My name is Matthew Weaver, I'm currently serving here in Afghanistan with the US Army. I'm an Infantryman (if you're a combat arms vet, you'll understand why that matters). I'm going to try my best to describe my situation and why I'm attempting to raise money for a honeymoon. Here it goes, My wife, Rachel, and I wed 18 Jan 2013. I actually snuck away 1200 miles one weekend after being denied pass to get married. Which upon my leadership seeing the marriage certificate ended up a pretty terrible smoke session that I would do a million times over again just for my wife. Because of all my training and hectic schedule my wife and I never got a chance to have a honey moon, hardly even a romantic getaway for a weekend. She understood and never let it bother her, but it's always bothered me. This woman, my absolutely amazing wife deserved something at least. September of the same year we were blessed with the most amazing thing in the world, our son, Kayden. Our little family was growing and I couldn't be more blessed with such an amazing family. At the same time, I was trying to do everything in my power to be able to save what I could while still providing to my family and paying off bills and debt and still hopefully have enough for a nice family get away/honeymoon. To no avail. Now, I sit here in Afghanistan, wishing I could just be there for them both. Most of our money goes to putting my wife through school, paying off our vehicles, random other bills, and paying off credit card debt I hiked up while being young and dumb. My goal from making this is to hopefully, once I'm back from this terrible place I'll be able to take my wife and son to the Smokey Mountains and spend a week just forgetting about everything over here, all the worry and fear just disappear. Have it just be my family and I. My wife has never seen the mountains and my son is around the age when I was a child that my parents started taking me to the mountains and instilled the love of nature I will always hold so dear. I'd like to retake pictures that were of me with my wife and son and put them side by side with mine as a child. Hopefully passing down a tradition of visiting the mountains and loving nature. I would also hope to be able to purchase my wife a new wedding set that accents just how beautiful and amazing she truly is. Her current set was purchased on a measly budget and I find it amazing how she never complained about it. Overall, I just need a hand to be able to treat my wife and son to something I cannot provide for them myself. My wife, that romantic honeymoon she's always wanted and to be able to show Kayden what beauty truly is. I never thought I'd ever use something like this, I'm always too proud to feel like I'm begging for money. I'm just desperately trying to do this when I know I'll have the time after this deployment to do it. I Intend to use all donations for a room at a nice hotel, food, and hopefully finding my wife a new wedding set that will take her breath away, just as she does mine. If you read this in it's entirety, I thank you. Not because I'm a soldier, but because I'm a man that will do absolutely everything on earth to make his family happy and show them how much they mean to me at any cost. Donation or not, you took the time out of your day to read someone else's problems, and that's not praised enough. On a side note; Hug your families ir significant other as much as you possibly can. Never miss an opportunity to tell them how much they mean to you. It took me being half a world away to realize what I took for granted, and I pray no one else would have to. Hold what you have dearly, and never let them go.