"My husband, Q, and I got married when we were practically babies. Seriously, we were so young (still in college!), but we didn't feel so young of course. We just knew we shared the same faith and values, and couldn't imagine life without one another. Oh, and one thing may have helped us realize this even sooner: while dating, Q got called to serve on his first deployment overseas with his Air Force unit. It's surreal how far your heart can sink to the bottom of your stomach, on hearing news you'll be apart from someone you love for the better part of a year. Adding to that, the emotions of being a dating couple...seeing each other mostly on weekends when a certain guy would drive from his college across the state border to visit his girlfriend (me) in Ann Arbor. :) But as scared and overwhelmed as we were for that first deployment, I'll always be grateful for the role the military has played in our story."
"If Q hadn't felt compelled to enlist during his first year of college, taken a semester off for training, and come home to work for his dad before classes resumed, he might not have met the "new girl" about to graduate at his sister's high school, and seen her at all of the sports games. And ask to take her to the movies. And nearly a year later, just before his first deployment overseas, tuck a ring inside her birthday gift and ask her to marry him when he returned."