When I was 54 years old I was diagnosed with a very aggressive and advanced stage of breast cancer. My doctor said I had only a small chance of still being alive in ten years.
Ten years – that would put me into retirement age. At that time I planned to retire at age 62. So I figured if I could last ten years and retire at 62 that would give me two years to enjoy retirement with my husband.
For years I had worked a secular job which kept me busy with work Monday through Friday. My job was a very demanding job and often required overtime. When the weekend came I was really not free to enjoy time with my husband because he was a pastor. That meant that much of his weekend was involved with the church.
So I thought if I could just make it to those ten years, that would give me two years of retirement to enjoy more time with my husband.
That is what I asked for – “Lord, let me live to retire and give me two years to enjoy some quality and quantity time with my husband.”
As the time grew near for my 62nd birthday, I was thankful that I had made it eight years – but finances dictated that I needed to work until I was 65.
“Lord, let me live until I am 65 and give me two years of retirement with my husband.”
Well, obviously I made to 65. What is so wonderful is today I celebrate nine years of retirement. Nine years ago today I walked out of MidAmerican Energy Company for the last time. Still praying for those two years of retirement with my husband.
God has given me now nine years of retirement – and I am still going strong looking forward to many more years.
What I have been able to enjoy in those nine years.
And all the trips we have been able to make:
All across the south loving the old oak trees and the Spanish moss.
Enjoying the beach and the carriage rides.
And out west to Wyoming and Montana following the Pony Express/Mormon Trail.
Being a history nut I have been able to visit many former presidents’ homes and I loved walking the grounds of Fort Laramie.
Seeing the names carved into the rock at Register Cliff.
But most of all, I am so grateful for all the quality and quantity time I have had with my husband, my bff, these past nine years.
Thank you Lord for your blessings on me!
This makes me so happy! And yet, in all these happy memories, not a single mention of Scrabble! 😉 God has truly blessed you, Barb!
If you could indulge me, what’s the story behind: “Seeing the names carved into the rock at Register Cliff.” I can’t see the names, but even if I could, what do they mean/who are they? Thanks in advance for the history lesson. 🙂
Well I thought my followers might be getting tired of hearing about Scrabble. I will just make a post this week on the Register Cliff because it is a neat place. And that means you have to follow my blog to get your answer. 🙂
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Roger that! 🙂
Thank you for sharing your story. This really warms my heart. Our God is an awesome God. ❤
Thank you for stopping by.
Great is our God and He is greatly to be praised. He is good and faithful
So many blessings! Your family is lovely! Thanks for sharing. 🌺
Thank you for stopping by – and for the nice comments about my family.
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Beautiful pictures of transcending hope. God does what the doctors can’t.
Amen! Thanks for stopping by.
Powerful testimony. To God be the glory. I pray that the Lord will grant you many more years.