Wednesday, August 16, 2017

La ville rose encore :) Week 60

Bonjour à tous!!

So soeur tupou'ata is heading home today, and guys she has seriously like become one of my best friends- so yeah that was really sad to say goodbye.... but the good news is I am staying in Toulouse and I am training Soeur Gowan as a new STL!! I'm super excited because soeur gowans came into the mission with and she is so cute and so much fun! She is from Washington state.

This past week we were running around like crazy seeing so many members! Everyone was able to see soeur tupou'ata before she leaves, and it was really great for me to get to know a lot of them better! One of my favorite days was when one of the cutest JAs (young adults) , whose name is utile, took us to this quiet little church in the county and we had a really spiritual pensée talking about missions (her papers are in!) and then we had a picnic in this beautiful park that overlooked the country. Et ça ma fait du bien (that was good for me) because it has been sooo long since I've been in nature or the mountains and I needed it:) I have loved this week being able to be with members because I really have such a testimony that member missionary work is the only really smart way to do the lords work! As members invite their friends to be taught, they are so much more open and willing to listen to the gospel and having a friend in the church really can make all the difference. I have gained such a testimony of this on my mission, and I feel so blessed to be here in the capitole ward because the members really are incredible. So I invite you all this week to pray and think about how you can be a better missionary. I promise you, you have no idea what kind of impact you can have:)

Okay here's the funny story for this week:

So we have been teaching a Nigerian ami named Alex, and he loves coming to church and has been progressing really well. (Also ha all of the Nigerians have problems with my name so they call me Sophia- ha soeur tupou'ata called me Soeur Sophia) Anyways I called Alex last night because he hadn't come to church. So Alex is like 40, but he really wants to get married, and at the end of the phone call he tells me he has feelings for me- but he understands that I am a missionary now, but he wants to keep in contact when I'm home🤦🏼‍♀️ ohh my goodness it was bad haha. So we are going to pass him over to the elders but it was pretty funny. Haha I promise you though, he understands our purpose as missionaries and he knows why I'm here- but I think it'll be best for elders to teach him:)

Have a great week everyone!!

Je vous aime!!

Soeur Soffe


Haha I love this pic 

Soeur gowans!! 

Monday, August 7, 2017

🌞🌞🌞🌞 week 59

Bonjour à tous!

J'espère que vous avez passé une tres bonne semaine! It's been a good week here, so right now we are in the middle of vacance (holiday.) and yeah let me tell ya, vacance in france is a little different than home. Most people have about a month off for vacance, and they travel or just chill chez-eux, but its like so hard to see anyone. So it's been hard to see a lot of our amis and some people have been dropping- but if there is anything I have learned on my mission its that opposition always brings miracles:)

On tuesday the Carcassonne sœurs came in for an exchange, and it was a lot of fun! I was able to go with Soeur Chidester who is a bleue and she is so cute. She actually went to SUU before her mission and she is a ballet dancer who took the same classes I did and she was in the same singles ward as me! (Ha sadly she went a year after me, when I was already out, so we never met.) But we had a lot of fun, and even though she doesn't speak a lot of french yet- she did so well and I was so proud of her! We were able to see an ami, who we have been trying for weeks to see and we had a really good lesson! I had never met this ami before, her name is Christine, but when we met with her she had already read half of the livre de mormon, and she wants to finish it! The thing is she hadn't prayed about it yet, so we shared how we knew the book is true and how we had received a witnesses of its truthfullness. She is really open and has a lot of potential:)

On friday we had a soirée familiale for our amis and members, we made a bunch of popcorn (shout out to best parents ever for the popcorn maker;) ) and we watched rencontre avec les mormons (meet the mormons) and it was so successful. All three équipes of missionnaires had some amis come, and a lot of members! Everyone loved it:)

So this is something that I've been thinking and studying a lot about lately, and its our divine potential. In thinking about our potential, how often do we put limits on what we are able to do? We always say that, oh I'm just not good enough, I can't do that, I'm not ready. We cap our limits, which inhibits our progression. However this is exactly opposite to what Heavenly Father's plan is for us, he wants us to change and grow. God's plan for us is to become like him, and the potential we have inside of us is divine. In romans 8:16-17 it says, " The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."

We can one day become gods ourselves, and if we believe that Heavenly Father can accomplish anything that means that we can also achieve amazing things because of what we have the potential TO BECOME.

But how do we achieve these amazing works, when we are all imperfect beings with completely impeding weaknesses. Our savior; he is, as always, the answer. The atonement that he accomplished is what allows us to progress. The atonement is the catalyst for change. This is because as we repent, we change becoming more like our savior (and Heavenly Father- as we draw close to one we draw close to them both ) The power of the atonement allows us to begin to achieve our potential, allowing us to move mountains as we overcome the trials and weaknesses of this life.

So please don't put limits on yourself for what you can do, Heavenly Father knows who he wants you to become, and no it will not be easy- in fact it will be painful and hard- but I promise you it does bring the most joy and in the end is easier! Trust that God us our father, and we are his beloved children, and that he has a plan!

Haha sorry for who lengthy that was, but I can't really express how grateful I am to bring this knowledge to people- that they have a Heavenly father who loves them, and that he has a plan for them. Guys being a missionary is the greatest, yeah it's hard but its so worth it!

Je vous aime beaucoup!

Passez une bonne semaine:)

Soeur Soffe

End of our exchange with Carcassonne

Soirée cinéma

P-day today, we went to a Japanese garden and then a Chinese buffet

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Bonjour à tous!

I hope you all had a wonderful week! To start off this week we had a really great RDV with our new ami named Alex, he is the one who came to church last week and loved it! We taught him the retab and he had a lot of really good questions, and was so excited about the BOM. My favorite was that near the end we told him that if he has any questions he can always ask, and we will do our best to answer us. (He is really believing in the Bible) and tells ok I will, but I don't think I need to because *holding up the Book of Mormon* I can find all the answers in here. I just know how true that is, any questions our answers we have can always be find in the Book of Mormon. I have seen it so many times over my mission, that it is our key to lasting to conversion. If any of you feel like your testimony might not be as strong as you would like, or even if you just feel sad and alone- LISEZ LE LIVRE DE MORMON (read the Book of Mormon!!:) ) I promise you that the spirit will come stronger into your life, you will find answers to your questions, and you will better feel gods love!

Then on Wednesday it was zone Conference, so we are actually the only sisters in our zone (the sœurs we are over, are in the Montpellier zone.) However me and soeur tupou'ata have succeeded in becoming the cool STL's (because we also decided to match for conference, because all the elders match each other so we had to too;) ) in the bro-zone... well at least we think we did:) Conference was really good, we talked a lot about safeguards for technology- and how we can create plans to protect ourselves while we are online and using our tablets. Me and soeur tupou'ata presented about how this safeguards we have right now can also be used after the mission, and the habits we create now can benefit us throughout our lives! President and Soeur Brown taught us about Christ's love and his atonement and how we can share his light with so many more people with these new tools! And then of course soeur brown had a fun game for us to play, and us, the zone leaders, and president and soeur brown were the evil influences who launched water ballons at the missionaries who caught them in towels and then threw them back at us 😂 it was fun:)

We have had some other good, and also really hard lessons. We had to drop one of our amis, because she isn't willing to act or progress. It was really sad and hard to explain this to her, but we did it as lovingly as we could and the spirit was really strong. BUT onto better news another one of our amis accepted a date to baptism, ha she is sadly moving into the other ward, mais quand même I'm really happy for her:)

Everything else has been so good, i love my comp so much ha we laugh all the time and it's so fun. I'm just so thankful to be a missionary and to be here in this amazing ville and paroisse! I just love being a missionary and I love my savior and his gospel so much!

Passez une très bonne semaine!

Je vous aime beaucoup

Soeur Soffe

Zone conference 
An explanation of our relationship

Stake patriarch and his wife 

Tahitian soirée 🌺

Ulrich was baptized!! 

P-day today, I love Toulouse

Ancien cathédrale

Monday, July 24, 2017

When your late to church.... but it brings miracles :) Week 57

Bonjour à tous!

I hope you have had a good week! It has been so good here, i just love Toulouse so much! The members are so incredible and love to work with us. We were able to see a lot of members this week and share a pensée with them that our whole mission is doing. It's where we talk about missionary work (1 Nephi 8:12 folks the reason we share the gospel:) ) and then invite them to share something with a friend who needs it on Facebook (because what a good way to share the gospel) The members love it and they are learning another way they can be even better missionnaires:)

We had two exchanges this week with Montpellier and Perpignan. Exchanges are so fun and I love seeing our sœurs but they can be a little stressful. The way exchanges work in our mission is that the equipe of sœurs comes into our sector, so we have two days to plan and since we had two in a week- it was a little crazy but we got so much done which was awesome! We also have incredible sœurs too:)

We were able to have a really good lesson with one of our Ami's names Olivia. She has two little kids and has known the missionnaires for a few months but is just really busy. Now because it's vacance she has more time to see us, so we were able to see her with one of the incredible JAs from our ward. We taught the whole retab, and she had lots of good questions which us and Lydie (JA member) were able to answer. It was interesting because as we were teaching the lesson you could see her feeling the spirit, and she is very set in her own ways and you could see that she didn't necessarily want to believe it was true, however the spirit worked on her heart, and we watched it soften throughout the time we were there and she agreed to read the Book of Mormon and sincerely pray and ask if our message is true!

Yesterday we had some incredible miracles too, Soeur tupou'ata had the thought to contact an old ami and invite him to church, and he said he would come we just had to go and meet him at Jeanne d'arc (bus stop.) Ha it was good he wanted to go there because we ended up seeing so many people! People contacted us who needed help getting around, and then some students from BYU saw us and we were able to help them get to church. We then ran into some recent converts and amis from Nigeria who were with their friends and they all came to church with us, and our ami who also moved here from Nigeria came as well! The bus was late, so sadly we were a little late to church but we had so many people there! And our new ami, named Alex loved church. He said that everyone was so friendly to him, and though he hasn't been taught much yet he wants to get baptized! Such a miracle!

Thanks for your love support and prayers, it helps more than you know:)

Love you all so much!!

Soeur Soffe

Exchange with Sœur Seiley

Soirée with one of my favorite families! 

Oldest member in our ward- she is SOO cute!
Samedi foot 

La fête chez- Rodrigue 

Toulouse is so pretty

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Back to Lyon...✈️ and Facebook Week 56

Bonjour a tous!

I hope you all had a wonderful week!!

So last Monday night we flew out to Lyon for MLC on Tuesday. It was a lot of fun to see everyone again, yay for seeing friends:) at MLC we started talking about the light of Christ's gospel and how we are the lantern holders who get to shine this light to the people in France. The hard thing is how do we shine this light to everyone, everyone needs this gospel but it's too big for just us missionnaires and members to do. Well now all missions who have iPads are going to be getting Facebook... what!? Ha I think when president announced that we all just about fell out of our chairs. So confession time Soeur Soffe has never had a Facebook and starting in august we will begin to do online proselyting. Ha I'm scared because I have no idea how to use social media, but I know by working with our members this is going to allow us to find so many more people who are prepared.

We got backend got back to work:) we had a really cool rdv with an ami who has been one of those forever amis. She is super cute and from Australia and she has a really strong testimony of the BOM, however she has a lot of soucis that have kept her from living the gospel. But as we talked and testified to her, she choose a date as a goal for her to be baptized, ha for her it is just a goal but it's a sign she could really progress. So keep Maria in your prayers:)

This week, something that has really stood out to me is our testimonies.This morning as we were walking to get courses a TJ (jehovahs witness- they are so many here) stopped us and tried to Bible bash a little. Well we didn't Bible bash, but we were able to answer his questions with courtise. We have a blessing that elder christofferson gave to our mission over a year ago that says when we teach with a convincing power people will not be able to deny our words- they won't believe it but they won't be able to deny it. I felt that power as we talked to this man, specifically as we testified. Our testimonies are something no-one can take away from us and there is power each time a testimony is born.

I know this church is true and I know it with all that I am, the only way to true happiness is through our savior Jesus Christ. He has given us the way and the light and all we have to do is follow him!

Je vous aime

Soeur Soffe

Also shout out to my brother who is leaving to the MTC this week! Taylor I'm so excited for you!!

Hello Toulouse


District meeting

Went to an airplane museum today

Monday, July 10, 2017

La ville en rose Week 55

Bonjour a tous!

I hope you all have had a great week, first weeks always fly by in a new ville and yeah can be a little intimidating however can I just say how much I love Toulouse! I'm oh so blessed to be here! To explain the title that is a name for Toulouse because a lot of the buildings are made out of this light red brick- It's so pretty!

We have been doing a lot this week, the beginning of the week we were passing by a lot of people and checking addresses- which is actually super helpful for me to try to figure my way around. Toulouse isn't as big as Lyon mais quand même it's still big:) We do a lot of service in Toulouse also, which I love because that's how people feel our love and know they can trust us- members and amis!

We were able to meet some really cute less active, the family bonbon who is working toward getting sealed in the temple and we also met Soeur berengere, who is super funny and cute and she took us out for ice cream!! (What was funny was the day before she tombez-vous'd us and we randomly met a couple from Utah on vacation who gave us money to go get ice cream- so yeah tender mercies this week in ice cream:) and luckily because whew it is hot!!:) )

On Friday we saw one of our amis, marie- josette who is so cute and sweet. It's sad because she has been having a hard time with her friends, but we were able to teach about forgiveness and Christ's love and we were able or refix her baptismal date:)

Okay onto Sunday, our ward is literally huge!! The biggest ward I've seen yet, and I love them so much. Everyone was so welcome and would come and say hi and ask my name (as a missionary when ward members know your last name, it's so sparky!) and what I love is that they are so diverse but like a huge family. So our évêque(bishop) is really good, but man he is intense and a little nuts (but in a good way and really funny) But before church he told me that my testimony in front of the ward had to be 4 min long and he was expecting the audience in tears because the spirit was so strong... ha pressure... but after I got the thumbs up and he told me it was perfect, whew😅

Something I've been thinking about a lot this past few weeks has been weaknesses. Because let me tell you I am someone who is no where close to perfect (and personne except our savior is) Sometimes I think we can get caught up though in the imperfections. I have already seen so much on my mission that the lord can change our weaknesses into strengths (see ether 12:27) But I have felt that I just have too many, well the other day as I was praying I had this thought come into my head "j'accepte mes faiblesses, mais je ne suis pas contente de les rester avec" (i accept my weakness, but I am not happy to stay with them) We all have imperfections, and we have to understand that- however we also have to understand that our Heavenly Father loves us with our weaknesses because it's through them that we improve and become better. I have seen it on my mission so much, and if you need an example look to me- it's only because of him that I am able to be here and help others the way I have.

I am so thankful for my savior and for his Atonement that allows me to change, and I am thankful for my weaknesses because they are how I will grow:)

Je vous aime beaucoup!! Et merci pour tout:)

Soeur Soffe

Service helping a family move

Soeur Berengere and ice cream 

So yeah... hands down best part of our apartment a hammock!!! And a huge balcony with a gorgeous view!! See how pretty Toulouse is? 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Guess where Soeur Soffe is..... Week 54

Bonjour à tous!

So to start off we got our transfer calls this Friday, and I am now in Toulouse with Sœur Tupou'ata!! She is from California and she used to be in my zone in Lyon so I know her a little. She is so awesome and I already love Toulouse and have heard so many good things and I'm finally in the south:) it was really hard to leave everyone in Lyon yesterday oh la la, that's what I don't like about being a missionary is saying goodbye. And ohh it was sad saying goodbye to my amis et members who I love so much, and of course my amazing comp who I love! But luckily I'll be back soon for MLC;)

Well we had a crazy last week, Monday was one of my favorite p-days! It was president's p-day and we had a barbecue to celebrate the Fourth of July and then some of the Ecully missionnaires came running out with water ballons- Lyon grabbed their water guns and all out war happened! Ha everyone was dripping wet and it was so fun!! Work hard play hard, one of the secrets of missionary work;)

Mardi et mercredi i actually went with some other missionaries all the way to Béziers for our legality- yay! I'm legal in France:)

Then Thursday Jo actually came to Lyon!! Ohh my goodness it was so so good to see her again! We were able to go to lunch, and I really can't explain how much I love her (she was my recent convert in Annemasse) she is doing so well, and even though her situation is really hard (ask me her story one day- she is my example) but she still has so much faith and she says that no matter what happens she knows that it's god plan and he knows best. She is even helping the sisters in Annemasse teach an ami right now who is Chinese, and she told me she is trying to teach what I taught her because this gospel brings her so much happiness that she has to share it!! That is the reason I do what I do!!

The weekend we were visiting lots of amis and saying goodbye, ahh I love them so much and since I don't have lots of time I'll attaché some pics. But really guys we have a part of our missionary purpose in our mission we say every morning that says "love is the key" and I just testify to how true that is!! My mission scripture is 2 Nephi 31:20 (look it up its worth it) because gods love is why we are all here, love is how this work progresses, and love is the ONLY way we can bring people to their savior!

Love you all!

Je vous aime tous!!

Soeur Soffe

Presidents p-day, aka extreme water fight 


Saying bye to my favorite Nigerians 

Our paroisse (ward)

I love Cheng cheng so much 

Sœur Tupou'ata 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Yay! She was baptized!! Week 53

Bonjour à tous!

I hope you all have had a good week, I don't have a lot of time to write today so I will share the incredible day we had Saturday!! It was Jacqueline's baptism!! Ohh you guys I know she is one of the reasons I was called to Lyon and it was so incredible to be able to be there when she was baptized. She came early and frère paran (our DMP) and the elders were able to give her a blessing (reminder she has a legit phobia of water) but she is so cute and said she felt so much better after the blessing. Quite a few people came to her baptism which was great. Two members gave really great talk and then me and the other sœurs sang je sais qu'il vit mon rédempteur. Jacquline loves it when we sing and I looked at her and she had a smile on her face and her eyes were closed it was a really special moment. Then her baptism, ha guys literally the most stressful baptism of my life. So she had chosen frère paran to baptise her, and I love frère Paran he is awesome but he is a little older and small, so we were a little worried. Jacquline had told us that she would only be baptized one time, like if a mistake was made she wouldn't do it again she was getting out of the water. I just want to point out how courageous Jacquline is because as she got into the water she was just trembling but she has such a beautiful faith and trust, she kept walking. Cute frère paran was so sweet with her, but as he said the ordonnance of the baptism he forgot to say in the name of the father son and Holy Ghost, he went to lower her in the water and Sr Crispi and his wife yell out NO!! Haha luckily he stopped and then everything was down correctly and she was baptized! Ha they both almost fell as he brought her out of the water *i almost jumped in the font* but everything was okay, Heavenly Father blessed him with strength:) and she was baptized!!

I am so proud of her and the decision she made to be baptized, I can't imagine how difficult it was for her. However she trusted in god and "feared God more than man" and now she is on the pathway home to him.She was glowing after she was confirmed the next day, and I loved how happy the ward was for her.

Je vous aime tous!!

Soeur Soffe

Haha I promise you that Jacquline really is a lovely person, ha but she wouldn't smile for the pictures😅

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thankful for it all Week 52

Bonjour à tous!

I hope you had a wonderful week! This was busy but wonderful! We have had some really great lessons with Tiawo, one of our engagés. One of the families in our ward- the blackburns invited Tiawo and Joy over for a soirée familial. Ha we were a little late because Tiawo came late but it was really good, and Tiawo clicked with them really well and know she is friends with them:) Then we had a wonderful lesson about the retab with her on Saturday ha again; but she is totally understanding and is so excited for her baptism on the first on July 1. It has honestly been really incredible to watch her progression and how much she has changed. She has become so much more engaged, and now really has the desire to follow Christ. That is one of the most incredible blessings of a mission is to be able to see people change because they have started to follow their savior.

On thursday I had a fun exchange with Sr Rutter, she is a wonderful missionary and we always have fun together. We ended up having to leave district meeting early, because one of our sisters has been having kidney stones (no fun at all) so we went with them to the hospital, but she is doing a lot better now. We had a wonderful lessons with Jacquline- who on Friday passed her baptismal interview! She is so excited for her baptism and she is so ready and I feel so grateful to have been able to teach her- she really is my family now:) Anyway thursday night the cute geddes couple invited us and the other missionaries over for dinner, ohh so much fun! They made a Hawaiian feast and have i mentioned how much I love my mission family!

Sunday we had a really amazing experience. So Arina and Seda are ancien amis who I had meet a few times, they are refugees from Russia and are so incredible and have been taught by missionaries for a long time. Well these past two transfers I have been trying to get a hold of them and they would never answer. Well our DMP saw them and with the Elders gave Seda (the daughter) a blessing for her health. Later that week we called her and she said our number got deleted and she was so happy that we called. We had a really good RDV with them on friday night and it went so well. Then on sunday night we were doing our AAA hour and Arina randomly called and asked if she could see us that night, um bien sûre:) So we had another really good RDV, we didn't have a lot of time but we ended up talking about how they meet the missionaries and come to find out Arina has a beautiful testimony of the Book of Mormon and knows the church is true, and has seen ways the LDM has blessed her life. It was such a testimony to me of how important the BOM is in conversion, honestly it is key. If the BOM is true that means that everything in the gospel is true, and I know that the best way any of us can know of the truthful of this church is to read the book that is the clef to our testimony. So Arian has had baptismal dates in the past but she wants them to wait to be baptized when her situation is more stable. Me and soeur Crispi testified to her that the thing that can bring the most blessing and peace in her life is baptism. She listened and seemed to agree and accepted a soft invite to pray about her baptism. It was one of those moments where we were complete guided the spirit and it was really incredible!

This email was a little all over the place, but wow I am just so thankful to be a missionary in this amazing country that has my heart! There is nothing better than being in the work of the Savior and I thank him every day for everyday!

Je vous aime tous!

Soeur Soffe

Family dîner 

Société de secours de Confluence ( relief society) 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer= barbecues et le ☀️ Week 51

Bonjour a tous!

J'espère que vous avez passé une bonne semaine! I just can't believe how fast time is flying! On mardi we had Zone Conference, it was a lot of fun because it was tri zone so nice and Ecully came to our chapel and it there was so many missionaries it was a party:) Zone conference was really good though, there was so missionaries who are departing that we didn't present (haha me and soeur Crispi were relieved- presenting stresses me out:) There was about an hour of departing testimonies and wow it was really incredible the spirit that was there. A lot of my good friends in the mission are going home, which is so weird and sad. However what was incredible that though each of their testimonies were so different but they were all incredible testimonies of Christ. I think a lot of people think the gospel is complicated but it is so simple. We have a Heavenly Father who loves us, and because he loves us so much he gave us a plan in our families to return and become like him. He knew that we wouldn't be able to do it alone, so he gave his begotten son to suffer and atone for us. Christ did this out of his love, and he gave us his gospel to guide us home. There is a reason that he is the center of our church, because its grâce à lui (because of him) that we can have this joy in our life, and become joyful again after we have made mistakes.

I really can't express how thankful I am to be able to share that with people here in France everyday. We had some really good lessons with Jacquline and Tiawo this week, and ohh they are both progressing to baptism so well. Tiawo whose progression had kind of slowed had read in the Book of Mormon for Children 30 pages #miracle and then she came to church again on Sunday (atta girl) and Jacquline is so excited for her baptism in two weeks, and I am just so thankful for the amazing people around me who I get to teach.

Saturday was such a fun day. So the ward had a barbecue out in a pretty parc, so we profited and went with the cute rigby couple (the missionaries in our ward) drove us out and it was so fun to be with the ward, and Joy was there with her cute girls and she loved it too! Plus we got to wear pants- such a plus! Then we went home and headed out to see Milena and we had such a good lesson with her, it wasn't what we planned (those are always the best ones) and she really opened up to us and shared some really personal experience with us. She has gone through so much in her life, and really we just cried with her and were able to testify that even if we don't understand Christ does and he is there for her. She is incredible with so much faith. A funny moment of the lesson she was getting a drink and said "you guys drink water, I'll drink my beer and have my cigarettes." Haha welcome to france everyone:) but really though I love her so much.

Today was super fun we were able to go with the Elders and play Tennis! Ha its literally so so hot here (the humidity is so high so its killer) but it was a lot of fun!!

I hope you all have a wonderful week, I love you so much!

Je vous aime tous, merci pour tout!

Soeur Soffe

Zone conference- I was a Tahitian for a day because my favorite Tahitian was there:) 

MTC group 

Barbecue 🍗 

I love Joy so much 

After tennis we found slushes in France!!