Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Inspiration from AARP Magazine? Oh yeah!

As a young teen, I looked forward to the arrival

of Ingenue (remember this one?)

and Seventeen magazine.

As I grew older, it was Vogue and Bazaar.

Now I look forward to the arrival of the AARP magazine.

I was sharing this with a friend the other day

and she went into mild hysteria. She is quite a bit

older than me. When I told her about this issue, she

wanted to borrow it!

It all started with a little dream.

After having the opportunity to be

an exchange student in the Netherlands,

I knew I was destined to live somewhere in Europe.

But where?

I ended up in Switzerland and loved every second.

This is not where I lived but isn't this FABULOUS?

So serene. I would chop wood to live here-hehe.

While in Switzerland, I became engaged to

a dutch lad.
It looked like I would be going back to Holland.

I wasn't planning on living in a windmill.

I just really like this photo.

Well, while the relationship was not meant to be,

the whole "someday, I want to move back to Europe" thing

never truly left my heart.

That is why I was so inspired from an article in the AARP Magazine (love it).

After hubby read it , he was inspired as well.

I know the kids will be living in Hawaii, hubby is not planning

on retiring anytime soon BUT now 2 people share that dream.

It would actually be 3 because J.W. would need to

come along.

We could spend hours (O.K, maybe not hours)

sitting in our favorite kind of chairs.

Meeting new people, making wonderful memories.

I have seen first hand how dreams can come true.

Maybe someday

I'll be visiting from a sweet little cottage.

Talk about French Elements.

I plan to hang on tight to this little dream

and hubby is holding on too!


I am crossing my fingers that post options is working.
Blogger has not been too kind to me recently-hehe.

Big hugs from a French dreamer.


Lorrie said...

Like you, I dream of living in France one day, too. Maybe we can have cottages in the same village and visit when we need to speak some English!
Dreams, especially when shared with someone else, are fun!

Theresa said...

I wanna go too:) I have NEVER been out of the USA! So, if there is room in the suitcase... I promise to be very still, hehe!

Have a blessed day dear Barb! HUGS!

Kim's Treasures said...

Here's hoping your dreams come true! I love the photos!


Bonnie said...

Hi Barb, just so you know Blogger hasn't been nice to me either. Maybe something is going on?

I would like to say HOLD ON TO THAT DREAM! You never know.

Isn't it a kick that Dennis Quaid is a senior? I guess we're getting older because I do remember Seventeen and Ingenue is ringing a vague bell!


Janet said...

I saw that issue at the Dr's office and thought how wonderful that would be. Can I come for a visit? My hubbie is a dream come true, except he will never leave Massachusetts to retire...sigh...

Angie said...

What beautiful pictures...I can see why you miss it. I look at dreams as just thoughts on layaway....someday they will be just takes some time. I have missed you my sweet friend and it has been wonderful to sit and read through all your past posts!

Hugs ~ Angie

Shabby Anne said...

I have often looked at properties on line in France, Italy and Spain. If I were still living in England it would be a much easier proposition to buy a little place there. A bit more of a job moving from the US! Still, the dream is the thing. eh? France would be my first choice since I speak it fairly fluently.
Hope all is well with you and yours Barb.

Love and Peace xx

Pondside said...

Hang onto that dream! We've lived in Europe a couple of times and dream of going back..........

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Barb,
Great post - you already have the Frenchie business, and your honey shares the'll get there!
I am living proof that dreams do come true - I met French Honey and here we are living à la Parisienne.
Bonne chance and may all your dreams come true!

Melissa Miller said...

It sounds amazing Barb! Love the windmill photo. How gorgeous!

Blessings to you and yours.
~Melissa :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Barb, it was so nice to see you visit me last night....I hadn't seen you in so long. And we share a similar dream as well my friend; when Ruben met me in France, he fell in love, especially with Sarlat, situé in the Perigord. One day.....THANK YOU for coming and seeing my tribute to Mimi the great!!! Thanks to her, I will be a regular writer for the magazine! Enjoy your weekend, Anita

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