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I love to surrounding myself with nature and completely lose myself in the wonders of God’s creations. That’s when I feel closest to Him, and even without words, prayer flows from my heart. Running around the lake, helps, too.  

Unknown Territory

I never imagined I would be a marine’s girlfriend, but here I am, 460 miles away from the love of my life. Today, he reported for his first day of The Basic School, also known as TBS. He has been so ready to continue training for his career, and I am thrilled for him to do what he loves! I do realize it will be a challenging journey for both of us. He will be pushed to his limits, both physically and mentally. Plus, in three seemingly-endless months, I will start my own little adventure known as medical school.

I had some idea of what was to come when we first started dating (officially six months ago, but unofficially 12 months ago), but of course, reality didn’t truly sink in until he came to say goodbye on my birthday this past weekend. I’ll be honest: I completely and utterly broke down. I’m pretty sure my eyes were swollen shut the next day.

But you know what, after a whole lot of prayer and some personalized messages from above, I decided to end my pity party and put on my game face. I realized it’s time to gear up, show up, and give it all I’ve got. I am gonna support this man so hard. 

Maybe I sound naively optimistic, but I’m kinda excited for this opportunity to grow both as individuals and together in our relationship. (And let’s be real, who doesn’t want handwritten love letters?!) I would rather be long distance with him than short distance with anyone else. I am all in. 

I’m sure we both will have more than our fair share of unbearably difficult days. But the size of the struggle is proportional to the size of the worth, and nothing worth anything ever comes easily. 

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4

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