In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that while we were in Ireland, Liz’s dad had problems with his eyes. After a several days of trying to get care up in Co. Monaghan, one of the doctors referred him to the Mater Hospital in Dublin. So, over the next week Liz and I drove down the M1 into Dublin to take her dad to the Mater.
In the church planting process Christian Associates uses, the first step is embedding…basically it is becoming part of the neighbourhood. Just about a year ago Elizabeth and I shared some of our thoughts on the process. (You can find Liz’s here and mine here.) Earlier this month we hosted Luke Turpin who is also part of CA…
Okay, that was a crazy summer. And while it isn’t officially over, when we look back on this year, it will be this past 8-week period that sticks in our memories. If we are connected via Facebook, or through our monthly e-newsletter, you may have followed along but just to recap… In June one daughter…
Although my efforts to have her write something here in this space have yet to pay off, Elizabeth has written her first blog post over at GotIreland.com.
I encourage you to stop over and give it a read.
(This is part 7 in a series of posts detailing the events leading up to our move from Ithaca to Dublin. You can read the whole series here) As we approached the end of February 2011, the big thing on our minds was the pregnancy. We were learning new medical terms like Placenta praevia and Vasa praevia, which…
“What do you want us to do with the next 20 years of our lives?”
I already knew the answer to that question. In fact I talked to several friends before we left on our trip and said, “I think the answer is continue leading the Ithaca Vineyard Church. But I need to ask.”
So we did.
Over on my blog the other day, I wrote about preparing anecdotes for when you are going to be someplace where you will need to make small talk. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to share our latest story.
Our house in Dublin is a bit bigger than we were expecting an Irish house to be. There are some benefits of that (you can usually find someplace quiet), and some downsides (heating).
One of the common questions we hear is “What does life in Ireland look like for us?” I thought I’d write out a brief preview of the week ahead for us, as well as a brief recap on the past weekend, and hopefully give you a glimpse.
When I was on a missions trip to the Philippines in the early 1990’s the US missionary there took a few of us out as he ran his errands for the day (such as acquiring fresh drinking water). While we were out he said, “We spend half our day just doing things we need to survive”.
Thankfully high quality water is piped right into our home here in Dublin, but I thought it’d be good to give you a picture of what a “week in the life,” looks like.
Liz, Méabh and I dropped off Erin and Brenna on Saturday and drove to the west coast of Ireland. It was the first time since we arrived here last summer that we’ve taken any time to get away…it was long over due. We were originally planning to stay for two nights, but the hostel we stayed at in Doolin offered a free 3rd night. And free is hard to turn down.
We didn’t do a lot. We mostly relaxed. Well, as much as having an almost 2 year old around allows you to relax.