I'm participating in a link-up from one of the other baby blogs I follow (From Mrs. to Mama) and sharing our love story for Valentine's Day. ♥
Towards the beginning of my Senior year in high school, I was at a get-together and Daniel's sister was there. She told me that Daniel was in Iraq and he had just signed up for a MySpace account and suggested I look him up, so I did. We caught up and talked every now and then, but nothing serious. He finished his tour in Iraq right before I graduated high school in 2005 and was able to spend a whole month in Texas that summer. The first time I hung out with him that summer was at a party I went to with Miles and another one of my BFFs, Ashley. We seemed to have chemistry but I don't think he was interested in a girlfriend at the time. The more we got to know each other, though, the more we hit it off. We were both into the same things (which I guess is true of me & the other guys in our crew, but most of them were like brothers to me). We'd be driving to go surf or skate or something and I remember thinking "he knows the words to all my favorite songs... he's perfect."
|The day Daniel asked me to be his girlfriend.|
I knew our summer couldn't end there, so I used the money I received from graduation presents to buy a plane ticket to Hawaii. Two girlfriends of mine from Corpus Christi (who also grew up surfing in Texas) had just moved there, as well as another guy from our crew (Ashley's boyfriend at the time), so I knew it would be a blast no matter what ended up happening. And that it was. I was surfing some of the world's best waves in one of the most beautiful places on earth with the love of my life. It was the best summer ever.
|Kaneohe Bay- little did I know I'd be able to see that bay from my living room window 5 years later.|
I spent two wonderful months in Hawaii, and then it was time to go. I had been accepted to the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and it was time for me to get my butt over there to start my first semester. It was rough leaving Daniel, but by that time our relationship was strong enough for us to know we could handle the distance. Well, sort of... it wasn't long before Daniel bought a plane ticket from Hawaii to Austin just so that he could see me for three days.
|Daniel when he got to my apartment in Austin and saw all the pictures of him on my fridge.|
...and then he flew to Austin again for Thanksgiving and we drove down to South Padre Island where he spent the first holiday with my family as my boyfriend. Around that time we decided that the whole distance thing sucked and plane tickets were getting expensive. We wanted to be around each other 24/7. So I filled out a transfer application to the University of Hawaii and left Texas for Hawaii on Christmas Day. It was really difficult for me to leave Texas and my family but I knew it's what I wanted to do. I can't believe my parents were so supportive. I would freak out if Eva moved in with her boyfriend at 18. But I guess my parents trusted me, which is good because it all ended up working out. Rikki ended up moving to Hawaii too and lived in the apartment right above us. Daniel's best friend was our roommate and a couple of his friends lived with Rikki as well. We had a lot of fun at 808 Lunalilo Street. Life was good.
|Daniel and I chillin in the chairs in front of our apartment.|
We've been through a lot in the past five and a half years. Between Daniel's deployments and training exercises, we have spent over 24 months away from each other. It hasn't been easy, but it's definitely been worth it. We've moved back and forth between Hawaii and California a few times over the past few years and have traveled to several different countries together. Now we're expecting our first baby, which has brought us closer together than ever. I hate how cliche it sounds, but Daniel really is my best friend. We know each other better than anyone, and we still love doing everything together. When we get on each other's nerves, it isn't long before we're cracking each other up again. We still have the same goals, the same passions, and the same outlook on life. Sometimes, in all seriousness, Daniel tells me that he hopes there really is life after death because he doesn't want this life to be all we have together. I hate thinking about things like that, but I sure hope so too. Until then, we have a lot to look forward to. I can't wait to see what Daniel will be like as a daddy. I can't wait to see the world with him and make baby Eva some brothers and sisters. We may have our difficulties through deployments and whatever other curve balls life throws our way, but I know we can get through anything together, and I really do think our love story is of the fairy tale kind.