March is my favorite month.

Spring arrives.

My birthday comes.

And today happens.

The day we get to celebrate this beautiful country…

(The Blarney Castle: Cork, Island – built by my ancestors!)

and this man…

St. Patrick was an amazing man.

Do you know his story?

Because it really makes this a wonderful day to celebrate even if you aren’t Irish. Unlike me, of course 🙂

Back to St. Patrick…

Patrick was kidnapped and taken to Ireland at a young age. He was forced into slavery there, but escaped after several years. After he returned home, he became a priest and felt a strong call to go back to Ireland and spread Christianity among the Irish. His efforts were very successful, including converting the ruling class which trickled down to all people through their example. He is also said to have brought the written word to the Irish.

Can you imagine going back to a place where you were held captive to help them out? To tell them about Jesus? That is incredible.

I am very proud of my Irish heritage! Can you tell?!

St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun day to celebrate for us. And the other reason is this…

In Ireland, ten years ago, on this day, this wonderful lad and I started dating.

That’s right – we were in Dublin, Ireland when we started dating! On St. Patrick’s Day! Crazy, huh?!

Maybe even crazier that it’s already been 10 years!

But it’s been the most wonderful ten years! I thank God for where we’ve been and where we are right now – I love you honey!

So happy March 17th to all!

And I pray this Old Irish Blessing for each of you…

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.