Long Distance Relationships are Hard

The week before Easter was Jeff’s spring break from school and it worked out that we could spend that time in Georgia. It was a great trip and we are so glad that we went, but, unfortunately, that was not our attitude from the beginning. Beyond missing out on things here in California, we were worried that we would go home to sit all day and twiddle our thumbs while waiting for someone to want to meet with us. We have not had a lot of verbal or written communication with most people and had started to feel forgotten. Yes, part of that is our fault for not taking the time to call too, but even when we did, we often got no response to a quick call you back….never. This feeling of being forgotten culminated when we were meeting with our support coach at Adventures and I surprisingly broke down in the meeting.

We felt hurt.



If we can’t be remembered while in California, how will they remember us while in Romania.

Well, our sad and small expectations for our trip started to get better the thursday before we left, when plans started to fall into place and meeting started to get set up. So we decided to go into this trip seeking wisdom and discernment about who to meet with and who seems willing and have the ability to journey alongside us on our support team. Now, looking back on the week, I don’t know how we fit as many meetings/gatherings in as we did. We had about 3-4 everyday that week.

Each one was filled with the Lord speaking truth to us:

“see they haven’t forgotten you,…they may not be ready, but pray for them,…these are my children, they love me, love them as I do…they want to be a part of this journey, but you need to be bold and ask.”

God also showed us that even though it will feel like we are alone at times, He is there, and if we reach out in boldness, so are our supporters. All this to say, it was a very encouraging trip. We desire to have relationships with you, even if they are long distance. If you feel alone, hurt, or like we are not responding, do know that we do care and are praying for you too. Long distance relationships are hard enough as significant others, but they are hard on friendships too. We are learning how to make this long distance thing work too.

Thank you to all of you who made the time to see us and catch up! It was a delight to see each and everyone of you! Thank you to those of you who are supporting us in prayer and financially. It truely means the world to us. We will be back for the month of July, so if we missed you, we hope to see you then! Here are some pictures of the fun times in California!

Map of ATL
We spent a lot of time in the car!
Fun times with friends!
Fun times with friends!
Harvey was the life of the party.
We finally got to eat our top tier of our wedding cake. You are suppose to do it on your one year anniversary but it was in my parent’s freezer. It was still so good!
We had to stop by Kennesaw State University to see Amanda!
I miss the trees in Georgia and it feels like everything is so far apart.

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Had to get our pictures at the sign again.

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Prepping for prayer/info nights!

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Fun Easter Times with Family!

2 thoughts on “Long Distance Relationships are Hard

  1. Donald Taylor

    You two are gone, but not forgotten!

    Life gets busy and even the best friends become preoccupied with getting through the day.
    And then the day is gone.
    Tired heads hit the bed.
    In prayers you are remembered before sleep closes in. I am sure many a guilty thought goes:
    “I should have called …”

    Hang in there.

    God Bless,

    Don and Nancy

    1. Lauren Cardell

      Thank you Don and Nancy! We have many of the same thoughts through the day. It was good to see you, even briefly.

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