Seventeen Years

 

Wow..It’s hard to believe that here we are seventeen years later with six children.

How we met…

It was early in the night of Saturday June 25, 1994, I was on my way out of Caribe night club when he was walking in with his cousin (his cousin and my aunt were dating at the time). We locked eyes, the connection was instantaneous! We were introduced briefly before I knew it we had spent the whole night dancing accompanied by small talk. He told me my lips reminded him of an apple, so sweet, I lived wearing bright red lipstick back then.

He was 21 and I was two weeks shy of my fifteenth birthday. I know, I seemed so young but I was way beyond my teen years metally. Now that I am a mother I cannot fathom my daughter even having a boyfriend at that age, but I was a different story. He had arrived from Dominican Republic two weeks prior, he did not speak english and I was very rusty on my spanish. But somehow we made it work.

We just clicked, although we are the complete opposite it just worked. Before we knew it we were welcoming our first child. After that it seems like time just flew. We both had childhood issues to overcome but we have survived this far.

As time goes on I realize that people grow and sometimes we grow apart. We can get carried away in the cycle of life and this can contribute in the growing apart process. I have learned that I cannot have control of everything, that it’s critical to any marriage to remember why you fell in love. To never stop talking talking or making time for each other.

I can say that we have overcome many obstacles and have enjoyed many wonderful moments, like the birth of each of our children. But we are a team, we are dedicated and acknowledge that we love each other above all else. A marriage is hard, no matter how long you have been together. It takes alot of work. But, in the end it’s totally worth it.

We renewed our vows last year,

His Vows…

Charity, you are the most important person in my life. I thank God for having you in my life. I’m so happy to be here today celebrating this moment with you, our children, our family and friends. I ask God that everyday will be full of happiness as this day..I give you this ring as a gesture of my love and I promise to love you always.

My Vows…

I thank God for the gift of you. I have always loved you and will always love you. You are a part of me, the best part of me. Together we have endured, laughed and cried. You are my heart, my life, my best friend. Whatever our souls are made of yours and mine are the same. Today we will wipe clean the canvas of our lives and let God guide us with his amazing artistic talent and fill them with new colors, harmony and beauty. This is my promise to you; with this ring as a symbol of my love and dedication I vow before God, to give myself to you completely and love you always from this day fourth. 

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