susan hutchinson (@fleurishing)

👩🏻‍🦰: mother of twins #henryetmarie
⚜: founder of @thefrancophiles
👀: #fleurishingfamilletravels
📷: photography obsessed (nikon👇🏻)

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three years, twenty-four days, ten hours. the last time I stood on European soil...but who’s counting?! a few weeks ago @mrfleurishing said he had a surprise for our tenth wedding anniversary - he confidently announced (with a “mr. big” sly smile and swagger)...“I got this.” on the day of our anniversary, the kids created a café in their room and invited us both to sit for a special meal. they brought me my “menu”, which unfolded into a faux travel brochure which said...“your adventure awaits”...and I gasped.
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after what seemed like an eternity of shock and disbelief, I burst into very happy, grateful, tears. my husband has to go to LONDON for a work trip and we are tagging along!! of course, PARIS is just a train ride away and we’re not going to miss that opportunity!! I’ve been dying to say something here but was afraid to jinx anything - but with our flights and accommodations now booked, the countdown has begun! less than three weeks to go, AH!! would you believe I’ve never been to London?! I’m quite thankful to have some amazing friends there but welcome any and all recs! xoxo
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three years, twenty-four days, ten hours. the last time I stood on European soil...but who’s counting?! a few weeks ago @mrfleurishing said he had a surprise for our tenth wedding anniversary - he confidently announced (with a “mr. big” sly smile and swagger)...“I got this.” on the day of our anniversary, the kids created a café in their room and invited us both to sit for a special meal. they brought me my “menu”, which unfolded into a faux travel brochure which said...“your adventure awaits”...and I gasped.

after what seemed like an eternity of shock and disbelief, I burst into very happy, grateful, tears. my husband has to go to LONDON for a work trip and we are tagging along!! of course, PARIS is just a train ride away and we’re not going to miss that opportunity!! I’ve been dying to say something here but was afraid to jinx anything - but with our flights and accommodations now booked, the countdown has begun! less than three weeks to go, AH!! would you believe I’ve never been to London?! I’m quite thankful to have some amazing friends there but welcome any and all recs! xoxo
ten years ago, I made the best decision of my life when I said “I do” to @mrfleurishing. two children, five moves, countless trials and tribulations later and here we are...our imperfect marriage has survived a decade! 🙌🏻 marriage (hell, any long-term relationship) isn’t easy. we’ve worked hard to cultivate a healthy and mutually enriching relationship. the work pays off - we truly see each other, in all our raw, flawed glory. our idea of romance has of course changed over the years, but he still makes me swoon.
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@ashleyludaescherphoto captured this moment when I said yes (again) in Paris (on our actual anniversary, six years in). our children (well, one of them anyway) photobombing us pretty much sums up life with kids, non? 😂
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I can’t wait to see what the next decade holds for us.
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ten years ago, I made the best decision of my life when I said “I do” to @mrfleurishing. two children, five moves, countless trials and tribulations later and here we are...our imperfect marriage has survived a decade! 🙌🏻 marriage (hell, any long-term relationship) isn’t easy. we’ve worked hard to cultivate a healthy and mutually enriching relationship. the work pays off - we truly see each other, in all our raw, flawed glory. our idea of romance has of course changed over the years, but he still makes me swoon.

@ashleyludaescherphoto captured this moment when I said yes (again) in Paris (on our actual anniversary, six years in). our children (well, one of them anyway) photobombing us pretty much sums up life with kids, non? 😂

I can’t wait to see what the next decade holds for us.
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“let nature be your teacher.” - wordsworth
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we’re six months into our homeschooling journey and I’m happy to report that outdoor adventures are at an all-time high. case in point: I have hiking boots now (who am I even 🙈😂). when we first got started, I was a bit too focused on curriculum and worksheets...I now realize that I was attempting to recreate the classroom. while there is a time and place for that, I’ve learned that at this age especially (six), they learn best through exploration - it’s truly amazing how much can be learned by simply going outside. #henryetmarie have been nature journaling and collecting things everywhere we go...it’s thrilling to see their eyes light up over a new (to them) flower or insect. admittedly, I often find that they are new to me as well, but  finding the answer together is what I treasure most.
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“let nature be your teacher.” - wordsworth

we’re six months into our homeschooling journey and I’m happy to report that outdoor adventures are at an all-time high. case in point: I have hiking boots now (who am I even 🙈😂). when we first got started, I was a bit too focused on curriculum and worksheets...I now realize that I was attempting to recreate the classroom. while there is a time and place for that, I’ve learned that at this age especially (six), they learn best through exploration - it’s truly amazing how much can be learned by simply going outside. #henryetmarie have been nature journaling and collecting things everywhere we go...it’s thrilling to see their eyes light up over a new (to them) flower or insect. admittedly, I often find that they are new to me as well, but finding the answer together is what I treasure most.
“...in the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all...that in the midst of winter, I found there was within me, an invincible summer. and that makes me happy. for it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger...something better, pushing right back.” #albertcamus #quote #wordstoliveby
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everyone gets knocked down at some point—life is a series of peaks and valleys. lately, I’ve felt like the universe is testing me (and us). we get knocked down, get back up, only to be knocked down again. a few weeks ago the ref got to nine (so to speak), and it was really scary. I wrote a blog post about it because I want to share my struggles, as well as my strength. pressure makes diamonds, right?
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“...in the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all...that in the midst of winter, I found there was within me, an invincible summer. and that makes me happy. for it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger...something better, pushing right back.” #albertcamus #quote #wordstoliveby

everyone gets knocked down at some point—life is a series of peaks and valleys. lately, I’ve felt like the universe is testing me (and us). we get knocked down, get back up, only to be knocked down again. a few weeks ago the ref got to nine (so to speak), and it was really scary. I wrote a blog post about it because I want to share my struggles, as well as my strength. pressure makes diamonds, right?
my love for the macaron is more than just an obligatory Francophile obsession—it’s my own personal “madeleine moment”, a la Proust. each time I bite into one (specifically a @maisonladuree vanille, hashtag I wish this was sponsored), I‘m instantly transported back to my first trip to Paris in my early twenties. while I don’t ever need an excuse to indulge in this classic French treat (and bonus, they’re gluten-free), today is #macaronday and I will be happily consuming one (or two, or three) in honor of this special day! do you have macaron mania? #thefrancophiles
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my love for the macaron is more than just an obligatory Francophile obsession—it’s my own personal “madeleine moment”, a la Proust. each time I bite into one (specifically a @maisonladuree vanille, hashtag I wish this was sponsored), I‘m instantly transported back to my first trip to Paris in my early twenties. while I don’t ever need an excuse to indulge in this classic French treat (and bonus, they’re gluten-free), today is #macaronday and I will be happily consuming one (or two, or three) in honor of this special day! do you have macaron mania? #thefrancophiles
witnessing their love for each other is one of my life’s greatest gifts. twins have an extra special bond, and theirs has been evident since day one (perhaps even earlier, as they interacted in utero). when they are not together (a rarity), they feel like something is missing and are not quite themselves (I can say the same as a mother). they are my heart...my little valentines. #henryetmarie
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witnessing their love for each other is one of my life’s greatest gifts. twins have an extra special bond, and theirs has been evident since day one (perhaps even earlier, as they interacted in utero). when they are not together (a rarity), they feel like something is missing and are not quite themselves (I can say the same as a mother). they are my heart...my little valentines. #henryetmarie
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missing France fiercely, as always...but I get my fix via @thefrancophiles these days! I founded the 🇫🇷 community in order to help others find France in their own backyard, as many of us aren’t able to travel internationally (or it’s a rarity). the goal was (and still is) to inspire, inform and unite Francophiles around the world, and I’m so thrilled with how the community is growing. mille mercis to those of you who continue to support my passion project...it truly means so much to me. ♥️, Susan #thefrancophiles
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missing France fiercely, as always...but I get my fix via @thefrancophiles these days! I founded the 🇫🇷 community in order to help others find France in their own backyard, as many of us aren’t able to travel internationally (or it’s a rarity). the goal was (and still is) to inspire, inform and unite Francophiles around the world, and I’m so thrilled with how the community is growing. mille mercis to those of you who continue to support my passion project...it truly means so much to me. ♥️, Susan #thefrancophiles
full disclosure: our children have nicer clothes than we do (I’ve certainly never looked this chic at a 🌭stand, lol). this is my favorite image from our NYC trip during the holidays...it seems the best ones always happen in a truly organic way. we were all hungry on our way back to the hotel and needed a quick fix (don’t mess with two hangry six-year-olds). a street vendor was our best option, and we ended up with a hearty 🥨😂🙈. #henryetmarie were so fascinated...they were completely unaware of the 📷
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in all seriousness though, one of the reasons they have a better wardrobe than us is because 1. parents always put their children first of course, 2. we don’t have an unlimited clothing budget, and 3. I’m always behind the camera and you don’t often see what I’m wearing (spoiler alert: it’s almost always all black). I’m hoping to change that this year (not the all black part) - I always hesitate to show myself here and I don’t want to feel that way. tell me, can you relate?
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full disclosure: our children have nicer clothes than we do (I’ve certainly never looked this chic at a 🌭stand, lol). this is my favorite image from our NYC trip during the holidays...it seems the best ones always happen in a truly organic way. we were all hungry on our way back to the hotel and needed a quick fix (don’t mess with two hangry six-year-olds). a street vendor was our best option, and we ended up with a hearty 🥨😂🙈. #henryetmarie were so fascinated...they were completely unaware of the 📷

in all seriousness though, one of the reasons they have a better wardrobe than us is because 1. parents always put their children first of course, 2. we don’t have an unlimited clothing budget, and 3. I’m always behind the camera and you don’t often see what I’m wearing (spoiler alert: it’s almost always all black). I’m hoping to change that this year (not the all black part) - I always hesitate to show myself here and I don’t want to feel that way. tell me, can you relate?
all of the above, please and thank you. 2019 is off to a great start - one of my/our goals is to travel more this year, and we hit the road on the first to a place we’ve been to before but were anxious to explore more of (I’ll be sharing a recap shortly). while we’re on the topic of travel, I’d love your thoughts...
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we do enjoy road trips as a family, but we’re aching to journey farther (as always). right now we’re saving for some big things, and we don’t usually have the ability to leave on a whim when a discounted fare appears. since many of you are seasoned travelers, I’d love to know any tips or tricks that you employ to score affordable airfare or travel deals. thanks, xo!
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all of the above, please and thank you. 2019 is off to a great start - one of my/our goals is to travel more this year, and we hit the road on the first to a place we’ve been to before but were anxious to explore more of (I’ll be sharing a recap shortly). while we’re on the topic of travel, I’d love your thoughts...

we do enjoy road trips as a family, but we’re aching to journey farther (as always). right now we’re saving for some big things, and we don’t usually have the ability to leave on a whim when a discounted fare appears. since many of you are seasoned travelers, I’d love to know any tips or tricks that you employ to score affordable airfare or travel deals. thanks, xo!
a friend of mine once said, “there are years that ask questions, and years that answer.” that statement really struck me, and I believe it to be true. 2019 has the potential to be colossal - I’ll be turning forty, celebrating ten years of marriage, most likely moving, and hopefully fulfilling a professional dream along the way. full disclosure: I think my expectations are too high, and I’m finding myself pulling back on the reigns a bit in an effort to avoid disappointment, even before the new year begins. I don’t want to put too much pressure on one year, because in the grand scheme of things, it’s really just a blink, isn’t it?
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my hope for 2019 is that it’s a year of answers. we’ve got some big questions floating around...ones that have remained unanswered for quite some time. I’m not a patient person, and I’ve had to learn to accept the discomfort of not having control. to not fear the unknown, and to try and let our story unfold naturally. perhaps we’re not meant to have all the answers yet. perhaps the answers have already been shown to us and we haven’t yet grasped them. perhaps it’s time to answer our own questions. I’ve never been one for resolutions, but I am one for being “resolute”. here I stand, ready and waiting for you 2019...I refuse to be intimidated by you. come at me bro.
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a friend of mine once said, “there are years that ask questions, and years that answer.” that statement really struck me, and I believe it to be true. 2019 has the potential to be colossal - I’ll be turning forty, celebrating ten years of marriage, most likely moving, and hopefully fulfilling a professional dream along the way. full disclosure: I think my expectations are too high, and I’m finding myself pulling back on the reigns a bit in an effort to avoid disappointment, even before the new year begins. I don’t want to put too much pressure on one year, because in the grand scheme of things, it’s really just a blink, isn’t it?

my hope for 2019 is that it’s a year of answers. we’ve got some big questions floating around...ones that have remained unanswered for quite some time. I’m not a patient person, and I’ve had to learn to accept the discomfort of not having control. to not fear the unknown, and to try and let our story unfold naturally. perhaps we’re not meant to have all the answers yet. perhaps the answers have already been shown to us and we haven’t yet grasped them. perhaps it’s time to answer our own questions. I’ve never been one for resolutions, but I am one for being “resolute”. here I stand, ready and waiting for you 2019...I refuse to be intimidated by you. come at me bro.
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life doesn’t give you a pause button...so we search for ways to make time feel slower. time cannot be altered of course, but our perception of it can • we’ve made a big change in our life, one that we’ve debated for years and only recently felt right about. there’s too much to say about it for it to be just a caption - it’s quite personal and often controversial, so I’m sharing it on the blog (linked) 🔝
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health update: I had my second surgery thanksgiving week and they successfully removed the residual tumor (🎉). now we wait and watch and hope. thank you all again for the love, I have truly felt it and it’s given me much comfort on the hard days. thanks for sticking with me! xoxo
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life doesn’t give you a pause button...so we search for ways to make time feel slower. time cannot be altered of course, but our perception of it can • we’ve made a big change in our life, one that we’ve debated for years and only recently felt right about. there’s too much to say about it for it to be just a caption - it’s quite personal and often controversial, so I’m sharing it on the blog (linked) 🔝

health update: I had my second surgery thanksgiving week and they successfully removed the residual tumor (🎉). now we wait and watch and hope. thank you all again for the love, I have truly felt it and it’s given me much comfort on the hard days. thanks for sticking with me! xoxo
the answer to the question posed in my last post is: we move forward. forward, but with a tighter grip on each other, and on life • there’s been a lot of waiting (on doctors, on test results, on phone calls) and a lot of firsts - my first visit to a cancer center (sobering), my first ct scan, and my first time having the thought that I might not be around to see my children as adults. that thought, even if just for a moment, for a few days, or a few weeks—can be life-changing. priorities suddenly become crystal clear.
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here’s the good news we just received: there are no signs of pulmonary nodules, meaning no sign of metastasis in my lungs. that is a huge relief, and something to celebrate. I will still need a second surgery to remove the rest of my tumor, which will happen this month (after more docs and more waiting, of course). moving forward, I’ll be monitored  for the rest of my life, as “DFSP” is a reoccurring, albeit slow-growing, cancer. I’m still getting used to that word.
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the week I was diagnosed, my horoscope said that “the universe will be giving you a speed bump”...and I love that description. being forced to slow down can be quite a gift, and my perspective on life has most certainly been altered. I feel so much more attentive, overwhelming grateful, and lucky. as we enter this season of gratitude, I am filled to the brim with it. I have truly felt the love sent my way lately, and I can’t thank you all enough for the support. 🖤
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the answer to the question posed in my last post is: we move forward. forward, but with a tighter grip on each other, and on life • there’s been a lot of waiting (on doctors, on test results, on phone calls) and a lot of firsts - my first visit to a cancer center (sobering), my first ct scan, and my first time having the thought that I might not be around to see my children as adults. that thought, even if just for a moment, for a few days, or a few weeks—can be life-changing. priorities suddenly become crystal clear.

here’s the good news we just received: there are no signs of pulmonary nodules, meaning no sign of metastasis in my lungs. that is a huge relief, and something to celebrate. I will still need a second surgery to remove the rest of my tumor, which will happen this month (after more docs and more waiting, of course). moving forward, I’ll be monitored for the rest of my life, as “DFSP” is a reoccurring, albeit slow-growing, cancer. I’m still getting used to that word.

the week I was diagnosed, my horoscope said that “the universe will be giving you a speed bump”...and I love that description. being forced to slow down can be quite a gift, and my perspective on life has most certainly been altered. I feel so much more attentive, overwhelming grateful, and lucky. as we enter this season of gratitude, I am filled to the brim with it. I have truly felt the love sent my way lately, and I can’t thank you all enough for the support. 🖤
this was one of the first things we laid eyes on after checking into our cabin, and it perfectly sums up our mood as a family right now. the support is helping us get through this “now what” phase - I’m still so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love. as promised, I’m sharing what we’ve learned so far (and don’t worry, I won’t bombard you with cancer posts):
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my cancer is called DFSP for short - it is a very rare type of sarcoma: one case. per million. per year • it is not skin cancer, and has nothing to do with skincare or sun. the cancer grows from soft tissue within and is usually discovered when it appears externally on the skin • since it is so rare, not as much is known about it, but the most effective treatment is surgical removal of the tumor • it is locally aggressive and reoccurs in 80% of patients, although it’s slow-growing • metastasis is possible, and it does have malignant potential • this type of sarcoma is not really radio sensitive, which means chemo/radiation are not effective in the event of metastasis • these facts are based on my research thus far (since my diagnosis last week) and information given to us by my surgeon and pathologist - we’ll know more soon.
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so...the “now what” consists of an oncology consult, getting a look at what’s going on inside my body via imagery, and a second surgery. the appointments have all been set for less than two weeks from now, and things are happening fast...bring it on. 👊🏻
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this was one of the first things we laid eyes on after checking into our cabin, and it perfectly sums up our mood as a family right now. the support is helping us get through this “now what” phase - I’m still so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love. as promised, I’m sharing what we’ve learned so far (and don’t worry, I won’t bombard you with cancer posts):

my cancer is called DFSP for short - it is a very rare type of sarcoma: one case. per million. per year • it is not skin cancer, and has nothing to do with skincare or sun. the cancer grows from soft tissue within and is usually discovered when it appears externally on the skin • since it is so rare, not as much is known about it, but the most effective treatment is surgical removal of the tumor • it is locally aggressive and reoccurs in 80% of patients, although it’s slow-growing • metastasis is possible, and it does have malignant potential • this type of sarcoma is not really radio sensitive, which means chemo/radiation are not effective in the event of metastasis • these facts are based on my research thus far (since my diagnosis last week) and information given to us by my surgeon and pathologist - we’ll know more soon.

so...the “now what” consists of an oncology consult, getting a look at what’s going on inside my body via imagery, and a second surgery. the appointments have all been set for less than two weeks from now, and things are happening fast...bring it on. 👊🏻
the surgeon called me on Friday. I had just dropped the kids off at school and figured he was calling to check on how my wound was healing. he asked if I was driving, and then he asked when I would be home—and then I knew. although the next thirty minutes were a bit of a blur, my shaking hands managed to scribble the following random yet oh so heavy words on the back of my daughters girl scout sign-up form: pathology • sarcoma • rare • cancer.
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I was unsure if I should share this kind of news here, but then I realized...if this isn’t what community is for, what is? tomorrow is my 39th birthday, and despite what you might be thinking, it will be a happy one. I feel strong in the face of this scary diagnosis. to quote one of our kids’ favorite movies: “yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. that’s why it’s called the present.” - master oogway
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thank you (in advance) for your support - I promise to share more as it unfolds, as much is still unknown. for now, I’m going to focus on the positives, love my family a little harder, live life a little fuller, and eat an obscene amount of birthday cake. xoxo
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the surgeon called me on Friday. I had just dropped the kids off at school and figured he was calling to check on how my wound was healing. he asked if I was driving, and then he asked when I would be home—and then I knew. although the next thirty minutes were a bit of a blur, my shaking hands managed to scribble the following random yet oh so heavy words on the back of my daughters girl scout sign-up form: pathology • sarcoma • rare • cancer.

I was unsure if I should share this kind of news here, but then I realized...if this isn’t what community is for, what is? tomorrow is my 39th birthday, and despite what you might be thinking, it will be a happy one. I feel strong in the face of this scary diagnosis. to quote one of our kids’ favorite movies: “yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. that’s why it’s called the present.” - master oogway

thank you (in advance) for your support - I promise to share more as it unfolds, as much is still unknown. for now, I’m going to focus on the positives, love my family a little harder, live life a little fuller, and eat an obscene amount of birthday cake. xoxo
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this #greenwall is by far my favorite feature @longwoodgardens and quite possibly the most beautiful bathrooms in the world? pro tip: visit when it’s raining and you’ll feel as if you have the place to yourself! we danced in the rain and lingered in the conservatory...more in stories.
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this #greenwall is by far my favorite feature @longwoodgardens and quite possibly the most beautiful bathrooms in the world? pro tip: visit when it’s raining and you’ll feel as if you have the place to yourself! we danced in the rain and lingered in the conservatory...more in stories.

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