When I woke up on March 24, 2010, I had no idea that day would be the start of an adventure of a lifetime. It is the day I met my hero! His online profile was the most intriguing one I’d ever read: obviously intelligent and thoughtful, serious about his life, faith, and the military but with a healthy dose of humor, and just enough of the I’m-full-of-myself syndrome to be attractive instead of a turn-off.
I really wanted to know him better, so I sent a cordial message asking if he’d like to correspond…and tried not to get my hopes up. That night I entrusted him to the Lord, that things would just work out like they were supposed to…and to my great delight, he responded the next day and that’s how it all began! After e-mailing back and forth a lot, we met in person on April 11. This might sound cliche, but it really was love at first sight! I’ll never forget how he
strutted strode confidently into Olive Garden in my hometown, with that very distinct “military man” air. He did a perfect job of capturing my heart over lunch, and he even came over to the house afterwards and met my whole family. (Very impressive move, by the way.)
We had only been dating a few months when we both knew that “You are the one!” He proposed to me on December 12, 2010 – Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day. It was so beautiful and perfect. During our engagement, we endured, survived, and thrived through his first deployment to Afghanistan, from November 2011-April 2012. During the year following his return, we worked on reintegration and hit some tough times due to post-combat issues (namely, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury). He is currently on his second deployment to Afghanistan.
Before he left, we had begun to handle the PTSD and TBI more effectively, and we also decided to take a wise financial step: on June 7, 2013 we went to the courthouse and officially tied the knot. We are now married in the legal sense of the word, and will be completing this wedding journey with our marriage in the church upon his return from Afghanistan! (You can read more about that at my post Army Wife Life.) However, this means that I am officially an Army wife/dependent, and I am really excited to stand alongside my fellow military spouses!
When he returns from Afghanistan and we get “church married,” we will soon afterwards PCS (Permanent Change of Station) to his next assignment. But for now, I am keeping busy with working towards my goals and planning our wedding. I’m also savoring every moment we have “together,” even if that just means Facebook chat or Skype. With the military, you never know what tomorrow brings, but one of my favorite Scripture verses reminds me that “The mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” ~Isaiah 54:10.
God Bless America and God Bless Our Troops!