February 28, 2009


"..When Irish eyes are smiling sure it's like a morn in Spring . .. "
( My little Irish Lassie Lea )

March not only marks the beginning of Spring but is also Irish American Heritage month. More than 40 million Americans are of Irish descent, 10 times more than the population of the Emerald Isle.

I have a lot to celebrate this month, especially on St. Patrick's Day. My first ancestor from Ireland arrived in America and couldn't wait to join the American revolution so he could fight the Brits for the freedom of his new homeland. His grave, in White Plains, Georgia, is marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Since my daughter married an Irishman from County Cork and produced our first grandchild Lea we have even more reason to celebrate as our ties to Ireland have grown. Lea's already visited her grandparents in Ireland and they will be visiting here as well and I look forward to someday taking her there to visit her Father's homeland.

So for this Muse Day I give you a traditional Irish blessing :

May the rains sweep gently across your fields
may the sun warm the land
May every good seed you have planted bear fruit
and late summer find you standing in fields of plenty.

Happy Spring and Erin Go Bragh !


  1. Like her grandmother, Lea's a true Irish beauty ... Happy March Muse Day,Carolyn!

    (I remembered to post :)

    “May God grant you always... A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you. (Irish Blessing)

  2. Wonderful blessing -- and one that we can all use right now!


  3. Erin go Bragh, indeed! She is a lovely little lass. Is there anything more beautiful than a baby's smile? I don't think so. Happy Muse Day, Carolyn.~~Dee

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  5. Good morning, Carolyn,
    Happy GBMD to you! I love your little Lea-I just want to squeeze her and pinch her little cheeks:) My grandmother's last time was Kelly and her parents came over from Ireland. I'm about 1/4 Irish--so I guess that counts!
    I love your Irish blessing--thank you:)

    I remembered this Muse day--but need to come back to post. I just wanted to stop in to see what was happenin'. Happy March:)

  6. Happy Spring to you, Carolyn Gail! We've certainly earned it this year.
    Your granddaughter is such a doll! I can imagine you've had fun finding little Kiss Me I'm Irish shirts for her. What a cool family history you have.
    My Muse Day post is up

  7. What an infectious grin beaming out from little Lea. She looks a most happy babe. I hope that you get to Ireland with her one day. A fine verse for spring ! My GBMD post is now up :)

  8. I bet the craic's good when your family gets together Carolyn. Slainte!

    Enjoy St Patrick's day and the bright daffodils over at my place...

  9. What a cutie! I think a baby's smile warms a Mom's heart...even an old Mom.

  10. What a cutie pie! sure looks like her mother, Grandmother and Auntie! gotta love her little giggles!

  11. What a sweet dolly she is! Happy spring to you and your family. My muse day posting's up although we're not celebrating spring yet. But I'm enjoying reading others' tributes to the day.

  12. Great photo of your grandchild.
    See my GBMD post at http://patientgardener.wordpress.com/2009/03/01/gbmd-1st-march-2009/#comment-1829

  13. My first time to read your blog and what a lucky day...getting to see sweet Lea's smiling face. I just happen to be reading Maeve Binchy's The Glass Lake. No poem this month, but will jump on board next time.

  14. That certainly is some adorable, smiling Irish eyes, and so appropriate for March.
    My Muse Day post is up, too.

    Always Growing

  15. Wonderful baby! And two things I didn't know - Irish heritage month, and muse day. I had an Irish grandfather, but never met him. May the road rise up to meet you, and may people of all religious persuasions get along.
    Though I didn't know about muse day, yet I did muse this morning in my blog entry. Now I've given it the official tag. I'm curious to see others' musings - Thanks!

  16. Ohmygoodness, what a sparkle in Lea's eyes. I know you are enjoying grandparent-hood. :-) My Muse Day post is up, too.

  17. Thank you Carolyn Gail for the lovely blessing and may you and your family always feel the joy and celebration you are sharing today! Oh my, she is an adorable little baby girl!


  18. what a cutie-pie she is! Happy March! Happy St Patty's Day!

  19. I'm always a day late and a dollar short. But it's better late than never, so, here is mine:


  20. Thank you all for your lovely comments and for joining Garden Bloggers' Muse Day.

  21. Carolyn,

    She looks so cute. Hope you gave a Happy St Patty's Day!

  22. She is so precious Carolyn - a blessing in the flesh!

  23. You were truly blessed with such a great child.She's so sweet and so happy.
    I also like the poem at the bottom of the article.
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  24. Beautiful Lea and beautiful blessing. Have a blessed St. Patrick's Day.

  25. Lea is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing her with us!

  26. Thank you all for your lovely comments.


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