6th Day Of Christmas: Ithro Fell In Love With Ireland


On the sixth day of Christmas, we spotlight Ithro.

What were the greatest blessings of 2011?

I was able to go on my third CatholicMatch event, CM-Ireland! It was the only place on my bucket list and the experience far exceeded any experiences I could have possibly imagined. I had a very enjoyable time with 37 CatholicMatch members I had never met before and left feeling that I had gained dear and loved friends! I am sure a few of them will be friends forever.

Not only did I enjoy the people I was with, but also fell even more in love with Ireland, its land and its people.

Another major blessing was that I have retired again and plan to make it permanent this time.

Lastly, I was able to go to Virginia to visit with my mother and sisters twice.


How has your approach to finding a mate evolved?

My approach to finding a mate has evolved and is not fully understood. I realized that I came to CatholicMatch like many others: expecting miracles.

But in reality I was not completely ready emotionally. I have gone from making a great effort to simply making it happen to putting in much less effort, but mentally and emotionally I am much more ready for romance. I have always believed it was up to God and now I am more fully giving it to Him.


What’s your CatholicMatch strategy? 

Looking at men has become less of a reaction to the way he looks and more to the appeal of the written profile. I do not contact as many men as I did before. I do not make a point to express welcome to every single new CatholicMatch member, but still welcome some, even if I’m not necessarily attract to those men; I’m just being friendly.

At the moment, I cannot really say that I have a strategy – just sort of going with my gut.


Why do you stay on CatholicMatch?

I stay on CatholicMatch because of the very good friends I have gained here. It’s great to be in a group of caring and prayerful Catholics, both men and women.

Also, there have been a few times where there was hope of something greater happening, but it did not last. With God anything is possible. 


What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?  

A week or so before Christmas, there is usually a Christmas meal with an old local friend. He loves to cook the entire meal and invite friends. Then there is Mass on Christmas day, and I usually spend the day with a meal at my sister-in-law’s house or by accepting a friend’s gift of a meal at a local restaurant that’s open and you see many familiar faces.


What is your hope for 2012?

Many years ago I founded a non-profit corporation for low-income elderly, and my hope is to make it a greater reality this coming year. I hope to learn to play the keyboard and sing more. To find a man with whom I could be a greater friend would be nice also.


Make a prediction for 2012.

I predict my 99-year-old mother will live to turn 100 on March 30. (I keep telling her that she will live to be 120!) By the grace of God, I might even go back to Ireland in 2012. That would make it a great year!



  1. Kathy-635104 January 7, 2012 Reply

    Hi, Ithro! I was so happy to see you in here and pray for the growth of your foundation and your success on the keyboard. Take good care. You are always an inspiration with your joyful heart!

  2. Cindy-534370 December 31, 2011 Reply

    Congratulations! An inspiration to all with your kind, gentle and caring ways.
    I heard there are lots of single Irish men in Ireland! Next year you might meet him.

    Merry Christmas,

    • Ithro-543226 January 2, 2012 Reply

      OH, be STILL my Heart!! I can only wish, Cindy!! (;<D

  3. Bernie-645443 December 31, 2011 Reply

    Hi Ithro, must be something in that Texas water ! All the best to you and your mother.

    • Ithro-543226 January 1, 2012 Reply

      Bernie?? You just learning that Texas is special!! BEsides, the name Texas means “Friendly” and we like to live up to it!! (:D

  4. Michelle-641892 December 31, 2011 Reply

    Ithro what a beautiful reflection! You’re smile lights up a room!!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Many blessings in the year ahead!!! 🙂

    • Ithro-543226 December 31, 2011 Reply

      Thank you very much, Michelle! A very Merry Christmas and wishes for a great New Year. God bless.

  5. Michael-76823 December 31, 2011 Reply

    Congratulations, Itrho, and a job well done! I had the privilege of meeting you this past summer at CM-San Antonio, praying with you and going to Sea World… and riding in that policeman’s truck, lol. May God bless you and your family! mike

    • Ithro-543226 December 31, 2011 Reply

      Michael, that was fun, was it not?? All of it!! God bless, Man!!

  6. Leon-593843 December 30, 2011 Reply

    Ms. Ithro,

    Congratulations on being named as one of the people named in the 12 Days of Christmas contest. It is not a surprise as you are a caring, insightful, patient, caring and charming lady. Texas makes some of them that way. LOL!!!

    I pray God see fits to allow your mother to see her 100th birthday. What a milestone that would be.

    I wish you and yours a Happy New Year with much love, joy, happiness, peace and prosperity. Hope you are able to return to Ireland.

    Blessings and with much respect,


    • Ithro-543226 December 31, 2011 Reply

      Thank you very much, my fellow and very great Texan!! May God bless you!

  7. Jacqueline-198 December 30, 2011 Reply

    I was both blessed and priveledge to attend CM Ireland and spent 10 glorious days with Miz Ithro, what a sweetheart, miss ya lady!!

    • Ithro-543226 December 31, 2011 Reply

      Thank you, Jackie!! It was indeed my pleasure to meet the great and energetic Ms. Jackie!

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