Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day: one of my favorite holidays.... maybe because it's essentially a day celebrating a Christian missionary, maybe because I love all things Irish, maybe because green is my color, maybe because it gives me a good excuse to put on ridiculous socks and jump around like a leprechaun. Whatever it is, I love it. 

To celebrate, I thought I'd share a few more photos from our recent trip to Ireland with you. 
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The Seven Churches, Inis Mor (Aran Island)

Christ be with me, Christ be within me, 
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me, 
Christ to comfort me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

(from the breastplate of St. Patrick)

Although the following story doesn't have anything to do with St. Patrick, 
we did experience a little of the famous "luck of the Irish" on our visit to the Emerald Isle.

When we visited the Cliffs of Moher, as you can see, it was quite windy...

My husband was wearing a little Irish cap that I had had since my college days, and he made the mistake of wearing it up on the cliffs. As you can imagine, it wasn't long before a huge gust of wind grabbed the hat and carried it thirty feet or so out over the edge of the cliff, then out of sight down towards the sea. 

As we stood there, me yelling at Josh for losing my hat  lamenting the loss of the hat, what do you think happened? Another gust of wind whipped the hat up from wherever it had gone, and deposited it neatly at our feet! It had been gone for probably thirty seconds, completely out of sight down the face of the Cliffs of Moher, which are a whoppin' 390 ft. high! 

Josh held onto our "lucky hat" pretty tightly after that.

There is definitely something a little magical about Ireland... 
If you ever get a chance to visit, by all means, do.

And now, I'll leave you with the beautiful words of an Old Gaelic blessing: 

Deep peace of the running waves to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the smiling stars to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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