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Today I had to head to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). This is the fourth time in less than 5 years. The first year I was so nervous. In Ireland, you can’t take care...

More Transition Stuff…the Good

Last week I wrote about some of the things that made our move to Dublin difficult. But there was so much during the process that was amazing. I want to share a few of those...

FlashbackFriday::Comfort

Since we are sharing a series of posts about our move to Ireland, I thought I'd repost some other posts from around that time as it'll give some insight to what was going on. I may make small edits or update information, but generally they'll be shared as originally published #FlashbackFriday

Neither Here Nor There

Transitions suck. When Liz and I attended the pastors sabbath retreat in 2010, one of the key topics was transitions. Learning how transitions work, what to expect in he midst of them, and hopefully, how to live well in that in-between state.

More Questions than Answers

I’ve had this thought bouncing around in my head the past couple days…though I might as well write it down. What does it say about a person who attempts to make themselves look good, by...

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? (5 years post 13)

Liz and I felt that if we were going to Ireland, two groups of people needed to be in agreement. I wrote yesterday about what that process looked like with our daughters. Today I wanted to share about a second group that was involved in this process with us.

Our Amazing Daughters (5 Years Post 12)

Through the rest of February Liz and I talked and prayed and began to sense more and more that Ireland was in our future….and sooner rather than later. At the same time we knew that there were two group of people we needed to have in agreement with whatever decision we reached. 

Ireland…Again (5 Years Post 11)

Okay…quick recap…It was February 2011. Ireland was not happening. It seemed like everything was against us buying a house, and now we were dealing with a high-risk pregnancy. I contacted a few people and asked them to pray that we would have a clear understanding of what God was trying to say in the midst of this. Because something was clearly going on.

Dublin…a Rip-Off?

There was a big story in Dublin yesterday. A tourism expert from New Zealand was speaking on the other side of the country and said he would never recommend Dublin for a trip because “Dublin is a rip-off!”

And Baby Make 6 (5 Years Post 10)

July 2017 marks the 5 year anniversary of our move to Dublin. Over the next few months I’m writing a few posts to share about that journey. You can keep up with all posts in this series here....

Labels, Boxes, and Dehumanizing the Other

I am becoming more and more frustrated with labels. Early on in our time in Ireland, I received an email from a person who had heard we were church planting in Clontarf. The email consisted...