About Me

Béziers vineyards

Welcome to my blog!  When I started writing posts a little over two years ago, I was writing a lot about my French-American & bilingual family living in St. Louis, Missouri.  Over the years, our dream of moving to the South of France to live there permanently and raise our children there transformed into a solid decision we made in the fall of 2011.  I’ve written a lot about that decision, how it came to be, what we had to do to get ready to make the move, how friends and family reacted, the frustration of not being in control of exactly when we would be able to make the move, and the list goes on.

In the summer of 2013 we moved to Béziers, France.  Prior to that, I had been a high school French teacher in St. Louis.  I enjoyed traveling to over fourteen European countries with my students every summer for fourteen years (not all 14 at once!).  It was so much fun, and I hope to somehow continue working with teen travel now that we live in France.  Just this summer I had the opportunity to work with a French immersion program for teenagers from around the world in Montpellier.

Now that the summer has passed, and the routine of daily life is beginning to take shape, I’m working very hard to get my online language school up and running.  I’m also giving French and English immersion classes in Béziers, and it’s more fun than I ever could have imagined!

What I love most of all about writing this blog is sharing my passion to travel and discover different ways of living and viewing the world with my husband and children.   This is a great life we’re given the opportunity to live, and it’s my goal to try and remember that life is a fleeting gift that’s meant to be enjoyed.


23 thoughts on “About Me”

      1. Hello Jennifer: I came across your blog today as I was doing some research on living in France. My wife and I spent our honeymoon in France in 1989 and I have dreamed of retiring there ever since. The problem is we still have four kids at home (high school age and one in college) and they are pretty close with their friends here in Huntsville, Alabama. Yes, they have all their teeth and they do wear shoes. Huntsville is full of engineers and scientists from all over the US, t hey come here (like us) to work in the aerospace industry supporting NASA.

        Where I’m going with this is just to say hello to another American family who took the plunge and moved to France and loves it. The more I read about folks like you the less scary it seems to pack up and move to a foreign land.

        Richard Hodgson

  1. Hi Jennifer, I do intend to move too to France and Beziers is one of my choices. I am in Europe right now and prety soon I will head there. I’ll keep on following your blog and I wish you all good luck and the best wishes! Peter

  2. Bonjour Jennifer, It has only been minutes since I re-blogged your post and one of my followers had already re-blogged it again! I hope it brings you a lot of new followers. 🙂

      1. My pleasure. There have been a number of “like” clicks and once they check out your blog, perhaps they will stick around. Well done, it was a terrific post!

  3. I’m jealous of your move to France. I lived there for only two months a few years ago and loved it. Recently I’ve lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong. This world’s an amazing place and I am so grateful for people willing to stray out of their comfort zones to face new challenges and gain perspective. Also, I studied French but suck at it now! I am in awe of your talent.

    1. Thanks for your comment! Wow, living in Taiwan and Hong Kong is what I call REALLY stepping out of the comfort zone. It would be for me. I’m curious to know where you were living in France for two months, and why 🙂 I’ll hop over to your blog and maybe I’ll find some answers there! Merci!

      1. Bien sûr! I haven’t blogged at all about my time in France yet. I was in Collonges for two months in 2006—studying French of all things. It was a summer course for college. I also lived in Italy for a short time and have traveled throughout several nearby countries.

        Yes, Taiwan and Hong Kong are far different from Europe and the States. My experiences there were irreplacable. I blog now to try to bring the things I learned to anyone who cares. I’m also hoping to go to grad school in the UK. We’ll see!

  4. Living your dream and enjoying life is a truly worthy goal – exactly what I wrote about in my memoir, Solitary Desire. I have friends in Montpellier, and I visit their often – best of luck to you with your move

  5. Great blog. We have very similar life goals. I’ve accomplished living abroad by doing a teacher exchange. Being from Canada, I’ve experienced the French way of doing things as well. I hope you have a chance to visit my blog. I’ll follow yours with interest.

    1. I’m intrigued! Can’t wait to check out your blog to see what you’ve been up to, where you’re doing your teacher exchange, how long you’ve been there. Thanks so much for the comment!

    1. Thanks for the tip!! I’d never heard of this site, but I’m going to look into it. Have you put any of your teaching resources up for sale?

  6. Dear Jennifer

    My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in France and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at joepinzone@leopardusa.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc

  7. I stumbled on to some of your videos on youtube and that lead me to your blog! I am so excited. I am the only French teacher in my school district. I teach high school French and am required to make my own curriculum. Your resources are terrific! I was wondering if you have any contact or could put me in touch with someone at the local high school? I would love to establish a relationship with a French school for penpals, exchanges, etc.

    1. Hi Kate, and thanks for you message! I’m so glad my resources are helpful to you. Wow, you have to make your own curriculum. You’re a brave soul! How long have you been teaching French? In reference to you question about getting in contact with a local high school here in Béziers… I can certainly try! My son is only 13 so he’s still at collège. Anyway, you wouldn’t be interested in his French teacher! lol… That said, his English teacher is really great, and collège does go through 9th grade. Would you be interested in that? Otherwise I could talk to some of the teenagers I know here to see if they could relay a message to their high school teachers, but you know what it’s like when you depend on others to do that kind of thing for you. It’s always better if you can talk to someone personally. Let me know what you think! Oh, and by the way where do you live?

  8. Thank you for your reply. I live and teach in a small town on the southeast side of Indianapolis, IN called New Palestine. This is my 12th year teaching, but I took several years off of teaching to raise my son. He is a senior this year. The collège might work for my first year students. They are ages 14 to 15 which would be their last year au collège, right? As the students get older, maybe I could make a contact through at the high school through one of my students. I was thinking maybe English students so they could both practice their languages.

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American French teacher, living in France, living the dream.

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