Sunday, May 23, 2010

Finally! The Ireland pictures

Ok, the long awaited pictures are here. I have been wanting to post my Ireland trip pictures on the web but haven't been able to. We (and by we, I mean Hans) left the camera in the rental car in Ireland. We called around everywhere trying to figure out where the camera was. I called Hertz and they told me it wasn't there. A few days later, I was still tough out of luck and very discouraged. I was so desperate at that point that I got on my knees and just begged Heavenly Father to help me locate my camera. It was quite a pathetic prayer actually. I was pretty much grovaling to him and insisting that he help me locate it. Well, he definately answered my prayer. No longer than an hour later, I got an email from Hertz saying they were sorry for the confusion, but they did have it. The man that cleaned the car out was off work the day I called and he forgot to mention to them that he had found the camera and put it in the safe-keep locker. They told me they would go ahead and UPS it to me! I was so shocked and grateful. My camera arrived safe and sound on Tuesday. :)) Hip Hip Hooray for Hertz rental car!!!

This is just one of the many blessings we recieved while in Ireland. Most of you know, but the landlady that owned the cottage we were staying in didn't charge us for the entire extra week we were there. She said she didn't want to take advantage of stranded travelers. I couldn't believe the kindness of this woman. There were many instances where other travelers were stranded, or ripped off for extending their rental cars, hotel rooms, flights, etc. The hertz car rental took off the outrageous drop off fee that was over $300 because we had to drop it off at a different location to catch a ferry. Not everyone was treated so kindly. We ended up only having to pay a total of around $230 for the entire two weeks we rented the car. There are other things like this that happened too.

This just really makes me realize that God is definately aware of our needs and difficulties. He took care of us and we were blessed beyond belief. I feel very blessed to be given the opportunity to travel and see the world. It has become a great passion in my life. Through these experiences, I get to see how lucky and blessed I truely am. I am so grateful to be an American and enjoy the freedoms I have. I'm especially grateful to have the gospel in my life. It fills that ever present void that seems to be in many lives around me. I'm so overjoyed to have something to shout about and something to stand up for. I'm grateful to be around so many different kinds of people who give a different perspective on life and make my testimony that much greater.

I hope you enjoy the pictures. It wasn't very green yet in Ireland. They were having lots of fires so the mountains were quite brown. With that being said, it is still the most beautiful place in the world. The pictures don't do it justice at all. I am kind of disappointed in how some of them turned out. I have to get better at the whole picture taking thing. I sure enjoy it though. Here's the link. Let me know if it works:

http://picasaweb.google.com/roberrabbit/0124

Lindsey

7 comments:

Jess and Jen said...

Love the pictures! It does look like a beautiful place! I am so glad that you got your camera back and that you such good experiences during your trip! -Jen

Michelle said...

So glad you got your camera back, otherwise we all would have missed out on such wonderful pictures. I liked all your pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Jess and Jen said...

Who did you go with on the trip? -Jess

The Duke said...

The photos are gorgeous. I had no idea there were so many mountains in Ireland - I knew there were in Scotland, but I thought Ireland was relatively flat. I don't know why I thought that, I just did.
I loved so many of the photos - the "bearded horse" was classic; the huge tree you were in was amazing, etc., but I think one of my very favorite ones was the photo of the couple sitting on a bench with their backs to the camera. It was touching and beautiful.
Keep taking photos - you have a good eye. Nice little trip to Ireland for me. :)

chelsey said...

I love the ruins! There's something facinating about old churches and cemetarys. Looks like you had a great trip. I'm glad you got to go, even if it lasted a tad longer than you'd planned!

Lokodi said...

Jess, we went with Lisa and Chris Terhune. They are a couple in our ward. Mom, that picture of the old couple was my favorite too. :)

Lindsey

The Whetten Family said...

Looks like you had a blast. You went with the Terhune's I luv them...