“Our mothers have been best friends since elementary school. Nicholas and I grew up hearing about one another, talking every now and then, and occasionally getting together when the other’s family visited. The last time I saw Nicholas prior to the start of our relationship in summer 2015 was when we were teenagers, but we had kept in touch over the years off and on.
“Nicholas was a Navy Submariner stationed at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. My family vacationed on Maui regularly and Nicholas asked if I would like to fly over to see him. I said yes, of course! I was waiting for my checked luggage in the Honolulu Airport baggage claim when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around, and Nicholas was standing there in uniform with a bouquet of flowers. He looked so handsome and the unexpected, thoughtful gesture took my breath away! We immediately hit it off. Nicholas was good-humored, humble, and easy-going. I knew right away in the years we spent apart we had become a good match.
“After Nicholas came home from deployment the following year he asked me to be his wife. We were married on a farm in Colorado in October 2016.
“I am so thankful for Nick’s service to our country and family. He has filled all my days with love and laughter. Around him I feel cherished, confident, and respected. I am so blessed to have him as my husband! On shore or at sea you will always be mine! Happy Valentine’s Day, love!”