We are all settled into the new house in Virginia. It feels wonderful to have all of my stuff unpacked and not living out of my suitcase anymore. The house is nice and big, and I have my own room and bathroom. I am thanking God that I had the weeks in Dublin that I did, because if I had come straight to the countryside, I would have experienced culture shock x2. My Irish culture shock is over, and now I am just experiencing small town/countryside culture shock.
Today Daniel and I walked (to clarify, he sits in a stroller while I push him) to Supervalu and bought groceries for Lauren. As we were leaving the house, the neighbor 2 doors down was driving past us and he stopped, got out of his car and introduced himself. He was an older man named Peter. He said he would “come calling” on Paddy and Lauren soon. As we were walking back from Supervalu, the next-door neighbors were driving past and they stopped, TURNED OFF THE CAR, got out, and introduced themselves and Vincent and Ann Lee. Maybe we are related?! They are an older couple as well, and incredibly nice and were asking me lots of questions about where I’m from, how I’m liking Ireland, etc. Irish people are seriously the nicest!
Really random, but the dairy products here (milk, cheese, butter) are out of this world because they are produced in Ireland and very fresh. My family doesn’t buy special or expensive brands either, just average. I now think the milk at home (even organic milk) tastes like water.
More pictures of the town and house to come soon!
P.S. This verse encouraged me today: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”-John 14:27