1. Parsnips (those root veggies that look like white carrots) are quite tasty when roasted or steamed and mashed with carrots.
2. The Atlantic Ocean is cold year-round-at least on our beaches.
3. McDonald’s food is better tasting in Ireland than the U.S. (We’ve never seen a horse and buggy at our McDonald’s, but that would be so cool!)
4. Cooking and baking “from scratch” takes getting used to but isn’t as hard as advertisers would like you to think. (If you have any great recipes that don’t require mixes or prepared sauces, send them my way!)
5. If you do anything long enough it starts to feel “right”… even driving on the left side of the road.
6. Even though we have our own businesses and haven’t stopped working, people in the States think if you’re in Ireland, you’re on vacation. (To be clear, we are not on vacation. A “work time” reminder pops up on my calendar every day just to make sure I don’t forget. 😉 )
7. The fewer Christians you interact with, the less “non-salvation” issues matter. We get excited when we meet someone who knows Jesus even if they worship differently than we choose to. Thankfully, unity in Christ doesn’t have to mean uniformity.
8. It is possible to get tired (very tired) of eating potatoes–regardless of the form they take (mash, chips, or roasted). Note: Brian claims exemption from this.
9. Whether hearing it or telling it, the Irish love a good story.
10. Living in a place where mountains, cliffs, castles or an ocean are always within driving distance is pretty amazing.