I understand what the other women in this group mean when they say you truly find out what you're made of while your marine is gone. Whether it be if your strong enough to stay faithful and love him even if he's thousands of miles away. I am TOTALLY strong enough for this type of relationship. I miss him, however within this separation it made me realize that my love for him is totally not conditional, it's unconditional and I know I couldn't love any other mad the way I love him. Our problems before his departure are COMPLETELY weightless and irrelevant now. I found out a lot of areas that I need to mature within my life for ou relationship. Being a marine girlfriend;and in due time a marine wife, is something I'm proud to say that. Am. Yes our Marine is gone most of the time, yes I miss him to the point to where he's all I think about at night and I find myself sleeping in his clothing to feel closer to him, but I appreciate the relationship and love we have or each other so much more. Its growing stronger within my heart each day and I can't wait to write to him and tell him just that. I can't wait to tell him how much my love fr him has grown not only because we are together but because he decided to protect me and others he will never be able to meet. I love my Marine!!