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je ne suis pas en irelande. :(

In Uncategorized on 27.05.2009 at 15:19

so… i am back in the states and oddly enough, missing the weather in dublin!  it’s h-o-t hot here and you have to get up super early to go outside.  but enough of present time!  this is to catch up on the rest of the trip – because it is impossible to relate my experiences fully to everyone, even in blog form, but i shall try!

my last post was after a day of work on monday, which while it was not blister-free, was wonderful!  we worked with paul and his flat tuesday and wednesday as well and paul amazed us all with his honesty and his openness about his life.  he has an amazing heart, and i only wish he could have found his faith without going through so much! it breaks my heart.

Allison painting with PaulHere’s Paul working with us – and he was there everyday!  He found us at Christ Church before Chuck was even able to find parking … introducing us to his amazing honesty and wonderful nature.  I am still blown away by him!

And I love that we were able to do something so tangible on this trip.

amazing stovethe amazing kitchen transformationHere is our ‘orange glo’ product at work. No telling just how much of it we used last week.  I hope it wasn’t toxic.











Denny put up the shelves, we all cleaned, sanded, painted, cleaned, and also cleaned everything!  And it looks like a kitchen where you can start your new life.




We got to see friends of Christy’s and Laura’s Tuesday night, that actually know each other!  We had pizza and waited approximately forever for our bill.  I know that I just wanted to go to sleep after this meal. These days were so full and tiring and fulfilling that I think we all had no clue what to do with ourselves.

Wednesday we worked until we felt we could pass it on to Paul and Daniel and then had a wonderful talk (in a circle of course!) at the end of the day.  We shared our work with them, but we also had a chance to try to express to Paul what he means to us, which I hope stays with him as it will stay with us.  Christy’s friend George waited for two hours while we were not leaving Paul’s!  

This time was so precious – you all will just have to wait to hear about the sea and the pickled beet burgers.


je suis en irelande!

In Uncategorized on 18.05.2009 at 18:57

salut tout le monde!

(in english for the benefit of any who may actually read this!)

it’s our first real day here!  yesterday was interminable, but amazing.  we went to church, a chinese buffet, walked a bit around dublin (should i say stumbled?).  we visited logos hope – a missionary ship that travels around the WORLD and is super amazing.  they gave us a lot of good info for our work this week.  we had pub fare in the late evening (it never gets dark)!



obsessed with the bread.

that is all.

(or not) this morning we had AWESOME breakfast after devotional time.  the granola rivaled marlys’ and the tea was better than coffee! (i take it with milk now). then i got blisters, walked to paul’s flat and worked and worked and worked!  got cleaning supplies (amazing orange bottle grease removal product. go to lidl if you can and BUY IT) cleaned cleaned cleaned. got painting/ cabinetry/ shelving/ tiling supplies and cleaned cleaned cleaned (after my hat almost blew off)

dublin should be sister cities with seattle. i just decided that and since it’s up to me, it’s done.  it’s not only the weather, but glass embedded in the sidewalk like down by elliott’s.  i’ll come up with more reasons, just wait.

tonight we were walking back and hit up a bit more pub fare – and our barkeep was french!  totally impressed the group with the ‘transaction’ (thank you holly!) and scored free guinness glasses!  totally fun!  it’s almost time to head back to our b&b (of which there will be pictures, obsessed.) but let me just say that god is working here, and it is A-MAZ-ING!



don’t blame me because i’m beautiful.

In word of the day on 02.05.2009 at 05:17

or not.

i just have been REALLY busy okay!  and i suppose this post can qualify as a ‘let’s learn french’ post, but just don’t read it aloud to your kids if you’re not a hippie.  first of all let’s set the stage…

today.  it rained.  it started raining as i went to work – although it rained throughout the night, through my open bathroom window into my foreign language assessment book.  yes into it.  it kept raining at work and i lost count of how many times a thunderstorm started. literally. it was raining as i went home.  it rained when i went to home depot.  it rained on me as i picked out herbs.  then it rained some more when i brought them to the car and parallel parked LIKE A FOOL. how i hate depth perception.

it’s still raining. it’s never going to stop.

so that brings you to a place where you NEED TO KNOW how to say shrooms in the français.  

les champs (n) m hallucinogenic mushrooms, i.e. YO Il a mangé des champs…!


tell your friends and then use it in a sentence if anyone ever asks you how to say something in french.  then tell them it means i love you mom.