Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Best Of...

I'm leaving Ireland in about 5 days. Before my emotional summation of the journey, I'd like to tack out my favorites or "Best Ofs" in Ireland. Enjoy.

Best question(s): "You're from Texas?! Do you know Laura?" and "Where is Spring Break?"

Best advice: "You'll only be living in Ireland once..." Maybe not the best advice, but the most often heard!

Best stereotype: All Texans dislike Obama, we wear cowboy hats, and have horses. All true for me anyway.

Best compliment: that I break all stereotypes of Americans and even Texans...from a Frenchman!

Favorite place in Ireland: West Cork

Favorite place visited: Roma, hands down.

Best feat: Convinced someone that we don't have rainbows in Texas.

Favorite stupid moment: "That guy's not even looking at the road! That's why he's driving so slow." Um, Audrey, wrong side.

Favorite Accent in Ireland: Cork

Favorite Quote:
Boy: I didn't know Americans came that way.
Me: What way?
Boy: Intelligent.

Favorite Food: Garlic cheese chips!

Favorite way to pass the time: Other than studying, of course... reading & sitting by the river.

Favorite Irish Beverage: Guinness and tea

Favorite Saying(s): Pissed as a fart, anything with craic, and acting the maggot... list goes for days.

I think that's about it for now. When I think of more I'll add them! Be looking for West Cork updates, Irish Urban Dictionary, and my farewell to Ireland...

Friday, April 30, 2010

Trasna na dTonnta

Over the waves... you will come back to Ireland. Something like that... sweet song Niamh gave me. I WILL be back to Ireland someday!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ireland, my sweet home away from home.

I never knew it was possible to fall this much in love with a country. How could I have forgotten about this burning passion to know & love people? The past few days have been painful, renewing and rewarding all at the same time. My time here is running out and my heart is so desperately torn between the comforts of home and the place that has pushed me beyond anything I could have possibly imagined.

I know with all of my heart that this is where God placed me with his own two hands. He wanted me to be here and he's making the reasons more clear every day. I've been praying for the past few weeks that God would show me my place in His Kingdom. I wouldn't say we're quite there yet, but for some reason I feel that it isn't too close to home. But wherever he wants me, that's where it will be.

I am so grateful for the people God has placed in my life and the handpicked friends I have waiting for me back home. I am fluttering with all kinds of emotions right now and I have never been more stoked on Jesus than I am right now. This one life is all I got, so why not live it completely for God? LOVE.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Still can't get over how God answers prayers.

I was reading through my journal from months ago. It's so crazy the things I wrote and completely forgot about... not to mention the things I prayed about.

"I need to depend on God for this trip. Obviously it's where he wants me and I pray that he teaches me new things about himself and my own self. I want to learn and grow and be miserably stretched beyond my comfort. College Station is too cozy. I need something crazy. I need faith testing, relationship testing, emotional testing...and I want to do it right and lean on God."

I'm so thankful for answered prayers!

Saturday, April 10, 2010