The Adventure of 2012

I can’t talk about 2012 and not talk about God. I moved to Ireland on January 12 with a working holiday visa, not very much money, and without knowing a soul . Somehow, I wasn’t worried because God had filled me with a peace that everything would be okay, that He would provide, and that it was Him who had called me on this adventure (certainly adventures look different for everyone, but if God calls you to go on one, I suggest obeying!)

While in Ireland, God provided jobs, friends, housing, a church, and so much more. God didn’t stop providing when I moved back home in November, either. All of that isn’t to say this year was easy, because it absolutely wasn’t. I fell down a lot, and sometimes had no idea to get back up. But perhaps more than ever, I now know that God’s grace is sufficient for me, and His power is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

On a lighter note: this post really wouldn’t be complete without my favorite memories of 2012, in photos, so bear with me as I post way too many:

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Ready to go before my Jan. 5 flight

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After 4 years of living in LA for college, I finally

hiked to the Hollywood sign with Melinda when I

was in town for a wedding.

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En route to Ireland, I stopped over in London for a

few cold days.

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My very first picture in Dublin.

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One of Carlos and I’s first pictures together, the

week after we met. I already knew he was special!

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My country home for a few weeks, in County Wicklow.

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I walked to this beach several times, in County Wicklow.

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I can’t say that living in Virginia was

one of my favorite moments of Ireland,

but it is a memory nonetheless.

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St. Patrick (fittingly)

at his parade, in Dublin.

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57 Mountjoy Square was my very own

flat, in Dublin.

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My parents came to see my in the Spring.

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My dad took a lot of good pictures on our tour

around Ireland, like this one in Killarney National Park.

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This pub was surely only built for tourists, but I

still thought it was cute.

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This is maybe my favorite picture from the trip with

my parents, on Valencia Island.

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The Cliffs of Moher were stunning.

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This is the Easter service at Immanuel Church Dublin.

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Carlos and I’s visit to the Titanic Museum in

Belfast, in May.

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I drink Guinness a few times in Ireland, and it’s

not my favorite, but it’s not bad!

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May was my favorite month, simply because it was warm.

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Someone asked me the other day what

I missed about Ireland, and sadly the

first thing I thought about was this.

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My beautiful sister Hannah came to visit me in June.

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Carlos, Hannah, and I went to Oslo, Norway.

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Carlos took lots of Paparazzi photos in Oslo.

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Oslo architecture is super pretty.

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They also have really good food in Norway, we just

couldn’t afford to eat very much of it.

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Norway is beautiful.

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Definitely one of my favorite memories

of Ireland was taking care of sweet

little KC.

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My friend Julianne from Austin came to visit in

July! Thanks to her I got to see a lot of Dublin that

I hadn’t before.

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Julianne and I visited Giant’s Causeway in Northern

Ireland.

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You should definitely go to Northern Ireland.

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In August, Carlos and I went went to Liverpool,

England to visit his friend Lety, and see the Beatles’

old stomping grounds.

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“Strawberry Fields Forever”

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I was surprised at how pretty

Liverpool is.

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After Liverpool, we took a bus to see Manchester for

a day.

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Carin and KC took me hiking one day in August

at Howth Summit.

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I went to first and probably last Gaelic Football

Game at Croke Park in Dublin.

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When Notre Dame played Navy in American Football

in September, I (finally) made an American friend,

Mimi!

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I celebrated my 24th birthday on September 23.

Carlos and I walked around Dun Laoghaire.

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This is the day before Carlos left Dublin, on O’Connell

Bridge in Dublin.

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I went to Edinburgh, Scotland at the

beginning of October.

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I would really like to visit Edinburgh again.

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I had 3 different students that I tutored in English

while living in Dublin. This is David, from Brazil.

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Fall in Dublin was the most beautiful time of year.

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I took a trip to County Limerick in October. Just

look at all that greenness!

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On one of my last weekends in Ireland, I ate Chinese

dumplings with some of my friends from church.

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I had the privilege of living with this beautiful, fun

Brazilian girl, Erica, in Dublin. We bonded over

awkward flatmate encounters, not understanding

our landlord, and how everything in our flat

took turns not working.

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Though I was sad to leave Ireland, I got home

in time to celebrate my Dad’s birthday!

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At Thanksgiving, our whole family was reunited again.

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Carlos came to visit me in December. It was amazing.

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I took Carlos to lots of places, including Chick-fil-a.

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Having my sisters home from

school for Christmas is one of the

best things.

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Our family always goes to IHOP on Christmas night,

and this year was no different.

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This is my best friend Hilary. Even though we didn’t

see each other for 10 months out of the year, we just

always pick right back up where we left off.

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My fellow Lee’s, celebrating the holidays in Austin.

Thanks for taking the time to read about my year, not only today but since the beginning of this adventure that was 2012. I hope that your 2013 is full of lots of love and joy.

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