Greetings from Dublin!

July 13, 2018

We’re home. When we finally landed after our more than 12 hour journey back to Dublin from my parents’ house in Maine, we looked at each other and said, “We’re home.” We did it. The crazy plan worked, we had two beautiful children sleeping in our arms as we walked to baggage claim, and despite being utterly exhausted from the flight, moving out of our Houston home, shlepping suitcases across an ocean, jet lag. We’re home and we did it.

We’ve hit the ground running and started straight in on our new house (the one we bought before we left but that has been rented out for the last 3 years) and it’s currently in a total state of renovation. We are hoping to be in it by the end of July, and you’re welcome to stay updated with that crazy process via my Instagram stories (@emilyholmes).

We took the kids to our favorite beach tonight and Maya couldn’t peel the smile off her face. Even though we’re staying at my in-laws’ house, the kids have already settled more than they have been in months. It’s as though everyone knows this is finally home.  Not to be outdone in the gleeful smile category, our almost-one-year-old is pretty darn thrilled too.  This kid stood on his own for the first time tonight. We almost have another walker!  We are happy to be home. We can’t wait to (hopefully more reliably) share the next part of our journey with you. xx


  • Reply Stacey July 26, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Congratulations on your big move back to Ireland! Thank you for sharing your beautiful family’s journey. I hope you all settle in well and best wishes with the house reno. Now that you are back in Ireland, do you have plans to teach your children Irish (or speak Irish at home)?

    • Reply emily July 27, 2018 at 6:36 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂 So the kids will learn Irish in school, but since neither of us speak Irish (Michael learned in school but languages aren’t his strength), we probably won’t be speaking much more than what they’re learning at home. Although I’d like to learn some basics! We’ll more likely focus on Spanish with both kids since we have a better grasp on it and want to encourage that part of Maya’s heritage.

  • Reply cris July 31, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Wow! How beautiful! And how bright this post is! I am just back from Ireland (to Argentina, where I live), this was my second time there and I can tell why you feel you have arrived “home”… I wish you all the good that the world has in storage for you… I am sure it is a lot, thinking all you have given and are giving right now! Warm hugs!

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