Family,  Ireland,  moving

Adventure Awaits

There has been a frenzy of activity behind the scenes of this little blog.

This happened.

Then this happened.


That’s right! We are moving! Again. Ha!

Handy Husband accepted a new job with his same company and a transfer to Ireland!

IRELAND. As in that foreign country that’s really pretty and green with a pub on every corner. That Ireland.

Even though I am mired in all of the moving details, it still sounds unreal when I say it out loud. This has been a collective dream of ours since college, but even more so after we had children.


We want our children to grow up considering themselves to be global citizens with a broad world view.

While thinking about how I could articulate my feelings on this topic, I ran across this definition of a global citizen from the IDEAS for Global Citizenship organization.

A global citizen:

  • is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen
  • respects and values diversity
  • has an understanding of how the world works
  • is outraged by social injustice
  • participates in the community at a range of levels, from the local to the global
  • is willing to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place
  • takes responsibility for their actions.

If our kids embrace even half of these attributes, I think our world will be a better place.

Today we are leaving to join my husband in Dublin. He started his job at the beginning of May. I stayed behind with the kids so they could finish out the school year. Then we traveled to Oregon to visit family while our household belongings took the slow boat across the Atlantic.

We do not have a permanent residence in Ireland yet.

*Deep breath* No big deal, right?!?

We start house hunting this Thursday. Homes in Ireland are much different and smaller than those in the United States, so this should be a fun challenge for me.


I don’t know how long we will be in Ireland, but probably at least two years. I am incredibly proud of how hard Handy Husband has worked and how respected he has become in his industry. I’m confident big things are in store for him. And us.

For now, we are going to make the most of this opportunity. It’s equal parts scary and exciting. Making a home in a new country with two young children is sure to be one of the grandest adventures of our lives and I hope you’ll come along for the journey! I’m sure I’ll have a lot to share as we continue on our quest to make a pretty darn happy home no matter where we live.

If you are moving to Ireland, visiting Ireland or want to know more about life in Ireland, here are a whole bunch of posts for you!

Living in Ireland: Life Without a Car

Living in Ireland: Inside My Kitchen

Living in Ireland: Christmas in Retail 2017

Living in Ireland: Storm Ophelia

Living in Ireland: That Time a Tree Came Down

Living in Ireland: Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Living in Ireland: Back After A Month in the United States

Living in Ireland: As Seen On My Commute

Living in Ireland: A Trip to the Hardware Store

Living in Ireland: Spring Flowers In Our Yard

Living in Ireland: Grocery Shopping

Living in Ireland: What to See my Hot Press?

Living in Ireland: Merry Christmas 2016

Living in Ireland: Christmas in Retail

Living in Ireland: Groceries

Moving to Ireland: Grocery Item Look Alikes

Moving to Ireland: Primary School 101

Moving to Ireland: First Week of School

Moving to Ireland: The Great Purge

Moving to Ireland: Human Kindness is Overflowing 

Moving to Ireland: House Viewing #1

Moving to Ireland:  House Viewing #2

Moving to Ireland: House Viewing #3

Moving to Ireland: Temp House First Floor

Moving to Ireland: Temp House Second Floor

Moving Tips to Keep You Sane

My #1 Moving Tip

Thinking about visiting Ireland? Read on!

The Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands with Kids

Galway with Kids

Our Favorite Irish Castle Tour with Kids

Belfast with Kids

Dublin: Talking Statues

Kissing the Blarney Stone and Blarney Castle

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