Thinking back I would say that the one event that has had the most influence on my life would be the moment I laid eyes on my future husband. I didn’t know it at the time, but at that moment I made the biggest (and smartest) decision of my life. When I saw him for the first time, I knew that I wanted to know him better.
I was only 19 and fresh out of boot camp. I had no idea that he would change my entire life. We went out that night and spent the next day together. He asked me to marry him that day. He already knew that it was our destiny to be together. We had only known each other for 60 days when I flew to Seattle to marry him. Of those 60 days, we were only able to spend part of that time together, since, after just a few short weeks, he had orders to report to a ship on the other side of the United States. After we had been married in Seattle, I had to report to my duty station in Great Lakes, Illinois. From that point on we were challenged to manage to get stationed in the same place at the same time. Upon leaving the military, we settled in the southeastern United States to start our civilian life together.
It has been my great fortune to be able to find my best friend, marry him and spend the rest of my life with him. He has brought out the best in me every day of my life since meeting him. We have been through hard times and easy, although the hard are never as bad if you are happy. Even though we work for the same company, we go to lunch together every day, and I can’t wait to get home from work to be with him every night. I wish everyone could be so lucky as to be able to marry their soul mate. I can count on him to make me want to be the best person I can be. He has been my pillar of support and love through our entire grown up life. Even as recently as tonight he surprised me by letting me know that he has total faith in my ability to make my dreams come true. It is wonderful to know that I have his love and support for any adventure I set out to try.
It is with much love and admiration that I say these words to him now, “Happy 28th Anniversary, Hallie; I hope we have 28 more years after this. You are my best friend and my love and will always have my heart. Thank you for believing in me no matter what and helping me to grow and become someone you can be proud of. I am so proud of you my heart is bursting. You are a wonderful man, father, and friend.”
- Posted by Sherri