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! 



  1. I am envious of your travels! I'm so glad you married into an Irish family. I've always been closer to my moms full blooded 100% Irish family! And it's not that I love my dads 50% Italian 50% Belgium side of the family any less, it's just that what you said is true, the moral compass and especially family values are much purer and held to a higher standard as if it's just the way it's supposed to be. I love that! And I hope to instil this with my children if nothing else sticks!lol Maybe when we are able to travel more, we will fulfill one of our destination dreams and visit your family in Ireland!

    1. Kathleen, at least 10 times so far on this trip you and your family have come into mind, and I've thought how much fun it would be for our families to visit here, together. There would probably be plenty of room for you guys to stay with the family as well. That would help shave costs quite a bit!

  2. Beautiful! I've always wanted to visit Ireland. We would love to have you share with us at the Family Joy Link Party


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