Very good idea for a thread. I know long distance relationships can be hard. My boyfriend Brian and I had been in love long distance for several years before we would ever admit it. We became friends online and began talking on the phone and we immediately clicked. We were always talking, every day, sometimes three or more times a day. He confessed that he loved me, but would not hinder my current relationship. I was married at the time, to an abusive man, yet I am faithful and wanted to save my relationship. So I would not admit any feelings for Brian at the time. We went on as friends for about 4 years, until my husband's frustration turned toward my children. They were never hurt, but we'll just say that what happened was enough to scare the daylights out of me and we separated. There was a rough time in between there. I stayed single for about a year, and continued talking to Brian via phone. He continued letting me know that he loved me, but would not push me into a relationship until and if I was ready for one. After a year of being single I finally got up the guts to let him know that I was prepared to try a relationship again and I would give him a chance long distance and see how it went. We dated long distance for a month less than a year before it was too much to be so far apart. We couldn't make trips to see each other at all. Neither one of us had the means. So, he moved down here with me a month shy of our 1 year dating anniversary. He has been here for almost two years now and I have never been happier or more content. My family finally feels whole again and I am at peace with my children and my Brian.
As everyone else has stated, communication is very important. Brian and I talked a lot as friends and several times a day while we were dating long distance. He would call me to wake me up in the morning and talk to me via cell phone as I drove to college. He talked to me on my breaks at school and on my way to work. We talked on my break at work, on the way home, and then he would talk me to sleep at night as well. Sentimental things are very important. You're not there to hold him/her at night therefore you have to simulate that physical affection as much as possible. I know that talking to someone so much can seem strange, but at times it can help to simulate them actually being there. Long distance relationships can work! Stick with them! They can be some of the best relationships before and after the space between has been closed permanently!