On June 3rd, 2009 Chase left for basic for the Army. I was an emotional wreck and I didn’t know if I could handle it. It got better as time went on. He graduated in September and then reported to Fort Riley on October 3rd. A little over a month later he was deploying to Iraq, it was one of the hardest days of my life. Things slowly got better after he got there and settled in. He proposed to me via IM on January 22nd, 2010. Homecoming was the best day of my life. The feelings that you get when you see them, touch them, hug them, kiss them for the first time in months are indescribable. No one besides military significant others know that feeling of pride you get when they walk in and the anticipation of waiting for the release of him to you. You fall in love all over again, and although deployments are hard, I would never trade all the feelings I got when he came home for anything.
We got married in a little dog grooming parlor in Oklahoma City by an officiant on July 13th, 2010. We were 18 when we got married and I wouldn't change a thing about it.