Post # 1
This is totally not wedding related, but since I know there are some sentimetal (and long-distance relational) gals on here….
One of my bridesmaids’ boyfriend is leaving for Iraq (contract work, not military) right after Christmas. He will be gone for 1 year, although they will be able to speak and write often. She will even be able to go meet him once or twice in Europe while he is on his breaks.
My question is I am looking for a meaningful Christmas present for her that she can use as maybe a form of communication for them, or something along those lines. I am just really trying to find something for her that will make her feel better about the situation, as she is heartbroken.
Anyone who deals with a long distance relationship, or perhaps have had their signaificant others go over seas, please offer some ideas as to how you kept in touch.
Post # 3
The husband of a friend of mine had to move to South America for 9months while she stayed in the US for school.
For Christmas right after he left I made her a calender (I used Shutterfly) filled with pictures of them together. I figured it would be a way for her to ‘see’ him everyday while he was away.
Post # 4
Will they be able to have video chats where a web cam might be useful? I know internet in the Military is touch and go, but his might be better.
The only other things I can think of aren’t supper meaningful, but might help!
*Calling card – not sure what long distance to Iraq cots
* Personalized paper for when she writes him letters
* A journal – my BM’s husband is in Iraq and she is keeping a daily diary for him. She send it to him when she’s finished one, but something nice to have to keep up with her day to day activity
* Some sort of recorder, so she could record voice messages to send to him. Probably buy 2 so they can send tapes or whatever back and forth.
I’ll keep thinking, but I’m sure you’ll come up with something good!
Post # 5
My Fiance and I were long distance for our first year; he was in Denver and I was on the border of TX/Mexico. It was definitely tough and the 8 hour plane ride to see one another was often discouraging. We wrote to one another back in forth in a journal from Circle Journey; it’s compact to mail and even has pockets for pics and other items. I bought all of the stamps and pre-posted it(the journal comes with many envelopes, so that he just had to write in it and send it back. Helpful hint if you go that route, the journal gets heavier as items are added, so you may want to up the postage a bit for the last few envelopes. Here is the link http://www.circlejourney.com/. I also loved the ideas above! What a thoughtful friend you are!
Post # 6
Maybe webcams? Skype is amazing!