Roughly a week after family day, I went to visit Tanner in Washington (while he was on leave) and he asked me to be his girlfriend. He was going to be in California for training, and I lived in Arizona which made long distance a little easier. We were long distance up until this last October when I finally moved to California. I am grateful to the military because of the independence and stability that it has provided us with. I truly believe that its because of the military that we have such a strong relationship.Don't get me wrong, the military has not made our lives easy, but I firmly believe that if we can survive a 5 year enlistment and a 7 month deployment, then we can survive anything. Tanner only has one more year of his enlistment left. It's hard to imagine what our lives will be like after the military. I'm so proud of my husband for making the decision to join the Marine Corps. I think it's been a life changing experience, and I will always look back on this time fondly. Tanner and I have some big changes coming in 2017. Stay tuned to see where our next adventure takes us.