As I was starting this post like I do every year, I went back and looked at previous years. I got to the year 2014 and read the post and had completely forgotten! That year sucked. It was scary and hard with of course a lot of wonderful things thrown in the mix. Then I looked at 2015 and oh the blessings came rolling in! It's kinda fun to be able to look back at 365 days and zoom out a little bit. Generalize the year rather than staying focused on the day to day.
2017 was a year of putting the shoulder to the wheel. It was a year of a lot of patience for the 3 of us. Patience hoping for another addition to our family for all of us. Patience for Brad dealing with parents the don't know what the heck they are doing.... figuring out screen time, what to eat, how to do timeouts, and when to say enough is enough to bad behavior in Sacrament Meeting. Luckily Brad has Christine who is a wonderful parent so at least some of the time Brad is with someone who knows what she's doing. Patience for Jason dealing with less than ideal circumstances in school. And patience for me teaching, trying to figure out how to balance a whole new work load and the guilt of being a working mom. A whole lot of patience.
But 2017 has been a wonderful, happy, loving year for our little family. So here they are, my favorite 10 pictures from 2017.
These pictures don't need explanation... except this one. In case you forgot, this was when Craig surprised my mom at my Grandma's funeral. I don't think I'll ever be able to look at this picture and not be filled with absolute love.
Links to previous years:
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010