fairy tales do come true.


Today marks an exciting day on {long distance loving}--it's the first post in a new series I'd
like to call {distance makes the heart grow fonder}. For those of you currently in long
distance relationships or for those who swear never to be in one, the stories in this series will
encourage you that anything is possible...with the right dose of love and patience.

I'm thrilled to share the first story of long distance survival from Sarah--she's one of my  all-time favorite bloggers, who lives an enviable life in Switzerland with her husband JB. I love reading about their incredible adventures on her blog, complete with her gorgeous photography and her impeccable sense of style. Most of all, I love their story as a couple. Their tale of survival bridges many years and 
area codes...and it really is one for the storybooks. Read on to understand why :)


Name:  Sarah Tucker {the beautiful lady behind fairy tales are true}
Significant Other's Name: JB
When did you start dating?  We started dating in May of 2007.  

At what point did you begin dating long distance?  From the start, and until we married.  Although we had a solid friendship and grew up along side one another.  Truth be told, I have had a crush on my husband since the wee age of 5, however big a crush you can have at that age.  He was my brothers friend and a few years older.  I can say I've been going to JB's games since I was 5, only on account that I was attending my brothers as well (:  !  

How did you fill your days while you were apart?  I am an introvert, so it wasn't too difficult for me to fill my time alone. I have close friends that I was able to see all the time and those friendships really helped me. I also went to graduate school, so work and school kept me super busy!  

What do you find most difficult about being long distance? We were never a car ride away, always a plane ticket, and though we saw each other often I would ache to just to do normal things - go to the grocery store, cook dinner, watch a movie on a weekday.  

How has long distance changed your relationship?  I can say when we had pre-marital counseling as was required by our pastor before we were married,  we had to take a really long test, and it came out that we had the highest communication score our Pastor had seen.  I think the long distance really helped develop that skill.  We had to talk, to communicate in every way we could think of, just to show we were thinking of the other, since we couldn't just hug, kiss, or hold the others hand whenever we wanted.  


What do you enjoy most about the time you have together?  I love it all.  Being able to wake up and have our coffee together, long dinners, cooking for him, and well just doing almost everything together.  I can't get enough (:  

What sacrifices have you made in order to make things work?  My husband was playing baseball in the states prior to our marriage which meant late night games, and lots of late night phone calls.  I was working and going to school, which meant I had to wake up at the crack of dawn.  But I always wanted to hear his voice, even if it was way past my bedtime and I was half awake.  Of course we had to sacrifice not seeing each other all the time, for knowing that one day we'd be married.  I can say from the beginning I knew I'd be his wife one day, and vice versa.  

How has your life changed now that you're back in the same place?  Oh my stars!  it's the very best.  It also doesn't hurt that we are living in Switzerland and my husbands job only requires a few hours a day of him.  So now we spend all the time together and I love it because we are each others best friends and we adore adventures.  especially ones together!  



psst: If you have a story about long distance that you'd like to share {be it in the past, 
current, or on the horizon}, please email me! I'd love to feature you in a future post!
I'm looking for stories about love, friendship, and everything in between. xoxo {av}

35 comments:

  1. I am currently long distance dating which makes life um...interesting. Currently he is not phased at all we haven't seen each other in a month and I am being neurotic.

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  2. I love this story. I have done long distance before with my fiance, and I really do think it grows your communication skills immensely. xoxo

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  3. They are such a cute couple. Glad it worked for them!

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  4. I am such a romantic person and I love those happy ending stories!! It is so nice to hear that long distance relationships do survive!! I always say that if you love somebody and that person loves you back, doesn't matter the ocean between you! Nowadays many people don't believe anymore in those kind of stories and is...sad!!
    Thank you so much, honey for this wonderful post!

    Kisses

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  5. ahhh i love this :) 1. i love their blog and her artistic ability to capture moments only I could dream of and 2. i love how you organized everything on here for us to read :) great post!

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  6. I adore Sarah and her blog!! Flagler...woop woop! ;) I loved hearing their story. Such a cute and beautiful couple. It is so great to see long distance relationships can really work if both sides put forth the effort. Love love love this series! <3

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  7. ohh sarah. the more i read the more you are so right. austin and i are you and JB three years ago!

    the late night calls after the game, talking to him when i'm half asleep, the plane tickets... oh its not ideal. i miss the little things just like you said.. being able to watch tv together, cook dinner, not being worried that when i fall asleep i only have blank number of hours/days left with him.

    you and JB are perfect. and i am so happy i can call you my virtual bloggie sister hehe. My older, prettier, wiser sister ;)

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  8. Aw I love this! And I love Sarah and JB! My boyfriend and I did long distance for my last year in college, but it was never like this. But any distance is hard. So happy to hear when things work out well for people who deserve it :)

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  9. Love this! I JUST started a long distance relationship...NOT nearly as long as this couple, but can't wait to read all of the stories!

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  10. aw i really love this new series! what a great idea :) xo

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  11. Oh my gosh they are the cutest thing I have ever seen! Heading to check out the rest of their adorable life!

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  12. I relate to this SO much! My boyfriend played baseball as well. This is a fab series, AV!

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  13. This is such a great idea for a new series! I love reading about Sarah's adventures on Fairy Tales are True. My fiance and I dated long distance for about a year part of which I was in London and he was in Chicago. Time differences do not help the situation. So great to read all of Sarah's answers :)

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  14. ahhh i can relate to this too, dating someone who lives in another country. although in europe, i suppose that's just like dating someone one state over. ;)

    ps i love sarah and jb.

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  15. love everything about this post!! she is beautiful and i love their story :)

    Sam @ fitness food & faith

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  16. Aww Sarah's post is so sweet, I loved reading it! And I really love your blog too! xoxo

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  17. I absolutely love your new series! Probably becasue I endured a long distance relationship for two years, so I know a thing or two :) Love Sarah & JB, too!!

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  18. When I saw that sarah was guest posting over here i just had to come right over... oh, and i'm glad i did. you have a marvelous blog darling and this new series just touched my heart. Sean and I have being doing the distance thing for 2 1/2 years now and it is so hard. but despite that, we have learned so much from it and it has made us so strong. thanks for sharing this!

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  19. LOVE this ... love Sarah's blog too! such a cute coupls :)

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  20. I love this! I just started a LDR, so I love reading about how couples successfully managed the distance. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  21. Love her blog and their love story! Long distance relationships are what you make them to be and it sounds like you ladies did everything right to make them work! thanks for the inspiration :)

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  22. What an impossibly sweet story, and such a perfect pair!

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  23. love this new series! and i just adore sarah's blog! she's the sweetest and their story is just so lovely!
    xo

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  24. {av}, I just love this new series! Thank you for sharing such a great story. I am excited to check out Sarah's blog. The bf and I did a year apart after undergrad, and I really do think it made our relationship that much stronger.

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  25. soooooo cute:-) being in a long distance relationship right now, i'm going to love this series!

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  26. What a wonderful story! Her insight is so great; long distance does force you to strengthen your communication. I date a guy long distance, and while it's hard, I think it's worth it, because he's really special.

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  27. aw i love miss sarah and her real life fairytale! (it doesn't hurt that they're basically the most photogenic people on planet earth!) great new series!

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  28. Precious couple, great story. Love your new series av!

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  29. They seriously have the sweetest story ever and have go to be one of the best looking couples I know! Love it.

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  30. Luckily for me, the boyfriend is only a long car ride away, rather than a plane ride, but I totally understand the aching to just do normal things together. When I cook dinner on a Wednesday night, I wish with all my heart he could be here to eat it with me. I hate that we only get two nights a week at most to see each other.

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  31. Aaaw! I love it! :)

    Becca
    http://blondeslogic.blogspot.com

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  32. I am so thankful for this series!

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  33. What a beautiful couple! Absolutely loved reading this & what a great series! We have been doing long distance for 3 years so it's great to see couples doing the same. Will send you our submission soon!

    M x

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Many thanks for visiting {long distance loving}! I'd love to hear what you think :) xoxo {av}