Long before the invention of cell phones or instant messaging, significant others had to send letters to one another. They didn’t have emojis and had to wait a long time — sometimes even months — before hearing from their beloved.

These days, of course, significant others can text one another even if they’re thousands of miles apart. It’s a thread of constant communication, which can be great for many couples.

But especially at the beginning of a relationship, that can mean a lot of really mushy texts. Who can blame them? They’re right at the start of a journey together. They’re still in the honeymoon phase, as the saying goes.

As time goes on, those initial feelings change. That doesn’t mean you’re no longer excited to spend time with your significant other! But as your relationship grows and deepens, you’ll fall in love in new ways every day.

With any luck, even though you’ve been together for a long time, you still spend time texting each other when you’re apart. These texts might be grand declarations of love or they might be records of simple gestures on a day-to-day basis. It’s all a part of your journey together.