This year was not my favorite. Not even close.
Aside from the fact that it paled in comparison to the last few…
it was just hard.
Rip my freakin’ heart out ‘cuz I HATE YOU 2017!! <<< temper tantrum
I will say this…
One day, one year…
I will look back on 2017 and be entirely thankful for it. It will be one of those years where I will say “I would’ve never asked for it, but I’m so glad it happened.”
But as of right now… I’m glad it’s over. I am hopeful for tomorrow.
I have a sinful tendency to dwell on the dark and miss the light.
In reality, 2017 hasn’t been all bad. There’s been SO MUCH good.
And since, I’ve made it a practice every year on New Year’s Eve to recall the highlights, I’m going to try to expand on what is normally just a bulleted list of one-liners tucked away in my journal, and give it the credit it’s due.
Here are my Top Nine of 2017:
We finished our basement. We now have so much more usable space for hanging and entertaining. Unfortunately, I don’t have a great picture of the finished product, but it’s awesome and I love it.
Traveling with the girls. I travel a lot for work, and for the most part, my family hates it when I do. This year, I got to take the girls with me a few times – California in March, Chicago in June, DC & Miami in November. They also got to visit NYC w/ my sister in June.
Christmas was really fun. First Annual Barry-Lukas Christmas cup. Girls crushed the boys.
Over $15K raised for clean water in Africa. I know really incredible and generous people.
Chick-Fil-A Day with Shawn. 24 hours straight with my 22 year old son, in a tent, with free food and unlimited sweet tea, and then you win 52 free #1 meals from Chick-Fil-A.
Work. I still love my job. More than anything I love the people I get to work with. I remain amazed by the way they love.
I swam 2.4 miles in a freakin’ lake! Do you remember how scared I used to be to swim in open water? I do.
Hamilton: An American Musical. Silly but such a HUGE part of this year. Saw it, sort of by surprise, in March. I won what should’ve been a $$$ ticket by making a donation to clean water. I probably listened to the soundtrack 3,405,857 times since (and in so doing, managed to really piss Daniel off a few times).
Awaken East was born. I’m so unbelievably proud of Daniel Lukas. The man blows my mind every Sunday in all the ways. After a long time away, and a lot of healing, I have a church home and I have my husband (and Jesus) to thank for that.
Awesomeness of honorable mention:
Uncle Brian visits in June.
My girls saran wrap Josh’s desk.
My girls saran wrapped Josh’s desk.
Hotel rooms with Julie, Laura & Alex.
Hotel rooms with Julie.
Beyonce sing/dance offs in the living room (Yes, there is video. No, you can’t see it.)
Beyonce dance/sing offs.
Late night facetimes with the Croslands.
The pugs and my dogchild finally meet (and we laughed and laughed and laughed).
Hood to Coast
Red White & Boom
Big Brick Weekend
Amaya getting her license and her car. Game changer.
Daniel, Egla & Shadrack visit the US.
Speaking at NLG.
Paid off the car. Student loans and house is all the debt we carry. Boom!
Twin Cities Marathon – it poured rain, but we had SO MUCH FUN.
I watched all sorts of people around me take on HUGE challenges. I’m so proud of them.
Finally saw the Phantom of the Opera.
2017 had a lot of good. Even more that isn’t even pictured here.
So. Much. Good.
To those of you who got me through,
you know who you are…