My name is Taylor and my Marine’s name is Brian. He is absolutely everything to me. I loved him before he was a Marine, I love him through these 4 years, and I will love him after. I am proud of everything he does every day, and everything he has accomplished in the last year since he left for boot camp. We met in high school, he was a senior and I was a junior. We clicked instantly, from the day we started texting I don’t think a moment when by where we weren’t talking to each other (unless we were asleep). I started to fall for him right away and I continue to fall in love with him every day that passes. We were not officially dating when he signed the contract for the Marines, but that didn’t stop us from starting our relationship. We did not go to prom together because we weren’t talking when we figured that out, but once we arrived we were officially dates. After prom, he came to my house and stayed until around 1:30am. When he left, that’s when he finally asked me to be his girlfriend. May 15th, 2010. It was the best day of my life. I actually say a lot of the things me and Brian have done together have been the best day of my life (his graduation, the ball, etc.) but if it wasn’t for the night he asked me out, none of the good times would have even happened. We spent about 10 months together before we had to say goodbye on March 6th, 2011. We shared the most perfect summer together and undoubtedly became the most amazing couple in the world, and we still are of course. Saying goodbye to him was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life. I spent every single day missing him and waiting for him to graduate. I wrote a letter every night, I never missed a day. I spent my time going to school, cheerleading, and sleeping. Most importantly, waiting until noon to hear the mail man coming down the road and running to the mail box for a letter. I would do anything for Brian, and what we went through made us stronger than ever. A few nights before he left, he told me he wanted to marry me. No, he did not give me a ring at that point, but he said it. I of course agreed, because I want to spend my life with him. While he was away, I received the greatest letters. I’ll never forget the one when he asked me to marry him again. This was through a letter at this point, but it’ll come back into play very soon. I never once had any doubts, and I never gave up. I was dedicated and faithful every single day and always will be. June 1st was the day we left for Parris Island. While he was gone I spent a lot of time with his family, we got even closer than we were before. His parents are my second parents, and his sister is my sister. We got on our flight and it was all finally coming into sights. I don’t know anything else I’ve been more anxious and excited for in my whole life than seeing him graduate and finally seeing him after almost 3 months. June 2nd of course was family day, once again one of the best days of my life. I couldn’t fight back my tears the whole time we sat and waited for all of the new Marines to march into the building. I saw his platoon and I picked him out, and I was right. It was crazy when they announced that the Marines could join their families, I lost my sight on Brian for a second. I held his sisters hand so we wouldn’t lose each other and before I knew it I was just steps away from Brian. I lost it, the happiest and most relieving tears in my life. I almost passed out I cried so much, especially when I saw tears in his eyes. I hugged him and never wanted to let go. I will never forget that feeling and I will never forget that moment. The next day he graduated and I have never been more proud. It was an amazing weekend, like I said I will never forget it. Taking him home and spending those 10 days of boot leave with him were perfect. Then of course he had MCT which was another month of not talking, except for the amazing Sunday phone calls. I also wrote him a letter every single day, even though he was way too busy to write back he still read them all. I didn’t get to see him between MCT and his MOS school. He graduated MCT in the middle of July and went right to Virginia. In August, I took a 5 hour train ride to Virginia and spent an amazing weekend with him. He came home in September for a holiday and it was great to see him so soon after I visited. After that trip home, we found out he would pick his assignment. He did amazing in school and was at the top of the class. He picked Cherry Point, North Carolina and got attached to a non-deployable unit. It was the greatest and luckiest thing that could happen to us. The next time I saw him was the most wonderful 4 days of our relationship. I flew down to North Carolina for the Marine Corps Ball. On November 17th when I was getting ready for the ball, he asked me to marry him. Ring and all. He did absolutely perfect, and got me the most beautiful ring in the whole world. He completed my life at that moment and now we can’t wait to figure out the future. I see him whenever I can, and I stay as strong as possible when we have to wait. I would go the lengths of the earth for him, and I will never give up. I can honestly say I have the most amazing relationship and I am with the best person in this world. I love you to the moon and back Brian, always and forever.