Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ireland to America

As March approaches and I'm making plans for St. Patrick's Day, I think of so many Americans with Irish roots.
One of those who came in the 1800s, as a young girl, was my husband's grandmother, Mary Jane.

I never met her and we have very few photos of her, but I always think of her as a courageous young girl with a dream for a better life here in America.




She is shown here, later in life, with her husband Charles.

Wishing everyone a very Happy St. Patrick's Day!

18 comments:

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How wonderful to have such a courageous lady in your family's history, Babs! I am also of Irish descent! Happy Saint Paddy's Day to you, too!...hugs...Debbie

Shelia said...

Hi Babs! Oh, I agree with Debbie! I have a little spot of the Irish in me too! What a thrill and a bit scary to leave your home and country and come to another place sight unseen! But seems she did well.
I'm popping over from Debbie's blog and want to wish you a warm welcome to Blogland! I'm going to be your second follower and I hope you'll visit me too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pamela said...

Welcome to blogland! I got to be your third follower--came through Debbie.

Your picture is a treasure. I can't imagine leaving all that is familiar and going to a new country. The story makes St. Patrick's Day more than a cleaver holiday. Have you read B.J.Hoff's Emerald Ballad series? They are set in Ireland during the potato famine and helped me see the reasons why so many came to our country.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

glad to meet you and read your new blog!
love your post, just adore the old pics and hearing about the lifes of people in them.

Marigene said...

Welcome to blogging, Babs! Enjoy old photos...the clothing is usually interesting.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Babs, I am so glad you started a blog. Yay! Now I can see your home. Have a great weekend.

Pat said...

Stopping by from Debbie's to welcome you to the land of blog, Babs!

Pat@Back Porch Musings

Deb said...

Hi Babs: I'm a little Irish & Scottish so I have a soft spot for them. Welcome to blogland and I look forward to your future posts. If you like kitties I have lots to show you. Found you through Debbie's blog. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5 Ottawa, Canada

Karen said...

Babs, you are certainly off to a great start in my book. I love, love, love family history and genealogy. Most of all, I love a story accompanied by an old photo. As far as I know there isn't a drop of Irish blood in me but I'll be making colcannon for our church covered dish St. Patrick's Day week.
Welcome to blogland!
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Babs, Welcome aboard your in for a fun ride in bloggerville..I'm also coming from Debbie's...Come by and see me girl, my door is always open..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Sarah said...

Babs, I'm popping in from Debbie's. So glad you have begun a blog. I'm signed up to follow along and have added you to my Blog Roll on my sidebar. Debbie was a major influence on me starting my blog. ;-)
This is a sweet tribute to your husband's grandmother. I'm off to explore your previous posts and look forward to many more visits. ~ Sarah

The Budget Reenactor said...

Welcome to blogland! This is a lovely post and I look forward to visiting again soon:).

Blessings,

Kim

Vintage Gal said...

Babs ~ Welcome to Blogland ~ may your journey be a wonderful experience for you. Love the picture ~ I'll be back again ;-)

Babs said...

Thank all of you for your gracious welcome to the world of blogging!! I'm overwhelmed at your thoughtfulness and words of encouragement! Thanks most of all to Debbie@Confessions of a Plate Addict for all her encouragement and computer instruction. I'd never have become a blogger without her. She's a treasure.
I'll be visiting all of you soon.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Hi Babs! I too offer you a warm blogland welcome! I found you through Debbie too. (She is such a dear..I would love to meet her and now you in person!)
Very anxious to get to know you better by reading your blog. I just signed up to follow you.
Love the old picture you are sharing today.

Donna

Custom Comforts said...

Welcome to blogland! You're so fortunate to have a blogging buddy just around the corner. You two can get into a lot of trouble together.
Newest follower.
Cindy

Emreen said...

A warm Welcome to blogland Babs !!! Wishing you all the best and hope you enjoy the journey through and through !!!

Waiting to see your home and DIY's...!!!

(Came blog-hopping from Debbie's blog...)

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Babs! I am here visiting you after reading Debbie's post. I am so happy to meet you and am your newest follower. I will be back often to see what's happening both upstairs and downstairs too.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo