Saying goodbye to 2017 is hard since it brought so much to my life.
January began in Lucca, Italy! Visited Rome and Pisa, too. The Woman's March, which gave me hope.
February we learned Maximus had cancer and needed surgery. It also sent us to Nebraska for the farm sale! On the way to Nebraska with my friend, Alice we got my grand niece Anaya to travel with us. Also got to my first Nebraska men's basketball game!
March got back from Nebraska with a UHaul full of treasures. Tom celebrated 30 years on his job. Traveled to Las Vegas with a good friend.
April, Gabi turned 21, wow. Spend all my time planning my next trips.
May was the longest road trip, 7000 miles! Started out with Jason, my brother from Arizona to Nebraska...my sister, Melinda from Nebraska to Lincoln, Omaha, Kansas City, St Louis, Memphis, Nashville, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Richmond, Detroit, Omaha, Yankton, SD, Lincoln, North Platte, dropped off my sister and headed home. Tom joined my thought the trip. May also gave me the greatest gift, we met my nephew, Antwein for the first time in 25 years! What joy that was for my soul. Also a visit with my good for my soul friend, Cathy was the best. Can't forget Joni time, sister time with all my sisters and my Mom and Dad time! Blue boy was a big part of our trip...antique shops all along the way.
June we drove my camper home! I'm in love!
July both sad and exciting. I had to say bye to my Maximus! I have tears just thinking about him. I miss him daily. July also brought a trip of a lifetime...river rafting trip down the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon with good friends!
August was the lunar eclipse in Idaho! Frida exhibit at the Heard Museum.
September we got a visit from my nephew Zachariah! Another highlight...U2 Joshua Tour concert!!!
October sent us to Nebraska to spend precious time with my father-in-law, Irvin Arens before he passed at the age of 91. Visited with so much family. Highlight time with my nephew Tommy. Then there was time with Patrick, Nate, Amelia, Dana, Brenda and meeting her son, Clay! Just to name a few.
November was a quiet and reflecting time. I really needed the down time.
December brought birthday fun and my love for the holidays and fun projects.
I need to take some time here soon to write down my thoughts about this past year and the life changing events. I would have to say the Colorado River trip was the most impactful experience. I took so much away from that experience. FAITH OVER FEAR was so true and you CAN do anything! The loss of my dog Maximus turned out to be harder than I thought. I am blessed.
Bring on 2018!