St. Patrick's Day. It's one of my favorite feast days to celebrate. Not only does it mean potatoes, beer, and green, it's also a key celebration for my favourite place on earth. I am sort of in love with Ireland, and by sort of, I mean severely. I think I am having withdrawal pangs since it's been ridiculously long since I last visited. I first went over at 17 with a pro-life team from the States to work with an awesome pro-life group in Ireland - Youth Defence, a group that has been successful at keeping Ireland abortion free for over 20 years. I miss Ireland like crazy and cannot wait for the day when I can drag (though I'm sure they'll go willingly) my boys to the beautiful country. For now, we celebrate St. Patrick's day to the fullest.
We started the day with some awesome green pancakes (my husband made most of this day possible... like the pancakes because I was still in bed). The Rochester St. Patrick's Day parade was next on our list, and after an hour of traffic to find parking (we live maybe 4 miles away...), we walked only a couple blocks to a shady spot for Dom's first parade experience. He was half a fan, half not. Firetrucks, Cherry Pickers, and dogs made his "awesome" list, but the bullhorns and other crazy loud noises scared him. About an hour into it, we decided we had been paraded out. Plus the sun was shining on us and making us all sweat. Poor Blaise was dressed up for typical March weather, which this was definitely not.
Before naptime, we added in a story about St. Patrick. The chosen pick was Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie DePaola, one of my favourite children's authors/artists wrote one, which I highly recommend.
And lastly, we finished off our day with a dinner of Vegetarian Guinness Stew, Irish Soda Bread (minus the raisins + carroway), and a tasty Guinness chocolate cake to end it all. As I was putting the final touches on the pantry organizing, the husband actually made almost everything. Thankfully he's a wonderful cook, so it turned out fantastic.
What a wonderful day to spend time with family, enjoy tasty treats, and all in all celebrate a Godly man, who risked everything to go back to a country that had previously enslaved him to bring them the Gospel.
And to end, here's my favourite part of St. Patrick's Lorica
I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
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