Thursday, May 19, 2011

Email. A Love Worth... Writing For?

Thank you to Yahoo! Mail for sponsoring this post about staying connected. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Back in my early days of blogging, I may have mentioned a time or two that The Husband traveled for work. It was an amazing opportunity offered to him straight out of college, highlighting his four years of hardwork and determination. An offer he would have been crazy to turn his back on.

So, after saying "yes," he boarded his first of many USAirways flights and began traveling to some of the most beautiful cities across the United States, often leaving on Sunday afternoons and returning the following Friday evening. I was a senior in college when he boarded his first USAirways flight, two years into our relationship together.

Sure, we talked on the phone and texted, but who really has time for that? Starting a new job left little time to gab, not to mention a grueling Senior Year Nursing Program at Villanova Universty. What helped us connect the most during his days on the road? Email.

We emailed daily, sometimes two, three, seventy-bajillion times. Between classes, from the computer lab in the nursing building to the makeshift office cubicle in Fort Worth, Texas or the shabby chic Marriott hotel room in New York City. What a flirt he was! I can remember to this day getting butterflies in my stomach when "this really cool guy" would add a winky-face or smiley to the signature of his emails.

AP and The Husband {pre-husband) at the Eden Roc, 2005
Did I mention traveling had it's perks?

Although being apart for so long was difficult, email helped us stay connected. Through email, we shared our days, the who-said-what's, the you're-not-gonna-believe-this's. I would take pictures of myself before heading out to the bar for the night, just so that he could see what he was missing me all dolled up and outside of scrubs.  Before we knew it, an entire year went by and the {future} Husband became my fiance.

While working nightshift at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, I would send email after email full of table arrangements, centerpieces, bridesmaid dresses and band selections. We practically planned our whole wedding via email and I'm so thankful to look back on those emails and see how conceeding my Husband really was. Ha. Ha.

I emailed Husband late one night telling him about the "most adorable Old English Sheepdog puppy that I've ever seen," chockfull of pictures of the pup's shaggy hair and sad pet store eyes. Before we knew it? We became a family of three and Sheepie found a home.

And we continued to email. New York City, West Palm Beach, Detroit, Michican. San Diego, California. Charleston, South Carolina. It was during his last project in South Carolina that we emailed back and forth endless baby names...

Sure, this story is to be continued.. But? Believe it or not, although miles and miles a part, email always helped us feel as we were together all along. And although our very first emails were sent from an account bearing my maiden name, I'm so thankful that my new account bears his. Who says you can't fall more in love, plan a wedding, choose a puppy and perhaps, even a baby's name via email?

... And because everyone loves a Sheepie, Even Yahoo! Thanks for, "bringing our words to life!" Yahoo! and for helping so many of us stay connected.

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  1. What a nice post! And I love that you posted a pic of yourself.. you hardly ever do that! :)

  2. That's so sweet! Technology including email, skype, instant messenger, etc. has been a huge part of husband and I's relationship too!!

  3. Love this post!

    Probably because the first 2.5 years of marriage I travel 90% of the time! So, I know all to well the millions of emails you write about the most mundane things!

  4. What a sweet story! It's amazing how internet and email can keep us connected when we're far apart. You even sent him pics of your cute puppy by email.... love! My husband is a pilot, so we try to stay connected while he's gone too. Technology definitely makes that easier.

  5. I missed you too!! Such a sweet post doll, xxooo

  6. Love this!!!!

    My husband and I met online actually, so email, text, and instant messaging was key to us falling in love. :)

    I totally can relate to the butterflies when an email arrived that had a little something extra just for me than his other emails!



  7. AH - love this post. What a cool dating story you guys have:)


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