To the person I've been able to call mine since August 7, 2015:

You liked me right away when we meant in March of 2015, but I had a boyfriend at the time. However, that didn't stop you, you were there for me in every way a true friend should be. You were there to clean up every little piece of a broken me when I broke up with Alex.

I had gotten into a big fight with Alex, and I thought about breaking up with him since we've been having problems, but I didn't know if I should, or even if I could. That following weekend we were both going on Stubienville. (A Catholic Youth Conference) I remember that the second day of the conference, it was a really hot day and the sun was shining right on us. It was July 18, 2015. I was upset going to confession, as my relationship was on my mind. Finally, it was our turn for confession, you went in first then I did.

Later, we were both in the chapel praying our pence. After so long, you left the room and I stayed, I was done with my pence, but I started praying about my relationship. I was praying about my relationship, I wanted to do what God wanted of me.

God soon answered my prayer by giving me a vision of you. I was getting the message loud and clear, it was you I was meant to be with. God wanted me to enter a dating relationship with my best friend. We started dating on August 7 of 2015.

Our relationship was so joyful at the beginning, as it still is. In the beginning of 2016, our relationship hit a milestone, we had our first fight and we were no longer in the honeymoon phase.

The fight got ugly real fast, but we were in love so we were able to overcome it.

After our fight was done, you made one of those little comments. You know, the annoying little comments that I hate but secretly love and make me fall deeper in love with you.

Those little annoying comments that I normally roll my eyes at but then smile afterward. Yeah, those comments. This set the pattern for any of the future fights we've had. The pattern of falling deeper in love after a fight, something I didn't know was possible until you came along.

We've been through a lot lately, more downs than ups. Here's the thing, however, love will get us through, as it has in the past. Specifically, when your grandpa died. When you told me the news, I didn`t know how to react and you became my top priority.

I wanted to comfort you in any way possible. You make me a more supportive and caring person. I couldn't stand to see you hurting, especially because I didn't know how much you were.

Just over 11 months later my grandma died. I was told by my mom on Monday of that week she was going to die very soon, so there was a lot of sorrow that week for me.

It was February 18, 2017, and we were both at a speech meet. I remember being in the gym of a small class D high school, it was 10:11 A.M. and I checked my phone and she was gone. Of course, I started crying, but you were there for me, and you continued to be in the future.

When I was in doubt about the future after one of our bigger fights, I was upset. You asked me what was wrong and I replied with the question, "can we really make it?". Your response was nothing but a song title and artist. "Only One ~NF". I then listened to the song and knew exactly how you felt and that doubt went away.

You always know exactly what to say.

Dustin, you make me a better person and I love you so much. I don't know who I would be without you. You've given up so much just for me. You've supported me through so much.

I know when I go to boot camp, we'll come back stronger than ever. I know we can make it. Thank you so much for being such an amazing person that I am in complete awe of.

Thank you for pushing me to go the extra mile, always. Thank you for pushing doubts away no matter how stupid they are. Thank you for making my faith in God even greater than it was the day before. Thank you for being you.

I am so in love with you.