“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Today was a day absolutely jam-packed with unexpected blessings. On the agenda for the day were trips to two art galleries and a good helping of free time.

Not-on-the-agenda-but-totally-happened today were the following: climbing 278 stairs up to the top of the Walter Scott Memorial (and having to take just that many back down again), a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone, a lovely lunch in a pub (I had a toastie – which is a grilled cheese, but it just SOUNDS so much more Scottish when you call it a toastie!), a high tea with live harp music, an adventurous trek to find the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle statue, and an unbelievably wonderful gourmet dinner.

Each of these things was a blessing in and of its own right, but added to each was so much laughter and friendship – which made it all more beautiful, magical and unforgettable.

More than once I found the words of an Andrew Peterson song ruining through my head: don’t you want to thank someone for this?

Yes. Yes, I do want to thank someone…for the blessings each new day brings – big or small. As the book of James in the Bible reminds me, every unexpected blessing, every good gift, is from God.

So thank you, Father, thank you!

Sir Walter Scott Memorial


There’s Sir Walter!

Angus enjoying the spectacular views from the top of the memorial.

High Tea at The Balmoral

Erin setting Angus up for his shot with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Aubergine Tower with goat cheese appetizer

Vietnamese Coconut Chicken main

This was our amazing restaurant for dinner!