Our Third Wedding Anniversary

Today, we woke up, looked at each other, smiled, and said “Happy Anniversary”. As we were laying in bed, I thought about all the things that we have accomplished in just three young years of marriage. I thought about how much we had to fight against all odds throughout our dating years. I thought about the many teenage, not so smart, things we did (which now are just fun memories that we get to remember and just laugh about). I thought about the doors that God has opened and closed in our favor. I thought what a HUGE blessing it is to be married to a man that wakes up every morning ready to go to work, to provide for us, to make sure I am never lacking anything. What a blessing to be married to a man that is my team player and friend in ANYTHING we do! It’s a blessing to be called Mrs. Duarte, his wife, and best friend.

Martin and I got married fairly young, I was 21 and he was 23. Despite our age, we knew it was the right time to spend the rest of our lives together. We knew this is what we needed to do in order to accomplish the many things God has in stored for us. From the moment we got engaged, four years ago, we have seen God’s hand provide ALL of the desires of our hearts. We have seen his unconditional love in these three years. Young couples ask us, is marriage hard? what is marriage like? and we get all these questions about marriage… and no we don’t know everything about marriage. But one thing I have always answered is; When God is the center of your marriage, communication, respect, and love will never lack! A successful marriage doesn’t mean you never fight, a successful marriage is working as a team, always supporting and hearing each other out. Working together towards each others’ dreams, goals, and plans… that’s a successful marriage.

I love being married! Marrying Martin has been the best decision of my life, a decision I will never regret. I am so excited for this new season of parenting and for the many more anniversaries we will celebrate together.

As part of our anniversary celebration, Martin and I wanted to share some of our favorite wedding photos with you guys! Our amazing wedding photographers were Kristy and Vic! Thank you guys so much for always capturing the most beautiful milestones in our lives!

Cheers to three amazing years of marriage!



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