Dear 2017

Dear 2017,

You were a year like no other and I will not miss you.

You will always be the year Donald Trump was sworn into office.
You will always be the year white nationalists and racism were not discouraged by our president.
You will always be the year of culture wars.
You will always be the year 58 people were killed in the Las Vegas Shooting.
You will always be the year 26 people were killed in the Texas church.
You will always be the year of terrorist attacks in New York, Barcelona, London, Manchester, Egypt, and many other areas around the world.
You will always be the year of deadly hurricanes [Harvey, Irma, and Maria], wildfires, and earthquakes.
You will always be the year BHouse died.
You will always be the year that was hard for my husband and me.

You will, however, be the year the NFL took a knee.
You will always be the year millions of women and their allies took to the streets in over 80 countries and on every continent for the Women’s March.
You will always be the year of #MeToo and the Silence Breakers.
You will always be the year we got to witness a total solar eclipse here in the U.S.
You will always be the year Merriam-Webster announced their word of the year was FEMINISM.
You will always be the year I got to see Macklemore live twice.
You will always be the year I made new lifelong friends.
You will always be the year I got my boobs done.
You will always be the year Cash started school.
You will always be the year I learned some valuable lessons about being a wife and a mother.

2017, you were difficult, but we made it through.
I don’t know about any of you, but I’m looking forward to what 2018 has in store for us!

Much Love,
Ashley

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