Rich could tell how shaken his wife was about the accident and did his best to comfort her. It came as a shock to him too. He knew Jessica very well from teaching with her at the Jr./ Sr. High School. She was only a few years older than he and Tosha, so the news of her unexpected passing hit close to him.
He knew with her death the school system would be lacking for teachers. No one had approached him about getting his old job back, but he had a feeling that if he wanted it, it would be his for the taking. He wasn't sure if he wanted to return to teaching. He thought this might be a good opportunity to explore something different.
He also had a second possibility for his new career. He wondered if he could make it as a writer. So he sat down at the computer and started coming up ideas for a novel. He knew writing a novel would take a lot of time, but he had time at the moment and working from home would be ideal with the new baby on the way.
Rich and Tosha were both really excited about the new baby. They had wanted to start their family earlier, but getting pregnant took longer than they had anticipated. Tosha was glad that Robin was pregnant again. It was nice to have a friend who was going through the same thing at the same time to talk about her pregnancy with.
Things in the household were about to change in a major way, so the family took the time to enjoy the quiet moments before the baby came and before Violet left for college to watch a movie together.
Nine months of pregnancy went by quickly and soon it was time for the baby to come.
Tosha still had a few days of maternity leave left after Rosalyn was born, but being homebound during her pregnancy was giving her cabin fever. She handed Rosalyn over to her daddy and ventured out to the grocery store to restock the refrigerator.
She was delighted to run into Robin while she was there and tell her friend how well things were going with the baby.
Things were going well for Violet too. She had really hit the books during the last few years and managed to get her grades up to a passing level. She had applied to New Eden University without high hopes that she would get in, but her charisma not only helped her ace her interviews and get accepted, but also earned her a scholarship as well.
She adored her little niece and offered to help out with the baby as much as she could.
It broke her heart anytime the baby cried or was unhappy.
Violet was nervous when Ms. Miguel called the house one evening to talk to her. She was terrified that something was wrong with her grades and that she might not be graduating afterall, but she had nothing to worry about. To her relief, Ms. Miguel was making calls to all of the graduating seniors to congratulate them and talk to them about their plans for graduation and beyond.
Violet wasn't sure what she was going to study in college or what career she would pursue after her education was finished. She didn't know what the future might hold, but she hoped that Bryan would be a part of it.
As excited as she was about going to college, the achievement was bittersweet, because Bryan still had another year before he graduated high school and could join her at university. She knew she would miss their lively discussions,
and being able to see him whenever she wanted. She wanted to make sure he would never forget her. She decided she was ready to take things to the next level before the next year would take them apart.
He immediately sent Bryan home and decided it was time to have another talk with Violet before she left for school.
Once Bryan was gone, Violet was safely alone in her room, and Rosalyn was asleep, Rich and Tosha decided to put the bed to good use. It might seem a little soon to start thinking about baby number 2, but with as long as it took for them to get pregnant with Rosalyn, they decided not to wait.