People assume that long-distance dating is the worst thing for a relationship.
But long distance presented challenges that also helped our relationship grow strong.
After we got married and moved in together, I saw how all our years of separation only helped our future (and now present) relationship.
On numerous occasions, I can recall my mom telling me that my dad was her soft place to land.
It was my parents' strong friendship that allowed them to be vulnerable.
At 20 years old and heading into my last year of college, I knew that my now husband, Reese, and I were ready for marriage.