Last January, just before I quit blogging for ten months, I wrote a post called “The world’s best journal“. The journal is one of the things that makes me unconditionally happy. To read back over the years and to remember what happened in 1982, 1997, 2009 and 2014. (This memory is not stellar, so it’s good to have it all written down in one handy place.)
Every January, no matter what’s happening, I faithfully record all the year’s joys and sorrows. All the biggies, and a few smallies as well. What hatched and hollowed in the lives of family members and close friends.
We use this journal to consult whether something really happened when we think it happened. (This of course leads to certain family members insisting that the journal is wrong!)
I have now finished the 2017 entries and happily stored the book in its treasured space on the rolltop desk Barry crafted for me back in college.
This morning, walking in the drizzling cold January rain up our back-country road, I thought of how some commenters suggested that their blogs did the same thing. Recorded the year’s highlights so they could return and read and remember.
This morning I am going to highlight our 2017 to share with you here. Since I wasn’t blogging most of the year, you possibly missed some of our highlights.
Last year, on January 11th, 2017, I was remembering my father. It was one year ago (in 2016) that he passed away. Today, in 2018, walking up the road with rain drops covering my glasses, I am once again remembering my dear father. It’s been two years since he died.
It’s been so odd. We prepared for his eventual death for almost four years. I sobbed so hard when he passed away, and grieved for about a week. Then a strange thing happened. Whenever I think of my dad this huge feeling of love fills this heart. Big love. Happy love. And the grief dissolves the instant the big love bursts forth like his amazing smile. Whenever I think of him, I am only filled with love and joy.
Back to our 2017. In May we had the utter privilege of attending my niece, Jillian’s, wedding in Maui, Hawaii. Barry and I had never been there before–and fell in love with the beauty of the island!
If you would like to meander through some photographic memories of our delightful trip, please enjoy the following pictures:
Attending Tianna and Josh’s wedding in October was another highlight of the year. It was so much fun! Much of our entire extended family came. We were able to enjoy time with Chris and Seunghye (who visited the Upper Peninsula first for several days) and Kiah and Diaa. What a blast!
Being with all the “kids” several times this year made it a very special 2017.
I didn’t take many pictures during 2017 (usually don’t when I’m not blogging) so there aren’t many to show. A lot more happened, but it would take six blogs to share all the details. Hope you enjoyed the overview of our year.
Wishing you the best for 2018! May you have more joys than sorrows to write in your own journal of life…