Inspired by the many Thanksgiving posts out there, I decided to make my own A – Z Gratitude List (of sorts). To do this, I went through my recent camera roll. Here’s what I found:
Books & Book Clubs
Charlie (4) with his parents
Jordyn (3), Stevie (10) months). Stevie is a recent addition since the above family photo!
Four years and four months ago, I took a leap of faith, held hands with my husband and together we jumped off the ‘retirement bridge.’ I had no clear idea of what was in store for us on the other side. Without question, retirement is even more than I had dared hope for. I wake up each day overwhelmed with gratitude.
A picture can speak volumes…but sometimes there is no substitute for words. Our four sons are a constant source of pride, joy, laughter…and incredible stories. Case in point, here is a recent FB post from son #4. (Blogged with his permission). Yes, truth is stranger than fiction!
“So this morning in Doncaster, I was awoken by a guy barging into my hotel room at just before 8 am and peeing on the floor. I got up, told him to leave, and instead, he got into my bed and made himself comfortable. I called the front desk to ask them to remove him, and he asked, “are you talking about me?!” To which I replied, “yes, who else would I be talking about?!” Then he promptly fell asleep before being removed. Turns out my door hadn’t shut properly that night. Only in Yorkshire.”
What I am most looking forward to this holiday, is more tales and laughter from each of our four sons. They are all great story-tellers, and they each repeatedly have remarkable experiences!
This Amazing Man
Wishing a very happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, and a wonderful year ahead.
Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.
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