There’s no love like a parents love!

Saturday June 28th 2014

June isn’t even over and it has been jam packed and full of fun. Jigs and Reels is officially over and what a night was had by all! I can’t believe it’s all over. The atmosphere in the marquee was electric. I just can’t wait to get my hands on the DVD! Even though we didn’t win, the craic had by all participants was mighty! The mischief that went on in the parish the few days before the event was hilarious; from painting slogans on the local bar wall to putting up flags and posters, the community was really buzzing! And with the festival weekend approaching and with big names like Derek Ryan visiting, the jiving and dancing is only beginning!

But more importantly, and the highlight of June so far has been the arrival of my second, beautiful niece into the world- Miss Eimear Catherine Kearney. What can I say that would do her justice? She is truly the epitome of a “bundle of joy” and we are all besotted with her. Mummy and baby are doing great and big sister Niamh and big brother Joseph love their new addition to the Clann. You can’t help but stare at her wee tiny hands and feet, just perfect in every way. You can only think they are a wee miracle when you see all the size of them.

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As I am on holidays I am able to lend my sister Michaela a helping hand as babies can be hard work. It was just this thought that inspired me for this blog.


I know without mine I would not be the person I am today. How often do you even bear thought about what your parents have sacrificed for you?
Watching baby Eimear who needs constant care and protection has opened my eyes into realising the love and patience a parent has. In my opinion there is no greater love!
Sleepless nights, feeding, nappies, winding, cuddling, bathing..the list goes on! And that is only for a baby!! Not only as a child but they are there through thick and thin, constantly guiding and supporting you throughout your life. This year more than ever my eyes were opened at university of what my parents STILL do for me!!! From washing clothes to paying bills to making the dinner- it’s fair to say I don’t take these things for grated anymore. Maybe it’s because I’m a home bird and I looked forward to getting home and back into the company of Mr and Mrs Walton!

A parent is always there with a keen listening ear. There were times this year when I thought the work load was just too much but with reassurance from my mummy and daddy, my problem that seemed insurmountable was maybe nothing to worry about.

A parent is caring. They actually weren’t being the most annoying people in the world when they wouldn’t let me to that disco when I was thirteen!! They were protective and wise.

A parent is generous, always putting us first. Not only generous financially, but with their time!!

I found this poem on the internet and thought it summed up my upbringing!! A simple thank you can be so much appreciated-after all, there’s no love like a parents love!!
I wasn’t raised in a mansion
Or fed with a silver spoon
I wasn’t brought up to think money is everything
Because only fools believe that’s true
I wasn’t raised to live out my parents dream
But to proudly dream my own
I wasn’t raised to walk the popular path
But to strongly pave my own
I wasn’t raised with material things
But something great indeed
I was raised with love
And love is all I need

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