Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Looking back on 2017

As the new year begins, I like to take a look back at 'the year that was'.  2017 ended much as it the throes of winter. So much happened 'between the covers of the book', that I have a hard time condensing it into just twelve chapters.  But let me give it try.  I will keep it to one photo per month, but I might just have to paint a few additional word pictures. :)

January ~ One only turns 65 once in a lifetime, so I guess that was the highlight of the month for me.  Celebrations, cakes, flowers, balloons...and my first OAS cheque.

February ~ We took a trip to Iceland in winter.  Who does that? It was a wonderful time in the land of 'fire and ice' with good friends.  It was a little too short and too cold though.


March ~ A month after our Iceland trip, we headed to the Mayan Riviera to warm up.


April ~ Memories of Easter of local tulip fields in bloom.


May ~ Due to a very cold and wet spring, the month was almost over by the time the first cut of grass happened (our latest spring cropping ever).

A highlight of the month for me, was a trip to Victoria with three of my best friends from high school. We had not been together since our graduation, and had a wonderful time after all these years. (This is where I would really like to throw in an extra photo or two.)

June ~ The grands from next door showed up on their ATV one night with their dog along for the ride. It was a month of soccer games, end-of-year track meets and recitals for the grands, and a weekend camping trip to Monk Park.


July ~ On our 46th wedding anniversary we took a back-country tour with Sky Helicopters. We might just do that again one day soon! It just so happens that we won the door prize at a fund-raising dinner in fall...a back-country tour with Sky helicopters, which also includes a stop with a picnic on the peaks.  I am so looking forward to that.  We also took some of the grands camping in July, and enjoyed the month close to home.


August ~ Baerg Reunion 2017.  My family arrived from 'everywhere' for five fun-filled days of events.  While we were all together, we celebrated my dad's 95th birthday.

September ~ A road trip to the Northwest Territories (Yellowknife and Nahanni National Park) was definitely a highlight of the summer (end of August to beginning of September).


October ~ The leaves of October were quite amazing this taken at Whistler Village.

November ~ My two oldest granddaughters turned sixteen.  Both on the same day. :) They have shared most everything in life, and now they will share a little red car as they learn to drive. Their sixteenth birthday celebration included having the whole family join them in cheering on their good friend, Jordyn Huitema at the Canada vs. USA women's soccer match at BC Place Stadium. What a fun time that was.

December ~ It was a month filled with Christmas events, celebrations and family get-togethers. The year ended with a coating of frosting over anything and everything.  For the photographers, it has been a beautiful world of snow and ice. For all those without power, it has not been quite so lovely.

And that is my brief look back at the year that was. There is so much more 'between the pictures' that I can not share, but I am so thankful to God for His faithfulness through it all.  How good to know that He also holds the future.  His mercies are new every morning.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year.