KELLY CANO, 32, AND CARLOS CANO, 35 LANCASTER, CA
Kelly and Carlos got married when she was 25 and he was 27 — the average
ages of American newlyweds. With their three children — Madilyn, 6, Michael, 4, and Sophia, 11 months — Kelly, a stay-at-home mom, and Carlos, a manufacturing associate for a biotech
company, embody what many of us grew up thinking marriage would look like.
Living the dream
"It took me three years of dating to know that I wanted to spend my life with Carlos," says Kelly. "I am spunky, spontaneous, a bookworm, and very sociable. He was quiet, calm, and enjoyed
working on his car more than reading a novel. But at the core, I knew we wanted the same things — love, a family, a home. He was kind, caring, and a gentleman, and he loved me and returned my
love in a way I had always been looking for. When I finally realized that Carlos was everything I wanted in a husband, I
Give a little bit
"When you're married, you have to be a team. Carlos and I each sacrifice a lot for each other. He drives two hours to work every day so I can stay home with the kids, and he gets home really
late. We both get exhausted and we miss each other so much. But we both respect what the other person is doing to make a good family life."
"When I was in the hospital recovering from my C-section after Sophia was born, we joked that I've got to have a baby every few years so that Carlos and I can have some alone time! Being able
to chat while Sophia slept and the nurses brought us food — even if it was pathetic hospital food — was like a second honeymoon!"