Wednesday, March 26, 2008

dublin, ireland: day 2

day 2 - monday, march 17th

saint patrick's day in dublin, ireland. how awesome is that?!

we started the day with breakfast at our b&b (harvey guest house). i really enjoy there breakfast. they have hard boiled eggs, a variety of healthy cereals, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, and fruit salad. there is also something called 'brown bread' which you can only get in ireland. it is thick and grainy and very good. ruth gave mikkee the recipe before we left (woohoo!). my favorite, however, is the hot tea. it's called barry's tea, and it's grand! just add a little raw sugar and a splash of milk. d-lish.

we had a few minutes of quiet time each day. and each day mikkee surprised us with an encouraging letter from a friend or family member. for those of you that sent cards, they made my day! i can't tell you how many times i broke out the tissue (you know me!). love you all very much!

we head out to abbey church all bundled up. when we get there, we are lead to the downstairs room where the céilí will be held to start the clean up and decoration process. however, there is a crew of youth and parents getting ready for the saint patrick's day parade. they were actually IN the parade. a "bee" theme. there were worker bees, a queen bee, flowers, spiders, bumble bees, yellow jackets, you name it. absolutely adorable and incredibly creative. we found out after the parade that their float won the top spot (spirit award) in the parade. and they deserved it!

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a flower / creator of all costumes & me

when it's time for the parade, we line up outside to watch. it was an amazing blur of color and creativity. not to mention an abundant amount of american marching bands...that was sort of odd. ha!

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american marching band / colorful parade group

once the parade is over it's back to work. we have practice time (square dancing / line dancing routines that we have to teach at the céilí). then we clean the downstairs room and decorate for the party. the church has invited several other churches and people.

quick sandwich, then time for the festivities to start. the dj sets up, the irish band tunes their instruments, and the dance instructor promises me a dance. very sweet gentleman. the room was so cold when we started, but by the end of the night, we were all in our t-shirts because we were so hot from dancing. we learned traditional irish dances as well as teaching a few american line dances of our own. it was neat to see several kids that were just passing by on the street join in the festivities. we even learned a few salsa and swing moves from our new friends! :)

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traditional irish dance / céilí (kay-lee) band

after the céilí we cleaned up and moved everything back into the room. it's late, we're super tired and we head back to harvey's for our team meeting and sleep.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

dublin, ireland: day 1

day 1 - saturday, march 15th / sunday, march 16th.

saturday and sunday are both day one since they merged together with no sleep.

we arrived at the nashville airport around 7:30am saturday morning only to find that our flight left an hour earlier...the airline didn't inform us of the change so we got to fly FIRST CLASS on the next flight to NYC. they really do give you hot towels. wow! after arriving in NY we had to take transportation to JFK for our connecting a limo. not what any of us expected on a mission trip. of course, the shoe box size seats of the next plane brought us back to reality...6 hours of reality.

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our first class meal (sweet!)

by the time we landed in dublin it was sunday. we had to make sure to stay awake all day so we would adjust better to the time the next day, so mikkee kept us busy. we had sunday service with the boals at abbey church. lunch with the boals, chuck tarter, and abbey friends. we stayed outside the majority of the day, as the cold kept us from dozing off. amy and chuck took us on a tour of the city. it was beautiful.

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abbey church / sunset over dublin

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the spire / temple bar area

i never slept so well as i did that night.

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boal family:
alan boal - minister of abbey church
ruth boal - wife to alan, mom to kirsten & sam
kirsten boal - daughter to alan & ruth
sam boal - son to alan & ruth

tarter family:
chuck tarter - ireland missionary
michelle tarter - wife to chuck, mom to 3 kiddies
ava - daughter
giselle - daughter

charlie - son