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St. Patrick's Day

An Irish Prayer

May God give you...
for every storm, a rainbow,
for every tear, a smile,
for every care, a promise,
and a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
a faithful friend to share,
for every sigh, a sweet song,
and an answer for each prayer.

When my sister and I took a trip to Ireland in the late 1980's, lovely thatched-roof cottages like this dotted the Emerald Isle. Because it rains almost every day, the grass is verdant in Ireland.  We often saw double rainbows after a rainshower in this country.

When our bus driver drove on the left side of the road, I almost screamed, but soon got used to the Irish driving on this side of the highway.  Here's a photo where cattle crossed in front of the tour coach as we traveled through the country.

It was common for horses to pull "traps" loaded with milk and cream in the country.  My sister and I had ice creams that were pure, rich cream.  Oh, my strawberry ice cream was so good!

My mother thinks the reason I talk so much is because I kissed the Blarney Stone!


The photo of the cottage is so pretty. Love your mom's thinking. :)
Some day, I'm gonna go to Ireland!!! Lovely photos. Great Irish Blessing shared.

...and love the jonquil photos in the post below.
magnoliasntea said…
I'd love to visit Ireland so I really enjoyed your photos. I've always wished I knew how to make a thatched roof, too.
Today I put up my snowmen in preparation for my St. Patrick's Day decorations. Love it.
Have a great week!
janet smart said…
Oh how lucky you were to have visited Ireland! And, I Love the Irish Prayer.
Blackberry Lane said…
A beautiful post. I would love to visit Ireland. Many years ago, I had a blog friend there and her garden photos were just gorgeous.
Susie Swanson said…
I love your photos and the way you've described it makes me want to go even more. I've always had a yearning to visit. Thanks for sharing .
TexWisGirl said…
that cottage was so perfect it looked like a doll's house! :)
Dorothy said…
Great post! I have some Irish roots and would like to be able to visit there.
lil red hen said…
Thanks for taking me along on your trip via your photos. Beautiful!
Betsy Adams said…
Ireland looks so neat ---and a place I'd love to visit sometime... Great set of photos.

So you kissed the Blarney Stone???? How awesome is that!!!

Beautiful Irish Prayer.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.
Love this post, Brenda. Ireland is a place I've always wanted to visit.
Daisy said…
Nice pictures! Wonderful post for St. Patrick's Day, Brenda. :)
Hi Brenda,
Lovely post and photos. I found your blog on Janet's site.
My sisters and I visited Ireland in the mid 90s, and it was a wonderful experience.
Oh, and my mother's maiden name was Ledford. Small world.
Glenda Beall said…
If I were to cross the pond, I'd head for Ireland, for sure. I love the music and photos of the country intrigue me. Thanks for this lovely prayer. I am sending your link to some friends who need this prayer today.
Such a pretty place to visit. Love the poem.

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