Butsy, my shadow, my sunshine.

I can’t believe that my little shadow is now thirty! I marvel at the woman she has become. She is the the most besotted and devoted mother – fiercely protective, she is bright, capable, talented, pretty and has been a joy since the day she was born. She works hard, sleeps very little and defends anyone she thinks is getting a raw deal. She will have her ups and downs, but she has the support and love of Mr Butsy and her entire family around her to make sure she is always ok – which she will be, as she is also as tough as nails. Butsy is the youngest of my three (she has two brothers) and was a little skinny 6lb sparrow of a thing when she was born. She stopped breathing twice when she first arrived home and worried me silly, so I slept with her by my side for a very long time – I wonder if this is why we are stuck together like glue? I will always remember when I was having my cancer treatment and she would come into my room at night, with the dreaded jab and say “its Nurse Needle, let me in” and then she would stab me with it. I remember when my hair fell out and we were both laying on my bed watching tv, taking selfies and laughing our heads off.

For the first 8 years, she flew around dressed as Tinkerbell.

So, yesterday for her birthday, Mr Butsy also proposed! Aaahhh…he bought the sweetest ring and put it inside her piano (just on the keys, not actually inside!) and then asked her to go and play a song for him. Now I have an engaged Butsy and am quite excited about organising a wedding! They want an informal, rustic wedding with twigs, worms and fairy lights. We had also organised a little surprise party for her close friends and family at the Kino in Rye later in the day. We made cakes, scones, sandwiches – bought Prosecco and all her pals came with their babies… ahhh. What a VERY special day it was. Congratulations my darlings xxxxx

Newly engaged – what a pretty pair they are. xxx

Oh my GOD – why do I always leave ALL the manscripts until the end? Every time, I tell myself to write them up after I have arranged each song, but no, I always leave it. Now I have masses of arrangements to write out, all ready for next week. All of the more complex songs are now…more complex and have full manuscripts. The ELO medley is FOUR pages long – honestly, I never make things easy for myself. Had a little rehearsal this morning with all our singing leaders (now including Wayne) to get ready for next week. We are LOVING the new songs and can’t wait to get started. Rockits Choral is proving very popular too. Yay! Big love xxxx

Mrs Wayne, Butsy and Donna learning ‘Shallow’ from A Star is Born xxxx

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