New Year, New Plan

Bonne année tout le monde! I hope every one’s New Year has started off exactly how you have wanted; whether cozy at home or ringing it in with a sparkly bang. Ours was interesting in true Le Petit Village fashion and I’ll be rehashing the tale soon, but for now it’s on the back burner because I have something très important to tell you…

Today, I have a confession to make, a BIG one. I’ve been keeping something from you guys and it hasn’t been easy, but I had a plan, and my plan was always to tell you today, New Year’s Day. A fresh start with fresh news for you because it’s a game changer… We are leaving Le Petit Village. We are leaving Provence and we’re leaving France (told you it’s a game changer).

After four years here, and ten in Europe, it’s time for me to return to the States with my French husband and dog in tow. It wasn’t an easy decision, and it’s one we’ve been struggling with for awhile now but what it comes down to is what’s best for us, and that seems to be setting down roots in the good ol’ U S of A. So at the end of February, I will be hopping a plane to Texas where Gregory and Fifty will be joining me a month later. After a few a months of getting our American bearings, we will be moving to Massachusetts to start our new life in the Berkshires.

The decision to leave The LPV was made at the end of summer and I decided to keep it to myself because I wanted to focus on truly being present in France for my last few months here. I knew that if I told everyone and posted about it, the conversation would change to the move and our new life and I didn’t want that. I had to suck every bit of expat life out of France that I could, so the secret was kept.

So there it is, it’s out there now. In two months I will no longer be Sara in Le Petit Village, but I will still be Sara, and I will still be here, and I will still need you, your friendship and support, probably more than ever, because as excited as I am about this new chapter, I’m more than a little terrified as well, and I’m hoping that you will still be right by my side, holding my virtual hand.

Happy New Year my friends, may your 2014 be filled with nothing but wonderful!  

With much love,
Sara in Le Petit Village

Bisous!
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72 responses to “New Year, New Plan”

  1. Does that mean we can expect Gregory to start his own blog?! That I would like to read (together with this one as well!) Gregory in the Great Big Town…or wherever you'll be living.

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  2. Of course we're going to follow you wherever you go. We don't read you because you're in France, we read you because you're funny and I trust that the Berkshires will offer you and Gregory a plate of amazing stories to share with us. A Frenchie in the States is always a good read. Maybe he should start a spin-off blog… ; )

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  3. YAAAAAY!! : ) It's too bad I never got to visit you in the LPV, but I'm glad we'll finally get our blate. Some time in 2014, for sure. It'll be part of my new year's resos…

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  4. You know you got me lady. Congratulations and I can't wait to be a part of this next adventure! xoxoxoxo

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  5. Dude FANTASTIC NEWS!!!You will always be Sara in LPV, thought Sare in the Berkshires sure does have a nice ring to it! Here's to a wonderful 2014!

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  6. I want to laugh at Mr Rudolph but with those arms, I am afraid to make him angry :)Happy New Year !

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  7. Wow. That's exciting news! We're thinking of doing the same thing in the next few years (complete with a dog in tow), so looking forward to your adventures to adjusting to life back in the US!-ShannonP.S. I'm having trouble commenting so I hope you don't get this like 30 times.

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  8. Oh wow, these are amazing news! 🙂 I love Massachusetts and I can' wait to read about all your adventures there. I also loved your stories about France though, such a wonderful way to learn more about living in that beautiful country. I hope you have a great time planning everything and that everything will work out perfectly fine for you.Have an amazing new year! 🙂

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  9. Happy New Year to you, and good luck with the move. I can't wait to follow your tales of this next big adventure!

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  10. Really big news! I wish you all the best with this new move … yes, it can be daunting to go back home but I'm sure you'll do good and continue blogging witty stories about your non-expat life :)Happy 2014 as well!

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  11. Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited for y'all!!!!

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  12. Wow!! So exciting!! It's such a big change, and I'll definitely keep reading about your new life “back home” 🙂 (using my new blog name, used to be Blonde in France!)

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  13. Oh my gosh dear Sara!!!!! I have been MIA in the blogworld but I was shocked to read this post! What a big change for you, Gregory and Fifty – and having to leave family and such good friends like the Londons behind……this is truly a New Year for you. Now I look forward to reading the trials and tribulations of a French Man and His Wife in Texas!Sending much love and hugs and all good wishes in the weeks ahead as things change in a big way! xoxoAmanda

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  14. That is such a BIG news! Even if the transition might be hard, it is a brand new and exciting journey!I'm looking forward to follow your adventures back in the US 🙂 i'm in Belgium and just dying to live in the States permanently, even if i know that Europe is amazing and beautiful. Cette année s'annonce merveilleuse pour toi et ta famille Bon vent Sara!

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  15. quelle surprise! bon courage =)

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  16. How did I miss this? Well, girl, I know all about you gotta do what's best for you guys. Congrats! and I wish you some amazing last weeks in LPV!!

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  17. Wow! I caught this news late as I was trying to be on computer hiatus during the holidays. I can't believe it! But I am also very excited for you three 🙂 And of course we will be following along. I can't wait! xoxo

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  18. Aaah you're moving!! I can't imagine France without you! I wish you all the best in this exciting new adventure and in the repatriation process (it's a doozy, or at least it was for me when I went home). Good luck and you better keep on blogging lovely lady! bisous

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  19. WOW! I just read this, big news indeed. I am sure the next chapter will be an incredibly exciting new adventure. I can't wait to read about Sara in Le USA

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  20. Wow! I'm very late in reading this. Very big and exciting news! Good luck with the international move and the transition back to life in the US! Looking forward to following all your stateside adventures!

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  21. Ahh! Ok, now that i know, i wish you all the best in the saying goodbye and packing department (hard) but just think onf all that american greatness you've missed these past years. 🙂 the berkshires are only a couple hours away from me!

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  22. Sara! I've been reading your blog from the very beginning and am totally loving your life.. so much so that I've been ordering Provence Rose if they have it on the menu! lol And you are totally right.. I have always been put off by the over-sweet Rose but the Provence ones are perfectly crisp and dry. Great post for the new years, wishing you all the best with the big move!!Jamie

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