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What a year this last year has been.  Has it been a roller coaster for you? Smooth sailing? Milestone events? 

I want to remember the top times of my 12 months in 2017. My writerly pals and I are sharing our most memorable moments in the Looking Back at 2017 Blog Hop. Please have a read of our most personal reveals. Then visit the other #Gr8Blogs linked at the end of this post for more look-backs. We hope you’re inspired to gather round with your family for a look-back, too.

We had a year filled with many wonderful memories.
In May, on Mother's Day in fact, we gained a daughter! 
Our son and his wife put on the most beautiful and fun event for their special day. 
Being the big baseball fans that they are, they were married at Satchel Paige Baseball Stadium in our town. They planned everything down to the "T" with a concession stand set up for guests who attended, to saying their vows on the pitching mound. 
It will be a wedding that will be remembered for all that attended. 
April 16th, we had the opportunity to see Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie tour together for the first time ever on the "All The Hits Tour."  They were great. Lionel Richie sung, "Three Times a Lady," along with "Say You, Say me," "We Are The World," and many more rememorable songs. 
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In June, we were lucky to see Joe Walsh from the Eagles warm up the band for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was their 40th birthday tour. He sung all the famous songs such as, “Free Fallin," “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and so many more.  When we heard the news of Tom Petty passing away in October 2017, our hearts were broken. We will be forever thankful that we were able to see him one last time. 
In August, our family had the time of their lives visiting North Carolina.
Our daughter-in-law found a perfect beach house for us to stay  just a half a block away form the ocean. 
We visited the ocean everyday, walked to near by restaurants and shops, and toured many sites. 

The one site that was absolutely fascinating was seeing the USS North Carolina Battleship. On a self guided tour, we explored the Observation Deck, nine levels of living space, mess decks, gun turrets, powder storage, sick bay, and so much more.  

My husband and I had the opportunity to meet up with our author friend, Cat Michaels! She and her husband were kind enough to make the drive to a lovely restaurant in Burgaw, N.C. called The Other Place. We had a wonderful time meeting and catching up with each other in person. 

In October
my husband and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary and 45 years being together, along with family members and lifetime friends. An added celebration was for my birthday which I had in November. My husband surprised me with these two events and threw a giant party. We had a blast! 
In November, I released my seventh children's story called "Sherman the Shopping Cart: A Search and Find." Here are the "behind the scenes" for this book. You will see why it took me over a year to illustrate. It was a lot of work but so much fun. My books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Rainy Day Books. If you would like a signed copy of this book, or any of my titles, contact me at  (USA only.)  
Thanks for stopping by! 
How was YOUR 2017? Please share in the comment section.

For more "Look-Back" moments, visit  my authors friends on #Gr8blogs  links below. 

Julie Gorges
Carmela Dutra
Sandra Bennett

If you’d like to join us on this hop, add the family-friendly link to your blog in the comment section. We’ll visit and give you some blog love! 

As always, happy reading,


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