a trip to ireland part iii
my final post about ireland has arrived! and this is the best one yet, because it's all about cian's incredible family. yes, it was amazing to see how beautiful the country was, and experience all of the shops, towns, restaurants and pubs, but none of that compares to meeting and spending time with his family.
first off, i need to give a shout out to cian's parents jackie and dan (donal as he's known in ireland!)!!! this trip wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for them and i am beyond thankful for everything they both have done for me over all these years as cian's girlfriend. they're pretty much my second set of parents and i am so blessed to have them in my life. i also need to give an extra thank you to dan because of everything he did for us when we were in ireland: we wouldn't have gotten very far if it wasn't for that nissan qashqai; i would have had a very hard time understanding the irish terminology without you translating it; and i wouldn't have met all of your amazing friends and family that i've been longing to meet for a long time.
cian has three aunts: joan, mary, and noreen (who is sadly no longer with us), and two uncles: tadhg and micky. he also has eight cousins and two second-cousins! i've known how many family members he has, but when it came time to actually meeting all of them, i became very nervous! but also so incredibly excited because i knew i was going to love every single one of them.
i can't explain how wonderful they were to us. gobnait and her boyfriend sean were the best hosts and it was more than generous for them to open their home to shane, tina, cian and i for two whole weeks. gobnait is an amazing cook and both her and sean took us to the best pubs in town.
i don't even know where to begin talking about cian's aunts and uncles because they are all so wonderful. each of them welcomed us into their homes with open arms and fed us like kings and queens (sometimes more than once!). they shared such special stories from cian, shane, and dan's childhoods making me laugh so hard and love cian and his family even more than i already do (didn't even know that was possible). they also showed us hundreds of pictures of the three of them, that were just as funny, and oh so adorable.
it was also really cool to see dan with his sisters and brothers, and how happy he was to be back home in ireland. i could see it on cian and shane's faces too how excited they were to be making up for lost time since they had been there years ago. one of the things i enjoyed most was cian and shane's excitement in showing everything to tina and i. it was so enjoyable spending so much time together because that very rarely happens here at home because we're all so busy living our lives.
this trip showed me the irish side of cian - almost a part of him that was hiding that i didn't know was missing until we were there with his family. there was this sense of completeness that i can't entirely explain, but that brings so much joy and happiness to my heart that it's making me want to go back immediately and live in a cute little house in the countryside with all of his family members just a short drive away.
it's safe to say that ireland is my new little slice of heaven and i'm so thankful and blessed to have cian and his wonderful family in my life to show me this heaven. here's to the possibility of going back very soon and picking up where we left off, as well as memories to cherish for the rest of my life.
below are the last of my favorite photos from our trip - get ready for the lamb cuteness!!!