This Is The Post That You Bring Your Kazoos and Confetti To

It's 12:33 on Friday night Saturday morning if we really want to get technical 
and I'm about as happy a bird with a french fry.
Or as a whole entire family of clams. . . 
or a dog with ten tails.

It really makes no difference to me.

You see today is a kind of retirement celebration of sorts, from my awesome four year career as a bus driver.  Somebody pinch me hard because I never thought this day would come.  Somehow miraculously it's the first day of February and the early morning games of Let's-See-How-Many-Layers-This-Pregnant-Girl-Can-Fit-In-Today are over, as are the cold scrapings of frosty school bus windows on dark mornings and my long naps in my car between routes.

My heart is grateful beyond words.  Grateful for God's strength when I didn't feel like I could go on.  Grateful for His provision through every season of life.  And grateful for cute texts from my dad

Happy Retirement day Nicole!!  Very exciting not 2 have 2 get up @ the crack of dawn

So here's to celebrating new chapters of life, a Baby Show that's about to hit the road and that big bowl of my favorite mac-n-cheese that I'm about to consume in about 2.537 seconds.
And oh yes, let's not forget awesome self-bus-mirror-photos with cheesy frozen smiles.  Because I'll always remember today as the day when 4 degrees below zero couldn't dampen my spirits.

Now I'll drink some Martinelli's to that.

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And speaking of awesome self-bus photos. . . I know you wanted this little trip down memory lane with me.  You're welcome.



  1. I LOVE that you are (were?) a bus driver. Makes me so happy, especially since I'm an elementary school teacher!

  2. Happy retirement friend!! So glad you don't have to put 50 layers on anymore! Stay in your warm cozy bed & enjoy it! Luv ya!

  3. Hooray for retirement! Snuggling a baby in a warm house at the crack of dawn is definitely a promotion a hundred thousand notches better. Congratulations! Enjoy that bed.

  4. Yay! Way to go! Hope this last little time before baby arrives is wonderful! :-)

  5. Yay! Way to go! Enjoy this last little time before the baby comes! :-)

  6. YAY!!! Congrats! I'm so happy for you :) Friday was a good day...it was the last day of my horrible job!

  7. So happy for you! This Friday is my retirement! Although I loved my job, I am so happy about the prospect of being a SAHW for a few months at least. Kentucky, here we come!

  8. Yay!! So awesome!! I can't wait to hear your birth story!!!!