In 1689, King William III negotiated the return of the slaves and Joyce returned to Galway. In Ireland, a young women who had never stopped faithfully waiting for her true love to return was still waiting for Joyce, whom after years apart, presented her with the now famous Claddagh gold ring - a symbol of their enduring love. Two hands to represent their friendship, the crown to signify their loyalty and lasting fidelity, and the heart to symbolize their eternal love for each other. They soon married, never to be separated again.
|An Irish Prayer|
|May God give you...|
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
|An Old Irish Blessing|
|May love and laughter light your days,|
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
|A Wish for a Friend|
|Wishing you a rainbow|
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For blessings and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
Faithfully, H. Erin Nelson, Author