Born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, I pursued a degree in Mass Communications/Journalism at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. I graduated in 2004 and jumped right into a job as Film & Research Coordinator with Heartland Film (then called Heartland Truly Moving Pictures) in Indianapolis. It was there I met my husband, Irish filmmaker Frank Kelly, and he swept me off my feet in the following months.
On New Year’s Day, 2008, I moved to Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland, which is about the same time I started writing this blog for friends and family “back home.” Later that year, I married Frank and we went on to have two lovely children, Evelyn (2009) and Shea (2013). My employment in Ireland included everything from nannying to washing dishes to answering phones and more, and all the while I learned to appreciate and love my adopted home of Eire. In Autumn 2013, our family decided to emigrate back to the USA, where we lived in Indianapolis, IN, Cupertino, CA, and Menlo Park, CA, adding a new baby, Isla, to our family in 2017. While in California, I worked for Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi at Stanford University as an editorial assistant on the premiere Chemistry journal, ACS Central Science.
Ten years later – it is Summer 2018 and we have decided to settle back in Ireland for good. I hope you’ll follow our adventures, be they in Ireland, the USA, or somewhere in between. Please feel encouraged to leave comments! You don’t have to be a member to do so.