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Her Midlife Miracle

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She also welcomes their differences: "That's a real joy for me because he possesses stability and I've got an impulsive side. It's a wonderful combination." Yet they both come from Irish Catholic families, and Cross believes they have similar values. As the oldest of seven, Mahoney is accustomed to taking on responsibilities, and Cross says it's the little things he does—arranging lights along the staircase so she won't stumble if she gets up at night, or bringing her breakfast in bed—that show how much he genuinely cares. One of the first things he did when they married was update his life insurance policy. "Isn't it nice to have a guy who's thinking about the future and making sure that you're OK?" she asks rhetorically. It is indeed—especially when you've waited half a lifetime to find him.

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