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.
"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.
While I am officially on vacation (and will be until the end of June), this clearly feels different. Usually Saturday night I review my message for Sunday...not this week. On Monday I get up thinking about the week ahead, and while I'm doing that, my week looks quite different, as it involves packing, support raising and figuring how to sell our stuff...and has nothing to do with the next steps in the life of our church. Just weird.