My husband and I dated for a year, and then the next three years we endured a long distance relationship. We were both in school, and very busy, so the time actually flew by for both of us. It’s difficult to not have your sweetheart close enough to see them frequently, but it can be done.
We did this in the days before text messaging and e-mail. We wrote handwritten letters to each other, and put them in the mail. I still have them, most of them anyway. They’re sweet and silly, and kinda goofy. It’s nice now that we’ve been together 14 years to go back and look at how we would just gush at loving each other and missing each other. So much better than e-mail, because your sweetheart actually touched the paper and the envelope, and you see their handwriting which is truly personal. If you can get your girlfriend to go for it, I encourage you to send letters to each other. You’ll be far more likely to hang on to handwritten letters than you ever would an e-mail. Letter writing is becoming a lost art.
Oh, and it’s easier to take a letter to bed with you and fall asleep reading it than it is a PC, even if it’s a laptop.
God bless your efforts on your mission. I am praying for you, and for the young people you’re helping. God’s speed to you!