It's been a crazy year marked by tumult, tragedy and uncertainty, but in some corners of this great country, things are looking decidedly up.
Teen Mom's resident ne'er do well, Ryan Edwards, is engaged!
Really! Maci Bookout's ex proposed to Mackenzie Standifer!
The reality star introduced fans to his now-fiancée on Season 6 of the hit MTV show, as you know if you watch Teen Mom OG online.
Edwards captioned the photo below of a stunning oval diamond engagement ring, posted to Instagram on Thursday, December 15:
“A getting married”
It's not entirely clear what that means, whether it's a mistake or some kind of cryptic message, or if that's the extent of his writing abilities.
But you have to admit, that is a classic Ryan caption right there. He also tagged the couple's location as an area Waffle House restaurant.
In a comment on the photo, Standifer confirmed that engagement is real, but clarified to a fan that “this did not happen at Waffle House.”
Too bad, that would be a story to remember.
As shown on Teen Mom OG, the happy couple was smitten with each other and moved in together shortly after they started dating this year.
Ryan was previously in a long-term relationship with Dalis Connell, and teased a possible pregnancy at one point (there wasn't one).
Anyway, his happy news comes after Edwards’ ex Maci Bookout married Taylor McKinney in October; Ryan was even on hand for the event.
Bookout and Edwards are the parents of eight-year-old Bentley, and while Maci and Ryan have had their issues, they're on great terms now.
Same goes for Maci and Mackenzie.
“I am so happy that when [Bentley] is with you, you can be his mother and treat him like your own child,” Bookout told Standifer recently.
“I just want to let you know, I really, really appreciate you,” said Maci, who is also the mother of another son and a daughter with McKinney.
Maci gushed that she’s always wanted her former beau to find true love, and is overjoyed not just for him but for Mackenzie - and Bentley.
“All I ever wanted was for Ryan to find someone that makes him happy and who will treat my son, as their own child [when] I am not there."
“So, we are both his mother.”
Ryan, for all his issues, has been supportive of McKinney's relationship with Maci and Bentley, so it appears the respect goes both ways.
One big modern family, right?
He has been widely derided as a lazy slacker who lives at home and whose mom dotes on him like he's Bentley's age, but he's improved.
Quite a lot, TBF.
Here's hoping that in the coming year, he'll continue to show more signs that he's ready to be a great dad - which Mackenzie will help with.