When you proposed six years ago, I knew that you were the one I wanted to spend forever with no matter what. Ours was a relationship that grew with us being apart and having to settle for long distance calls. A lot of people questioned our relationship, saying it'll never work or it won't last. Yet we will celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary this year. When we said our vows, I knew that the man I was marrying would be there for me, to love me, to support me emotionally, to listen to me and to care for me. I also knew that we faced a hard road since you were leaving for deployment a few months later. We got through that deployment closer and more in love than ever. We had our ups and downs when you got home but we worked through them. You've always known how to pick me up when I'm down and how to help me become the wife I want to be.
When we decided to get pregnant, you were right there every time another friend found out they were expecting; telling me that our time will come and to have faith. After trying for what seemed like forever, we found out we were pregnant and the look on your face was one I wouldn't trade for anything: it said "I'm the luckiest man in the world". You were at every doctor's appointment, at every ultrasound appointment, and took care of me when we ran into complications. I'll never forget the way you looked when that doctor said we were having a girl. Something inside you burst like a dam and you couldn't wait to meet her. The day we had our little girl, you were right there, holding my hand. You told me everything was okay. We finally got to meet our angel and watching you hold her for the first time was incredibly special. Since then, you've been a loving and wonderful father and husband. The love you have for both of us means so much more to me than you'll ever know. And that's why I love you. That's why we work so well together. I know we have ups and downs, but at the end of the day, we love each other. I love you because you love me unconditionally.
This blog post is part of The Love Letter Campaign... a project started by FamilyOfaVet.com to encourage those who love a hero to write a letter sharing their story (where they started, what they've faced together, and why their love endures). It's not just for spouses, but also for parents, siblings, caregivers, and friends. It's about telling the "rest" of our stories... stories that continue despite PTSD, TBI, and the challenges of life after combat. To share your love letter or find out more about the campaign, visithttp://www.familyofavet.co