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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! 


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.

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