When Doug (my boyfriend) first left for the military I had no idea how hard it was going to be. Waiting to find out where he was stationed was horrible, I thought the worst and was so worried. I prayed constantly that he wouldn’t be sent over seas. When I found out he would be stationed only an hour and a half away I cried. I was so excited to know that I would be able to see him on the weekends and visit over breaks, suddenly I realize how lucky I was. There are thousands of bases all over the world and he was stationed at the closest one to me. I couldn’t believe it. I am so thankful for being close to him, it’s made our relationship even easier to maintain, and it’s helped me to have him here during my transition into moving to college and living on my own for the first time.
Looking back over the last year, or even from the summer when he first left, so much has changed. We know so much more than we did 8 months ago and it’s extremely comforting knowing he’s safe. I thank God every day that I’m able to see him as often as I am, and even though it’s still tough, I take it as a sign that we’re meant to be together.