Well....I finally have news!
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|Mon, 03-10-2014 - 12:19am|
This should really go below in the category Beyond the College Years, but I don't think anyone really looks there anymore and this is GOOD news! My daughter, who just turned 32 yesterday (yikes, that sounds old!) just got engaged! This will be her 2nd marriage - for those who have been around awhile, you will likely remember that we never thought the first one would work out but she had to find out for herself. We are a lot happier about this one! She and her bf have been together for over 2 years now and have known each other since first grade. When they reconnected on facebook, after both were recovering from broken relationships, they arranged to meet up and basically have been an item since. It got serious very quickly and they moved in together after less than 3 months, but though they have been talking about getting married since then, I'm glad they took their time to make sure. Her bf is everything her ex was not - educated, ambitious, social, active, and happy to hang out with her family. He's also very responsible with money and has helped tone down my dd's spending habits, which is a good thing. She also compliments his personality and helps keep him calm when he gets upset about work or family issues. He's very close to his family, as she is with hers, something her ex seemed to have a hard time with. I'm so happy for her!
They are currently in Kauai on vacation with his parents, his sister an b.i.l and their baby - their Christmas present from his parents. He proposed to her on the beach at sunrise - how romantic! Her ring is a family heirloom and was his grandmother's wedding ring; she feels very honored that his family wanted her to have it. We knew he was planning to give her the ring because, like a gentleman, he wanted to basically get our approval (I don't think he was too worried!). He told us that he planned to give it to her on her birthday, but he did it the day before.
The only bittersweet part of this story is that his best friend, whom they both grew up with from elementary school through H.S., just passed away unexpectedly. He had a rare blood disorder and had been sick for the past several years, but he was still able to work, though not without long periods of illness. We knew he wasn't going to live a long life but I don't think anyone expected him to die when he did. He would have been 32 on St. Patrick's Day. Dd's fiance spoke at his funeral and his tribute was very moving. I know it will be hard not to have him at the wedding, as I'm pretty sure he would have been the best man.