Saturday, May 21, 2011

and then one day.

   One day, I found myself packing.

   I found myself stacking heavy cardboard boxes, pulling suitcases into my room, and taking everything out of it's place.

 And strangely, I found myself enjoying it. I pushed the thought of leaving Ireland to the back of my mind, and focused on what I was doing. Choosing what to bring, what to put in storage, what to put in my carry-on - that part was fun.

 But the next part? Was not fun. There came a point when I couldn't ignore the fact any longer, no matter how badly it hurt. I had to say goodbye. To my friends, my church, my house, my town, my country. The green fields, the winding roads, the beautiful flowers and hills and valleys, my sparkling lake. My home.

 |And, of course, I said goodbye to Alfred :) But he just purred.|

 On the 9th of May, we were off. On our way to the airport, and from there - America.

 Now, as some of you know, airports are pretty confusing things. But they sell Starbucks, and they sell scones. So it's all good.

|I <3 Air Lingus. Mostly because it has shamrocks on it.|

  Then, with me lugging my book-filled carry-on behind me, we boarded the plane.


  The flight, although long, was fun.

 |Ireland is beautiful even when hundreds of feet below.|

 |Sea of Clouds|


|I watched Tangled and Enchanted. Two awesome movies.|


 After nine hours of flying, we landed in Chicago to board our next plane. Which wasn't quite as nice. At all. But we made it :)

 And so, after a total of around 23 hours of traveling, we made it to California.

...To be Continued...

p.s If you actually read all of that, you deserve some Oreo ice cream. Because that was a looong post. ;)


  1. I read it! Can't wait to hear more about your adventures in California! :D

  2. I have book filled carryons too - that's why Kindles would be nice, but they're still not the same as books :D

    Why did you have to leave Ireland??? Sadness!

  3. I read it all.

    Welcome -if I can say that- home!

  4. Wow. Lovely photographs. I would not want to leave America to go far away . . . unless I was going to Ireland or Poland, maybe. But the goodbye is always the hard part. No matter if you are moving an hour away or ten hours away. It's difficult. I know.

    Bye the way, I'm Carolyn, from the American Girl Fan Message Board and Picasa. Yeah, that's me! ;)


  5. Oh wow! That is so exciting! I had no idea that you were leaving Ireland! Blessings on your new adventure!

  6. oh sooo sad!!!!!!!!!!! i hope you enjoy america! its really lots of fun actually. Although it's not as pretty as Ireland. Well maybe some places. :P

  7. oh wow! i will pray that everything goes smoothly for you as you adjust! moving is such an adventure though :)

  8. Great photos! I trust that you will be happy in America.
    God bless,

  9. you owe me ice-cream

  10. Hannah,
    Welcome to America!! Hope you're enjoying it since you've been here. Thanks for sharing everything about your arriving trip, as I find ALL the details fascinating. (me as being one who has never traveled) I look forward to what else you have tell about!

    May God bless you in your new home!
    ~ Tarissa

  11. Gosh and golly, I am reading this late! Sorry. :P

    Those pictures are AWESOME! Love them, especially the one with packing and storing everything.

    Good luck and god bless you! Can't wait to see more of your trip. :)


  12. Wow, from the pictures it looks like you had an amazing trip! I've never been to California myself (I'm a New Englander and haven't ventured far from the east coast), but if I had to choose between seeing California and Ireland, I think I'd go with your home country. :)