Absence Made my Heart Grow Fonder

When Joe and I were dating, we'd sometimes go up to a day and a half without seeing each other and in the four years that we've been married, there have been times when we've gone 48 hours without seeing each other. Although our time apart in the past hasn't been extensive, it made me appreciate the time that we had to spend together. The phrase "absence makes the heart grow fonder" has always been something that I've said to myself, but it didn't have as much meaning for me until Joe went away to scout camp for five days and had extremely limited contact. I probably still don't understand how much meaning that phrase can have, but to be honest, I hope I never do.

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8 Keys to a Long Distance Relationship

It all started, a couple years ago, with a cute ginger and a girl who didn't want to be tamed.  With a little bit of time and patience, we were head over heels, falling for each other more every day, and officially boyfriend and girlfriend (as in facebook official ;) ).  Thomas and I continued to date until we graduated college in December, where we were met with a dilemma.  We lived 259 miles apart.  That's four hours away! 

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I Can't Take the Distance

It all started with a year long study abroad trip to France. At 19, I was young, curious, and just itching for adventure. So I stuffed everything I could into one little suitcase and bought a plane ticket. A few months later, completely excited, jet lagged, and a little naive, I showed up in a city that I'd never visited before, not knowing anyone or even if I'd be able to find my apartment in the morning. I barely spoke the language.

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