July 10, 2018

At the end of June, Chase and I traveled to Seattle, Washington for a week of wedding festivities and a mini vacation. His baby sister, Alicia, was getting married in Olympia and the entire family would be reunited again (Christmas was the last get-together with everyone present). We flew in on a Friday and did […]

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“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” “The heavens declare the Glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” When I look back at […]

Ireland: Cliffs of Moher

June 5, 2018

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Researching and planning for our trip to Ireland was a year in the making. Initially, I had no idea what to expect or where to begin – so I tried to make it as easy as possible for myself by first listing my must-see places (Dublin, The Ring of Kerry, Dingle, The Cliffs, and Giant’s […]

Ireland: Galway

May 31, 2018

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I wanted to do a quick post highlighting our favorite Bed and Breakfast in Ireland. For our Euro trip we agreed we would splurge on one location in each country we visited. I knew that I wanted a unique B&B, and the dream was to find a thatched cottage, but I didn’t get my hopes […]

Favorite B&B: Lissyclearig Thatched Cottage

May 17, 2018

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At the end of our Ireland trip, before we set off to experience Italy, I asked Chase if he had a favorite town we visited. Hands down, it was Dingle. Dingle is on a peninsula at the westernmost part of Ireland. It has the right mix of lush landscapes, rugged coasts, and traditional Irish music. […]

Ireland: Dingle

May 9, 2018

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I briefly mentioned in a previous post that during our time in Ireland we stayed in a town called Kenmare. From Dublin, we drove to Cobh for lunch and then headed to our B&B in Kenmare, the perfect home base for exploring the areas of Ireland we wanted to see most. Our first full day […]

Ireland: Killarney National Park

January 20, 2018

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Before you read beyond this sentence, the first thing you need to do is make yourself a cup of tea, go to Spotify, find the P.S. I Love You soundtrack, and hit play. I’ll wait… Okay, now that you’re properly prepped for everything Ireland, we can get started. This post is a long one, but […]

Ireland: Ring of Kerry

January 10, 2018

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This was the first year Chase and I were able to spend Christmas with his side of the family. We have gone to California plenty of times in the last three years, but getting time off for a major holiday has never been on the radar for us. Each year he works most holidays, but […]

Christmas in Lake Tahoe

December 31, 2017

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Our second day in Ireland was mostly spent driving to our next destination with a short stop in the middle. That was the beauty of this trip. Even though we covered a lot of ground, neither of us ever felt pressed for time – and that’s saying something considering we drove almost the entire country […]

Cobh, Ireland

November 21, 2017

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Ireland has been on my bucket list since college. I don’t really remember why. Years ago when my dad was digging into our family ancestry, he initially thought we had Irish descent because of our last name (McDaniel). Recently we learned it’s more likely we are Scottish or possibly Scotch-Irish. That whole search and discovery […]

Dublin, Ireland

October 30, 2017

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