Yesterday I celebrated my 23rd birthday!!! I really felt the love between my new friends here in Ireland and my older friends back home. The texts, messages, greetings, letters, presents, and hugs filled me with so much joy 🙂 It especially picked up my mood after losing in our Superleague semi-finals that weekend. No more club, but there’s one more college tournament next weekend. Anyway, if you’re reading this and you did something for my birthday thanks again!!!!
What really got me on my birthday was what my practicum group did. This is the group I will be working with this summer on a research project. It is me and four others. So I show up on Monday (my birthday) to what I thought was going to be a group meeting, but it was actually a surprise party for me with cake, balloons, and presents. It was sooooo sweet I didn’t even see it coming! Later that day, I received a package from one of my best friends back home. In it were Girl Scout cookies, Reese’s peanut butter eggs, and a Wawa coffee tumbler 🙂 Can you say American?! I received a few cards from family, and a book from one of my friends here at DCU. I also met up with my fellow scholars Kelsey and Jess that night for dinner, and they had a card and donut for me (they know the way to my heart).
Birthdays really remind me of how much I’m loved, and I really felt so thankful for that on Monday. Needless to say, my first birthday abroad was amazing.