What is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, and why you’ll want to celebrate it!

What is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, and why you’ll want to celebrate it!

Ask anyone what France is known for, and chances are, "wine" will make the short list. With regions like Champagne, Bordeaux, and the Rhône river valley, it's easy to see why. For good reason, France is celebrated as one of the top exporters of wine, and it's on the 3rd Thursday in November that we [...]

Paris in the fall

Paris in the fall

I may be on my way to Phoenix right now, but this time of year always makes me nostalgic for Paris. The way the grey sky hangs over the city, as the leaves begin to fall under a seeming constant drizzle of rain. I've always thought some cities are more "themselves" in certain weather, or [...]

Celebrating Bastille Day in America

Celebrating Bastille Day in America

Despite the circumstances that brought us back to the United States, it was important to me that our life in America honor Ben’s French heritage. One of the ways we have done this is by celebrating the 14th of July- France’s Independence Day. Like all great celebrations, ours involved good food and decorations. I couldn’t [...]

How to immerse kids in a foreign language- even if you don’t speak one yourself

How to immerse kids in a foreign language- even if you don’t speak one yourself

In a recent blog post, I mentioned the "One Parent, One Language" method for teaching a second language in the home. While a great option for many, it may be difficult to implement if, like me, you're a single parent, or alternatively, don't speak a second language, yourself. This was the situation I found myself [...]

Applying for French citizenship

Applying for French citizenship

It's a pretty rare thing- to feel a sense of accomplishment when dealing with the French bureaucracy. But today, as I finalize paperwork for Ben’s French citizenship, I have to step back and appreciate the "win". They happen so infrequently when dealing with a foreign legal system. I make no attempt to sugarcoat the fact [...]

One Parent, One Language, as a single parent

One Parent, One Language, as a single parent

Do a quick Google search on raising bilingual children, and chances are, you will stumble across the phrase “One Parent, One Language”- the methodology often prescribed for teaching multiple languages in the home. The idea is relatively simple. If “mom” speaks fluent German, and “dad” speaks fluent French, then “mom” is to only speak German [...]