Kathryn and Shawn
Shawn and I joined eHarmony around the same time, and found each other shortly after a week. I was still in college at the time, and Shawn was in his second year of a five year contract with the Army's 82nd Airborne Infantry. I was immediately attracted to him, not only for his handsome face but for his sacrifice and dedication to our country, especially during a time of war. Our first date was amazing. He drove up to meet me at school. I showed him my favorite places - an ice cream parlor, and bench under the oldest tree on campus, and a dive bar with great burgers. But even with my show and tell, he only seemed to be looking at me. After our fabulous day together, it would be another 10 days before we could meet again. Shawn was in a strict training schedule - one that wouldn't even allow phone calls. With me being at school and Shawn working on base 90 minutes away, we could only share our weekends. Every moment was precious.
And after five months, our time seemed to be up. He was sent to Iraq for his first tour of duty. I didn't think 5 months of weekends would be enough time to seal a bond, but I waited for him. He missed the holidays, my birthday and my college graduation. In late May of 2007, he came home for 2 weeks of leave. I nearly ran him over at the airport. We spent the next day replaying our first date on campus. Nothing went as it should. The weather was bad, lunch ran long, and the ice cream parlor was closed. But he remembered my bench, and my tree. He took me there, got down on one knee and asked me to share a life together. There was no question, I immediately said yes. The next couple of weeks were a whirlwind, and before we both knew it he was flying back to Iraq. I continued to wait, hesitant to even begin planning for a wedding... not sure if my groom would make it home. But he made it, after 15 longs months I ran him over again after he crawled off a plane on base. I didn't even mind the fact that he hadn't had a shower in nearly a week. Love is truly blind. A few months later I quit my job and moved to base with him. We planned our wedding together, something I feared we would never do, and shortly thereafter said our vows in Augusta, Michigan. Shawn is now training in Arizona, while I remain on base in North Carolina. But like always, I'm here waiting. I love him. He loves me. And there's nothing we wouldn't do for each other. I can't imagine a life without him.