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Success on AMS: Danielle & Brian

January 7, 2011

My husband Brian and I met on AveMariaSingles on August 15, 2007. He emailed me first, and I was hooked from the very start. After a whirlwind, storybook romance, we were married on October 18, 2008. As we drove away from our wedding reception that night, I remember thinking how hopeful both of us were about the future. We had so much to look forward to in life, and we couldn’t wait to embark on the journey together.

Our first week of married life was spent on our honeymoon aboard a Caribbean cruise. It was the most amazing experience of both of our lives. We swam with the dolphins, snorkeled, relaxed on the beach, and spent some quality alone time together. We fell deeper in love with each passing day, and we arrived back in Pittsburgh refreshed and ready to begin our life together.

The early days of marriage for us were spent in complete happiness as we learned more about each other. We credit this mostly to the fact that we saved ourselves for marriage, and we did not live together before marriage either. I loved being able to come home to the apartment and actually be home. I didn’t have to get into my car and drive the half mile back to my parents’ house at nine every night. Instead at nine every night, I could climb into bed beside my husband. It was the best feeling in the world.

Every experience for us was a new “first.” There was the first time we were able to go away and stay in the same hotel room. There was the first time we went grocery shopping together. There was the first time we went to Mass together as a married couple. There was the first time we slept in together on a Saturday morning. There was the first time we did the laundry together. There was the first time we hosted a couples’ night at our apartment. The list could go on and on forever.

The early days of marriage were a blast. We both used to look forward to our Friday night dates that consisted of dinner out and grocery shopping. It was so simple, but so us. We were so madly in love with each other and so excited to be able to share everything with each other, that it didn’t matter what we were doing. Just being together was enough for us. We both agree that it was an amazing time in our lives. It was a unique time period and one that God blessed us with and rewarded us with for all the time we spent waiting to be with one another.

Today life is fast paced. We have one, adorable eight month old son, Matthew Xavier. He is the joy of our lives. I stay home and take care of him and Brian works two jobs and takes classes in order to keep me at home. Our time together is few and far between, but each moment we have alone together is just as precious as it was two years ago. The “firsts” don’t happen nearly as much anymore, and marriage is not as exciting as it was in the beginning, but we are just as much in love as we were two years ago (if not more!). When life gets stressful and things get tough, we both like to think back to the early days of our married life together. The memories make us smile and laugh and fall in love all over again. With God’s grace, we pray that our marriage will continue to grow and develop from the strong base we established in the very beginning.

We would like to take this opportunity to dedicate this story in loving memory of our daughter Abigail Grace. She went to be with God after just six short weeks of pregnancy on February 2, 2009.
success: Danielle & Brian

Danielle lives in Pittsburgh with her husband Brian and their son Matthew. She enjoys watching Steelers football, spending quality time with her family, and is looking forward to one day having time to finish her novel.

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  1. Yolanda permalink
    January 11, 2011 10:42 pm

    Your story would be exactly the way I would experience marriage if I would be someday be married. It is sad to see that people in this society have lost a sense of romance in relationships, all because they do not save themselves for marriage. And ruin all these wonderful “first” experiences. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story. God bless you and your familiy and continue to add more pages on the storybook of your lives. 🙂

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