Long Distance Love
I sing in an International champion Sweet Adelines Chorus - The RichTones, here in Dallas. For those of you unfamiliar with the genre, it's female barbershop. You can learn more about it here - Sweet Adelines International. We are once again preparing for International competition that takes place October 20-24, 2009 in Nashville, TN and we are seeking our 5th gold medal!There are several reasons
I'm always searching the Internet for stories that inspire and remind me that long-distance relationships can and do succeed. I do this not so much for myself - I'm secure in the knowledge that my LDR works and will continue to do so. I do it for those who waver in the decision whether to begin one or stay in one.The link below is a sweet long-distance love story that should encourage us all. I'm
The Maroon - Long-distance relationships can be worthwhileThis is a well-written post by a young woman in a successful long-distance relationship. As she so aptly points out, LDRs can be very rewarding if we allow them to be. It's just a matter of accentuating the positive and down-playing the negative.For some tips on finding the positive aspects of a long-distance relationship, visit http://
Couple Who Wrote Letters During WWII Celebrate 60th Anniversary The FriskyOk, I go months without writing and then write two posts in one day. I had already written my post when I came across this article and couldn't resist sharing it. Besides, it kind of shares today's theme of separation.Although long-distance relationships are admittedly tough, we are so blessed to live in the technological
Another summer has slipped by and as always, I hate to see it nearing an end. Summer has always been my favorite time of year. Yes, I know it's hot, but when my kids were in school, it was the only time of year that we could relax and spend truly leisure time together. There were no uniforms to wash, no homework to get done, no scheduled activities like basketball games, scouts, band practice.
Jewzel and Dwayne - JamaicaObserver.comThis is such a sweet story. It demonstrates the power of true love even though many years and many miles may come between.Jewzel says of their long distance relationship, "I would never tell anybody that it is easy, but if you pray and ask God to help you go through, then you will manage. I mean there are going to be times when you are actually going to be
This is not just any Saturday. There are several things about this day that make it different from most. For instance, today is my little baby girl's birthday. You mom's know how it is, she'll always be my baby even though today, she turns 20!And today, this weekend actually, Mike is golfing in a tournament. I'm so glad he 's getting some time to relax and have some fun. But it's strange not
I find myself in a sad yet very familiar state of mind. My poor Mike, who rarely gets sick, has a bad cold. In fact, I think he got it from me during my recent visit, except I don't have it nearly as bad as he does.One of my constant struggles in this long-distance relationship world is wanting to be wherever I'm not. I've talked about this before - when I'm in Dallas, I want to be in Denver and
In yesterday's post I mentioned that Mike's daughter graduated from college over the weekend. That in itself, is a major life event. But it was not to be the only momentous event last week.Soon after I arrived on Wednesday, Mike received a phone call from his daughter's long-time boyfriend requesting that Mike meet him after work. Of course, Mike was hesitant since I had just arrived but it
I recently returned from another trip to Denver. This time, it was to attend Mike's daughter's college graduation. I never cease marveling over the march of time. Yes, Mike and I acknowledge monthiverseries. We recognize that another birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. has come and gone and we are still living in different states. It's not like we don't realize that time is passing. But at
How I Found Mr. Absolutely Right. I read this post today and loved the story. Cindy Parksley wrote with heart and humor about her long-distance relationship. It's always encouraging to hear from others who are making their LDR work.
I had a conversation with a friend last Sunday. She's divorced and has 2 young daughters. She's dating a man who is also divorced with 2 young daughters. We were discussing our relationships and all the challenges we face and ironically, she reminded me of one of the major benefits of being in a long-distance relationship.She and her SO actually work together and see each other nearly every day.
Yesterday was another milestone in The LDR Adventure of Mike and Ann. It was our 3.5 year mark. I find that so incredible. Not the fact that we've lasted three and a half years together, just that that much time has passed since we hopped on this crazy ride.I remember when we first began this relationship, I thought my heart would break every time we had to part. I counted the weeks, days, and
I know it's been a LONG time since I've posted. Like so many people, the economy has reached deeply into my life and I have had to spend the majority of my time figuring out how to survive.Besides, I find myself in the difficult position that so many writers share. The most poignant things I want to write about are also the most personal and involve others than me alone. I once read a book about
So the holiday for lover's is less than a week away and I'm sure for many, it is bittersweet. I am so very fortunate this year because Mike is coming to spend Valentine's Day with me. It's fortunate that it falls on a Saturday this year. It should give more long-distance lovers a chance to be together.If by some sad circumstance you will not get to be with the one you love, I've found a gift that
Sometimes it seems like my long-distance relationship will remain long-distance forever. And sometimes that doesn't seem like such a bad idea. I've been on my own for so long now that I sometimes wonder if Mike and I can really forge a life together. There are so many sacrifices to be made that it frightens me to even consider stepping off that ledge.And then I think about how incredible it feels
The holidays, family issues, and illness have taken their toll on me to start the new year so I haven't had a chance to write lately.For the past three years, I have accompanied Mike to his annual sales meeting at various locations in the U.S. We've been to Hilton Head, Austin, and Orlando. We've always extended the stay over the weekend to enjoy a little getaway. Unfortunately, this past year
I swear I don't know where the time goes. I can't believe I haven't written a post since Thanksgiving! And yet, the time apart from Mike seems to drag.For a quick catch up, Mike came for a visit last weekend. My chorus had a holiday show on the 13th and he came for that. It was great having him in the audience but unfortunately, it meant we didn't get to spend much time together. The show went
Here it is... the day before Thanksgiving, and I'm facing another holiday away from my sweet Mike. Are you facing the same sad situation? This is actually our fourth Thanksgiving spent in separate states! And no, it doesn't get any easier. Yes, I've resigned myself to our plight but it makes it no less heart-wrenching.To add to my separation anxiety, my daughter did not get to come home. With the
Boo hoo. I'm back from Paradise - an amazing week of sunsets, long walks on the beach, breakfasts on the balcony, incredible seafood and even a sunrise (I'm not a morning person!). And all with the love of my life. It was the perfect anniversary trip. We're already trying to figure out when we can go back. And hopefully you'll forgive me for not posting like I said I would. The time flew by, so
Well, the post from my Blackberry worked but I couldn't get the picture to work so here it is - the old-fashioned way... from my laptop. Let me just say that this picture does not do justice to the amazing colors. The water is varying shades of blues and emerald greens. The sand is sugar-white. You can see why I don't ever want to leave!
What an absolutely amazing, incredible world we live in. And what a wonderful, beautiful day it is today. I have lots to share!On Friday I took a plunge and bought a Blackberry Curve. I'll save the gory details of the problems I encountered for another day but all those issues aside, I love it! Just read on.Today is also Mike's and my third anniversary together. We are actually sitting on the
Certainly long distance relationships are not age specific but a large number of these couples are in college. Both my son and my daughter have experience with LDRs.I read this article today and was impressed with the wisdom and maturity of the sentiments.Young couples experience challenges in relationships - Life/styles: "Long distance relationships can add extra hardships to the commitments
I'm back from Denver and although I have a very busy week ahead of me, I'm still struggling with being away from Mike again.Typically, we don't go to movies when we're together. To some extent it feels like a waste of our very precious "in-person" time. In fact, we have only been to 2 movies in nearly 3 years. That's not to say we don't watch movies. We just prefer to rent them and watch from
I read a very interesting article this morning regarding how temperature affects our behavior and our attitude toward others - Hot cuppa makes you feel good about others.It started with this intriguing first line:Our judgement of someone's character can be influenced by something as simple as the temperature of a drink held in our hands, say US researchers.It went on to describe how people