If you've ever been in a relationship that was long distance, you know how challenging it can be. So much of a relationship is based on the presence of that person- seeing their reactions and mannerisms, reaching out and showing affection, and just being about to look into their eyes and feel a physical and emotional connection. Matthew and I did short distance (hour & a half) for the entire time we dated and it got to the point where I would leave his house and cry. It was an ugly scene, ladies. Even though we weren't too far, I missed that connection. I missed his face, seeing him laugh, and holding hands.
After chatting with my friend (the beautiful girl in the photos below) Jenny yesterday, I have a whole new respect for army wives. They know LONG distance. They know anticipation, anxiety-filled days and nights, and the hope that one day they will be back into the arms of the one they love. Her husband called during our mini shoot and her face lit up and you could tell that moments are treasured. (There is none of the "tuning out" that I'm so guilty of!) It will be almost a year before her husband will come back home to the states, and in the meantime she waits with an eager heart.
Thank you military men for serving. Thank you military wives for serving in a whole new way...
You prove to us that LOVE knows no distance.