Archive for Life

August 16th, 2016

Help me stay in the United States!


I’ve been rather quiet online lately, because I didn’t know if I could stay in Vermont or if I’d have to go back (temporarily or permanently) to Qu├ębec. As much as I love Canada, my life is so much better here! My wife is happier in an American environment, and I’ve already made many friends in this area.


Julie & Denise


Denise and I met with an immigration lawyer earlier this month to see what our next step had to be in order for me to get my green card and be allowed to become an official American resident, and we have some good news and some bad news.


The good news is that I can stay in the US if I start my immigration process now.


The bad news is that we need to find $6,000 now.


That feels both relieving and overwhelming at the same time. Unfortunately, we don’t have an extra $6,000 lying in our underwear drawer at the moment (but that sounds like a most needed addition to my long-term life goal list).


Some of our friends have mentioned that we should consider asking for donations. Some sort of “Keep Julie in the US” fund. I was hesitant because I don’t like feeling like I’m begging, but there’s something else that I wouldn’t like even more – to be separated from my wife.


Julie & Denise


So here I am folks, asking for money! Please only donate if you can afford to, and feel inclined to. If you know us, even just a little bit, you’ll know how much it will mean to us to be able to stay together during this process. If you don’t know us much, then you can read this post about how we met and this one about our wedding.


If you have a soft spot in your heart for same-sex couples or international relationships… Consider helping us out! Every dollar we receive will go to my immigration fund (medical exam, green card application, and lawyer fees). We’ll keep everyone updated on our progress right here on the blog.


$3,045 of $6,000 goal


You can send your donation through PayPal to Denise’s account below (we need to keep this separate from our business income). No amount is too low, and every donation will help. Thank you for your generosity, support, friendship and good vibes during this time!




Julie & Denise

Posted under Life | 8 Comments
May 22nd, 2016

Top 10 Quirks 3.0


Do you ever feel like you’ve changed so much in such a short period of time that you must be a completely new person now, and you look back on events from your past with a mix of shame and disbelief?


Like that time when my parents embarrassed me in front of my best friend by telling her that I had a crush on Donnie from New Kids on the Block… Thanks mom. That was the year before! (Now I dare you not to waste the next 30 minutes looking at old NKOTB photos on Google.)


That’s kind of how I feel about my old Top 10 Quirks (and my old old Top 10 Quirks). Time for a new and improved list!


Julie's Top 10 Quirks 1

Julie's Top 10 Quirks 2

Julie's Top 10 Quirks 3

Julie's Top 10 Quirks 4


Now it’s your turn! Either send in a quirky penpal ad, or comment with something from your past that is slightly embarrassing! Or just tell me who your favorite New Kid on the Block was. (I swear I only wasted less than 10 minutes Googling them.)

Posted under Life | 5 Comments


My name is Julie and I'm 37.
I'm French Canadian and fell
in love with an American,
so I'm now living in Vermont
with my wife.

I write letters, I love stationery and I have a handwriting fetish. I often eat sushi, still feel like I'm 16 and only wear skirts & dresses (with colorful tights when it's cold).

I'm happier with a mind full of ideas, a mailbox full of letters from my penpals, a shop full of stationery, a house full of pens and a day full of hugs.

Read my Top 10 Quirks here.

This is me with my wife,
Denise. We met through the
League of Extraordinary
Penpals and are living
happily ever after in the
Stationery Kingdom.

Denise blogs here too and is
the one in charge of the
social media: Facebook,
Twitter and Pinterest.

She's 40 years old,
from South Dakota,
and in love with me, washi
tape & imperial rolls.

Send your penpal ad & top 10 quirks to:

Grab a Button

penpal of the week