As I’ve said before, one of the best parts about being in Limerick is the people we have met. Liz and I have been very fortunate with the amount that people have done to make us feel at home. Many families have taken us out to eat, taken us shopping, or given us rides to and from practices. Recently, one family invited Liz and I over to their house for dinner. This turned into one of my favorite nights so far. They have six kids involved with the club and also have three students living in their house. It was real-life of Cheaper by the Dozen! It reminded me so much of having big family gatherings at my house. I only have one sister, so my family is a lot smaller, but it reminded me of when our extended family is all together. It was so fun and always something going on. We had such an amazing homemade meal. Any day I don’t have to eat my horrible cooking is a great day for me. After dinner, we watched Harry Potter and had ice cream. It was such a nice night because it got us out of our apartment. It was such a nice change of pace to feel like a part of a family, in a real house, and eating a homemade meal. It made me realize how much I miss my family and my house, but also how lucky I am to have such a supportive family. It is also really nice that we have families here that treat us like part of their own families. Thank you to the Nealon family for inviting us over!
I am very excited for the next couple of weeks because next weekend I am going to get to see my best friend from school while he is in Ireland visiting his brother. Then, the weekend after that my parents are coming. The week after that my girlfriend is visiting. I am really excited for everyone from home to meet all of the families in Limerick. I am thankful to be here and I am looking forward to sharing my experience so far with my family and friends.