"When my dad left for Afghanistan to fight for a year, I worried that he might not come back. I thought my mom would have a difficult time being by herself to take care of my siblings and me. Thankfully, God watched over my dad and he came home safe. I know my mom was happy because her face lit up when she saw him. So did mine! Our house just isn’t the same when my dad is gone doing Army stuff. I miss him, my sisters and brother miss him, and my mom really misses him too. When he’s home our house seems more balanced. It’s happier and less stressful. My mom does a great job taking care of us, but she does an even better job when she has help from my dad. They really make a great team. I love that my mom helps me learn stuff like cooking, and being a lady, and my dad is always there to motivate me to try harder in sports and to never give up on things. I said good-bye to my best friend once and it wasn’t because her family had military orders, it was because her parents were getting divorced. I feel sad for her moving so far away from her dad. My dad may be gone a lot with the Army, but I feel happy inside knowing that my parents are together and that daddy is coming home soon.”
"Pete was tricked into taking me on our first date. He was a very shy boy who had almost finished college without so much as going on one date. He was making an hour drive the next day to take some construction plans to a job site and was looking for someone to go with. When he asked all of his roommates if they would tag along they purposefully said no and then mentioned he should take me. I remember he was so nervous when he came to ask me to go along the ride with him. With excitement that he asked me, I immediately said yes. Later all his friends came up to me and instructed me to sit in the middle and let him pay for my dinner. The date went well and I knew at that point I would marry him. I was soon introduced to his family who were amazed he even talked to a girl. We were married 58 years before he passed away. The thing I wish for people to remember while they still have their spouse with them, is to make time to create memories, because those are what you have after they are gone."
“Growing up in Guatemala, getting married was what you did. You got married and had a family. So, I always looked for that and for a special someone to grow old with. At 19, I moved to America from my home country of Guatemala to work at a factory. There were pretty strict rules back then and you were not allowed to leave your working station. I saw a handsome new guy walk into the factory and I whispered to my friend, Ruby, ‘I don’t know how but I’ve got to meet that guy somehow.’ I mustered up enough courage one day and walked over to the washing station where he was and pretended like I needed to wash something even though I didn’t. He leaned over to me and in Spanish asked me if he could wash my hands. I said, ‘sure’. I was so shocked that he did that that I didn’t even get his name! A few days later he was in line behind me when we were clocking out from work, this time we had more time to properly introduce ourselves and he asked me out. Things didn’t work out for me in America though so I moved back to Guatemala. Alfonzo, my love, and the dream boy from the factory called me up and proposed. He then flew out to Guatemala and asked my father for my hand in marriage. We got married and started our lives as husband and wife back in America. We had a lot of struggles in our marriage. I always desperately wanted to have a large family and for the first 9 years of our marriage I pleaded with God for a child. Finally, on our 10th Wedding Anniversary we were blessed with a baby girl! She was indeed a miracle and blessing from God. Not too many years after our daughter was born my husband was diagnosed with a very rare type of cancer. The doctors only gave him six years to live. Alfonzo made sure that he did all that he could to make those 6 years count for us, and he did. He passed away in 1996 when our daughter was just eleven. I thought Alfonzo and I would grow old together. That had always been my dream and how I saw our lives unfolding. I guess that wasn’t God’s plan for us. My advice for married couples is to just enjoy your time with each other and focus on having a good life together.”
Jeremy Miller and Rebekah Leblanc Miller"The first time I saw my wife my first thought, “Dang! She’s fly!”I didn’t think I could marry her because I thought she was way out of my league! We met in Bible school in Upstate New York. Our first date was on a cold winter day. I was feeling pretty nervous about this date. I wanted everything to be perfect. I borrowed my friend’s pickup truck, cleaned it out and bought a couple roses that I left for her on the passenger seat. Well… It was so cold that she just hopped in the truck, not noticing the flowers; she sat on them as she told me to make a quick stop to the dumpster to throw the trash from the girl’s dorm. It’s one of those awkward moment where you don’t exactly know what to do. Do you mention the flowers or let it go? Anyways, we always laugh when looking back on our first date. One of my favorite qualities about Bekka is her compassion. She has an ability to listen to others and genuinely care for them. She always gives undivided attention when engaged in conversations.June 21st will mark 8 years of marriage for us! With a full life, and 2 busy boys; my advice on relationships would be to continue to discover your spouse. Keep the pursuit alive!"
"The first time I saw her she was wearing a zebra print shirt and I thought she was stunning." "Well, the first time I saw him he looked like he picked an outfit from his grandfathers closet but oh my goodness, you can teach a man fashion but you can't teach a man how to be a good man...10 years later I still adore him!"
Here's our nutshell love story:Our story is crazy and a half. We "met" when he "poked" me on Facebook. That began a very short time of messaging and texting before we met in person. Our first date is one for the books. He was so broke at the time that he owned two pair of shoes: 1 pair of work boots and 1 pair of nice shoes. He had forgotten his nice shoes at a friend's house a few days prior, and he refused to show up in his nasty work boots, so... he showed up in socks. To a movie theater. Not only that, but we missed the movie because he got caught up in traffic (because Friday night in Dallas is just synonymous with gridlocked traffic). Since we missed the movie, he suggested we go to IHOP across the street, but um, "no shoes, no shirt... " you know the rest. Against my better judgment, I told him he could go to my apartment and just hang out with me and my roommates. You know what he says?? "This will be a good story for our grandkids!" Who says that on a first date?! Haha! It worked I guess, because 7 months later we eloped. Eight years and four kids into our marriage, we are one of the happiest married couples I know. Who knew my knight in shining armor would arrive barefoot?? Lol! And with four kids, I'm sure we'll have lots of grandkids to share our story with :-D
"On our first date, Justin brought me to a beautiful park in Dallas called White Rock Lake. He packed a picnic lunch with my favorite potato chips, Zapps with a turkey sandwich. We talked and laughed for hours but one of my favorite memories that day is this plane. We put it together, took turns coloring it and flew it around. It has kind of been a symbol of our marriage over the past 10 years. We have gone places and done things that even if we were told we wouldn't have believed it. There have been some seasons that the weather was a little rough and we needed to return back to where our journey began to get some maintenance work done. Other times, we had to take a detour because we were going the direction. At the end of the day, we got through it and I can tell you that it has been worth every moment. Our journey has just begun and I cannot wait to see where it takes us." #tellusyourstory #thehitchfix #marriage#dating #weareformarriage #bringdatingback
Josh and Catherine Kilmer "We were married on November 7, 2015 :) When Josh and I were engaged, I lived on a farm with an amazing Catholic family of 13, half an hour from where Josh was finishing his senior year of college. I had moved to middle-of-nowhere PA to be near my darling with no job, little savings, and a lot of love! I ended up getting a job as a kindergarten aide, but before my first paycheck came in, I ran out of savings. I am the girl who grew up in the suburbs, took taxis across New York City, and generally didn't watch my spending on clothes or Starbucks; so to run out of money was humbling, embarrassing, and hilarious, all at the same time.The day my bank account hit zero was the same day as the 11th birthday of one of the sweet girls I lived with. Margaret came in my room bright and early to share with me that: "I got 22 dollars for my birthday!" As soon as she scurried off to exclaim her newfound wealth to the next family member, I called Josh in tears: "Margaret is 11 and she has more money than me!" As I half laughed and half cried, Josh reassured me that everything would be okay and that he'd take care of me until I got paid. Now we are happily married and financially just fine, living in our first little apartment in San Diego. I learned that money can't buy love, but running out of it sure can bring you closer to your husband-to-be :) We dearly love our marriage and consider it the greatest gift God has given us to draw nearer to Him and bring us joy. We want to be part of this campaign to stand up for the great good that marriage is and to encourage other couples to do the same." #tellusyourstory#thehitchfix #togetherforever#millennialsformarriage #funny #lovestory#catholic #love @catherinmadison @blarney8107
"I remember thinking to myself as a child that I did not want my future marriage to end up like my parents. So when I found the man that I was to marry, we decided early on that divorce would not be an option and we work hard to keep a healthy and thriving marriage. One of the marriages that left an impact was my aunt and uncle's marriage. The love that they shared was (is) so deep. He would wake up early in the morning to run her bathwater, and have a cup of coffee waiting then would kneel down beside her bed and pray for her. It was beautiful. While my parents marriage did not succeed, I saw other people's marriage succeed and I wanted that." #tellusyourstory #thehitchfix#marriage #love #lovestory#millennialsformarriage #marriage #millennials#legacy
1/2 “We are total opposites, and it totally works. He’s extroverted and I’m introverted. We balance each other out in a good way. We’ve grown a lot together. We are always learning and sharing our experiences with one another.”
(3/5) “Early on in our dating I knew my wife would be a good mom. Not only is she good with our kids, she treats every child as she would her own. Seeing her around kids and people in general I am reminded of how much love she has for all people. My wife doesn’t compare herself to others and is genuinely happy for people in their accomplishments. Something rare in a Facebook world.”
"We got married young. I was 21 and he was 23. We were just babies. I remember people telling me that if I got married, I would never be able to follow my dreams. Well, they were wrong!! 12 years of marriage and four babies later, I stand here with my doctorate. To be honest, I don't think I could've went as far in my education without the encouragement and support of this amazing guy by my side."
“I really like it when my wife comes up and touches me. A hand on the back, a simple kiss—just the simple touches show me she loves me. She supports me, even when I plan on doing something stupid like try to fix an old beat up car. When she tells me she’s proud of me, it always cheers me up. I tend to not make decisions, I’d even say I can’t make decisions. Except her, she was my decision. I want to be better because of her.”
"We are choosing to be married because we want to express our commitment to each other before God to our family and friends, and especially our son. We want him to know that his parents love each other and that when two people love each other, they should express their commitment before God to others." Desiree Shaqildi and Alejandro Salgado June 11, 2016
"I used to be kind of a loner. Believe it or not, I never even dated until I was 21. I remember wondering if/how I would react with a wife. I enjoy company just as much as the next person, but I really enjoy just "me" time...All of that changed when I fell for Rae. A few months after we got married, I found myself alone for the day while she went to work. I remember being almost excited, a day off, for some "me" time. But it was completely different. I hated it. I'd find myself looking around for something, then realizing I was looking for her! That longing to be together has only increased over time. She is the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me or that could happen to me. She is my anchor and my sails, she loves and supports me so much. I am eternally in debt to the God above who allowed me to care for such a special woman."
"Man, we've been hit with doozeys already. Fear of substantial professional set-backs, health-concerns, loss of family members are some circumstances which already occurred in the time we've been together and have clearly indicated that we are stronger together than on our own."
1/2 “As soon as I started dating my now wife, I knew I wanted to start a family with her. Only by getting married did I feel like we could begin on that journey. I had been married before, but this time was different, because this time I felt like I had met someone who compliments me. Where I lack strength, she is strong. She’s my biggest supporter. We don’t agree on everything. We go through stressful times but we don’t fight. We get along really, really well and grow stronger in those moments. I’m still always excited to walk in the door and see her.”
2/2 “I was instantly comfortable around my fiancé. I could feel his acceptance and warmth. He is genuine and I feel safe around him. Our life never gets boring. We each have unique perspectives and push each other to succeed.”
1/5 “For us, marriage and family are absolutely inseparable. We truly feel family is the key to a happy marriage. There is just something special about having kids and being a family.”
(4/5) “My husband is really hard on himself. I see the good in him and know that he always has a light. I’ve never lost hope in my husband and I never will. I love him. He helps me be a better person. His drive inspires me. I love that about him.”
“We knew each other exactly 4 years 6 months and 16 days before we got married. She walked into my friend’s room with her boyfriend and I was like, ‘whoah, who is that?’ I thought she was so pretty and way out of my league, but as soon as they broke up I asked her out anyway. We talked about marriage after dating just a little while; we even had our first kid’s name picked out (it didn’t stick). I tricked her into thinking I was going to be rich so she’d marry me.”
“We have to work at marriage. There will always be something—good or bad times. Grit gets us through our hard times. Problems in marriage will not go away unless you work at them. I remember during our toughest times I blurted out, 'I would love nothing more than to work this out with you!' That’s when things started to turn around. We thought after 15 years of marriage we would not have any surprises, but there are. We found we have to keep up on our marriage if we want it to work. I’m glad we are back on the same page and rollin’ forward again.”
"I met my wife while dating her sister. Yep. One of those! I didn't believe at love at first sight, but now believe in "love at first sound!" It's crazy, but as the sister was talking about Rae, my now wife, something inside of me woke up. The transition was about as awkward as one could imagine, and after 6 weeks of dating, I asked her to marry me (Even though we both knew by the first date)! Ourhoneymoon is a story in itself that could be one of those "everything goes wrong" comedy movies. Such things such ending up in the ER on our wedding night (passing a kidney stone, ouch!), our car breaking down in the middle of a freezing night in Canada, and us overfilling the hot tub with bubble bath and having a foamy nightmare to deal with. But this past January 2nd we celebrated 6 amazing years together. We both recently have been accepted in the the Doctorate of Pharmacy program at Oregon State! Each day I love to surprise her, make her laugh, and simply just be with her. I am not too sure if I believe in a "honeymoon phase", if it exists, than we are both still very much in it!"- Buzz and Rae Barnes
"Most embarrassing moment while dating was our first kiss...lol...it was all teeth and we laughed and laughed...he told me he wasn't sure that he wanted to kiss me again for awhile...thankfully we got waaaay better at it!!! My advice to any engaged couple or newly married couple is..1. Give 100% - giving 50% is not an option, it's very selfish.2. Forgive, forgive, forgive - Holding things against your spouse is detrimental to yourself and to him/her.3. Speak your spouses love language always - Knowing and Speaking your spouses love language is the most essential thing that I have learned in our marriage.4. Be open and Honest about everything - Hide nothing from your spouse, tell them everything...it makes the relationship so much easier." -Josh and Elisha Reeder married on 2/1/14.
"Joshua and I met working at Bruster's Ice Cream shop when I was 16 and he was 18. I knew that I loved him the first time I saw him, which was ridiculous because he was wearing the required white shorts and goofy red visor and I was literally covered in ice cream, getting googly-eyed over his beautiful blue eyes. He also had a girlfriend at the time, so we spent a year or so getting to know each other before we ended up dating! Five years later we got married, and almost eight years in, we have two amazing children. Joshua and I have been through a lot of life together, more than I could have possibly imagined I would experience in such a short time. I cannot fathom being able to weather those storms without him by my side and without God as our beacon. Marriage (and parenting!) has taught us how to be better people, and not just to each other. I've learned how to truly pray for someone, how to compromise, how to fight fairly, and how to love bigger than I thought possible. I can't wait to see what other lessons the future holds!"Josh and Ashley Whitlinger Married: June 7, 2008#tellusyourstory #thehitchfix #togetherforever#millennialsformarriage #millennials #marriage#love #lovestory #faith #funny
2/2 “From the first date my husband and I went on, I knew I wanted him to be the father of my children. Being married was the only way we would really create what we considered a family unit. Without marriage the true family unit does not seem to exist. Marriage also made us equal partners, more committed, and more bonded. Dave is my match—I never doubt that. With marriage nothing separates us.”
“Shortly after my mom and step dad got married, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. When she got diagnosed, she was so afraid that he wouldn’t love her or think she was pretty anymore after she lost all her hair. But, the exact opposite happened. He loved her even more and showed unconditional love and support which really helped my mom through her cancer. My perception changed towards marriage after that because he displayed true love and compassion even though she was sick and bald. Her sickness didn’t matter to him at all because he still loved her for who she was. He loved her through the hard times and that really meant a lot to me.”
2/5 “When I’m anxious my husband comforts me and assures me that everything will be fine. We have a son who sometimes needs to go to the hospital and it’s during those times we come together, support each other, and rely on each other for strength.”
(5/5) “We strive to make our home a happy place and it starts with us. Love in the home and in the family begins with marriage. Marriage bonds our family together. There is a sense of permanence for our kids and for us. Marriage brings security, and for us, peace.
“I cannot pinpoint what my husband does that shows me he cares, it’s so constant. I like that he comes up with the most odd way of looking at things. One of the reasons I married him was because he made me laugh. My mom didn’t like him. She did not know why I wanted to marry him and tried to talk me out of it. I told her he made me laugh everyday and it was important to me. He’s now her favorite.”
“We met when we were sixteen and loved going out to do stuff with our friends. We’d go on day trips and really liked swimming in the river. My husband’s such a prankster. We’d drive to each other’s schools and pull pranks on one another. On my birthday, my husband saran wrapped my car in the school parking lot. I was trying to cut it off when the fire alarm went off. The entire school came out. My husband swears he didn’t pull the alarm.”