacher and she could just stay in that class. So I thought ok here we go. The call was at 9:35 and when I told the kids we all realized we hadn't done their homework the night before. So we got that done quick, got shoes on, and walked them to school at 10:30. I thought ok the kids can eat at the cafeteria and I can go back home and take care of these two little guys. But no! There is no cafeteria today because they are on strike. So I took the little guys to a park by the school for the hour until school was let out for lunch at 11:30. Then we came home and got all warm and I called my friend Lauren and asked if she could walk them back to school. She said yes and was also kind enough to offer to come this afternoon and watch the little ones while I go get Lilia and Caleb. It is nice to have good friends who can help you out when you need it. GOD BLESS, Angie
Monday, November 17, 2008
I am leaving Thursday for a trip to Colorado to get my drivers license. I will be returning Sunday but there are still some things that I need to get done to help Angie. Angie had me laughing hard earlier. She had prepared a meal with some boneless skinless chicken breasts. Caleb found a bone in his first and later I found a small piece of bone in mine. Angie said, "I should have though about checking for bones when I saw the feather in there." She was serious too. Angie stayed home with Andrew today, hopefully he will be all better soon. It is not bothering him too bad, but it is hard to miss school. We watched Evan Almighty this evening with the kids, cute movie. When Micah finds something funny in a movie, he laughs so loud, it gets everyone else laughing. God bless, JASON
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
*Hiking is the most popular outdoor activity, with 21 million participants.
*Average French person spends 44euros ( $56 current exchange) a year on books.
*Avg. French person consumes and average of 60 litres of wine per year, over 2 millions acres of land are used for vineyards.
*Avg. French person consumes 5.7 kilograms of coffee each year (12.5 lbs).
*Avg. French person drinks an average of 80 cups of tea a year (2000 for English).
*Average French person eats 7 kg of chocolate a year (15.4 lbs).
*Number one car brand in France is Renault (27% of cars sold in France in 2003).
*The French health care system was ranked first worldwide by the World Health Organisation in 1997. Average life expectancy at birth is 79.73 years.
*There are over 5000 restaurants in Paris.
*The education system in France ranks 25th best in the world.
* Pictured is a magpie, very populous bird in France.
*For more facts http://abainfrance.blogspot.com/2008/10/interesting-facts-about-france.html
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
New Micah quote of the day, we have been working on him pronouncing his "L" sounds, he pronounces them as a "w". He is getting better at it but he has to focus and try. Last night we were getting them ready for bed and he asked, "Are you going to put me to sweep, Daddy?". Angie said, "Say sLLLeep". Micah then said, "I mean are you going to put me to bed?" Quick thinking on his part. God bless, JASON
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
We are getting ready for my parents to arrive. I have the scheduled all planned out, what we are eating and what we are doing. I think that the weather will cooperate with our plans. I will meet them at the airport and we will show them around Massy. Wednesday we will see some sites in Paris. Thursday, Dad and I will hike "la coulée verte", hiking trail to Paris. Friday we are renting a car and going to Normandy. Saturday Angie and my mom and going to the mall. Sunday after bible study we are going to the Louvre (free the first Sunday of the month). Monday is open to whatever Mom and Dad want to do, Possible more sites in Paris or Versailles. Mostly I am looking forward to sitting and talking. I will hopefully find time to post pictures and updates as we go. Be sure to check out Dad's blog (link is to the right) to see his perspectives. Pictured is my Mom and Dad at my sisters wedding shower. God bless, JASON
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I am making plans to get our Colorado drivers license so we can swap for a french one. Its a long story, I will explain more later.
Tomorrow (Sunday) I am going to stay here with the kids and let Angie go to the church in Paris for the services as I did last week. We may decide to go as a family, but maybe not. We have been trying to keep some routine in the kids life. I have had a good day today. Did a lot of paper work. Angie gave the boys hair cuts, it will be my turn shortly. Thanks for reading and God bless, JASON
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Last weekend I let Lilia walk to the store around the corner by herself and pick up a few things for us. She has been begging me to do it again. Of course I followed her to make sure she made it okay. Thankfully we live in a safe neighborhood. There are almost always people around and many of them neighbors.
Micah is staying late after school on Thursday and Friday to work with his teacher and a couple of other students learning French. We are really thankfully because even though he understands a lot of French he has been hesitant to speak much.
I am really looking forward to school break coming up and my parents coming to visit. I am excited about hiking into Paris with my dad. Massy is the start of "la coulee verte", a hiking and bike trail that goes into Paris. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. God bless, JASON
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
*Minimum wage is €8.27.
*Electric Power production is 78.1% produced by nuclear power generation, 11.1%by hydroelectric power generation, 9.5% produced by fossil feul power generation.
*France is the second largest agricultural exporter after the US
*France has 1/3 of all the agricultural land in the European Union
*France is the most visited country with 82 million visitors a year (only those staying over 24 hrs).
*France is the third largest weapons manufacturer in the world.
*70% of new cars sold in 2004 had diesel engines.
*According to a January 2007 poll by the Catholic World News: 51% identified as being Catholics, 31% identified as being agnostics or atheists. (Another poll gives atheists proportion equal to 27%), 10% identified as being from other religions or being without opinion, 4% identified as Muslim, 3% identified as Protestant, 1% identified as Jewish.
*For more facts. http://abainfrance.blogspot.com/2008/11/interesting-facts-about-france-ii.html
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
It seems winter has arrived. There was a cold wind blowing today. It is supposed to get down to forty the next couple of nights and only warm up to 60. What seems to make it colder to me is the wind. We dragged out the winter coats and bundled everyone up. I still have been holding out on turning the heaters on. God bless, JASON
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Le portfeuille que quelqu'un a perdu
L'argent que quelqu'un a trouvé
La moto que quelqu'un a achetée
L'accident que quelqu'un a eu
La souffrance que quelqu'un a ressentie
La vie que quelqu'un a changée
L'appreciation que quelqu'un a gagnée
L'education que quelqu'un a recue
Les oeuvres de charité que quelqu'un a commencées
Les familles que quelqu'un a touchées
Le portfeuille que quelqu'un a perdu
L'argent que quelqu'un a trouvé.
Le lit où quelqu'un s'est reveillé
La salle où quelqu'un s'est habillé
Le sac à dos que quelqu'un a rempli
Les chausseurs que quelqu'un a misés
La rue que quelqu'un a prise
Les cours que quelqu'un a suivis
Les livres que quelqu'un a lus
Le sac à dos que quelqu'un a vidé
Le devoir que quelqu'un a fini
Les chausseurs que quelqu'un a enlevées
Les vetements que quelqu'un a changé
Le lit où quelqu'un s'est en dormi.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
"is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think". "Exceeding Abundantly" could be translated from the greek as "super-duper-abundantly". I liked explaining to the kids that God has the ability to do great things and chooses to do what is best for us. As always we enjoyed hearing and seeing Walnut Streets services live via Skype. Many businesses are closed around Paris for the month of August. The Sandwich shop next door to us and a Bakery around the corner have both closed for the month. I would like to take the kids to Paris a couple of times this month to see some sights, but we will have to see how that goes after the first trip. Summer school ended well, one of the students was a missionary kid from Kenya. I was wondering if he could take some gifts to the Taylors, our missionary friends who just moved to the East coast of Kenya, but he lives near Nairobi. But this week he is traveling to eastern Kenya for vacation and so he was willing to take the items. It worked out real well. The Taylors arrived a few weeks ago and have not received their container yet so I know they are missing some things. I had better get busy with the days activities. God bless, JASON