My name is Erica Stepp. I met Tyson almost 8 years ago, when we were only in the 6th grade. After parting to go our separate ways for high school, we lost touch for 4 years. Over the years I asked around hoping to find him again, but with no luck. In December 2004, I got a phone call from him. We met the next day to see catch up, since we had not seen each other in so many years and we have been inseparable since. After only weeks of dating, he was deployed in January 2005. It has been the hardest thing I have ever done to be here without him, but I am learning, and I want nothing more than to be with him when he gets home. He is doing well, and I am lucky enough to talk to him frequently, but I miss him soo much! The picture above was taken days before he left. It is one of my favorite pictures. I can look at it and see the love that we so obviously share and know that it will help us both get through this separation. God willing, we will be reunited in September 2005. Until then, I am thinking about him, writing him daily, praying for him and his band of brothers, and thanking God for granting me such a wonderful blessing! I love my Marine! I'll be waiting for as long as he needs, afterall, love is patient!