Thanks to all of my readers out there - family members, fellow genealogists, lovers of Irish lore and culture - you have made this journey an exciting one. As I continue to share the stories of my Pennsylvania Irish ancestors and celebrate the joy of being Irish here at Small-leaved Shamrock, I hope you'll continue to tag along for the ride. You have made this family history project of mine more successful, more meaningful, and lots more fun!
Here's a special blessing for you today as Small-leaved Shamrock celebrates its 2nd anniversary:
Thanks again for stopping by Small-leaved Shamrock. I look forward to sharing another wonderful year with you celebrating Ireland and the Irish!"May you find truth in the year's smallest grace
and hope in the year's heaviest cross;
may a pillar of light before your face
shine through the dark so you're never lost.
May your journey be safe wherever you go,
and the angels keep you from all harm.
May you learn to take life easy and slow,
and celebrate your gift of Irish charm,
and may the God of new beginnings grant you
a year of health, happiness and prosperity."
Adapted by the Irish Culture & Customs website from a blessing by Fr. Andrew Greeley
If you'd like to read some of my favorite articles here at Small-leaved Shamrock, take some time to browse the Best of Small-leaved Shamrock list on the sidebar, or stop by The best of 2008: Small-leaved Shamrock iGene Awards or this blog's one-year-anniversary review at Happy Anniversary, Small-leaved Shamrock! You might also enjoy stopping by the two-year-anniversary celebrations over at 100 Years in America and A light that shines again.