Trouble can make or break a relationship.
I've seen lots of couples be in love and blissfully happy until there's a kink in the works and then everything falls spectacularly apart.
But then there's the steady relationships. The ones where everyone is comfortable, and perhaps even a little bored. Where little faults take on more importance than they should. And maybe you take each other a little too much for granted.
No one wants bad things to happen, but sometimes trouble can have a silver lining.
We've had some troubles lately. But one good thing that's come of it is a very real appreciation for the man I married, and WHY I married him. After nearly 17 years together, sometimes you forget. And then something happens that pulls you together and it all becomes very clear.
I got a lovely ring for Valentine's Day, but more than that I realized I've got a guy that will do anything to look after me and his children. Who is a good person. Who stands beside me and worries about me when I'm worried and is happy for me when I'm happy.
Sometimes it takes a little bit of trouble to remember it, that's all.