Monday, June 4, 2012

I Was NEVER Going to Get Married Again - RIGHT!


While doing my post for Monday's Music with all those love songs, including Bill and my wedding song, it got me thinking about our love story.....

Now as most of you know, or can see, Bill is a bit older than I am. HaHa. He is actually 24 years older than me, so there was no thought of ever falling in love with him or marrying him when we first got to know each other.

We worked together and were both going through rough divorces at the same time. Besides my children, Bill was the one bright spot in my life at the time, he was able to make me laugh. One night at a going away party for a work friend, we sat next to each other and laughed so much - more than I had in months. (Which, BTW, he can still make me do after all these years.) Bill thought that maybe I would be interested in meeting his son who was about the same age as me.... that just never happened.

The more we got to know each other and the more we learned about each other, we found we had a lot in common... except our age. That kept coming up in my mind, but Bill was so much fun and young at heart that it really didn't seem to matter.

But.... I was NOT going to fall in love and NEVER going to get married again.... Bill would ask me and I would say NO... he'd say, not even to me? And I would say NO!  Well, he wore me down a little and when he would say, not even to me? And I would say, MAYBE.  One day as I was ironing his shirt for work at 5:00 in the morning - in my night shirt, all bedhead and everything - he came running down the stairs (in his underwear) and said, "You HAVE to marry me!" I turned to him, looking horrible and all, and said, "OK."  Three months later we were Mr. and Mrs.

And they lived happily ever after..... R-I-G-H-T? Let's get real, girls!

Now the living begins... it became time to really realize that, yes, Bill is 24 years older than I am, we need to plan for our future. Time to realize that someday something might happen to one of us and we may need long-term care. We made sure we had life insurance, living wills, powers of attorney, and I made sure that my children were taken care of if anything happened to me.

But when it came to long-term care insurance, I was lost, I only thought about Bill getting insurance. Turns out, I should have gotten some, too. When I ended up disabled in 2003, we ended up in quite a difficult financial state as it took almost a year to get Medicare coverage.

I wish I had known about Genworth Financial back then, they have all the information you need on long-term insurance, life insurance, retirement, home ownership, and wealth management.

So, even though I was NEVER going to fall in love and get married again... here I am, married to the most wonderful man in the world and more in love with him every day than I was that day I finally said, "OK."

Life can be difficult at times, but as long as you plan for the future, stick together, and laugh with each other every day.... you CAN live happily ever after - just like a Princess.

{This sponsored post was inspired by Genworth Financial. Opinions expressed are my own, and the story is 100% true and accurate from my life. For more information about different long-term insurance plans visit the Genworth Financial website.}



Unknown said...

Awww, Lorie! That's such a fantastic love story! Good to know about the health insurance factor - it's something my hubby and I may look into when we move back State-side this summer.

Colette S said...

Lorie, I enjoyed reading about your love story.
It's great to find that wonderful thing that just carry you along.

Chris from said...

It is indeed very important to have some form of insurance cover in place. You may resent having to pay a monthly premium but at least you can be sure that your family's financial security won't be compromised in times of uncertainty.

Adaptable Kay said...

What an extremely sweet and moving love story :) It just makes you want to go 'Awwwww!'

I would have been skeptical, too, if I were in the same position-This day and age, people's age differences can make or break a relationship.

But then again, I am the one who always says age is but a number when it comes to true love :)

Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

I'm almost in tears! What a beautiful love was interesting to hear how it all happened. I guess age really does NOT matter...just that your partner is someone who loves you to the moon and back. I am so happy you found love and that you and Bill are so in love :)

I can't think of a nicer person to deserve someone like him.

Love you!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Ahhh what a beautiful story. You know I never knew it was 24 yrs he is so young at heart and amazing to my girl! I love the underwear part .. hehe

Long Term Health Care is very important I don't think may think about it like they should.

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