five out of seven

Five out of seven. We've said goodbye five times. We've had five terribly hard goodbyes in airports in two different states, two different countries. Each one is just as hard, but we've gotten better about not dragging them out. Our goodbye after the summer in Germany was the worst. We sat in that airport for a good hour crying. Since then it's gotten shorter and shorter every time. We try to "rip the bandaid off" and just get it over with, because sitting there crying and dragging out doesn't make it any easier. But I'm sitting on the plane as I write this, with a big smile on my face because of what DJ said to me before I walked through security. 
Five out of seven. We only have two more goodbyes. One after I spend this summer with him, and one after I go visit next October. After that last goodbye, we never have to be apart again. We've spent the last year and a half missing each other on and off for months at a time, but in nine short months it'll all be over. It sounds like forever away right now, but I know that December will be here before I know it and I'll finally get to be with my best friend every day for the rest of my life. Plus, three of those months I will be with him, so we really only have to spend six months apart. Ever. 
It's such a crazy feeling to know that THIS YEAR I graduate college and move to be with him. We've been talking a lot about our plans. Where I'll try to work, if he'll be getting out of the military, where we want to live. We're approaching such an exciting point in our journey together and it makes my heart so happy to think about that!

Being in a long distance relationship is so tough, and I can't wait to be done with that BS. But I honestly wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm so happy that we started our relationship long distance. Those five heart wrenching goodbyes reminded us that we don't want to be away from each other, and that we shouldn't take our time together for granted. Every sweet hello reminds us how exciting love can be. Every day we got to spend together was special, and I truly believe that once we're together every day, well always remember the times when we longed to be together and be grateful for what we have. 

Two more goodbyes and my life will change forever, and it couldn't come fast enough.
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  1. How exciting for you guys! I know exactly how you feel, I did long distance for two years and we finally were able to be together 5 months ago. Not having to worry about how many days left or when we will get to see each other again is an amazing feeling!

  2. What a beautiful way of thinking about your situation. A lovely truth -- and December will be here in a blink.

  3. Talking about looking at the glass as halfway full! You two have decided for you to move down to be with him!? We are still trying to figure out who will move, if I will move to Tampa or if he will move back home. It's such a hard decision to make. I can't wait to read all about your time together!! Post it soon!!!

  4. So happy for you. I will never forget when I decided to move to be with my long distance boyfriend and the relief I felt when we were FINALLY together. FOR GOOD.
    I hope these months go by fast for you!

  5. I'm so happy for you!!! Those 9 months will go by so quickly & it will be here before you know it :)

  6. Oh boy do I understand goodbyes! I just said goodbye to my hubby for the next month. He's only in the barracks 15 minutes away, but it stiiiiillllll sucks.

  7. I love your countdown and can't wait to keep reading about those "Goodbyes" dwindling. This is such an exciting time for you to think about, and I can't wait until the only "Goodbyes" you two have to say are in the morning as you leave for work.

    So glad you had an amazing time on your surprise visit. So sneaky and I love it!

  8. such a cute post! My husband and I did long distance when we were dating for about a year. I sobbed every single time I left haha. He did too. It was hard and the countdown made it a bit easier. So glad you found him, you seem very happy:)