Friday, July 27, 2012

A Big Announcement!

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I planned to share some new-to-me finds today but I must postpone that plan.  One of the finds has an issue – a slight off-balance issue.  I need my sweetheart to help me fix it, straighten it on the wall, before I share it with you tomorrow. Otherwise, it will look pretty strange.

A little ‘housekeeping’ – blog business – is in order.  I was recently asked if I had experienced a career change recently.  A blog friend observed that something was different – and she noticed that my chaplain badge was no longer displayed on the sidebar of my blog.  She was right.  In the rush of the holidays and the beginning of a new year I didn’t announce that I retired from my chaplain ministry at the end of December.  The time had come for me to be more available to help my dear, little mother and to be more involved in the lives of my grown children and my grandchildren.  Little did I know that things would change so rapidly for my dear, little mother and I am so glad I have the freedom to be available for her as she needs me.

ANNOUNCING . . . OUR BIG NEWS

I’ve been waiting for the day that  I could tell you. My sweetheart is going to retire! His last day at work will be October fifth! Seventy days from today! He announced it at work yesterday – and we are excited. Plans have been discussed, decisions made, paperwork completed and the time will be here before we know it. Life will change for us and we are ready. We have dreams and hopes and plans. We’re passionate about some things we want to do. We are about to embark on the next stage of our lives.  We believe this time of our lives will be an encore – we’ve lived a good, full life so far and we’ve been blessed beyond imagination.  Now, the best is yet to come!  We really believe that God has saved the best for last!  And we are ready. Very ready.  There will be adventures and challenges and adjustments. We’re not afraid – we’re eager to begin this part of the journey.  We’ve waited a long time for this.  Now we wait patiently to see what lies ahead.  We wait with anticipation.  And excitement.  And wonder because, even though we don’t know what the future holds, we know the One Who holds our future.

13 comments:

  1. How super-exciting! You two are going to have so much fun together in this new chapter. :)

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  2. You two are going to have so much fun together! :)

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  3. Congratulations for your husband! Oh, I know all too well the excitement that comes with that news! Yes, yes, yes to adventures ahead! You two have paid your dues and now it's time to have some FUN!

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  4. Wonderful news! It is an adjustment, but you will love it. Let the adventures begin!

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  5. This is exciting news! I can see new adventures in the future!

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  6. How exciting! Can't wait to see the next stage of your life, through your blog.

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  7. Oh, so excited for you both!

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  8. WooHOo!! Now maybe I'll get to see more of you 2!!!

    Know God has some awesome times in store for you in this new chapter of your lives!!!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  9. Congratulations on the changes soon to take place in your lives. I know you have great adventures ahead!

    I love the flower --- and smile --- because I took a picture of the very same one!

    Enjoy your weekend.

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  10. Congratulations! A new beginning for both of you.

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  11. Great things are in store for you both with the next chapter of your journey. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  12. Retirement. Have fun. Alan been retired nearly 20 years now and we seem to be more busy than when he was working. It is certainly not retirement just a change of focus.

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