Thursday, September 6, 2012

324. Surreal

I didn't understand the word "surreal" until I read that email. And then I read it again. And again. And again, until I could convince myself that it was, in fact, real. Cayden is moving here in three days. THREE DAYS. Unless you're reading this on Thursday, in which case I can say CAYDEN WILL BE HERE IN TWO DAYS!

For the past three years I've spent so much of my time waiting--waiting for his next visit, waiting for his plane to land, waiting for our visa to get approved--that I'm having a hard time comprehending the fact that the wait is about to end. That whole 'good things come to those who wait a ridiculously long time' bit was about to actually live up to its promise.

Can you believe it? If you've been reading from the beginning, you've been through the ups and downs, the tears of joy and tears of heartache, right along with me for the past two years.... 324 posts. And it's all coming down to this... a happily ever after. Or so we hope.

And as you've been reading my story and geting to know us, I've been getting to know you. I talk to some of you so regularly on Twitter or via email that I forget we haven't met in person yet. You guys have been my support group whether you've known it or not, even if all you did was "like" one of my Facebook posts. I don't think I could have survived the emotional exhaustion of this long-distance relationship without a place to vent and people to commiserate with. I couldn't have done it without you.

So now I thank you for your tweets, your comments, your emails. I thank you for your letters to your congressmen, your words of wisdom, your shared stories. I thank you for staying up late with me, supporting me and cheering me on. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

Will I keep blogging once I get my fairytale ending?

Of course. Married life is going to be a whole new beginning. A fairytale beginning, perhaps.

OK, enough cheesy one-liners from me tonight. I blame it on the fact that I've lost hours and hours of sleep trying to get this blog caught up before our next chapter. Surgery in the morning and then I need all the beauty sleep I can get before Saturday.

Until my next update, enjoy these photos of us from the past couple years.

The night we met :)
July 3, 2009

My first trip to London
June 2010
Halloween 2010

Cayden's first OU football watch party.

Austin Trip
New Years Eve 2012
St Paddy's Day Parade 2012


The day we left Cozumel
Not sure why my leg is all crazy in this one, but here we are with our new friends on our honeymoon! [From left to right: me, Cayden, david, Vicky, Courtney and Chandler]


  1. I am soooooooooooo excited for you. I konw you have to get married right away, just please when you plan your "wedding" don't hide that fact, everyone will still be happy for you. Too many plan this "fake" wedding (not you) pretending they aren't married yet, it will be an awesome celebration i am sure.

  2. I can't wait to all the new adventures to come for you!!

  3. Celebrating your long-awaited and well-deserved success here in Ohio today!!! Whoo hoooooo!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Congrats - as someone who's been through the immigration thing as the one moving countries I know how hard it can be at times. Always worth the wait in the end though! I hope you don't have as many problems as you have had when it comes to changing his status after you marry.

  5. Cute cute pictures!!! Y'all are so damn perfect for one another! So happy for you two! ;). Can't wait to meet him!!!

  6. EEEEEEEE!!!!!!! I don't get to comment too much (I read all my blogs in Google Reader), but I used to Tweet with you near the beginning of the blog since I was also long distance with my boyfriend at the time.

    I just wanted to pop over and say though that I'm SOOOO excited for you guys! All the waiting was totally worth it now that you guys get to be together and I'm so excited to hear all about the awesome stuff coming up in your lives. Congrats to both of you!

  7. So excited for you! I will definitely have a celebratory drink for you when we go to downtown Fort Worth this weekend! Congrats lovebirds, you two definitely deserve your happily ever after.

  8. You guys are cute together. Can't wait until you're able to post a wedding picture!

  9. SOOO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS! Hope you have the best wedding EVER and I'm looking fwd to your married life adventures, especially those in the kitchen *cough cough*wink wink*

  10. OH MY GOD, SOOOOOOOOOO EXCITING!!!!! I couldn't be happier for you two! Hope the surgery goes well!

  11. Yea!!!!! fairytale beginning, sounds familiar. :) So happy for you both! Speedy recovery.

  12. Amazing! I read this blog from beginning to end over a year ago, and I am (and will always be) a faithful follower. I am insanely excited for you two and the new life you will have together. Congrats and good luck on the surgery.

  13. Well, this is it. yay! VERY excited for you guys, and can't wait for the continuing posts!

  14. I agree. Best post ever. This brightened up my day muchly. I wish you every happiness, Whitney. Thank YOU for making us believe in the sweetness of waiting. And get well real fast, a cyst is little competition to the fuzzy warmth in store!

  15. I've followed your blog for some time now, and I've always marveled at how our stories are so similar but reversed! I've been in an LDR for 2 years with a man who lives in London, but I've been the one trying to get a visa to live there for a while. After weeks of waiting, my visa was granted yesterday, and I'm about to get on a red eye to London. I can't help but think about the oddity of Cayden and I flying in opposite directions to be with the ones we love. It warms my heart. I just wanted to say how very happy I am for you...and for me!

  16. I am so very happy for you!!! I found your blog through a friend of mine, Lindley Herring, and have been reading for a while now!!! I have cried, laughed and gotten mad for you both at some point and am so happy now that you get your forever with your love!!! I can't wait to read about your journey together now!!! Good luck with surgery and wishing you all the best!!! Drink a margarita for all of us to celebrate!!!!