9.01.2013

keeping busy.

People always ask me how I do it. How do I handle being away from my handsome man for months at a time. So many of you go through this as well, and I'm sure you know we all have our little tips, tricks, and methods of staying sane when our loved ones are away. I already did a post here on some tips for keeping a long-distance relationship strong. But this is different. That post was more about what to do as a couple. This is how to cope when you're alone.
Sometime, the loneliness and the longing to be with my handsome man is overwhelming. It's hard when there's nothing you can do. There have been so many times I wish I could just drop out of school and go live with him. But needless to say, that's not an option. I hate that we can't be together, but at the same time, I'm so proud of him for everything he does. He's so good about doing everything he can to make it easier on me. But sometimes, when I'm just sitting around, it's so hard to not just think about how much I miss him- and it hurts.
Isn't he sweet?! I love him.
So anyway, I try to stay busy. 
Right when I came home from Germany (read about my trip here), I knew that it would be really hard. I went from spending every day for two months with him to not seeing him at all. So like the day after I came home, I went to Michael's (my favorite store on earth) and bought scrapbook materials. I LOVE scrapbooking, and so I thought it would be a fun way to display my trip! 
I just used pictures and items that I collected throughout the trip and made it super cute :)
I also put some of these in there. Before I was in Germany, I ordered these "I love you because..." notes from Paper Doll Printing. Aren't they the cutest?! So every day while I was in Germany, I wrote him a note- a reason I loved him- and stuck it somewhere in his house so he would find one every day :) They made him so happy, and he asked me to put a few in the scrapbook! He's so cute. So I've done about six pages in that scrapbook, and he wants to help me with the rest so we'll finish it when he comes home! (Hopefully soon- we still don't know)
You can see the other scrapbook I'm making here.
I also just started watching Army Wives. I'm addicted! I think I cried like 6 times in the first three episodes. Its a little dramatic and overwhelming, but I definitely think everyone should watch it :)
I can already tell this is going to be one of those shows that I lay in bed and watch all 7 seasons in like a week. Oh well :)
I also love to craft. You can check out the painted and distressed mason jars I love making, as well as LDR coffee mugs here.

School also helps keep me busy. I'm taking 18 credits this semester and it's a lot of work.
 
And it's only the first week. You can read about how my first week went here!
 A little wine never hurt, either. I LOVE this Barefoot Moscato. MMM:)

I also really love to cook. This is a green chile omelet with rosemary potatoes! It was so yummy :)

Cooking, crafting, school, working out, or whatever it is- I just try to stay busy. These past few weeks have been the hardest, especially because I don't know when he's coming home. It'll be in the next couple weeks for sure, so it might seem crazy that I'm so upset, but it doesn't feel real. Not having a set, for-sure date makes it seem like it's not going to happen.

But, I'm trying my best to keep my head up and stay strong- for both of us. I know it kills him that he can't make it easier on me, and sometimes I wish I could be stronger.

I know so many of you are going through the same thing, so does anyone have any suggestions? What do you do to keep your mind off of missing your loved ones?

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20 comments:

  1. Awwww! Sean and I were long distance for three years...but at least we shared the same country! Looks like you're managing your time well which is the best thing you can do. The scrapbook looks great so far!

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  2. So sweet, I dont know if I would be able to do it!
    Stopping by from the blog hop! Hop over to mine here
    http://thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com

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  3. Germany is such an incredible country, we often think of how we want to spend more time exploring Bavaria in the future! I know how challenging it can be with regards to long distance relationships, stay strong!!

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    1. It really is SO beautiful. And thank you! :)

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  4. Stopping by from The Collective. Glad I stumbled upon you. The husband and I have been doing the long distance between NY and Korea for a while now, all due to the Army, so I well understand your frustrations. Hang in there, get involved with the milSO community, and you'll find a ton of support to keep you grounded.

    I'll e following along from Bloglovin' :)

    -Lauren @ Going Green: Our Army Adventure

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    1. Thank you! Yeah everyone in the MilSO community is so supportive, its helped me a lot!

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  5. Hello, I am new and I followed you on GFC =)

    Please check out my blog and follow me back too =))

    <3 Celly
    http://thesnowflowerrr.blogspot.com/

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  6. Hi, I found you through thee friend connect blog hop! I love your blog, and I love your love story!! I can def relate to the whole military thing. My brother's in the Army(airborne division),and has been deployed several times. blah! It's hard dealing with these military men when their gone :( Anyways, I'm a new follower via Bloglovin' and GCF. I hope you can visit my blog and enter in my current sponsored giveaway from Rhinestone Sash. We're giving away a bride to be rhinestone sash to one lucky follower!

    XOXO, Jess
    http://diyfrugalbride.blogspot.com/2013/09/sponsored-post-bride-to-be-rhinestone_2.html

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    1. It's definitely tough! Thanks I'll check it out :)

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  7. Sounds like you are making the most of your time apart and the chances to communicate when you can!

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  8. Thanks so much for linking up with me!
    Join us every Monday for more fun!!
    http://thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com

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  9. Those mugs! I die! Thanks for linkin up to Sunday FUNday! I'll be featuring you at this week's party! XOXOXO

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  10. Hello! New follower from the Digest linkup. I am a military wife/blogger too. Love connecting with other milspouse bloggers!

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    1. Yay! I love meeting other military SO's! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  11. Aw, you remind me of my son and his GF. They have been dating since H.S. and are juniors in college now. Luckily she is on semesters and he is on trimesters so their breaks differ and they can visit each other then.

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