A year and a half ago my husband and I moved our ever growing family from Belgium, where we lived as graduate students, to France. We came to live at a Catholic boarding school located in the idyllic French countryside. Prior to our arrival we were asked if we were in possession of “pioneering spirit” to which we both answered in the affirmative. Nearly two years into our new adventure I’d say that we are all fully enjoying it as well. Our house, “the cottage”, is located on the campus of the International College and our daily interactions with it are vast and varied. The campus buildings are lovely and the grounds are breathtaking. The house is what one might call a bit of a “fixer-upper”, (think It’s a Wonderful Life house…only not as big) incredibly charming, and constantly unfolding it’s potential with our steady and constant improvements both inside and out. The house has also become a place where the students of the College can come to visit, relax and feel like they are home away from home. The students enjoy the occasional home cooked meal, tea and muffins in the afternoon, cookies during the holidays, watching American football games, and playing with our dog and cats, among other things. Sadly most of our first year has gone undocumented so we thought it might be interesting to blog about our little adventures, mostly with the students, here at the International College. Our pioneering American spirit has brought us, here, to France, to an English boarding school and while life here is probably not as hard as it was on the American frontier we have our own little adventures living with our children, in close proximity to our fellow teachers and, of course, the students.