Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography



On Valentine’s Day I received an unexpected gift, from an unexpected source.  Sunshine over at awarded me the ABC Award.  Sunshine’s blog is just that, full of sunshine, laughter and encouragement.  It is with humility and appreciation that I accept this award.  Alyson is the creator of this award, please visit her blog here:    ferragudofan  I am sure you will be blessed.

When I started my blog I wanted to share my retirement years through the lens of my camera.  I wanted to photograph all aspects of life, the good, bad, happy or sad moments with the idea of helping anyone who read it to be encouraged by its content.  I hope that is being accomplished.

The ABC Award is designed to have you make a list of items, thoughts or anything in alphabetic order.  It’s that simple.  Then you pass it on to fellow blogger friends.  It doesn’t matter if that number is one or many.  Just pass it along.  Then, compile your own ABC list and share with your readers. Your list = your theme. Finally post image somewhere on your blog page.

 I have chosen the theme:  “WORDS FOR LIFE APPLICATION”.  I have taken a series of photographs from my archives and attached a word to each one that has special meaning to me and reminds me of principles that adds purpose to my life.  I added music to them and turned it into a video.  I hope you enjoy it and can add your own meaning to the words presented.  Feel free to download and share with others.


Here are my nominees in random order:


Kevin Alexander




Maggie Mae

island traveler





13 Responses to “APPRECIATION”

  1. Lovely slideshow and an excellent response to your ABC award. Congrats Francine.

  2. Francis,
    Great job on your award!!! And thank for nominating my blog. Means a lot to me.
    Thank you so much,

  3. Wow, Francine! That was amazing. You filled me up with joy this morning. I so appreciate how you put God in everything you do and say. Just makes me love ya more. Beautiful photography. Beautiful words. Congrats on your award and it means so much to me that you have awarded me, as well. Thank you. 😉 *hug*

  4. Thank you. It is such an honor. What more can I ask for Valentine’s Day….This means a lot to me….Have a blessed day….

  5. Fabulous, Francine! Thank you for sharing this. You are SUCH a gift to all of us.

  6. Beautiful video and music!

  7. Wow! Thanks so much for thinking of me! And I enjoy your blog!

  8. […] past Thursday, Francine from Francine in Retirement awarded me the ABC-Awesome Blog Content-Award. The rules are I make a list in ABC order of 26 words […]

  9. absolutely beautiful and inspiring, thank you francine 🙂 what a joy you are!!!

  10. wow! what a wonderful way of presenting your alphabet! Congrats on the award too
    I am so excited to see my humble little blog award travelling around and bringing joy to people! and every time it pops up I get to find another great blog to enjoy!
    off to read more from your blog….
    best wishes Alyson

  11. Beautiful video, and congrats on the award you deserve it. Thank you for my nomination it is very much appreciate. I finally got my done and up.

  12. Congratulations on your ABC Award!
    You may be interested to know that I have now set up a Facebook group for all bloggers who have been given the ABC Award – a place for you to meet new bloggers, and share and support each other. You can join the group here:
    Please also let any other bloggers, that you know have been given the award, know about this group too – then we can all ‘spread the word’
    I have also set up a Facebook page – the ABC Award – where you can now add links to all of your blog posts and writing – share your work with a new audience, gain new readers, and find out what other ABC Award bloggers are writing about.
    You can find the page here:
    Just ‘like’ the page and get started – and do let all your blog readers know about this page – I believe that all of our blogs can only be improved by letting our readers know about other blogs – that way you will also have new readers discover you too!
    Happy blogging – and congratulations again on the ABC Award – you’re awesome!

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