Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Chuck's Retirement Party

Faith, Family, Friends is what the plaque said in Chuck and Denise's newly decorated living room. We were all there for Chuck's retirement party last Saturday, February 2. He had been a policeman for twenty-nine years and now at the young age of less than fifty was going to take life easy--at least for a while!
His last day on duty was Thanksgiving (what an occasion to be thankful for), but the party had to wait until my sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jean and Dick, arrived for their wintering here in Florida. I was thrilled that I could take lots of pics (cameras were flashing all over the place) and show off a portion of our family. Denise is one of the two girls in our blended family of six children. How proud we are of Chuck--great
husband, father, brother, son-in-law, friend and most importantly, a child of the King. He, Denise and the boys, Matthew and Jonathan, are well steeped in their faith, and it shows in their lives.

Back to the party . . . the menu consisted of Ziti (prepared by yours truly), fried chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs, and green beans with bacon. Denise got donuts for dessert (see pic of her feeding Chuck) as policemen are known for their love of donuts. She was concerned that she hadn't gotten enough, and then entered Chuck's sister-in-law, Cheryl, with killer home made yellow and chocolate cupcakes and a pumpkin-type of cobbler. Mary Jean had prepared some great chocolate chip and nut cookies. Needless to say, my Weight Watcher points went over the top for the day. I should have taken a picture of the food . . . oh well.

The weater cooperated and the kids had a great time outside riding on the dune buggy and generally running around like kids do. We adults had a great time as well: talking, eating, reminiscing, eating, taking pictures, eating . . .

All in all, it was a wonderful joy-filled day. Faith, family and friends . . . what more is there--and all in the right order.

Pictures left to right: Patty (center) and her sisters, Mary Jean and Linda; Mr. Jim and brother-in-law, Dick; and boys goofing around (grandsons in green and red).

Until next time . . .

In Him,
Jim's Patty


Mimi said...

Congratulations to Chuck on his retirement...
what a happy, great family...thanks for sharing the pictures with us Patty...

Jim's Patty said...


As you can see, I couldn't wait. I really wanted to add more pictures, but this one took so long. May put some others on later.
Again, thanks for all your help.

Jim's Patty

Pam said...

Congratulations to Chuck on his retirement. The party looked like a wonderful time of family, fun and celebration! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Jodi said...

Congratulations to Chuck and Denise on his retirement.

It sounds like a wonderful party. I can understand why the adults kept going back to eating in between all their other activities. ;o) The menu sounds yummy, and I think the donut idea was adorable!

Jim's Patty said...


Thanks for visiting. By the way, I love you blog with all of the victorian pictures; also, the scenery you share with us.

I sure would love to see a picture of you . . . I know what your Mom and sister look like :-)

I plan on posting about my aunt's visit, but haven't had a chance.

Take care and visit again!

In Him,

SweetAnnee said...

Look how pretty you are!!!

Jim's Patty said...


Thank you . . .

I have an orchid sprouting--a Lady Slipper. I am taking pictures of it as it matures. Will send them to you when it begins to bloom. It takes orchids a while to open, but they can last up to 2 months.

Much love and prayers,

Jim's Patty

Anonymous said...

The core premise of the Weight Watchers diet is that you can eat anything you like-within reason!
If losing weight hasn't happened with other diets you've tried, counting calories in this controlled way may be your ticket on the weight loss express.