"These happy golden years are passing by, these happy golden years." Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Gearing Up for Retirement

The Mr. is planning (once again;) to retire (for good) at the end of 2013.  That gives us one year to adjust our budget (and attitudes) for life on his pension(s) and what savings we've squirreled away.  He deserves to hang up his badge after 25+ years of community service.  We have plans .. and then the Lord has plans .. hopefully some will be the same.

You can bet (Lord willing) we won't be sitting around (much).  We have fire wood to gather this summer, mini vacations to take (Glacier National Park), family to visit (us), and odd home repairs not to put off. Grandchildren to fuss over.

We've worked like dawgs paying off debt the past few years (knock on wood .. ) and have learned to be content not needing the latest or greatest gadgets; this all on one income.

We won't be jet setters or pet sitters.  We have a special needs son, Nathan, that will keep us young at heart and close to home; he's a blessing.

So with the New Year about to begin, may the good Lord prepare our hearts, minds AND finances to be adequate and sustaining.  May He give us peace and servant's hearts to give of our time and help to others.  Welcome 2013


8 comments:

Felisol - Elise Ljung said...

Man predict, God verdict, the saying goes in Norway. I think you are wise planning for the outcome you want, and then place the last word in God's mouth.
Mr. sure deserves some relaxed joy in his life. So do you.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wishing you and Mr. a wonderful 2013 as you prepare for retirement. All thing work together for good.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Diane said...

What were the lyrics in that old country song????? "We're not the jet set; we're the old Chevrolet set"! God could not have joined two more perfect hearts....each so willingly a servant. May your 'golden years' be filled with love, laughter, joy, peace and contentment...and the occasional wild romp through the woods! Happy New Year sweet sister!

Trish said...

So happy for you both, you deserve it! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
My Tomer retired from Ford Motor Company 13 years ago but cannot seem to do it permanently. I think he will be driving that School Bus for at least 5 more years. Not because he has to... but because he loves it so!

Jada's Gigi said...

How exciting! and even if it doesn't last...a nice break will be wonderful for Terry and for you two to hang out together....I wish I could say I see end at the light of our tunnel but I don't....never mind...the Lord has a plan for us too. :)

Pat said...

The two of you have planned together so beautifully, you have set a great example for your children and others to follow. I know you won't be couch potatoes..., your life is just beginning it's next wonderful passage.

David C Brown said...

If the Lord will ... Preparing for retirement is a pleasant occupation!

Barbara TherExtras said...

Like Felisol says...

We are close to being where you are, add a little more time...

Hope to see you in person in our retirement, we'll be pulling our trailer if I can get my Mr. to take on mountainous territory!