Through thick and thin

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FAMILY -

AS for newly-weds Alvin Fer­nan­dez, 28, and Maria Natasha, 29, their vow to be with each other “in sick­ness and in health” be­gan long be­fore they walked down the aisle. Alvin stayed by her side even when she was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal for kid­ney stones in 2009, and proved to be the rock in their re­la­tion­ship.

By the time they tied the knot, Alvin and Maria were con­vinced their mar­riage is built on a strong foun­da­tion of love, care, trust and de­vo­tion.

They also be­lieved that be­ing spir­i­tual helped in build­ing a strong, long-last­ing mar­riage.

“While go­ing through ob­sta­cles, Alvin and I prayed to­gether. “It helped us both see the pos­i­tive side to our is­sues and how to over­come them. Who knows what ob­sta­cles we may en­counter in the fu­ture? What­ever it may be, we may not be fully pre­pared, but we will fig­ure them out along the way,” says Maria.

The cou­ple also be­lieve in keep­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions open.

“A sim­ple ques­tion like ‘ How was your day?’ is good enough to break the ice. Who bet­ter than you sig­nif­i­cant other is there to share your sto­ries with? No mat­ter how bad a day we’ve had, or how much trou­ble we go through through­out the day, we make it a point to share our sto­ries with each other and never go to bed up­set,” shares Maria, adding she learns new things ev­ery day in her con­ver­sa­tions with her hus­band.

They also like to keep the ro­mance alive in their re­la­tion­ship by mak­ing the ef­fort to go on din­ner dates, short get­aways and through sim­ple ges­tures like break­fast in bed.

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