i'll be seeing you

As many a military significant other knows (I'd say girlfriend, but honestly, this applies to every single person that loves someone in the military), distance is probably one of the hardest things in the world. There's only so many times you can cry and mope about it though because it doesn't help you get through it, and it certainly doesn't help your loved one either. 

When Ryan and I first started dating, the long distance concept was extremely daunting. And, I'll be honest, it still is when I have to fly back home after a great visit, or his leave is up. We've been lucky in the fact that he's accrued a lot of leave, and he's had a pretty good number of four-day passes this year, but it's definitely not been the most convenient relationship in the world. So, why do I do it, you ask? Because he's amazing. Because he completes me. Because when I get on a plane to fly home, I know that I'm in his heart and on his mind, and it's not permanent.

We're so lucky that we live in a day and age where technology bridges that distance. We text, phone call, facetime and facebook message every day. Because of this, I'm never actually too far from Ry's mind, and I don't feel as though I'm completely lost. I'm not going to lie though. I've had that nagging self-doubt at times. I'm sure that any military girlfriend can attest to the fact that dating someone long-distance and in the military is a risky concept...and there's a stigma to it.

But despite the fact that I have nights when I wish he could just cuddle up with me on the couch, and we didn't have to count down the days until our next visit, I wouldn't trade this for the world. Every time we're apart and see each other again, it's like the first time. I still get those butterflies. I still feel so blessed. I always, always remember this: 

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
2 Chronicles 15:17

apple picking

Now that fall is in full swing in New Hampshire (better known as the best time of the year if you live in New England), there is so much that I want to do! The cooler weather, the changing colors of the leaves...all of it...I swear it speaks to my soul. Today, it was a bit warmer, and we had some free time, so my sister, brother-in-law and a whole bunch of good friends decided to go apple-picking.

Here in New Hampshire, there is no shortage of apple orchards, and we decided to try one in Hollis called Lavoie's Farm because Adam, my brother-in-law, really wanted to find a place where he could climb the trees. He swears none of the places have trees that are tall enough to climb. As a quick aside, he's 5'8". All these trees are tall enough for him. I digress.

The weather was beautiful, the apples were freaking delicious, and I ate to my heart's content. Naturally, I had to bring the camera along to document the day because that's just what I do. It was a blast...I'll definitely miss fall weather here when I leave. Arizona's got nothin' on fall in NH!

arizona happened (so did sharkfest)

I meant to start my personal blog in Arizona. I really did. I wanted to chronicle the fun trip, but it just didn't happen. The truth is, I really don’t have an excuse because it’s super freaking easy to write a post and say “hey, I’m in Arizona with my man.” The other truth is that I just didn’t want to spend anymore time online than I absolutely had to.

Here's the thing; for the first time in about a year, I actually got to spend more than 2-3 days with Ryan at a time. I flew out to Arizona on August 30th, and I just got back a week ago - only just in time to do the Boston Sharkfest swim. Pretty much everyone has been asking me how I liked Arizona, and the answer is simple. Arizona and Fort Huachuca are whatever (hot, dry, blech), but being with Ryan makes any place worth it. 
We didn’t do too many crazy things. We really just enjoyed spending time together - just the two of us - because it doesn’t happen too often. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. Long distance sucks. It sucks a lot. But if you have someone that you love, that loves you back and that makes you smile even on the worst of days, long distance is entirely worth it in the end. 
Enough of the mush though. I get to see Ry again in less than 3 weeks, as I’m visiting him and his family in Utah for a long weekend (and I can’t wait)! But for now, I’ll leave you with a few pics from the trip…and from Sharkfest in Boston.

From the top left: Yours truly swimming the Boston Harbor; The whole gang getting ready to brave the Boston Harbor; My big sis and I after the race; When the sun decided to come out after the race

From the left: The Bisbee 1,000, which is a crazy stair race that people apparently run; Yours truly and Ryan trying to savor every last moment before I left; The Bisbee Peace Wall

hello, blogosphere

I figured I’d start this blog (despite my better judgement) because my future is very up in the air right now. I’m a blogger…elsewhere, that is. I review young adult books over at I Swim for Oceans, and I’ve been doing so since 2009. 
This blog, however, is a bit different. Colour it a personal blog of sorts. My boyfriend, Ryan, is a Staff Sergeant in the US Army, currently stationed about 1,000+ miles away from me in Arizona. I live in New Hampshire, and I work just outside of Boston for the time being. We’ve been together for about a year, and we see each other about once a month, if we’re lucky. 
We just managed to spend the past 3 weeks together while I worked remotely, and it was amazing! I can't tell you how hard it was to actually leave him there and fly back East. He’s an incredible man with a ton of heart and a huge passion for what he does. I’m lucky enough to have a job that affords me the opportunity to work remotely, so here’s hoping I have a reason to do so…soon ;)
Until then, this blog will be a record of my travels, photography, everyday life and planning a future with the man I love. Thanks so much for dropping by, and I really do hope that you come back again soon!