the ‘rents are coming to Dublin

I found out 2 days ago that I have the week after Easter off work. My parents were already talking about coming in April or May to see me, so I told them if they could swing coming the week I have off work, it would be so great. They bought their tickets yesterday, meaning…

Alone in Dublin

Yesterday I wandered around Dublin for the better part of the day by myself. The weather was perfect, and it was my last free weekday for a while before I started work today. I’m reading Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist right now. Shauna writes a chapter about Paris and how when she was 13, she…

My Door, part 2

I thought you might want to see what it looks like (note what I’m wearing. It’s been ((PRAISE THE LORD)) warm here the past few days!)

My Week in Photos

This is what Temple Bar (one of the main sections of Dublin with all of the clubs/pubs) looked like on St. Patrick’s night. Trashed. And it was raining. I feel so bad for whoever had to clean the streets the next morning. My room (those doors lead to a nice patio and let in lots…

My Door

Remember when I shared this photo? That door belongs to one of my now-neighbors, meaning I have a door exactly like it, only green! When I first saw these doors 10 weeks ago, I thought of how much I would love to live in a flat that had one. Doors like this are not specific…

I’d rather be a palace

Imagine yourself a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps you understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing, so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the…

St. Patrick’s Day Parade + Good News

A little piece of home (Richardson, TX) These guys definitely had the worst parade job-manually pushing the bubble machine float I wore my green! The parade itself wasn’t too impressive, but the atmosphere and people-watching make it a must-see. It’s also funny to see the things people do to have a good view. I saw…

Home Sweet Dublin

The weirdest thing just happened. After dinner tonight, Lauren told me that her hours at work are being cut to where she will only be part-time, 3 days a week, until September.  Also, she is pregnant (I found this out a couple of weeks ago), so by the time she would go back to full-time…

St. Patrick’s Week…

…doesn’t really exist, I just didn’t want to title this post “St. Patrick’s Day” when it is 4 days away. I have never cared about or celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. What a harsh holiday that if you don’t wear green, people can pinch you. This year, however, I am extremely excited. My Dad has been…

God’s plans > my plans

There is a lot I don’t understand right now-why I came to Ireland alone, why I’m living with this particular family, why I have met certain people, why being here has been a lot more difficult than I expected. God is so, so good, and even though it’s hard, he is teaching me things and…

Bittersweet

I’m currently reading Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist. Be prepared for lots of quotes, because just about everything she says resonates with me. Like this, for example: The world is changing all the time, at every moment…If you dig in and fight the changes, they will smash you to bits. They’ll hold you under, drag you…