Katie Sutter

Alexis + Connor

Connor and I's story: 


I met Connor Ryan in first grade. His blue eyes took my breath away even back then. He was the first boyfriend I ever had. We had our little elementary school, puppy love but after fourth grade we both moved to separate schools. He went to Johnston and I went to Hickory Flat. It wasn't until middle school at Dean Rusk that we got back in touch. We had little flings in middle school and high school that started and ended so fast but we ALWAYS managed to stay so close. Connor was always apart of my inner circle. We even went to homecomings and proms together but just as best friends. He has always been someone I could count on. Someone who could always make me smile ans laugh. It wasn't until a couple years after high school graduation, that I realized my true feelings for him. Connor joined the marines shortly after high school and I stayed close to home and attended college. We fell out of touch as most high school friends do after going to college but one day out of the blue I got a message from him on Facebook messenger. lol. Nothing special. Just asked how I was doing and what I'd been up too. And since that day we stayed in touch. Spoke every single day. He was far away in Japan and I was still close to home. Whenever Connor and I reconnected, it was like we never stopped talking in the first place. We kept this up for a year. Finally, he was able to come home for Christmas and New Years. I was so nervous to see him. I could barely sleep because I was so excited and anxious and really didn't know what to expect. I knew how I felt about him but I wasn't sure how he felt about me. But he came home and surprised me at work and asked me if I'd like to go out to dinner with him when I was free. So he picked up at my apartment on a Monday night and took me out to Provinos (a nice Italian restaurant). We talked so much, I barely had time to actually eat my food. It was the best date I ever had. Connor drove me back to my apartment and as we're saying our goodbyes he tells me that he loves me. And like a fool I started to cry. Happy tears of course. Those were the words I had been dying to hear and I didn't even know I wanted to hear them until he spoke them into existence. It took us so long to get to where we are now but I am so thankful for God's timing. I appreciate all the obstacles and adventures he put us through because I am so madly in love with my best friend and he loves me back just as much. Connor is still in the marines and is currently stationed in San Diego. We're still doing long distance but hes worth every single mile between us. He'll get out in November of 2018 and we're counting down the days! We can't wait until he's back home so we can truly start the next chapter of our lives together. "Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It's for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It's for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough." 



I have so much else I want to say but I just can't find all the right words.