It's an awesome day in our household.
After six years as an Air Force officer, 21 years in aerospace, and 17 years as a systems analyst in telecommunications and information technology, Beloved has coasted safely to being his own boss.
Yesterday he turned in his employee badge. Today he packed up his office computer and we took it to UPS to be sent to his employer in New York. He is now officially retired!
|packing the computer|
The day he graduated from college, he also received his commission as a military officer. It took six years to fulfill his ROTC-induced scholarship commitment, most of that time spent in South Dakota. Then he resigned to enter aerospace, working for two major corporations that took us to Seattle, Denver, Washington D.C., Denver, Colorado Springs, Orlando, and back to Denver.
Although he saw many get their pink slips along the way, assignments for him kept coming. But eventually that dried up and he got two weeks notice of his layoff.
However, before those two weeks were up, a former boss called to offer him contract work as long as there was budget money. That assignment took us back to Orlando for five months and then that project ran out of funds.
As we were returning home to Colorado, a good friend from church recommended him to fill a position in telecommunications. It took three weeks for the job offer to come in and he's been busy with that up until now. All these years he has been a systems analyst with information technology for corporations, and now I have his computer savvy all to myself!
What will he do now? We have family and friends we want to see and places we want to go, but for the time being we are simply enjoying the newly-gained freedom to not be tied down to an employer. We are also giving time for all the financial and health insurance changes to implement themselves, making sure we have dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's.
Beloved wants to do more fishing and to pursue his interest in woodworking. He's got a Bible class to teach every Sunday in July and we both do volunteer work when opportunities come along.
We marvel at the Lord's provision for us and our family over the years. The Lord's mercies are great and we do not take them for granted.
Wow. Retirement is actually here!