Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Am I Dreaming?

I've decided that the #LoveBlog challenge is going to give me a reason to share some of our love story with you. I'm not sure why I haven't shared some of it before, but you can expect to see scattered bits and pieces of our love story over the course of this month. Today's theme is "fictional love" so I'm going to focus on a moment in our relationship when things just didn't quite feel real.


Am I dreaming?

Those are the exact words I asked myself last January after my husband left for yet another deployment. This deployment was different for many reasons and it all hit me at once. I'm going to have to back up the story though for you to understand what I'm talking about.

We met in June of 2012 at a pub in Charleston, SC and dated for about a year before finding out that the husband (then boyfriend) would be moving to California due to orders. We knew a move was coming but we never expected for it to be clear across the country. We faced the tough decision of starting a long distance relationship or ending things. After much debate, we opted for the long distance relationship.

We did the long distance thing for about a year and a half before I quit my job and started the process of moving to California. It was at this point that a proposal happened on the flight deck of his cutter (ship). More on that story later, though.

After he proposed, that's when the whirlwind (the dream, if you will) began. Things happened so fast that it might have well been in a book or movie. We found an apartment, returned to Charleston, crossed the country with my stuff in a uHaul, drove back to Arkansas, got married, and then returned to California where I found a teaching job within two weeks. I'm exhausted just thinking about everything that we threw into a month.

You read that right - a month. We got engaged, moved across the country, and got married all within the course of a month.

Life was good. Life was happy. We were married, enjoying our new town, and finding new adventures around every corner. Then, he left for another deployment. And I woke up one day, looked around, and wondered if it was real. The story seemed too incredible in my own head.

Am I dreaming?

I remember asking myself this question. I also remember telling myself that everything was real - I was married, living in California, and teaching fifth grade. (My passion is the younger kids - first and second.) I remember thinking "I should write a book because all of this seems like fiction." And maybe, just maybe, someday I will write a book about our love story - with some name changes and such of course.

This isn't the only time that real life has felt like fiction to me. Have you ever experienced a "fictional" moment in your life? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!


13 comments:

  1. I have moments when I still can't believe that I'm even in a relationship, let alone married for almost 2 years. I spent the first 24 years of my life single, so being married at 28 still feels surreal to me.

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  2. I am married and it hasn't even been a year since my husband and I officially met and started talking. And I'm living in a new state. It's not as dramatic as your story, but it still feels pretty surreal. Love the direction you took with the prompt, btw!

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    1. That does sound pretty surreal. It's crazy how fast life can change sometimes.

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  3. Alessia from theblondpond.com here.
    You should definitely write a book, sometimes life surpasses fantasy by a mile.

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  4. I definitely feel like that sometimes! It's kind of crazy to look back 10 years ago when I was in college or even longer back to high school, since I never would have pictured the life I have none. After growing up in California, I could never have imagined living in Louisiana, and yet here I am!

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    1. It's crazy how life changes and we don't even realize it until we look back!

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  5. Wow! You had a lot of changes in a month. Did you have a hard time with being there by yourself once he left? I think I would have struggled with that. You all were so brave. Bravo to you! :)

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    1. I did have a hard time at first because homesickness set in at the same time as the deployment. It was all a bit overwhelming but I'm definitely a stronger person because of it!

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  6. I actually have a friend who met her now husband at bar, they skipped over to Vegas (2hr drive) and got married like hrs after meeting and have been married ever since. Something like 20+ years! As for me, I've always had times like that, where I look back and can't believe things. Nothing pops out right now though.

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    1. How fun that they met and married within a few hours and it's been a success! Just goes to prove every relationship is different. :)

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