A former high school classmate and cherished old friend when reconnecting with Roger through Facebook quoted the old saying: "When God closes a door, he opens a window." The years have seen a number of life changes for us that make that adage ring true. After being blessed with good fortune, a wonderful son and great experiences, we decided to look out that window and prepare for more of what this wonderful life has to offer. We hope through our blog to share our journey from this point forward with family, with friends and with many others. Hopefully we'll make some new friends along the way. We hope you find our tales of some interest, even amusement and perhaps an inspiration for you to treat each and every day as an opportunity and an adventure to share with those who are an important part of your life.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

With A Little Help From Our Friends!

In our last blog, we told the tale of two friends, Kara and Kent, who helped us say goodbye to Suzanne’s favorite car.   (They also helped us pack and move when we sold our house and downsized.) The telling of that tale reminded us we have been blessed with help and encouragement from a large number of friends many, many times in our research, planning and preparation for retirement abroad.   That list would include two friends, Michele and Chris, who became our realtors.  Despite being in the second worst real estate market in the country, they helped sell our house for more than 90% of our asking price in under fifty days.

Friends Lenore and Mike
greeting us at the door last xmas

There’s many more but with this post we want to acknowledge two special friends: Lenore and Mike.  Lenore and Suzanne became friends as co-workers better than a decade ago.  When Suzanne began to go to sales and flea markets to pare down some of her collectibles, as well as dispose of many of the items we had after the passing of her mother, they “teamed up” on regular occasions to work those events together.   We socialized with this great couple during their courtship and were in attendance, as they became man and wife last year. 

Lenore and Mike joined us at Roger's
favorite Greek restaurant for his birthday
Suzanne and Lenore posing before
getting back to work selling "stuff"
From loaning folding tables for flea markets to helping us set up and even helping us sell, they’ve been there to lend a hand.  They will even provide us lodging during our last couple of days before we head off to visit relatives before flying to Ecuador for our exploratory visit.   In short, whether it was lending us a hand or just offering us a break and sanctuary from our daunting tasks of downsizing and researching prior to reaching to our retirement decision, they've always been there as good friends.

Here's a little further pictorial look at this nice couple:

Our hosts prepping for an enjoyable dinner.
The ladies cooling their heels literally!

Mike grilling salmon for us in his back yard.

Lenore and Mike recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary.  We acknowledged their special relationship by posting on their Facebook pages:  “the next coolest thing to having been married to your best friend for 40 years is to be a newlywed married to your best friend. Congratulations Mike and Lenore”.    We’ve spent 40+ years discovering that enjoying life together makes each day special.  Lenore and Mike have happily developed that same sense of daily life adventure in their first year.  It’s always good to know and appreciate friends who are as we always try to be: 

“Juntos en el camino de la vida”

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