Long Distance Love Pt. 2 (soldier style)

Monday, March 23, 2015
It's no secret that while my husband is away (and in a different time zone) that his time is extremely limited. People have asked what Justin does to make us feel included in his "everyday life" while he is away at school, so I thought I'd make a part two to my part one from the perspective of the person that is actually away. All of his days have been like normal work days, so while Ava and I are still fast asleep, Justin has already started his day. I've noticed that the first time I actually hear from him in a day, (which is always via text message) is usually about noon. I'm assuming this is when he has his break from class and he's able to get some lunch in. It's 9 a.m. when that first text hits, so Ava is eating breakfast and I'm able to have a short conversation with my mister.

The next time I hear from him (most days) isn't until about 3 p.m. (our time) which is a long stretch. Luckily, he'll send a "selfie" of himself before then, or I'll open up my gmail when Ava is napping to discover that he sent me an email. Those are my absolute favorite. I truly love his "email letters" to me because I know they are random and at his own will. Once he's out of school for the day, and he's had his dinner, this is when he gives us a call. No matter what is going on in his busy school life, he always calls us each evening. I love this most. Ava talks to daddy during this time and it makes my heart so happy to hear them actually going on, having a toddler conversation. Justin asks her all types of questions and just listens to her toddler babble most of the time.

We usually wrap up our conversation with a quick face time conversation or a snapchat conversation. Yes, we've embraced the beauty of apps, but the videos and images only allow you to see it once, which I'm not really fond of. Justin literally resents technology, so the fact that he is going the extra mile while he is away really makes me feel so incredibly good! I know he finds selfies to be a bit narcissistic, and I know his idea of of a fun time isn't having his daughter stick the phone in her potty when we are trying to face time before he has to hit the hay. Even still, he is totally rocking at keeping his family in the loop and we are more than grateful. This schedule only applies to weekdays because Justin actually has the weekends off from school.

During the weekends, we talk... ALL. DAY. LONG. By the time Ava bug and I are awake, I already have my first text of the day. That happens at around 7 a.m. our time. I get selfies on selfies, text messages, phone calls, and face time sessions with the mister throughout the entire 48 hour span that he doesn't have to be at school. It's an amazing time for us all. Ava gets so used to seeing him on the weekends that she doesn't try to take my phone and run with it. The weekends give us some sense of normality and it sometimes feels like he's here with us.

So there you have it. This is how my husband keeps in contact with us while he is away. Although I know he is studying like crazy, and working hard on his college courses, I am so proud of him for balancing work and family so well. I've tried to prep myself for the decrease that may happen as the tests and his school work gets harder.. so far that hasn't happened and I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I am for that.

Here's a little collage of the King of selfies! 

The time is blazing right on by and we will see our main man in no time at all! How many of my readers are currently dealing with long distance love due to a military relationship? What are some of the ways your significant other keeps you in the loop? Leave some love below, or send me an email.

Happy Tuesday all!

♥- Leilani

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