Bray Head, Valentia Island as viewed from Portmagee, Ireland.
We spend a lot of our lives searching for that perfect rock, that perfect job, that perfect love. Sometimes what we’re looking for is staring us right in the face; it’s waiting just on the other side of the door.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord. ~Jeremiah 29:13-14a
One of my favorite things about traveling in Ireland is the wonderful towns and villages. You come around the bend, and presto! A whole town of brightly painted buildings with shops, pubs and groceries to explore. This is Portmagee, a great little town in Kerry that we used as our home base for 3 weeks. Portmagee is the place to catch a boat tour out to the Skelligs, has some great little pubs/cafes, and a tiny but efficiently stocked grocery.
We would walk down to the village some days, buy some groceries, and the kids would undoubtedly get a “99”, a delectable soft ice cream cone with a Flake bar stuck in the top for the walk home. By the end of the three weeks, we felt like it was a home away from home, and we were sad to see it fade in our rear-view mirrors.
Enjoy your little village today; big or small. Slainte, Lisa
Another weekend is upon us. The weekend before Thanksgiving, no less! The question is….will I succumb to the frantic running about that seems to be inherent to this time of year, or will I try really hard to just breathe, and look at the sky, do what needs doing but no more, and enjoy the beauty and adventure of the day? As a wife and mom, I definitely feel the pressure of “Oh no, I have done NO Christmas shopping yet!” and “I really must get ready for the Thanksgiving car trip to family’s home”. But there is another side of me this year that is resisting…a side that just wants to enjoy what’s right here, right now and not worry so much about what’s way ahead of me. Because I feel that I’m missing so much of the now. So right NOW I’m going to look at this picture for awhile, the sea, the rocks, the look of “what am I going to do first” on my children’s faces as they go down the ramp to the beach. And then, well, who knows? I will see what the day brings. Enjoy every single adventure that your weekend holds for you. Blessings, Lisa