GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - You could say that Michaela and Clayton Condon, take the term "long distance romance" to a new level.
They met more than three years ago, and now they are married. But getting to that point was certainly not easy. That's why we decided to feature this young couple on our Project Homefront.
"I knew two months into the relationship, that he would be the guy that I ended up marrying," Michaela said. "I shared that little bit of intuition I had with him, but he just kind of chuckled as if to say, yea right."
But Michaela was right, and on a beautiful fall day in Washington State, they tied the knot. Clayton, sitting beside his wife during our recent interview, told us they got married on October 15th, 2007.
His wife Michaela had to playfully remind him that he had the date wrong. They actually tied the knot on October 15th of 2008. Clayton's incorrect date got quite a chuckle out of his bride.
Although Clayton got his wedding day wrong, when you consider the circumstances behind their romance and subsequent marriage, it's understandable. That's because Clayton is a Seabee, and Michaela was in the Navy.
Not long after getting engaged, they spent the next 10 months separated by quite a distance. She was on a ship in the Persian Gulf, while he was serving on the ground with his fellow Seabees in Afghanistan.
"We just kept working at it, and you know, there was a lot of time on the phone, lot of time talking to each other," Clayton said.
But even after the wedding, they didn't have much time together as husband and wife.
"A couple of weeks, yea like two weeks, maybe 17 days or something like that, then he had to head back, and I had to head back," Michaela said.
Michaela was an air traffic controller in the Navy. It was work she truly enjoyed and felt challenged by every day. In fact, she would have probably made the Navy her career, but she said her love for Clayton won out.
"It is tough being away from each other, and I just wanted to be with him. And I knew the only way I could really make a life together was for one of us to exit out."
Now, they have been married for 18 months, but the longest time they have been together as husband and wife is about a month and a half. Now, at least until Clayton's next deployment, they are finally able to settle in, and it feels good.
As Clayton sat beside his wife with a smile on his face, Michaela put it best.
"It is different being home and seeing each other. Having to worry about dinner, what is on television and what are we going to do with our time. We never had to worry about that before, so it is fun. It is a regular boring life, and I think boring is good right now. "
Michaela and Clayton hope that "boring" life will continue until Clayton's next deployment.