2017: A Year in Pictures

by Kim on February 7, 2018 · 1 comment

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard

At the end of every year I sit down to pull a collection of photos together. I love having this end-of-the-year highlight saved here on my blog, but the actual process of pulling these pictures together is such a struggle for me. I find other things to do (anything!) so I don’t have to wade through 1,000’s of photos.

Especially now that I’m not traveling non-stop to exotic and photo-worthy locations, I wonder if this task of combing through photos is worth it. But inevitably, once it’s done, I’m so glad I did it (even if it takes me until February to complete.) As the years roll by I love seeing this annual photo recap of what I did with my days because, as wise Annie Dillard says, these moments are my life.

Below you’ll find some photos of my favorite moments of 2017.

I hope the year was good for you, friends, and that 2018 is even better.


January: Juniper helped me prepare for the Women’s March in DC. A few days later I marched with my sister, my mother-in-law, my sisters-in-law and a family friend. I feel such pride that I was a part of that historic moment.

January: If memory serves me I spent a lot of time at home snuggling in the cold weather. Juniper still sleeps in my arms like this but I know one day that will end. I savor these sweet hours.


February: Brian began working remotely full-time and Juniper was pretty happy to see more of Dad. This was a pretty momentous occasion as it allowed us to fulfill a pretty big dream later on in the year (wait for it…)

February: Juniper got her first haircut at her Aunt Ashley’s salon and was only a tiny bit skeptical about it.


March: Juniper had her first sleepover and this handsome dude and I were able to sneak away on a date (it must be said: God bless grandparents!)

March: I walked into my local bookstore one day and saw this hanging from the rafters. It was a pretty surreal moment– and one filled with pride.


April: On April 4, 2017 “The Yellow Envelope” was released into the world. I’ll never forget how it felt to walk into the bookstore and see my book on the shelves. That day will always be the moment that my dreams and my life merged together.

April: And thus began a hectic few months of book touring– an exhausting but thrilling time that took me all around the US and introduced me to some pretty incredible people. Nothing was quite as great, though, as heading back to Portland, Oregon and sharing the moment with Michele and Glenn, the folks who gave Brian and I the original yellow envelope.


May: Spring finally sprung in Cincinnati and we introduced Juniper to the joys of biking. I think her face is a pretty clear indication of how she felt about it.

May: My book came out in Target (it was on the shelves there for an exciting 8 weeks). As if I needed another reason to love that store.


June: We took a beach vacation with my family. It was the first time me, my sisters and parents had been on vacation together since I was in high school– it was a lovely week!

June: One of my favorite things about 2017 was the monthly dinners I had with these amazing women in my writing group. Here we are after an evening of good food, wine, and laughter.


July: We took Juniper on a canoe-packing trip in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. We were a little worried about how she’d do on the water but kids are so adaptable. When things got tough we just bribed her with M & M’s.

July: At the end of July Brian and I celebrated our 10-year-anniversary with date night and cupcakes (see Juniper’s face.)


August: To ring in my 36th birthday Juniper and I got out for a day hike while visiting Asheville.

August: Later that month Wendy flew in from Oregon and we made the trek down to Hopkinsville, KY to view the total eclipse. I must say, the eclipse was 1,000 times more amazing than I thought it would be and I am now a dedicated eclipse chaser (Indiana 2024!)


September: My baby turned two and we threw her a birthday party in the local park. Highlights included eating gobs of blue icing and unwrapping Daniel Tiger toys.

September: At the end of the month we took a huge leap, bought our dream house in the mountains and moved to a small town just outside of Asheville, North Carolina (made possible because Brian is able to work remotely.)


October: The month of October was spent unpacking and sneaking away for hikes whenever possible. The Blue Ridge Parkway is only ten minutes from our house now and it’s a hiking-lovers dream. We are freaking lucky!

October: Juniper went trick or treating for the first time and her mind was blown by the costumes and free candy.


November: I hosted my first writing retreat and it was a magical weekend! Right now I’m working out the details for retreat #2. If you’d like updates, join my writer’s mailing list.

November: My Mamaw turned 90 years old and the whole family got together to celebrate.


December: We had our first snowstorm and Juniper learned all about snowmen, snow angels, sledding and the joy of warming up with hot cocoa after a few hours outside.

December: We wrapped up 2017 by spending Christmas in our new house. We had nightly fires in the fireplace and watched at least two dozen Christmas movies. In other words, December was pretty perfect.

That’s a wrap on 2017– a year full of friends, family, and big dreams fulfilled. I hope the year was good for you and that 2018 brings you good health, joy, and adventure.

See my previous annual photo recaps here:



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