And yet these days I feel like life is one big whirlwind. I mean, it is busy... but I also think there is just something about time that makes it speed up as the years go on.
I can't believe it is almost 9 years since I stepped off that plane onto Austrian soil. It was my first year of real adventure... entering the real unknown... I knew no-one - new culture, new language, new friends.
But real friends, and ones who have been through thick and thin with us.
One special girly from my life in Austria has been visiting us this week. She is no longer the two-year-old I read bedtime stories to, no longer the cheeky little three year old running around and singing at the top of her lungs, no longer the blond-pigtailed girl trying to convince me adamently that the difference between sheep and goats is that sheep have ears and goats don't, no longer my little blue-eyed flower girl who wore her satin shoes and walked the yellow-brick aisle with me.
It's so lovely to realise that our relationship has changed. That that little girl who I in many ways mothered has become a real friend. One I can sit on the sofa with as we stuff our faces with popcorn and watch the Harry Potter films marathon style; one I can have a giggle with as we paint our nails rainbow colours; one I can scream my head off alongside as we crawl over the hill of a rollercoaster and are suddenly flying down one almighty drop.
So I suppose I just wanted to say; Kaya - I'm so glad you're here this week and I'm thankful to God that he put you in my life. Love you girly. xx