My husband and I met 5 summers ago while he was on leave from the Air Force. I had a friend in college who used to talk about him (they were from the same town and talked online while he was away). Truthfully, I thought she was crazy for talking to someone who lived all the way in Italy. Her brother was engaged to his sister, so she knew he'd be around when he came home and we'd all hang out. The first time I met him, my friend (We'll call her J) and I were at the mall and he came to meet us. To this day he swears he can remember exactly what I was wearing. Player hahah.
A few days later she took him to my birthday dinner and for the first time I noticed I felt a strange feeling of jealousy when I saw them walking hand in hand. A few days after that she invited me to her brother's house for a game night and I didn't feel like going. He called me to convince me and I felt butterflies all jumbled in my stomach the whole time I talked to him on the phone. I knew this would be a BIG problem.
Fast forward to a few months later, J decides she doesn't have feelings for him at all. By this point we had become "Myspace friends" hahaha! And we began exchanging messages. We talked occasionally and the big mouth that I am, confessed I had some feelings for him. We continued talking and decided when he came home in November, we'd hang out. We did, and while it was kind of awkward, I still liked him. We decided to do wayyyy long distance, knowing he'd be home again in April for his sister's wedding. He came home then and we spent almost every day together. Before he left he told me he loved me for the first time and I do believe I said "no you don't!". Smooth move, Kassie.
More emails, messages, IMing and phone calls later, I traveled to Italy for 3 and a half weeks to spend with him. That was interesting. We had not spent more than a few days at a time together so it was an adjustment.
I knew he'd be home for good sometime at the end of the year. After a lot of issues getting released, he finally came home in September. It was a rough transition. We broke up twice for a week then a month. I was devastated. We got back together, though, and learned how to be in a non-long distance relationship.
Two summers ago, we got engaged at the beach and I could not have been happier. We were married in April of 2012 and plan to start a family in 3 years or so. I can truly be the cheeseball that I am and say I married my very best friend. We just fit.