Apparently Storm Katie is about to hit the UK. The Met Office are telling us that England and Wales are going to be affected by winds of around 60mph.
I have two things to say:
1. Winds of 60 mph are not a storm. They are but a gentle breeze - the kind of breeze us Nisich (folks from Ness) wouldn't even notice except to say, 'Oh, what a great day for the washing'.
But more importantly ...
2. Did no one tell the Met Office that Storm Katie arrived exactly 19 years ago?
Yes, 19 years ago, God gifted us our second daughter. You can go to this blog post to see a whole lot of Katie :) . For today, we'll concentrate only on the past year.
This was Katie last year, celebrating her 18th birthday ...
And in the year since that evening, so much has happened.
She visited Paris, and was enthralled by the Eiffel Tower and the rest of the city;
She spent a week in Italy (yes, Italy!), and delighted in its ancient history, its food, and its sunshine.
(We're not jealous, are we?)
She then left her room in the home she'd known since she was six years of age:
She voted for the first time,
And chose the Atlantic for her Ice Bucket Challenge dip.
And of course...
She was bridesmaid to her dearest (okay, she's her only) sister.
Aye, it's been something of a full year, my darling, and now we thank God for His blessings of another year, and wish you a very happy and blessed year for this coming one.
(with one of her birthday presents: Highland Cow, by Tamsin Thomson Art)
And getting ready to blow out her candle, kindly supplied by the staff at Pittodrie House Hotel!
You are such a gift to us. A precious gift from God, and I hope you know just how much you are loved by us.