Happy Birthday, Annie!
Today is my niece Annie's birthday. She is the youngest daughter of my middle sister, and the youngest of all of the nieces and nephews on my side of the family. Here is a picture of her a few weeks ago, when her older sister Amanda got married.**
Annie is currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she is working on her Ph.D. degree. Which needless to say, means she is very smart! She is very determined, and I have no doubt that whatever she decides she wants to do in life, she will find a way to do it. She has probably travelled more than any of us, having spent a semester during college in Thailand, and having easier opportunities to travel around in Europe while living there.
When everyone was getting ready for her sister's wedding, someone posted a picture on our family website of the family group at Christmastime, with a caption that mentioned something to the effect that it showed the whole family. Annie then pointed out that although it was a nice picture, it was three years before she was born, so Hello!, it wasn't the whole family ...
She is a whole lot of fun, and has not only a great sense of humor, but like her sisters, an excellent appreciation of the absurd. I feel bad sometimes, because she was born right after we got married and moved away from home, so I missed a lot of her growing-up years. But fortunately we are a close family, and her sisters gave us good spin!
Annie, we miss you ... but enjoy your special day, and remember that no matter where you are, we love you very much!
**Re: Amanda's wedding. I have been waiting to collect some pictures to post before I wrote about it, so stay tuned if you are interested ...