Weekly Featured Couple: Stephanie and Patrick

Stephanie and Patrick at Sunset

Our featured couple this week is Stephanie and Patrick. With an 8 hour time difference between them (California to England) we can certainly relate to their situation! This couple met through friends at church almost five years ago and have been dating ever since.

Stephanie and Patrick at the Beach

Stephanie and Patrick at the Beach

How Did You Meet?

Hello! My name is Stephanie and I’m currently in a long distance relationship with my fiancé Patrick. We have been dating for almost 5 years now. We met through one of my friends at my church. We talked and texted nonstop for about a month before he asked me out.

What Is Your Situation Now?

We weren’t always long distance. He used to live in California where I currently live right now but he ended up moving back to London where he was born and raised. We dated about for a year and a half and the rest is long distance. He comes to visit me twice a year in the summer and winter for about a month each time. That’s never enough for me but I definitely appreciate every second together.

Stephanie and Patrick at Christmas

Stephanie and Patrick at Christmas

What Do You Find Difficult About the Distance?

There are a lot of things that I find difficult with the distance. My number one thing would probably be the 8 hour difference. We talk for about half the day each day and it really sucks. Also it just sucks not being able to share special moments with him. That always bums me out. Another thing would be that most people don’t believe in long distance relationships and they always say negative things about it. So I don’t get the support I would like and need from my friends and or family.

Stephanie and Patrick Together

Stephanie and Patrick Together

What Is Your Advice for Other Long Distance Couples?

My advice for long distance couples is to be patient. Patience is really the key and also communication. You have to learn to Adapt to this life style and get used to it whether you like it or not. Take it day by day because when you finally get to see your other half, all the waiting is definitely worth it.

What Are Your Plans For the Future?

My plan for the future is to finish school and get married. I can’t wait to finally be done with the distance forever. I’m praying everything works out for us. In the meantime I’m just taking it day by day. And here’s one quote that I love * Distance does to love what wind does to fire it extinguishes the weak and feeds the strong.

Stephanie and Patrick at the Woods

Stephanie and Patrick at the Woods

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– Chris & Chelsea

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Chris Martin

Chris is a digital marketing manager for CommonTime, currently living in Nottingham, UK. He met Chelsea when she visited a friend of his in his hometown of Plymouth in 2013.