Life in Paris is Coming to an End

We have two days left till we leave Paris. Weird!!! I have been asking myself how in the world I am going to fit in everything I love in Paris into two days!! The hard part is that we have had to do so much work on the apartment in order to get our 4,000 euro deposit back! So here I am, sitting on the hardwood floor of our empty apartment. It still feels like home, even without all the furniture. Today we hand over the keys, which is just very strange. Justin and I have cried at every place we have left (all seven in our six years of marriage), knowing that somehow our life will change again.

Today as Justin and I were walking down the street, pushing Maisie in her stroller, I said, “I love you Justin and I love that we are always on an adventure.” It really is true. I love the adventure of our life, even if it is difficult sometimes! As much as it is a bit unnerving not to know where we will live in four months, it is still exciting at the same time!

So our plans until we leave are to hang out with our friends, go to a couple of our favorite restaurants (with friends of course), and stop by the eiffel tower tomorrow. I guess it is sort of fitting for us to go to the eiffel tower on our last day living in Paris. Mostly we are going because Maisie has never been in her almost nine months of life!

I am feeling somber. But I have to say that life is good and I look forward to the next season in life, whatever that may be!!!


  1. Jen Braun on August 27, 2007 at 7:40 am


    You have such a healthy outlook on where God is leading your little family next. I will keep praying for you guys that He may provide comfort and answers to where he would have you go next. I know how you feel, Joe and I have moved 3 times in the 3 years we have been married, but I wouldn’t take it back in a heart beat. It allowed me grow up some, it has made our marriage stronger and it allowed me depend on God as he led. Keep us posted!

  2. Donna on August 27, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Oh Jen… my heart aches for you. You know how I feel about Paris. But, I know that you are doing what God is calling you to do…whatever that may be. Blessings on your next adventure and I can not wait to read about it.

    THANKS FOR THE EIFFEL TOWER PICTURE. You completely made my day! Donna

  3. Anne McClane on August 27, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    We are praying for you guys in this transition time! We love ya!

  4. Mom on August 27, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Jen…it’s not often that we hear the poignancy of your heart in your blog. Oftentimes we hear the delight, the trauma, the silliness and the other stuff that no one can put into a ‘category’….but there is a wistfulness in this post. A wondering of what’s coming next, what you’re leaving and acknowledging how God is continuing to move in your lives. I look forward to knowing where you’ll be living for my next European vacation! :-). I love you SO much!

  5. Carolina Shields on August 27, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    I cry with you and rejoice with you my sister in Christ! Being married to Godly men is amazing and hard at the same time. I too cry when we leave a place and I find comfort to know that there are others being bold for the cause of the cross. So proud to see how God is moving in Europe through the Powells. Maisie… your mom and dad ROCK!!! Wish we could see ya state side. Keep me posted cause we could be in the OC at the same time. I still want to see Maisie in person.

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