In the weeks leading up to the retirement party, my husband mentioned that he should get his picture taken one last time in his uniform! Of course, I couldn't have agreed more! He left the details up to me with a photographer our daughters used for their children. I worked on a date, planned the kid's outfits, accommodating all schedules, not an easy feat! Only to have my husband inform me on the Saturday prior to Mother's Day, he had turned in his uniform to headquarters and forgot about the appointment. Ugh...I spent the day rearranging schedules, calling our girls, frustrating in the very least. As my family watched me come unglued, fret in panic mode, and on the edge of tears, I succumbed to the fact this picture may not happen! Here's the rest of the story! Some time ago I shared pictures of our first grandchild, he is our only grandson and oh so very special. Above is one of the photos I took. You can see more HERE. And now look at this precious boy! His expressions mirror his Papa quite often! He's always on the go, smart as a whip, and such a joy to watch. Then you can just imagine how I sobbed when I was presented with a box of photos on Mother's Day filled with pictures of my hubby with his grandchildren. Our girls and their Dad pulled the surprise off big time! Everyone was in on it! Boy I think I've let my guard down in older age! The above photo is one of my favorites! What a way to start the next chapter, new beginnings stuffed with love of family filling our retirement days! Maybe a few trips now and again, and maybe, just maybe much more time in the studio!