It is the beginning of August--where has this year gone? School begins for our local schools tomorrow! Have already seen Halloween decorations in the stores! 2017 is going fast. Faster than I'd like. And change is in the wind.
The times are changing. My retirement has been announced. I'll be retiring in February of 2018. It is bittersweet; the new embrace of life on the Homestead with my husband is so inviting! But the laying down of active ministry has my emotions stirring. How difficult to lay down the relationships--even temporarily. In some sense it is a protracted slipping away, and yet how quickly February will arrive! Seize the day! Make the most of the time we have together! My head and my heart will come together.
And I'm thinking of a new name for this blog. Oh, I'll always be that Eclectic Episcopalian! But perhaps a name that may be more reflective of my new role in retirement--as I continue to discover what that means for me. I invite your thoughts, should you care to share them. Wife, goatherd, gardener, collector of things that make me laugh, maker of dolls--these are among the things that will be a part of my life. I hope to be a much better neighbor--and a friend! Mostly, I seek to be a child of God embracing this new step--even as titles and blog names may change!
Dreaming! 2017 is blowing through--and along with it, change is in the wind. Thank you God for such rich, golden years as a priest in your church!