About this time each year I sit down and attempt to write our Christmas message to our family and friends.
Some where around 1980 I started writing our family Christmas message in prose summarizing what had happened in our lives during the last year and that tradition stuck.
This morning I was thinking about what I would write for our Christmas poem and I reviewed some of the old messages from past years. I came upon this message from 2009 that spoke of our visit to Ecuador that year and our plans to retire in Ecuador and thought that I would share it with you.
As 2009 draws to an end and we look to another year
We wanted to take some time to see what brought us here
People say that time flies, but that seems truer every day
So I’ve set down to write some thoughts before this day fades away
We have fourteen grandchildren (Now 20!) scattered from California to PA
Thankfully webcams and Skype provide a way to see those far away
For the last few years we’ve wondered where we might spend retirement
With all of our kids and grandkids spread so far across this continent
The likely spots like Southern states are just not close to anyone
And travel budgets would likely go before each month was done
“Think outside the box!” is a principal that business people flout
So Mary did some research to see what foreign living’s all about
And much to our surprise and joy we found there are alternatives
With affordable options in Ecuador where ex-patriots can live
After writing to many who made the move and reading all we could
We became a little leery of deals that sounded a bit too good
So we determined to go see for ourselves and took a trip in June
What we saw there convinced us that the time can’t come too soon
We toured and looked at property high in Andes Mountain reaches
Then fell in love with the pace of life we found on the
John rushed out each morning to help the pescadores pull in their nets
John sang some “Spanglish” songs and the men shared with us their catch
Living there would cost far less than Social Security will pay
With money saved we could fly home – Ecuador’s only 4 hours away
The, “problem” is one we haven’t had since maybe teenaged days
It seems we’re both just too young to put this plan in place!
The challenge now is to stay on track until we reach that magic age
When retirement income will be available to replace the working wage
God blesses us with continued health, aside from pesky aches and pains
Still our woes are so few and small that you won’t hear us complain
John still Chairs the Criminal Justice School at a local ITT-Tech
And Mary races through each day at a pace that seems break-neck
Making our home a bit of heaven on earth while doing all her daily chores
Is it any wonder that I wake each day to find I love her more and more?
And that love extends beyond our home to you, our family and friends
May Christ fill your home with joy and peace until we meet again!
2012 has been a great year for us and this year’s Christmas message will be filled with gratitude to a loving gracious Lord whose birth we celebrate this Christmas Season.
Peace and love to all of you – John and Mary