Thanks Mary and your excitement is infectious and joyous! Congrats on getting that wished-for endorsement on your passport. Tous les agneaux et les brebis dans le Jardin des Agneaux vont te saluer “Bée !” lors de ton arrivée, “Soyez la bienvenue, Madame Couche-de-Lain!”
Surely you will be willing to share your experiences of arriving, settling in (in your own good time) and sharing your experiences of life in your new “forever home” (that’s a term I love, though it is very daring too).
My wife and I are nearly three years in to our life here, and still on the nursery slopes of adaptation. I have found the mental adjustments to living here with my wife, and without our family members in and out, very challenging on all sort of unexpected fronts, but very satisfying and absorbing too. Becoming barely proficient in French is, for me, both frustrating and fascinating, especially as the world of words and literature has always been my playground as well as a big part of my professional life.
Having an American perspective is, for me, a delicious treat to look forward to, so I hope you will find time to write, or blog, or whatever, and I’m sure that is true of the whole community here, not least the naughty ones, amongst whom I am a sticky-out stirrer-upper.