Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

    As we embark on 2014 I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

    As I look back on 2013 I realize that I have many things to be thankful for.  Most importantly is my family.  We started the year off with the wedding of our daughter.  People say you didn't lose a daughter, you gained a son....and I totally agree!

I'm always thankful for my wonderful and supportive husband.  We've been together since 1979 and have survived thru many births, deaths, moves and just real life!  He's supported me when raising 3 small kids in a new town was overwhelming to me and I had no friends, he's supported my decision to return to work when the kids got older and I needed to get out of the house,  we've been there for each other when he lost his younger brother, mother and father and my dad and niece in less than a year.  We are a good "team" I would say!!!
     In 2013 I decided I was ready to retire after 19 years of working in the school.  I wanted to spend some time relaxing, sewing and traveling when we wanted to and wanted to do it while we are both healthy enough to enjoy it.  We've seen too many people who "retired" not on their own terms or passed before they could enjoy some relaxing time so I made the decision to retire as of 12/31/2013!
WOW, that's today!!!  YAY!

     My children are all happy, healthy, and productive adults so a mama couldn't ask for anything more!  I still have 2 of those adults living home but we have such a great relationship and they really do live their own lives, they just sleep here, and there's nothing wrong with family living like family!!
We have dinner together every night of the week and we talk about each other's day.   They help around the house with cooking, cleaning, and just all the things that need to be done.  I was asked once this year if I thought I was an enabler.  Really?  Since when did sharing life with your children make you an enabler?  NAH....WE are a family!   BAH to people who think their opinion on my life counts!

     I have many friends that make me happy.  Some I worked with, some I sew with, some I just know from my blog and Facebook.  I value your friendship and hope you have a happy, healthy and fruitful 2014!

     I'm thinking tomorrow I'll get a little less sappy and show a nice quilt recap of 2013 if I can figure out how to do it......New computer, new programs, new things to learn!!!

     Happy New Year one and all!!!


Terry said...

Happy New Year! :0)

moosecraft said...

Happy New Year Peg! And, congrats on retirement! May you have many happy stitches ahead of you! It's your life... live it as you feel happiest! :-)

Liz said...

Happy New Year to you too Peggy. I laughed when you wrote about someone asking if you thought you were an enabler. I know so many people whose grown children live at home. In your case, it sounds healthy with everyone pitching in. Anyone who has kids knows how fast they grow up and move on so take this time and enjoy them. I'm doing the same!

Cardygirl said...

A lovely reflection of your year. Nice that your children choose to spend time with you, many people are not as fortunate to have close relationships.

JoAnne said...

Happy New Year! Enjoy your retirement. It is wonderful to have a great family and especially a husband that sounds almost as great as mine. I think we are really blessed.

Robin said...

Happy New Year Peg!! and Happy HAPPY retirement :)

Barbara said...

A new year, and a new life! Congratulations and happy new year to you too!

Conni said...

I love my kids, too! Just wish they were closer. So many exciting adventures waiting for you in 2014...Happy retirement!

Terry said...

Hi Peggy,
I've added your name to the list for the sew-along. The quilt will end up about 48 inches square. I'll be giving measurements for larger quilts in an upcoming blog post. I couldn't reply to you because you're a no-reply blogger. Thanks! :0)