Time for a little boasting as Megan is now employed & officially started her job yesterday, securing what will be a year of living here in Ireland, giving much more peace of mind to the months of unknowns. And best of all, to top off this exciting news, we had a great weekend of celebrating as Megan’s brother Noah came to town. As you may remember, Noah and his friend Marcus joined us on our European adventure for a few weeks so having Noah come to Ireland to visit our new home was so exciting & refreshing – getting to show him a little piece of beauty of Galway and enjoying time together filled with pots of coffee, lots of movies, relaxing nights, & just sitting around the table talking. Our time together gave us all refreshment and renewal to start our weeks fresh and energized.
That being said, as we start to both get a better grip on what life here will be like, we are so thankful. In the Chronicles of Narnia it is said, following the Lord is not always safe, but it is good. The same is true of dreams & of the pursuit of this dream here & now. It hasn’t always been easy – and the struggles started long before that first flight to Europe last September – as we each faced the struggles of saving and the unknowns to come. And while some doors flew open, there were many we each were left knocking on, waiting on what the Lord would do and what He had in store. And, my goodness, those times of waiting, knocking, & praying for that door to open were rough. They were nights of tears, days of wondering whether flights back to the States would need to be booked sooner than planned, hours of restlessness, but ultimately, it wasn’t through anything but the promise of knowing God had us, that He would take care of us that would bring light & hope to those days. All that to say, we understand the weight of pursuing your dreams – we are with you in it. There is the unknown of how those dreams will play out, never knowing if they will work out the way you planned, and we can both say Ireland sure looks different than we thought it would, but going after them is oh so worth it & we can each say this confidently as we’re there & we’ve been there, chugging through the long dark tunnel to get to the light at the end.
So we leave you with that (once again) to encourage you to go after your biggest dream. Yes, there is a chance it is going to look a lot different than you would imagine – & honestly, yes there is the chance it just may fail – but it is worth it and you have these two girls, near or far, being your cheerleaders & rooting you on. Like we have said before (as you can tell, this stuff is a huge part of what makes us, us) we are people designed for big things in our ordinary lives. It is when we bring those dreams into the ordinary that the ordinary becomes extraordinary. So we hope you find your dream & go after it. Our dream is coming true & new dreams are meant to be formed from here on, but whether its a dream big or little, we hope you find refreshment in the Lord, in the people around you & the ones miles away to go be extraordinary.
And as tradition has it, here is the beat of the week! Enjoy this little gem of a song from a band we heard on the streets of Galway!