I did briefly start a thread a while back but I don't really like it and hadn't really got our ideas or planning out of the ground so it's a lot of waffle essentially, so here we go again... We are less than a year to go now and more in the swing of things! I'll give a brief recap...
How We Met
We met initially when I worked as a Saturday admin girl at the estate agency my lovely fiance, G, used to manage. So yep, he was my (much older and married) boss at the time. We always got along fine but there was never anything more to it. Fast forward a few years, I was working full time there after deciding to leave Uni, he'd got divorced and had bought a flat in London and we seemed to see each other socially more and more. There was an age gap between us of 15 years so I think it stopped both of us from thinking it could be anything more than this weird little 'friends with occasional benefits' scenario!! (*cringe*). I'd decided to become an air hostess which meant moving to the Middle East - he'd left our company and I just thought I'd enjoy his company occasionally and then had every intention of moving away and forgetting all about him..... well that didn't quite happen!
I missed him heaps when I moved and found ourselves emailing back and forth nearly every day. I managed to fly home for a couple of days to surprise my family and friends after three months and he picked me up from the airport. I knew I had feelings for him but just couldn't work my own head out! He asked if we could go out for a drink the following night and to my shame now, I stood him up! We laugh now about him pacing the hall waiting for me to let him know when I could meet, but I think deep down I knew seeing each other would confuse me so much more. I'd just started a new life on another continent after all, this really wasn't a good idea! We had a tearful phone call at the airport (well, I was tearful!), and weirdly as soon as I landed, I had roster changes which were taking me back to London for just 18 hours the very next night. I text him to let him know I'd be at Heathrow at a certain time and then had to switch my phone off for work. I had no idea if he was even talking to me after standing him up, let alone wanted to drive to Heathrow to see me for a few hours but when I got to the hotel he was waiting in the lobby with a bottle of wine and my belly did all the flips!! That night he told me he wanted to be with me.... I asked to sleep on it (poor guy!) and in the morning decided I had nothing to lose!
Two and a half years of long distance had its challenges but we had the best time - he'd meet me on my layover destinations in Europe or fly out to see me, we made the most of my cheap flights and everything felt like one long extended exciting holiday romance! I was terrified when I moved home that things might not work "in real life" but they have gone from strength to strength! We'll celebrate seven years together next March and at the end of May we'll become husband and wife!