My parents have been in the ministry for my entire life and then some - about 43 years total. My dad has been a pastor for that many years with over half of that time spent in their current church. Well, he finally decided to retire as of September 1st. This brought on some changes like the fact that my dad no longer has an office at the church. That was sad for me because I've always had that "place" to go to when stuff was going on at church like weddings, funerals, or dinners. It kinda makes me sad to think that my kids don't have Papa's office to go to anymore. Instead his office is now at home - which he probably likes :-)
He announced his retirement mid August and then, he and my mom went on a much needed vacation for two weeks. While they were gone a party was planned as a total surprise for them. It just "so happened" that my oldest brother, Kel, was already scheduled to preach at the church in September so they lined up the surprise with that Sunday to throw them off.