Once upon a time, a young nurse came down with a case of wanderlust. She could find no cure for this malady but to quit her job, stuff all her worldly belongings into her car, and drive off into the sunset to find adventure.
(this is actually a picture of a sunrise, but we can pretend)
During her travels the nurse learned many things...like flexibility and self-confidence in her career, how to be more outgoing than came naturally to her, how to drive her car on icy roads without crashing, and how to snowboard. She never did crash the car, but the snowboarding part didn't turn out so well.
After losing her job and getting kicked out of her apartment, the crippled traveler limped home to rest and recuperate with her family's loving support.
Three months later her body was healed and her brain was bored. The combination of her increasing restlessness and decreasing bank account sent the nurse to central Texas. It wasn't quite where she wanted to be, but she was thankful for her job.
Over the next few months, her conversations with God went something like this:
"I'll work this job, but only for a few months."
"Ok, I'll stay a little longer, but I don't really need community."
"Maybe it would be nice to have friends after all, but I'm not putting down any roots."
"Well, a few roots wouldn't be so bad, but I'm not going to date anyone."
You see where this is going.
So, this adventure-seeking, root-shunning traveler was having a lovely time with new friends, working hard and planning where the road would take her next...when someone rather unexpectedly caught her eye.
And unbeknownst to her, she had caught his eye as well. These two were both very cautious in the area of relationships and content to get to know each other as friends, so it took a couple more months for anything to happen between them.
Finally the village matchmaker...er...I mean, their good friend Cheryl, got impatient and took matters into her own hands.
With Cheryl's relentless "encouragement," the two friends became more than just friends on January 1, 2011.