Avant et Après part 1

When we moved in to the little French Cottage, I was eight months pregnant and getting ready to give birth to our second child in a second country where I did not speak the language. This fact was sufficient enough to keep my worries on the impending birth rather than…well, anything else really. Needless to say my nesting instincts, as well as my Trading Spaces “carpet and cover” mentality, took control of the situation with surprising calm and vigor. So we would like share a few before and after photos of our place with you. They are not at all extensive, and they don’t show all the rooms and spaces. However, it gives a reasonable snapshot of the place. All the “before” photos were taken by Philip (I never set eyes on the place until the first day we moved in which, all things considered, was probably a good thing) and the “after” photos were taken by yours truly. Hope you enjoy a bit of the rustic French countryside life we have come to love.

About thechavagnesexperience

Philip Gonzales, BA, MA, Mphil is a full time teacher at Chavagnes International College and that includes all the tasks involved in living at a boarding school: being on rotation for early morning wake-ups, nighttime dorm duties, supervising study halls, participating in daily communal meals, and the like. He teaches philosophy, classical civilization, religion and boxing mostly to the senior students in the upper school. He has earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Philosophy from Ave Maria University, an advanced Masters degree as well as an MPhil degree from the Institute of Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium and is now actively pursuing his doctorate. His travels in pursuit of his PhD have taken him to Poland to the University of Warclow and to the University of Maynooth in Ireland. Throughout his academic career he has been award an Academic Merit Scholarship at Ave Maria University, the Roby Scholarship from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to study for a semester in Rome, as well as another Academic Merit Scholarship from KU Leuven to complete his MPhil degree. He has taught at the American College of Louvain in Leuven Belgium. He also has membership as a Junior Member of the International Hermeneutics Society and is a member of the International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein. His PhD dissertation is concerned with the philosophy of Edith Stein and Eric Przywara and their reinterpretation of the analogy of being. Sarah Gonzales, BA MA is a part time English teacher at Chavagnes International College. She also contributes to the pastoral support of the College and her students. Having transferred from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to Ave Maria University she earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Literature. Her thesis pertained to Virginia Woolf’s work and the language of images and time as presented in the form of the modern novel. She also received an advanced Master’s degree in European Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven writing her thesis on the concept of the Nation and the Nation State with the specific case study of Northern Ireland. She has been awarded a Rotary Club Scholarship for her excellence in community service, as well as the Roby Scholarship awarded to aid her studies in Rome. Sarah also has experience teaching religious education as well as figure skating to students of varying ages. She currently enjoys living in France where she raises her children and is free to pursue a variety of interests at her leisure.
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2 Responses to Avant et Après part 1

  1. A couple of the avant pictures took my breath away, and not in a good way, but the apres pictures are really nice. You’ve done a great job with the place, especially considering how busy life must be right now. Congratulations on the new baby and on the Trading Spaces-type makeover.

  2. Thank you! A few of the before pictures took my breath away when I saw them for the first time in person too! 🙂 We have been busy with three new daughters these last years. Very blessed and very busy. But it must be the same with you as well. I just wish my French was going as well as the house repairs!

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