We are ready

There is no better way to kick off our family’s St. Paddy’s Day festivities than to watch our precious Irish Dancing Lass in a small town parade.

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SavedPicture-2014316171419.jpgThat afternoon, Dimples found a four leaf clover in our yard!  Wow!  Talk about

“Luck o’ the Irish!”

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It’s Sunday and the dining room table is set for the High Holy Feast.

SavedPicture-201431617146.jpgSt. Patrick’s Cross, a gift from a former boss, purchased for us on one of her trips home to the Old Sod.  Here’s a photo of the real deal.

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We purchased all the flags, bunting, and stand up four leaf clovers from Oriental Trading for Dimples’ Irish Dance Birthday Party last June.

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SavedPicture-2014316171257.jpgThe sticker books and stickers are also leftovers from Dimples’ birthday party.

Kathleen from Ireland Sticker Paper Doll

Caitlin the Irish Dancer Sticker Paper Doll

This is quite possibly the cutest book I’ve ever seen, given to Social Butterfly by her grandmother as a Baptism gift…

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I’m going to try this recipe from Design Mom tomorrow.  Corned Beef is so difficult to prepare properly, so we’ll see.

Design Mom Corned BeefSounds easy enough!

The principal of our school just left an automated message that school will be closed tomorrow due to the snow.  *Sigh*

I’m thinking an Irish Coffee is in order tomorrow morning.  And perhaps tomorrow afternoon.

This recipe calls for Irish Whiskey and Baileys.  This one is more traditional and just requires whiskey, heavy cream, and brown sugar.

And I suppose I’ll have a lot more time to read all of my favorite St. Paddy’s Day books to the little ones since they’ll be home all day.  Here’s the list:

SAINT PATRICK’S DAY

The Ancient Celtic Festivals and How We Celebrate Them Today

Favorite Celtic Fairytales by Joseph Jacobs

The Book of Kells Colouring Book

Life in Celtic Times Dover Coloring Book

Patrick:  Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie DePaola

Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaola

Brigid’s Cloak:  An Ancient Irish Story by Bryce Milligan

The Blackbird’s Nest:  Saint Kevin of Ireland by Jenny Schroedel

St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons

St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet by Beverly Barras Vidrine

Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs:  The Story of the St. Patrick’s Day Symbols by Edna Barth

St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting, Illustrated by Jan Brett

I’m also going to catch up on my dear friend Michaela’s blog.  Please, go check it out!  It is chock full of gorgeous pictures taken by Michaela as she and her three children spend a year living in Dublin.  You don’t want to miss this blog!  I have learned so much about Ireland and Irish culture by keeping up with Michaela’s travels.

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And if you’ve never read it before, please, read the Lorica of St. Patrick.  It is a beautiful, beautiful prayer.

shamrockHowever you and your loved ones celebrate this special feast, this is my prayer for you…

“May the road rise up to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sun shine warm upon your face

And the rain fall soft upon your fields

And until we meet again

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

 

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  1. Christina says:

    Yummy! Just made me a cup of Irish coffee thanks to you. We celebrated last night with our annual viewing of “The Quiet Man” – one of the most quotable movies ever made! Cheers to the Motherland!
    O’Casey :-)

  2. in love with that book! what a precious gift!!!!!

  3. Oh Mary! Your children are so blessed! Just in case you haven’t seen this book (it’s a few years old, you probably already have, but I didn’t see it on your list) I’m sending you the link to my page. Leprechauns Never Lie – I loved reading it to my students when I was teaching. http://julianaleewriter.com/celebrate-every-day-with-a-picture-book/march-17-st-patricks-day/

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