Sometimes it's the little things in life that have the most incredible impact. Sometimes it's when you are so frustrated that you want to give up, but decide to persevere that life can completely surprise you in ways you never imagined. For example, see this little photo?
This little charmer was a source of major frustration for me back in 2010. It was just a little photo that I wanted to edit to add some fun to this blog post. A simple process, right? Ummm, not even. It took me many attempts and hours to work this to my satisfaction. I nearly chucked my laptop across the room because I was so frustrated. However, my inner voice kept encouraging me to move ahead and on January 20, 2014 I was enormously rewarded for my efforts!
That is the day that a very important person came into my world all because of Mary Poppins and her magical measuring tape. Miss Jane Austen also played a part in this matchmaking business:) You see, a lovely British chap happened upon my blog post by searching for an image. He noticed this photo and also noticed the little Jane Austen quiz linky on the sidebar. He emailed me very kind compliments about my blog and shared with me that during the bike portion of training for a triathalon, he had traveled to and from Miss Jane's home in Chawton every Sunday. That email was the beginning of a flurry of correspondence, online chatting and phone conversations that led to the lovely British chap hopping on a plane and crossing the pond!
What my sweet Brit didn't know was that "behind the scenes" lots of clues were being dropped on this girl by Miss Jane and Mary that her life was about to change in a way she never imagined. (more to come on that in a future post...) The moment he stepped off the plane and I saw those big brown eyes, I knew that something amazing was about to happen. It was like we had known each other forever. A romance blossomed and a new adventure lies ahead for us:)
I have done a lot of reflecting about what would have happened had I given up on that photo back in 2010. Would he have found me some other way? Was that little voice Cupid trying to encourage me not to give up that day because the reward would be so wonderful? All I do know is that I am really glad I did not toss the laptop into the garbage when that photo editing became so frustrating and that even though it seemed like a small and insignificant thing at the time, it really was life changing in a very big way:) Yes, it is a bit of a whirlwind, but the heart knows what is true.
So, thank you from the bottom of my heart to the matchmakers Mary Poppins and Jane Austen (and Cupid, of course!) Thank you for gently nudging us toward each other behind the scenes. I will be eternally grateful for this wonderful new adventure that lies ahead with my charming British beau, Hugh because....
and he truly is....(insert romantic sigh here please...)