Let’s Go.

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” — Hal Borland , author

It’s freezing outside and I’m happily hunkered down at home, creating my favorite annual post: the year in review. It’s always been amazing to me that even the toughest years offer wonderful memories and adventures. While this wasn’t a tough year, it was a year filled with monumental, knock-me-on-my-butt changes. So here’s a look at some of the highlights, links to the posts included.

The world was coated in ice at the beginning of the year.

I celebrated a year anniversary of being a Big Sister.

There was a gorgeous Degas exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum. (It needed to be visited more than once.)

There was the annual Orchid Show at the Botanical Garden, just one of literally dozens of trips to the Garden this year.

Ohhhh….and there was Billy Joel and my Big Apple birthday.
Best. Birthday. Ever.

The GO! St. Louis was one of several races I did with Drew this year.

Of course, we all need a Rest Day, which was the theme of one of my favorite posts from this year.

The biannual Girls on the Run tradition continued. (For whatever reason, I didn’t post the fall race. But we did that one, too.)

And the Distracted Runner photos continued.

The Mother Ship came to town.

So did Octavia.

The world came together to look to the skies during the eclipse.

We had an Oregon adventure.
Part 1 here.

Part II here.

Part III here.

Part IV here.

The we quickly turned around and started the biggest adventure of all: my boys both moved. Tanner to Texas for grad school, Drew to Georgia for work.

There were so many trips to the Garden this year, but this visit produced my favorite photos.

A super quick trip to Kansas City brought a special talk from one of my favorite photographers.

I got to celebrate my Mom’s big birthday with an adventure around St. Louis. (And would you look at that — a trip to the Garden! LOL!)

We had an unusual Thanksgiving in Texas.

We had one of the most glorious seasons of fall color I can remember.

But I also enjoyed viewing the world in Black and White.

I had one more trip to Savannah and one more (positively brutal) race with Drew.

I finally got to visit Devil’s Lake during a work trip to Wisconsin.

We kicked off the Christmas season with a visit to a cat cafe.

I got to give new life to an old, inoperable camera – and loved the results.

I had one last visit to the Garden for the year.

Of course there was yesterday’s (repurposed) visit to Alton, Illinois.

This year brought so many changes, but there was constancy, too.
Family. Photography. Running. Adventures. Gardens. Gratitude. Grace.
It was a kind of strange balance. But it worked.

I’ve decided not to set any intentions or declare any resolutions for 2018. I am, however, open and prepared to receive more wonderful and positive changes. I think it’s going to be a good year.

(Last year’s review of 2016 is here.  Other reviews: 2012 and 2010.  2013 is here,  2014 is here, 2015 is here. No idea why, but I didn’t post a review in 2011.)

By the way, I recently realized I’ve completed my tenth year of blogging. It’s evolved from a different platform with a different name, but it all started ten years ago. I know a few people who have been with me from the start — you know who you are as well. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you’re newer to these posts, I am also grateful to you. Thank you for allowing me to show you the world through my lens and share my slightly eccentric worldview. It’s my privilege and joy.

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