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It has been over a month since we left for France, and I’m only just now getting around to writing about our trip.  There were so many emotions connected with this journey:  excitement (hello, it’s PARIS!), anxiety (meeting Mike’s dad for the very first time), dread (flying with a toddler)… and each of those was not without a solid case behind it.  When we arrived, we had pretty much pulled an all-nighter with the wiggliest, loudest 23-month-old on our laps, so you could say we were tired.  I felt a new burst of energy seeing Mike’s dad at the exit of the airport, though– finally, those eight years of wondering and anticipation could end and I met the man who Mike calls “Papa.”

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Despite how much Mike looks like his mom, I was surprised to notice some real similarities in his dad’s appearance, too.  Plus, they both LOVE books.  It was really sweet to see Djamar show off his books to Mike, talking about this one and that, giving him a few copies along the way.  (They both strike me as “Johnny Appleseeds” of literature!)

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After getting some rest on that first day, we went full speed ahead in our exploration of Paris.  My one request was to see the Eiffel Tower– how can you go to Paris without a visit to the Eiffel Tower??– and we managed to fill our first day with that plus the Louvre (just visiting the outside), Notre Dame cathedral, and l’Arc de Triomphe… walking all the way.  Shew!  We even saw an incredible street performer on the Champs-Elysees.  So fun!

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We made it up to Montmartre the next day, and wow, was it beautiful!  The Sacre-Coeur was gorgeous, too.  Walking around town, I still couldn’t get over all the beautiful flowers!

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After three whirlwind days in Paris, it was time to take the train to Strasbourg to see Kathy, Mike’s godmother.  She was there when he was born, and has never stopped caring for Mike (and now, our whole family).  He hadn’t seen her or her mom since he was a teenager, and they were the dear hosts of many fun visits and Christmases for him.  I can’t even say how special it was to finally meet this lovely woman.  It was amazing just visiting Alsace, too– what a gorgeous place!  There were flowers EVERYWHERE, and it was a fantastic 65-70 degrees every day.  We even got to climb on top of the Strasbourg Cathedral and visit Haut-Koenigsbourg, a real-life castle!!

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We visited Kathy’s mother, Alice, who has been like a grandmother to Mike.  She has a huge garden in her backyard, complete with cherry trees!  Noah was all about the cherries, which made for some on-the-go cherry pitting for us.  It was totally worth it, though, to see his adorable, juicy face!

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Without question, this was a trip that we will never forget.  Despite some of the tough spots, it was definitely a high point for our family, and I am so thankful we could take this journey together.

 

 

 

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  • Gail - Whaaaa???!!!! You went to FRANCE?!! This is SO incredible! I had no idea there was a backstory to your hubby that involved a father in France, but now i’m TOTALLY intrigued! (GAHHH I so need an IRL date with you!) This is SUCH an awesome post! Makes me want to go back BADLY! (your processing for these images, BTW, is divine. Some of those shots of Noah especially are just…timeless).

    PS – Your hubby is so cute ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jill - Mary! Oh my goodness, these shots are amazing! Film, yes? I’m totally jealous of your skills lady. Also, I audibly said “whoa” when I saw how much Mike looks like his dad! And that little Noah man!! He’s so BIG! Ok, gushfest over, but seriously an amazing job.ReplyCancel

Blair and I met while we were both in youth group back in Franklin, TN (at the other Christ UMC of my life!).  It’s so neat when paths cross and stories come full circle, as Blair is now also in North Carolina!  I love those “small world” moments.  They came to Durham for engagement photos, and it was really great to finally meet Larry and to see these two so in love.  I was so pleased to do their photos on a BEAUTIFUL morning over at Duke Gardens.

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Blair and Larry, can’t wait for your wedding!

You can view the rest of the photos from their Durham engagement session here!

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  • Kathy Lane - What a precious couple and darling photos! We know Blair from way back when she would watch our children (Summer and Patrick) and knew then how precious and wonderful she is! Congratulations to the happy couple! Blessings to you both!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Sibley - Look at that beautiful pair!!!!ReplyCancel

It’s amazing, really.

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Time has both managed to slow to a crawl and still somehow fly by at the same time.  When I think of the day Noah was born, I remember moments vividly and feel like no time has passed.  Those first few weeks felt like an eternity, and any time his teething keeps him up, or he goes through a pre-terrible-twos struggle, I wonder when time will speed up!  But then I look through photos and think about all the things that have happened since that special day two years ago, and I can hardly believe it’s only been two years.

I’m amazed at how, in just the last year, he has developed an even greater personality and can make us laugh so easily.

I’m thrilled that he can walk next to me, sparing me from toting around his 30+lbs and exercising his newfound independence at the same time!

I’m moved in the moments he grabs my face and kisses me, or snuggles up against me or Mike when we read him a bedtime story.

I’m excited at the possibilities when I see him run toward a drumset all on his own and begin to play (and with serious skill, in my humble opinion!)

My heart melts each time I come to pick him up after being away all day, and he runs to me with a huge grin on his face and says, “Mommy!”

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These dear moments are just little snippets of our year together, but I usually do a lot better sharing my thoughts with pictures rather than words.  So here’s a little video of Noah’s second year.  Happy birthday, baby!  You might be a toddler now, but you’ll always be MY baby.

Noah’s 2nd year from Mary Saou on Vimeo.

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  • Gail - Oh Mary…this post made me tear up. Because I can relate to ALL of this (gosh, the teething ESPECIALLY). I can’t believe my little guy is going to be right there with yours in a few short months. Noah is SO handsome. Truly.ReplyCancel

Christi and I have worked together at Christ Church for four years, and she is now starting a new leg of her journey as pastor of her own church!  Speaking of new journeys… they’re expecting a little sister to Jordan, and oh my gosh could they be more adorable?!

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I’m just thrilled we had a chance to take some photos before they moved out to Swepsonville.  Thank goodness we can still go visit!  I am going to have to see that sweet baby!

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Love you, Christi.  All the best to you in this beautiful season.

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  To see the rest of their family session, click here!

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  • Carole - As I looked at all the photos, my heart was full of joy for you, Will, and Jordan. I can’t tell you how many times I have listened to your last sermon at the 7 PM service. We will come to your new church in Swepsonville. You inspire me, Christie, and I miss you.ReplyCancel

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