"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Almost thirteen months

I have been retired.  That is pretty amazing.  I am certain you are wondering, especially if you have been reading the blog for a while, what I retired from, considering I have shared that I have been a homemaker/stay home mom/ homeschool teacher for a quarter of a century.    That is what I have retired from,  well the stay home mom,  homeschool teacher are what I am retired from.  I spent 25 years in that role and now I am retired.  My youngest turned 18 last October and my retirement began.

This does not mean that I am not still mom, available for advice, help, food, recipes, and there for anything that young adults may need, but I am no longer the one that makes the decisions as the children are grown!

Retirement has been incredible.  Of course, unlike paid employees, I am without a retirement in a financial way and instead am retiring a position with no exchange of monies!  My time is free and if you haven't noticed, I posted less this past year.  I am going to get back to blogging, but I confess that the first year of my retirement was BUSY.  To recap~we had two weddings.  Yes, only two although we had at first anticipated three.  Life is normal here on the farm and one of the couples decided that they were not best suited for each other.  This is so important and we are happy that they made this decision now, before they had married, instead of thinking that they could change things. 

Bill and I are dating again~each other.  We have more time for each other and have been taking small trips and such with the focus on us.  This is something that we haven't done since 10 months after we married and our first baby arrived.  The house does not seem empty, as Fourth is still living at home, but she is clearly enjoying her schedule, friends, school, and a new job in the city.  The house has a few changes with a craft room for me and I am no longer hauling my sewing, drawings, creations off the table for dinner each evening.  Nope, I instead leave the project on the craft table until I complete it, and this is wonderful.

Another room that was a bedroom and is temporarily a storage room will be re-purposed as a guest room.  Most likely this will not happen for a year or two more, but that is the goal.  The school room is still called the school room but has my treadmill in it now and I am certain that we will always call it the school room even though the students have all graduated. 

Something that has been on the back burner, more so since Bill's accident and finances changed is now slowly getting taken care of.  Like all mom's, I would not change that I delayed things for me, to have things for the kids~but it is nice now to take care of a few things I have needed.

Bill and I are still awaiting for the pitter patter of Little's to call our grands but until this happens (no pressure kiddos), we have been also working on the back yard.  We now have a larger yard that now 17 months old has doubled in size thanks to Bill's determination.  For me it is a bit of back east, as I love walking barefoot in the grass.  Oh and along the side of the backyard, we have a swingset, thanks to a neighbor that moved away.  Yep, I am willing to admit that I do look forward to Little's!

Oh and I renewed my drivers license...that means we have been in New Mexico 8 years and quickly closing in on nine years.  I renew my license in 2022.  That is crazy-typing 2022 and when I renew it then I will be in my mid 50's! Wow, time marches on, doesn't it?

With that, I am thankful that I was able to be a stay home wife and mom.  The key for us was to never live with an income I brought in, and therefore we adapted and stretched the money from the get go. This was how we were able to overcome when Bill had his accident, and this is how I am able to retire now.  In my retirement I will continue to be my sweetie's best friend and will be the primary caretaker of the home and all that this entails.


Pat in Albuquerque said...

Ah, yes. That feeling of glorious relief they call the empty nest. My children are now in their 40s, and my grandchildren are all in school, even the littlest one, Caden. Not to mention a slew of grandnieces and grandnephews! But I do remember when the last daughter went away to college.

Mrs.Rabe said...

I will get to retire in 9 more years! I, like you, will enjoy it and continue to care for my husband and our home, to reach out to others, make meals, and study to my hearts content!

Enjoy your well deserved retirement!


Michelle-ozark crafter said...

You indeed have been busy!

Cindy said...

Congratulations on your retirement! I'm a fairly new reader of your blog but have enjoyed what I've read. As fulfilling as it is to be a mom, and home-school teacher, it's great to have some time for you now! Enjoy!

justdifferent said...

Isnt it amazing how differently each of us reacts to retirement. Some just walk away, others dive in.

Humble wife said...

Pat-How exciting!! Life moves on even and you sound like you have a wonderful line bringing up the rear!!

Thanks Deanna-home is and will always be where our hearts are~and I am glad to know we have that as well as many other things in common!

Cindy-welcome! Yes, I am enjoying time and appreciating how much I can do in one single day!!

Just-I suppose since retirement is a complete change in life as one knows it~it sometimes happens.

ProudHillbilly said...

Dec. 1. My real life, however finacially poorer, begins then.

Humble wife said...

Proud~I do understand...and empathize a good deal. (((hugs))