The decision to leave our home in Texas
My husband and I were both in IT Management in the airline industry and made good money. We lived in a really nice area and yet the crime was still all around us. The girls were constantly being pressured at school to buy drugs, they were bullied and even physically attacked and the schools did not seem to really put forth any effort to stop it. Every day we waited to see a news flash that our kids school has an active shooter. We worried about the chemicals we were ingesting in our food, the air pollution and the influence of this social media driven generation of kids and their affect on our 4 year old son. We had a child with mental health issues that were just not being attended to properly in the United States but that is a separate story all on it’s own. Basically, we worried about everything and wanted to go to where life was more simple, the environment was cleaner and where our children could venture around like we did when we were kids. We then began looking into our options. We looked at job markets, violent crime rates, the happiness factor of the residents living in the country, regulations on chemicals in foods, education systems, air quality, housing, healthcare, culture and laws. We thought long and hard about Costa Rica because my husband and I love the country so dearly but it is a very poor country, although it’s residents are extremely happy with their simplistic life. We looked at buying a hotel or something, but there was simply no work for us to fall back on there should we have trouble getting a new business going. With a sad and heavy heart, we had to mark our beloved Costa Rica off of the list. We ended up exactly where both of our families came from centuries ago, the Republic of Ireland. We discussed it with our children and visited a couple of times and we came to the conclusion that this was indeed our goal.
Deciding we wanted to get there was the easy part. The hard part was getting permission to work and stay here. As we discovered, almost everyone wants to get to Ireland and very few can do so. This is where our work really began. We needed passports for everyone, jobs, housing and most importantly, work permits from the Republic of Ireland. We also had to figure out how to get our dogs to Ireland as well because they are family too. That was an ordeal in itself that I will dedicate an entire blog post to.
This effort took many tries and many failures and there were many, many decisions to be made. Moving an entire family to another country is not a simple ordeal. It took a lot of organisation, a lot of planning and a ton of research and learning. This blog is about how we got here, the adjustments and sacrifices we had to make and the creative ways in which we brought home with us. I hope this helps make the journey easier for the next family because Ireland truly is a treasure and worth every ounce of effort.