I am engaged to the most amazing man who is stationed at Camp Pendleton while I am stuck here in the Midwest. While the distance is tough at times, I still count my blessings every moment of every day. The support, love, and respect he gives me on a daily basis is far better than anything I've ever experienced with men I could see every day. He is strong, brave, sensitive, sexy, and most importantly, REAL. There is something very authentic about loving a Marine. We all know that there is a mistress in their lives with whom we can't compete, the USMC. But I'm willing to share him and realize how important his job is to him. He has recently been promoted to Gunnery Sergeant (so proud!) which is even more time consuming...but after 4 deployments and all of the pain he carries, he is so deserving of this recognition. He makes me stronger, more capable, and happier than I've ever been in my life. I treasure every moment that we have together and still get excited over a text or phone call, even after all this time. Loving him makes me a better person. I will wait forever if necessary and anyone who doubts me (or thinks I'm insane, lol) has obviously never experienced this connection before. I love being the pink in his world of camo ;) In a job that involves so much hard work and YELLING (haha), he needs a soft spot to land occasionally and I'm so happy to give him that. It could always be worse afterall, and I'm thrilled that he is home (sorta) and in one piece (physically, at least). Regardless of what our future holds or where it takes him, I will see him through it...every step.