With old routines closed up, fresh opportunities and unknowns wait in the wings. . . but really, a lot is still the same in our day to day lives. John just has more free time and we'll hang out together more.
And we're happy to be home with our church family- to love our body, to serve them, to bare their burdens, to know they love us in Christ Jesus- inspite of ourselves.
Last Friday I met with dear women for coffee, conversation, life sharing and at the end of it- they surprised me with a retirement basket; John's the one who officially retired, but I guess it's about me too! A card wedged in among the gifts reads:
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. . . (Ecc 3:1)
This basket contains a few items we thought would be helpful as you navigate this new season:
Water bottles and protein bars- for all the bike rides that John will take with Darcie.
Fancy Pancake mix and maple syrup- for all the breakfasts that you can leisurely enjoy!
Sparkling Cider, chocolates- to remind you of the blessings of your marriage that survived all those years of public school teaching!
Mr. and Mrs. hand towels- also to remind you of the beginning and how you have lots of tie now to practice being Mr. and Mrs.
List of questions to ask one another- to keep the conversations going now that you have lots of time together!
A good book- to read aloud on your car trips to see the grands!
A children's book- to read to the grands!
A soft blanket- to cuddle together.
Retirement mugs- to enjoy coffee and tea with each other.
We love you,
ROCC (real organic conversation club)
I'm not an easy one to surprise, but I was. . . . and so delighted. John surveyed the list of couple questions and began with this one:
"One of the qualities that drew me to you when we first met was. . ."
"I remember thinking, This girl has a lot to say!!"
"Was that a good thing?" I inquired.
"Umm, hmm. . .and so it is- still." he assured.