The Postman (+Giveaway!)

We received Alexander’s passport in the mail yesterday. I’ve been eyeing up the postman every day for the past two weeks waiting for it to arrive. I couldn’t help being a little overzealous. I was just so excited to see Alex’s little baby picture in that blue book with blank pages just begging to be filled with stamps. I am pretty sure the postman thinks I’ve lost my mind or that I now work for an international spy agency and he is officially under surveillance. (I’ll let you go this time buddy…)

Alexander passport

My passport is one of my most cherished possessions. It has stamps in it from my travels with Joe to Ireland of course, but it also has stamps from places I’ve traveled to with students as a study abroad advisor and even one sweet souvenir stamp from Machu Picchu in Peru. Flipping through it always brings a flood of memories of my travels–mostly good, some not so great and a whole lotta life-shaping lessons.

My hope is that Alex will feel the same about his passport, but maybe more importantly that he finds something as life-giving for him as travel has been for me. Something that makes him wait in earnest for the postman (so that we can be secret agents together of course).

Ok, enough sappy momma stuff (I know, I know. Is this a travel blog or mommy blog? Ha, I think it just turned into a little bit of both. I digress…).

I wanted to introduce you to my friend Abby, who will, incidentally, have you waiting by the mailbox too. She’s the blogger and curator of Emerald Post, a subscription service that brings a little bit of the Emerald Isle right to your doorstep in an Ireland inspired emerald-green envelope. The parcel is full of artwork in the form of stationary like note cards and post cards and prints. (I am particularly in love with February’s Glendalough block print.)

Emerald Post Block Print

She is also kindred spirit with obsessive-level passion for Ireland and some great posts about her travels on her sister site, Traveling Chariot. Seriously–one of her Ireland posts has this amazing tip that I have even done myself instinctively throughout all our travels, but I had never once considered to share:  Photograph the information boards at historic sites. You’ll always remember the name of the place you visited and its significance. Genius!

Ballynoe Stone Circle, Co. Down
Ballynoe Stone Circle, Co. Down

If you have a little luck of the Irish in you (just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!), Abby is giving away March’s pretty emerald green envelope filled with fun artwork for an Infinite Ireland reader.

All you’ve got to do is leave a comment below to be entered. Easy peasy! Deadline to enter is Friday, March 10th at 11:59 PM. A winner will be chosen at random using

Entries are now closed. Congrats to lucky commenter #18 Melissa Kelly! 

P.S. If you want your own subscription to the Emerald Post use the code Ireland10 to get 10% off (I’ve already ordered mine–let the postman watch resume!).


  1. Abby’s work is beautiful! Looking forward to also reading her travel posts. :) We hope our next trip will involve Ireland and Scotland. And she definitely has posts about both!

    On a side note: I completely understand, Stephanie! We are expecting our little one in May, and I am already researching how to get him a passport. :) We love to travel and hope our little one will enjoy the adventures we plan to take him on in the future. Congratulations on your precious Alex! Very happy for you. :)

    1. Live in Denmark,but married a irish, love Ireland that was my dream to come over for many years, and went for the first time at my 40’th birthday, hoping to come back again. Would love to win the give-a-way post, to bring some memories back.

  2. Oh wow!! I might just have to subscribe. Glendalough was one of my most favorite places in Ireland!

  3. Everyone should have a passport! That being said, I spent a great deal of time and a fair amount of money to obtain my Irish passport but it has nary a stamp in it! For whatever reason, Irish authorities didn’t stamp it going in to Ireland and US authorities didn’t stamp it returning to the US. I was so looking forward to having an éire stamp in my hard-won passport!

  4. I have always taken pictures of the information boards, too! We’re taking our dream trip to Ireland in May and can’t wait! We just got our new passports and we were sad that we had to mail our old ones in. I was happy, though, to see they sent our old ones back to us, with holes punched in them, so we can save our stamps :)

  5. I’ve been missing Ireland since the moment I stepped on the plane to go home! Such an amazing country, filled with rich history.

  6. Our trip to Ireland in March 2016 was a trip of a lifetime! I would love to go back someday. Stephanie, your expertise was invaluable in helping make our trip worry-free!

  7. Even though I’ve already taken my Ireland trip, I love reading about all things Ireland and seeing pictures. Love this blog!

  8. This stationary is beautiful! We’ve been itching to go back to Ireland ever since we got home. Someday! <3

  9. Glendalough was amazing! I love that your traveling with your baby! So many give up traveling because if kids- in so many ways it’s more enriching. And yes, a little more challenging. But so worth it. ?

  10. I would adore the Emerald Post and have been longing to travel to Ireland since I was a child. Hoping my dream will come true soon. Thanks for the opportunity!

  11. I went to Dublin Ireland not near enough time to d joy the majestic Isle……lovely article on passport

  12. Love the post – I feel the same way about my passport. Hope to use it again this summer to visit Feakle, County Clare. And I LOVE the stationery – it reminds me of writing letters to my grandmother, with ink that matched the color if the paper. Usually it was green!

  13. Great post and love Abby’s artwork! My husband and I are headed off to the Emerald Isle TOMORROW!! to celebrate our anniversary, which is 3/17 of course :) Your blog has been tremendously helpful in planning this trip.

  14. I hail from County Cavan originally and now live in Canada, I travel back as often as I can.
    Love the look of that Irish stationary, and as Stephanie’s post was written on my Birthday, I am still accepting belated birthday gifts, I’ll be watching my mailbox!
    Thanks kindly!

  15. My birthday is March 10th and we leave for Ireland a month later! I’m so excited that it’s so close yet so far away! I love her artwork and this would be great to get me even more pumped for my trip!

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