I am an American mother married to a French. I moved to the Jura a little over eight months ago.
We have three children living with us ages 2, 4 and 5 and all of which are bilingual (French-English) and have dual citizenships (French - American).
One of our children is in école enfantine.
My French is ok but not the best. I can understand most of what is said and communicate but make a lot of mistakes in French. It has been hard for me to integrate since we live in a small village but it is getting better. I try to participate in all the village festivities and have been invited to other mothers homes a couple of times.
My children are accepted by the other children and their mothers and my oldest daughter has been invited to some outings and some birthdays.
So, we are doing pretty good if I could just become more fluent in French!!!! It is frustrating.
I would love to work but think it will be hard to find a job in the Jura or Neuchatel with my level of French. We actually have daycare taken care of in a village nearby. I am actively looking after staying home with the kids for almost four years. I was a trainer and then a manager in banking before moving to France. I have seven years of retail banking under my belt. I dabbled in investments and the mortgage banking side as well.
So, that is where I am right now.
I have already been reading many of the threads and found some useful information and advice!
I look forward to making some contacts and possible friends. It helps to know there are others out there that are adjusting to Switzerland too!
I know exactly what you mean about the sky over there. The weather in the Jura is always different from the plateau/mittelland; I often cycle over the road passes to the Vallee du Joux and am amazed by the sudden change in weather. In addition, the skies are often very moody, complex, and fascinating. I have several photos from up there of ripply blankets of clouds bathing the hills in a soft light, awesome!