Matt’s family is here! Last week we had a very special visitor in Limerick, Matt’s sister, and now the rest of the crew has arrived. His mom, dad, great uncle, great aunt, and uncle are staying for the week! They are such great company and I truly enjoy spending time with them. It is quite lonely not having family members of my own over here, but I get a bit of a reprieve when the St. Amour’s are in town! They have even attended my training sessions to watch me coach. This upcoming week Matt and I have a double header game in Dublin so they will be traveling with us to support our playoff run for LIT! Such devoted fans!
When I first met Matt’s family I knew they were special people. Not only are they supportive of Matt but myself as well. I was never expected to grow so close to them. His mom reaches out to me, at the very least, once a week to see how I am and what I’m up too. I enjoy speaking to her but more so all of her kindness and support. Matt and I get along really well which makes our time in Limerick a lot easier. We work well together as coaches and classmates but also push each other to strive for the best. I’m lucky to have met him and created such a great relationship with his family members.
I’m thankful for their visit to Limerick because it almost feels like my own family members are here. They’ve treated me to dinner and even brought some goodies over from the US! Our kitchen is now stocked with Vermont maple syrup (great for pancakes) and Ranch dressing (great for everything else). The St. Amour family is full of incredibly compassionate people. They have gone out of their way to include me in what they do and for that I am forever grateful. I’m blessed to have been placed in Limerick with Matt and to have created a lasting friendship with his family. There aren’t many people who will travel 3,000 miles twice in 10 months to support a loved one, so a part of me was a “wee bit” jealous, but they have done more than I ever expected.
A huge thank you to Matt and the St. Amour family! You will hold a special place in my heart forever. Welcome to Limerick!