I’m not overly sentimental; however I can cry at the drop of a hat and am a little needy, especially when Andy and I were dating. (I believe that had something to do with the fact that we lived 500 miles away from each other for most of our relationship though.)
I’m bringing this up because I’ve realized, within the past six months, how much we’ve grown as a couple since we starting living together. Our relationship was great before, don’t get me wrong, but now it is better than ever. Being able to wake up next to my best friend in the morning, welcome him home from work, and being able to eat dinner and have a face-to-face conversation at our kitchen table is the greatest feeling ever. Couples take being together every day for granted, I know because I’m beginning to.
Andy is presenting at a conference in May, ironically in Grand Rapids, MI. I would love to go with him, but think asking for a whole week off already might not be such a great idea. (Plus, we’d have to find a dog sitter for Kimber.) As much as I would love to fly to GR and visit family and friends we decided that I’m going to stay here with Kimber and work. I haven’t been away from Andy since the day we got married. (Pathetic I know, but moving across the country doesn’t come with many friends.) Knowing that I’ll be away from Andy for that week is going to be so strange because I forget that we held a long distance relationship for so long. I can’t believe that for almost four years we only saw each other once a month and now we are with each other every day.
People always ask us how we made our long distance relationship work. Honestly, I have no idea! I knew we had something special and thought that as long as I’m happy and am in love that it will be worth it. For most couples I believe it comes down to whether it is meant to be, and for us it was. (I also had amazing friends that always kept me busy!)
I’m not going to lie, it is hard, but we fought just as hard to keep our relationship going strong. It totally paid off, because I am now enjoying this crazy adventure with the love of my life. I never imagined I would have done half the things I have, I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with anyone else. Love you, Andrew!!!