After an ankle injury, a new grade level to teach, and a horrible bout with pneumonia, I'm pretty sure by July-- L could have washed her hands of 2012.
The only good thing? She met a man with the blog name of CB.
He saw her through the pneumonia. (He even called her parents when he was really concerned--and hadn't even met us yet.)
Then she began teaching kindergarten and absolutely loved it.
She bought a house. She later referred to it as a money pit (too many things weren't working quite right), but CB helped her figure out the bugs, fixed a few things, and she is back to loving it.
A few days into 2013, she found out she was voted Teacher of the Year at her Elementary School.
And then yesterday, she texted a picture of her left hand which was sporting an engagement ring. CB had asked her to marry him.
I'd say things are looking up for Ms. L.
Of course, there are concerns. Both have been married before. L will now have stepchildren. They will deal with interracial marriage issues; possible family or friends who don't see life quite like they do, quite like we do.
I want life to be trouble free for her, and yet she's dealt with problems before--and will again.
And then I remember: CB warms up cars and scrapes windows. He cooks. He makes coffee. He carries heavy things, and he cleans. He goes out of his way to make life easier for L.
He worries about L and takes good care of her.
Marriage is never trouble free, but you tip the scales in your favor if you do your best to take good care of each other. They do.
"Love is what is left in a relationship when all the selfishness has been removed."
And then I don't worry.
Congratulations L and CB. Wishing only the best for both of you!