Retired Benefits Hodgepodge

It’s Wednesday and time to answer the questions Jo From This Side of the Pond is asking.

1. Do you (or did you used to) watch talk shows? Which are or were your favorite? 

I do not watch talk shows and haven’t for probably 40 years now. The closest thing to a talk show that I enjoy would be something like Rachel Ray or other cooking shows like that which I don’t watch now, either. I do not watch TV during the daytime hours.

2. Would you describe yourself as resilient? If so what do you think makes you that way? If you answered no explain why? 

As far as my physical body is concerned I’m at an age where I don’t bounce back as easily as I once did.  Mentally and practically I have gained resilience from all the life experiences I’ve been afforded along the way these 70 years. Having and raising children helps to make you resilient! Knowing you have a future Hope makes the struggles easier to walk through and recover from.

3. What parts of life have surprised you the most? Explain. 

Surprised and grieved that friends who we used to walk side by side with following Jesus have walked away.

4. Why do you live where you live? 

When we decided to sell our home on the Westside of the mountains in Washington State and retire we knew we couldn’t afford to live in the Seattle area. Our middle son and our daughter-in-law were well established in the northeastern part of the state with no desire to move away from that area so we knew this part of the state would be a good option for us to consider. Throw in the fact that our two grandchildren belong to this son and daughter in law and that pushed the scales for us to make the choice. Cost of living, cost of housing, country living, and family were all good things to sway our decision. Our other kids are in a position to travel easily and choose to visit frequently and that makes our decision easier to live with, too. We have been here 3 years now and we do not regret moving here. We thank God for our neck of the woods and the friends and family here. We also are so fortunate that there is a Bible teaching/preaching church that does not sway from the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we are now members of.

5. A memory from this week that made you smile? 

On Saturday we celebrated the 80th birthday of our grands’ Great Granny with a surprise party. Sunflowers are a favorite of Granny so the great granddaughters wore a sunflower hairband. Addy had a sunflower dress on. JJ had a bowtie in the color scheme of a sunflower.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I’m slowly revisiting our 21 day road in order with posts on my blog of things we saw and enjoyed along the way. We left our home on September 21st and arrived home again on October 10th.

Tomorrow will continue on day two arriving in Sheridan, Wyoming.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

16 thoughts on “Retired Benefits Hodgepodge

    • I hope that you keep loving your friends, despite where they are with the Lord. There were several years my faith was weak and my relationship with Christ was absent to thin. I’d walked away in most regards, and lost many friends I’d held dear, who suddenly dismissed me and judged me and no longer showed love to me. They would pray for me, but wouldn’t break bread with me (that’s not love to me). I hadn’t harmed them; I was struggling and hurting and lost. I had two friends who stood by me and loved me and didn’t judge me, and showed me true kindness and compassion and understanding and humility, not arrogant judgement like the others. And eventually I found my way back, and I’m so happy I had people who loved me with the love not just of Jesus but from the deepest wells of true friendship. .

  1. So glad you have clearly settled into your new nest with family able to be near or travel.
    The talk show question was interesting — they were the last thing I’d watch back when I had a TV.

  2. Well what a wonderful birthday Addy and JJ’s great-grandmother must have had. JJ looks so handsome with his bowtie. Addy so adorable in her sunflower dress and headband.

    It’s always interesting to read responses to specific questions.

  3. Yes to #3. 😦
    Chuck and I talk about retirement and we’re hoping it can happen in 5-7 years. We’re working toward that goal anyway. He talks a lot about moving due to the same reasons you mentioned. But our granddaughter is here. And our church. We’ve attended there for more than 30 years. It’s a Bible believing, point-us-to-Jesus church and I’d hate to leave that. Glad you found a good one on the east side of the mountains. And now, all of our kids are here again so moving away is out of the question for now. We’ll see what the future brings.

  4. I don’t bounce back very well either. However, do things each day with Amber and Dylan has made me think I need to get moving more. I was tired each day but felt good also. That is sad about people pulling away from Jesus. I like your memory that made you smile. That’s a long road trip. Our country is so beautiful.

  5. I found your blog via Dandelion Tea. So nice to meet a fellow Christian who is resilient and not swayed by the world’s deceivers. I just finished reading 1 John 2: 23-29. We abide in the Father and Son when we abide in His word. Those who do not cannot see deception and “go out from us, because they were not of us.”

    I’m learning to deal with that too. Friends of religious leaders that professed Christ only to later deny him.

    Only those remain faithful to the end…

    • Hi Sharon, good to ‘meet you’. Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment. We so hope that our friends aren’t apostate and that they will return to their first love. So thankful for God’s all sufficient Word!

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