Loving Long Distance

Today, we are talking about Long Distance Relationships... & I'm so lucky to have {av} from {long distance loving} gracing my blog with her presence today! She's sharing some sweet tips on how to make your long distance romance a little more bearable. I won't write too much, I'll let her do the rest... Enjoy! :)
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Hi! My name is {av} and you can find me Monday thru Friday at {long distance loving}! I'm so happy to be posting here at Little Miss Holls while Holly celebrates her birthday weekend in Portland :)

Holly and I have one very important thing in common: our long distance relationships. While I'm no longer dating my husband long distance, Holly is still a long distance warrior! She asked me to write about something relationship-related, so I'm coming through on that request with this post. I want to share a fun way {cv} and I kept each other smiling over our three years of long distance:

{image credits: billy joel + dave barnes}

Did you guess it? We sent each other music via iTunes! Just a month into our long distance stint, he sent me 12 Gardens Live from Billy Joel. It was the summer of 2006 and I was studying abroad in France. I managed to sleep through his phone call that morning and was admittedly a little bummed. I got to school early that day to check my email and found that album as a sweet surprise in my inbox. He'd sent it before he went to bed--and after I missed his call. It meant the world to me that he was thinking of me an ocean away--and to this day, that album holds a special place in my heart. {We subsequently saw Billy Joel live twice later in our long distance years...yes, I grew to love BJ that much!}

Over those three years apart, {cv} would send random bursts of songs--and I would do the same. One of my other favorites was the Dave Barnes album from 2008, Me + You + The World. I actually fell in love with Dave Barnes the summer I was in France and was aching for this new album that April. Before I even had the chance to buy it for myself on its release date, it appeared in my inbox. Though {cv} couldn't come to his concert with me in Virginia later that month, I still felt like a little piece of him was there with me--singing along to Until You.

Billy Joel and Dave Barnes aside, sending music {in iTunes form or some other way} is an easy way to let someone know you're thinking of them. It's a fun surprise--and I would venture to say a welcome one! Whether it's for your significant other who is a six-hour drive away or a friend who lives on the other side of the country, it's sure to bring a smile to their face. The songs you send will surely leave a lifelong imprint in their memory banks!

How do you stay connected across the miles? 

Thanks again for having me, Holly! I hope you enjoyed your birthday :)


  1. thank you so much for having me, Holly! I sure hope this helps someone in a long distance relationship :) it definitely helped us! hope your birthday was fantastic! xoxo {av}

  2. this is SUCH a great idea.

    I'm not in a long distance relationship, but I did have one a few years back. And this would have been a great idea!

    It's always important, near or far, to remind someone that you care about them.

  3. Love {av} and her blog. I've done the long long distance relationship thing and this really is a great idea! It's all about making the effort.

  4. This is such a sweet idea.

    Cheers to both of you! Nice blog!

  5. LOVE me some dave barnes! so much, that my friend and i snuck into a college homecoming concert just to see him.

  6. i did long distance! its good but it can sometimes be so forceful with all the new technolgy these days i think the old guys did it better with the simple letters!! much more exciting! and so worth it when you reunite :) xxxxx

  7. aw what a sweet post :) h and i love to listen to music togheter too. xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams


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