Having recovered from jet lag and finished all essential tasks of settling in to our new adventure in Ireland, I am finding some time to update everyone on what has been going on this past week.
Monday, July 15: We finished up some final pre-flight tasks, including picking up some last-minute prescriptions from Joint Base Langley-Eustis and some stress-relieving massages for Patti and our daughter, Tonya. Then Tonya and her daughters took us to Richmond, VA where friends Tim and Cathy Rutman were meeting us to have dinner, share a hotel stay, and then take us to the airport Tuesday morning. After dinner, Tonya and the girls headed back to Newport News to continue the transformation of the Allgood home to the Murphy home.
Tuesday, July 16: After arriving at the airport through a joint effort of hotel shuttle and the Rutmans, we were pleased to find that only one bag was overweight and could easily be taken care of with a little shifting to another bag and that Aer Lingus would not be charging extra for more that 1 checked bags each. We had brunch at the airport with Tim and Cathy and then were off to Boston with no delay. Delay was not a concern though as we had a 5+ hour layover in Boston. We had a relaxing time in Boston and fairly comfortable flights from Richmond and on to Dublin.
Wednesday, July 17: We arrived in Dublin at 8 am and were greeted by missionary friend Roger Basick. Roger had emailed earlier that he was going to be in Dublin the day we arrived and asked about welcoming us at the airport. Further email exchanges resulted in his availability to transport us from the airport to our new residence (22 The Cairn, Rush, Co Dublin, Ireland). Roger was actually traveling with his boss, Stephen Cardy, director of Focus on the Family – Ireland, whom we had met before. It turns out that they had a scheduled interview in Swords later in the morning and Rush is not far from Swords. We had a wonderful time of fellowship with Roger and Stephen and talked about future ministry opportunities in a work that Stephen helped to start in the Limerick area.
After Roger and Stephen’s departure and unpacking a few things, we drove to Skerries to enjoy lunch at one of our favorite local pubs with a most unique name … Stoop Your Head. We love their seafood chowder and expect to visit there often. We enjoyed a walk along the Skerries beach before heading back to the house and continuing the unpacking, checking emails, updating Facebook to let people know we had arrived safely, and getting settled. We then enjoyed a nice meal left by a friend of ours and the homeowners, relaxed some, and headed to bed for about 10 hours of sleep!
Thursday, July 18th: After a late wake-up, we headed out to do some shopping and to pick up some things we had left with our landlords on our last trip. We had a good visit with them, but they were saddened to discover when we were ready to leave that they could not find the bags we had left with them even though they have kept many bags and boxes for us over the years. The only thing of concern was my Irish telephone, especially since we had found that Patti’s was not activating when she reinserted the Irish sim card, so now we were without any mobile phone 😦
We spent about 6 hours after that shopping for groceries and some household items, having lunch, getting a new sim card for Patti’s phone, and trying to get some dollars exchanged. Changes in policies by a mobile phone company and banks since our last trip were the cause of the need for a new sim card and not being able to exchange dollars at the bank. Then back home for a late-night dinner and another long sleep.
Friday, July 19th: An early morning email from our landlords greeted us with the welcome news that they had found our bags, so we headed back to Finglas to pick them up and visit with them again for a short while. But there was still more shopping to do … we found out that IKEA takes a long time to get through. Fortunately, we have found that the sun doesn’t go down in Ireland this time of year until 10pm, so I still had time to cut the grass while Patti placed some plants we had purchased before another late dinner and relaxing evening.
Saturday, July 20th: Saturday was a more relaxing day … finishing up yard work and putting together a patio table and island for the kitchen. We then went out for a walk around the neighborhood and found our way to the local beach (Rush is somewhat of a beach resort town) … a good distance for a healthy walk.
Sunday, July 21st: The jet lag is slowly wearing off, but we got up too late to go to church as planned, but we did get to enjoy some extended time with the Lord and listening to the local Christian radio station. After a late brunch, we headed out to enjoy seeing some of Ireland, north and away from Dublin. We ended up at the Hill of Tara, one of the more famous historical sites in Ireland and a great place for relaxing, walking and enjoying the scenery, as well as some more seafood chowder. That brings us up to date.
Our first meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday as we attend an open house at the Irish Bible Institute where God has opened a door of opportunity for ministry that we are excited to see develop. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to seek to pursue God’s calling for us here in Ireland.