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Friday, July 31, 2015

Life In Ireland

Ireland has become my home away from home.  It's my third time here, and every time I fall in love with this little country even more.  The weather is my least favorite part, but even that is a nice break away from the scorching hot Florida summer.  The rain is nicer, too.  Currently, our yard is flooded back at home.  At least this rain blows away as quickly as it comes.

This being my husband's home, the land he grew up in, and the location where his entire family still lives, has made it even more like home for me.  I see the joy it brings him to be here.  It's as if he is a changed man the moment he steps off the plane.  I think the children and I are the only ones who have the priviledge of knowing both sides to him.  I don't think anyone here would recognize him in the states, nor would anyone from Florida recognize (much less understand) him over here. But it's heartwarming for me to see him in his element, on both sides of the ocean.  

He is an amazing person to be able to blend so well with everyone, and the different lifestyles.  I have immense respect for him, because the two lives really are very different.  It's an exciting culture shock, really, to be in Ireland.  But I love it. 

Almost all of his family has asked me since I've been here, if I would ever consider moving over here.  And the answer to that question is a definite "YES" without hesitation.  I'd pack up and move here tomorrow, if I could.  This is the life I'd like my children to grow up having.  I know the world is not safe anywhere you go, but morals and values are still much stronger and purer here, than anywhere I've been in America (and I've been to quite a few wholesome towns!).

I dream of a home on the hill with my husband and my children, down the lane from my in-laws.  Of course, in this dream my own family would be living in Ireland with us, too, as well as a few friends.  Until the day that dream comes true, I'll enjoy my time here with our family and friends, and look forward to the many exciting adventures that are yet to come!

Cheers from Tullamore! 



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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thankful Thursday #4

I haven't written in a while.  This whole mommying 3 kids full-time crap is NOT for the birds.  It's more like for the bears.  Maybe that's why they call us momma bears ...

Anyway, needless to say, I have been in and out of my writing and trying to keep up with it as much as possible.  Usually, if I do have any time for writing it's spent on my articles.  But for some reason, I find the happiness and health of my family a little more important than the priority of blogging.  Go figure.  Which brings me to today's Thankful Thursday post:

Today, I am thankful for one and only one thing, but it's a major thing and people may raise their eyebrows at it ... because it's true!



I am thankful that my children are not perfect.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thankful Thursday #3

I'm on a time limit today.  We have a lot going on in our house, this week, so I'm crunched for writing time.  Here are the top 5 things I'm thankful for, this week! What are you thankful for??

1. I'm thankful for silly faces.

Especially from my 7-week-old, who is just starting to gain control over his body, including his face.  The cross-eyed look and the blue steel look (if you have never seen Zoolander, you have no idea what I'm talking about--so watch it!) are my absolute favorite looks of all time.  But even as they grow older, the silly faces always bring a smile to this momma's heart... and face!


Okay, so this isn't quite a silly face but it was adorable so I had to share it, anyway.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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How do you know you're a stay-at-home mom? When the most exciting part of your day is getting to scrub your dirty couch!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thankful Thursday #2

I'm so excited! Last week, I mentioned that I wanted to start a new thread, called "Thankful Thursdays," and since then I came across two link-ups that are perfectly relevant, "Ten Things of Thankful" and "The Little Things Thursday" (which, might I add, the host of The Little Things Thursday has impeccable taste when it comes to creating a title for her blog.  Just sayin'). If you don't blog then you probably aren't familiar with the term link-up. It's okay, because even though I've been blogging for years I have only recently been focusing on promoting my blog, and I only learned what a link-up was about a week ago.  But now that I know what it is, I can tell you that link-ups are the best thing since sliced apple pie.... or sliced bread, for you more traditional readers.

I'm going to leave the term link-up a mystery for ya'll, for now.  If you want to learn more about it, you can google it and find way more information there than what I could tell you.  Right now, I am writing on borrowed time -- the baby is napping, the toddler is watching Frozen (more like reciting it word-for-word), and the big bro is doing his math.   Let's do this!

1. I'm thankful for photos.

I'm such a picture freak (if we're friends on Facebook, you know this to be true).  I am constantly snapping photos of my children.  Bubba is now getting old enough to where he doesn't want his picture taken very often, but every once in a while I'm able to sneak him into a shot or two..

In fact, just because I want to and I can (because this is my blog, so ha!), I'm going to post a photo of my children under each thing that I'm thankful for. So there.



Sissy, swinging on the new playground that Santa brought for her.


Slowing down long enough to appreciate the beautiful things that keep me busy!