From Shannon at Clicking Through Life:
They were walking on the beach enjoying a North Carolina sunrise when he told her that he had a couple of things that he wanted to talk to her about. Hand in hand, still in their pjs, he told her he would be deploying sooner than they had thought. She sat there in his arms reeling from the news, she wasn’t ready to let him go yet. They had thought that they had a lot more time together, at least until the summer rather than January. That was only 10 months away! He finally convinced her to continue walking down the beach with him. Thoughts of his deployment consumed her mind so she barely noticed the sound of the box falling to the sand. But when she turned, there he was, down on one knee asking for her hand in marriage.
So early in life these two have faced more than most couples do in a lifetime together. They’ve handled being separated for long periods of time, they’ve battled and beat her Thyroid Cancer and now they will be spending their first year of marriage apart while he is serving our country in Afghanistan. And although it may not bring them together in person, I am moved beyond words that I can give them something to hold on to while they are separated.