Year In Review

Good morning! 

2016 will soon be drawing to a close. We will soon be celebrating the arrival of another new year, 2017. Before we celebrate the new, let’s take a moment to celebrate the old. 

No doubt, it’s been a year! But there are still reasons to celebrate 2016. 🙂

For one. My dad always taught me,  “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”. That’s why I still have my old faithful Samsung  Galaxy Note 2 from 2012. That’s reason to celebrate. I DON’T have the 2016 Galaxy Note 7!

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, finished his Olympic career at the Summer Olympics in Rio with 23 Olympic gold medals.

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years.

Union won state in 6A football. 

We voted on a new president. 

The UK voted to leave the European Union.

We witnessed the Dow Jones industrial average close above the 19,000 barrier for the first time in its 120-year history.

The first stand alone entry in the Star Wars saga, Rogue One, hit the big screens. 

Legos still a hit, but drones were a common Christmas gift found under many a tree.

We saw the lives of many well loved celebrities draw to a close in 2016. Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, Zsa Zsa Gabor, John Glenn, Merle Haggard, Florence Henderson, George Michael, Arnold Palmer, Prince, Leon Russell, and Gene Wilder just to name a few. Some athletes, some actors, some musicians,  and some plain old really good people that meant a lot to each of us were celebrated as they left us in 2016. 

2016 is soon to come to its end. Many are in protest to it’s outcome.  There is not a thing we can change about it. We cannot change our past. Only our future. Starting today. Most of the memories we will carry with us of 2016 are due to someone doing their best. Leaving their mark. 

I encourage each of you to embrace 2017. Leave your mark. Don’t waste your time looking back at 2016. We can’t change the past. 2017 lies before us. Move forward. Make it be the best it can possibly be.

After all, looking back can be detrimental.  Just ask Lot. 🙂

But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.     Genesis 19:26

Love and laughter, 



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