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{Life Is A Precious Gift}

  Good Sunday Afternoon everyone. Hope that you all have had a wonderful weekend. I posted last on May 8th...I think...Seems like so much has happened since then. I am going to try and catch up this week with my blogging friends. Wanted to share a few fun pictures since I have last posted. These little girls sure enjoy fishing with papa. Our six year old granddaughter pulled in her fish all by herself and was so proud. The four year old eats more bread than she lets the fish have! LOL!  We had a nice harvest of potatoes. Some still had  few green spots but I can cut those off and we are good to go. I've already roasted potatoes and made potato soup. Mashed potatoes are up next.  Marty and I had a day date recently and stopped at Maple Street Biscuit. My, my! Now this is a biscuit and so yummy.  I was doing some baking for a fund raiser and decided since I was on a roll with the baking I would make Marty a fresh raspberry and lemon loaf cake drizzled with lemon glaze. It turned out

{I Am Retired Y'all!}

 It sure is a bittersweet time but I am surely looking forward to my adventure with the Lord. I wanted to share a few pictures with my friends.


I have received so many phone calls, texts, cards and gifts this week that have just brought tears and joy. 


Turning in my office keys of many years was hard! But, Jeremiah 29:11 is surely reminder that God has set the plans for my life and that I will trust. 

I only had the blessing of serving alongside Pastor Scott for nearly a year and I pray God's blessings upon him and his family as his journey continues. However, he is a quick learner and learned that I was the BOSS! LOL!
The former pastor and his wife that hired me 22 plus years ago even tuned in to the recognition with a video. It melted my heart. I will never forget interviewing with Bro. Edsel in his office and then I was interviewed by the personnel team.  Lastly, Bro. Edsel's wife Judy interviewed me at a luncheon. Bro. Edsel trusted her discernment of me totally. However, since she's a lover of shoes and lipstick I knew I was hired when she commented me on my cute shoes! LOL! 
 

It was an honor to have the chairman of deacons pray over my friend and I today. My friend and side kick started helping me out one day a week 15 years ago and she too retired. She is her husband plan to do a little traveling. 


The tall guy there has been there for over 26 years. We have become great friends over the years. Of course we both like to hunt and we both love the Georgia Bulldogs. GO DAWGS! 


I've already text him things he needs to do at the office though! LOL! 

My sweet family came to the recognition to support me. NOTHING like my TRIBE!



My best friend since 4th grade came to be there for me too. There is a friend that is closer than a brother....
My three girls lavished me with lunch today along with gifts. THOSE SOCKS! YES!!!

I am truly looking forward to this next journey of life. I surely pray for continued good health and of course some fun things along the walk of this next journey but more than anything, I pray that He will continue to use me for His purpose and His glory.God is surely a good, good, father. 
Hugs and blessings to each of of you. 
Cindy






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  1. I am so excited for you!!! So.......you'll be over to help unpack then? (ROLLING LAUGHTER)--CONGRATULATIONS my friend. smiles

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    1. Thanks lady. I am sure It will become a reality that I am retired soon but this week...I am decluttering my SHE-SHED! LOL!

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  2. Congratulations on your retirement!!! I love that your whole family was there to celebrate with you. On to a new chapter in your wonderful life. Blessings, GM

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    1. Thank you dear GM. Nothing like family supporting family.

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  3. Congratulations Cindy! You will love being retired! I enjoyed all the pictures too!

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  4. How wonderful! You've been appreciated all through the years and blessed because of it all. Now on to the adventure ahead! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  5. Congratulations on your retirement. I feel certain you will be as busy as always, just not at the office. I also feel certain the staff at church will miss your cheery persona and efficiency.

    Love all the pictures! You worked with great people.

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  6. Cindy, congratulations on a job well done. The church gave you a wonderful send off into the retirement world. You will so enjoy the time with your precious family. Many blessings and hugs, dear one!

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  7. Huge congrats on your retirement, Cindy!!!

    I'm sure you'll maintain your busy schedule, but now it'll be filled with fun activities that you want to do!

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  8. Cindy, I’m so happy for you! I’m praying you have a WONDERFUL retirement doing fun things!! I know God will guide you in this next chapter of your life! Z

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  9. Congratulations sweet angel and friend. You truly have done God's work and it shows in how blessed your Church was and how blessed you are with the love of parishioners and family there by your side as you begin your next journey in life. I am busier now in retirement than I was when I worked so I know you will be too. May whatever is ahead on your journey fulfill your loving and beautiful soul. xoxo Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris. I keep hearing those same words. You will wonder how you've ever worked! LOL!

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  10. Thank you for sharing your pictures snd joy with us, my friend!!! Oh my, you were blessed and I know you blessed your church family so much with your kind and caring heart. Enjoy your retirement! Much love to you 😘

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  11. I am SO happy for you to be finally fully retired! I am sure you are still kind of in shock over it as the reality hasn't hit you yet that you won't be going back to work anytime soon! But Oh! What a wonderful feeling, isn't it? I know God has some wonderful plans for you and your hubby and family. But first just relax and enjoy knowing that you are exactly where God wants you to be...you are His beloved child and He has wonderful things for you to do...in His time. No need to rush. Things will just happen as He directs. Meanwhile have some fun. God bless you dear lady. You are a blessing to all of us here in blogland! Thank you for making my day more "delightful" every day when I look at that sweet little kitten and that verse. It's a wonderful way to start my day. Very thoughtful!!! xoxoxoxo

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    1. Yes girl! Though I have had no time to know that I am retired! LOL!

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  12. Oh, sweet friend!!!! I am SO happy for you!! It is plain to see how deeply you are loved and appreciated not only by your tribe but by your church family! I can only imagine how much they already miss you and wish you were still there with them. God is leading you on to greater adventures in this new season, and I hope it is filled to the brim with happiness, abundant health, and that it will prove to be your best and finest season yet. You so deserve it. Enjoy every moment! I love and appreciate you.

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  13. Congratulations Cindy! You worked with so many special people, and how honored you must have felt at your celebration and having your whole family there...on to the next adventure, I know you won't be idle!
    Jenna

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  14. Congratulations on your retirement! I can't wait to see all of your new adventures! That looked like a lovely celebration. It is evident how much you are loved and valued and will be missed!

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  15. What a beautiful celebration of your life in ministry, friend. There's no doubt in my mind that God has something for you in this next season. You are a faithful, joy-filled servant. May Jesus Christ be praised!

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    1. It has surely been a ministry and One I have loved!

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  16. Blessings dear Cindy. I know the week was exciting for you! You will be missed I am sure. I imagine they will be calling asking questions that only you know the answers to.
    Congratulations. Enjoy this next phase of your life.

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So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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