Mara has challenged me to look at the nature of Christianity, and Catholicism in particular. In the very short time I've known her, I've felt that my faith received a much-needed shot in the arm. There's nothing like telling someone about your love of God to reaffirm that love.
She was incredibly open and honest about herself, even the less-than-fun stuff, something I respect and admire. Trust me, I won't violate your confidences. Plus, she likes Mexican food, so I have someone to share salsa with (and she's a bit spicy herself).
Welcome, Mara. I hope you read this, and I look forward to getting to know you better.