I come to terms with who I am, what I want, and how to get there. I have some ups and downs and fall out of past relationship all while living in Okinawa, Japan. I start talking to Erika, my future wife, again right before leaving Japan September 2007. Everything goes well, on October 19, 2009 we get married randomly after a work day in North Carolina. 12 weeks beforehand, one week after being back from Iraq, I propose when I pick Erika up from the airport.