Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Your Husband Will Feel You Appreciate His Desire To Protect and Provide When...

  • you verbalize your admiration of him for protecting you and being willing to die for you.

  • you praise his commitment to provide for and protect you and the family (he needs to know you don't take this for granted).

  • you empathize when he reveals his male mind-set about position, status, rank, or being one-up or one0down, particularly at work.

  • you never mock the idea of "looking up to him" as your protector to prevent him from "looking down on you."

  • you never, in word or body language, put down his job or how much he makes.

  • you are always ready to figuratively "light the candles," as E.V. Hill's wife did when they couldn't afford to pay the light bill.

  • you quietly and respectfully voice concerns about finances and try to offer solutions on where you might be able to cut spending.

-Page 213 & 214 of "Love & Respect" by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Showing Respect by Candlelight

As a struggling young preacher, E.V. had trouble earning a living. E.V. came home one night and found the house dark. When he opened the door, he saw that Jane had prepared a candlelight dinner for two. He thought that was a great idea and went in to the bathroom to wash his hands. He tried unsuccessfully to turn on the light. Then he felt his way into the bedroom and flipped another switch. Darkness prevailed. The young pastor went back to the dining room and asked Jane why the electricity was off. She began to cry.
"You work so hard, and we're trying," said Jane, "but it's pretty rough. I didn't have enough money to pay the light bill. I didn't want you to know about it, so I thought we would just eat by candlelight."

-Page 210 of "Love & Respect" by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Your Husband Will Feel You Appreciate His Desire To Work and Achieve When...

  • you tell him verbally or in writing that you value his work efforts.

  • you express your faith in him related to his chosen field.

  • you listen to his work stories as closely as you expect him to listen to your accounts of what happens in the family

  • you see yourself as his helpmate and counterpart and talk with him about this whenever possible.

  • you allow him to dream as you did when you were courting.

  • you don't dishonor or subtly criticize his work "in the field" to get him to show me more love "in the family."

-Page 203 of "Love & Respect" by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Monday, December 7, 2009

Your Wife Will Feel Esteemed When...

  • you say, "I'm so proud of the way you handled that."

  • you speak highly of her in front of others.

  • you open the door for her.

  • you try something new with her.

  • you give her encouragement or praise with kindness and enthusiasm.

  • you notice something different about her hair or clothes.

  • you are physically affectionate with her in public.

  • you teach the children to show her and others respect.

  • you value her opinion in the gray areas as not wrong but just different--and valid.

  • you choose family outings over "guy things."

  • you make her feel first in importance.

  • you are proud of her and all she does.

-Page 182 of "Love & Respect" by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

She'll Feel At Peace with You When...

  • you let her vent her frustrations and hurts and don't get angry and close her off.

  • you admit you are wrong and apologize by saying. "I'm sorry. Will you forgive me?"

  • you understand her natural desire to negotiate, compromise, and defer, and you meet her halfway.

  • you try to keep your relationship "up-to-date," resolving the unresolved and never saying, "Forget it."

  • you forgive her for any wrongs she confesses.

  • you never nurse bitterness and always reassure her of your love.

  • you pray with her after a hurtful time.

-Page 164 of "Love & Respect" by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

She'll Feel You're Trying to Understand Her When...

  • you listen and can repeat back what she said.

  • you don't try to "fix her problems" unless she specifically asks for a solution.

  • you try to identify her feelings.

  • you never dismiss her feelings, no matter how illogical they may seem to you.

  • you say, "I appreciate your sharing that with me."

  • you don't interrupt her whe she's trying to tell you how she feels.

  • you apologize and admit you were wrong.

  • you cut her some slack during her monthly cycle.

  • you see something that needs to be done and you do it without a lot of hassle.

  • you express appreciation for all she does: "Honey, I could never do your job."

  • you pray with her and for her.

-Page 154 of "Love & Respect" by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Your Wife Feels you Are Open To Her When ...

  • you share your feelings, telling about your day and difficulties.

  • you say, "Let's talk," ask her what she's feeling, and ask for her opinions.

  • your face shows you want to talk-relaxed body language, good eye contact.

  • you take her for a walk to talk and reminisce about how you met or perhaps you talk about the kids and problems she may be having with them.

  • you pray with her.

  • you give her your full attention... no grunting responses while trying to watch TV, read the newspaper, or write e-mails.

  • you discuss financial concerns, possible job changes, or ideas for your future.

-Page 144 of "Love & Respect" by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Your Wife Feels Close to You When...

  • you hold her hand.

  • you hug her.

  • you are affectionate without sexual intentions.

  • you are with her alone so you can focus on each other and laugh together.

  • you go fo a walk or jog... anything that results in togetherness.

  • you seek her out ... set up a date night ... eat by candlelight.

  • you go out of your way to do something for her, like run an errand.

  • you make it a priority to spend time with her.

  • you are aware of her as a person with a mind and opinions... let her know you enjoy discussing things with her and getting her insights.

  • you suggest the unexpected... get takeout and eat on the beach... take a walk to see the full moon... park on the bluff and watch the sunset.

  • you pillow talk after making love... lie close with your arm around her and share feelings and intimate ideas... and never turn on SportsCenter or Nightline.

-Page 133 of "Love & Respect" by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be!

There is inside you
all of the potential
to be whatever you want to be,
all of the energy
to do whatever you want to do.

Imagine yourself as you would like to be,
doing what you want to do,
and each day, take one step
towards your dream.

And though at times it may seem too
difficult to continue,
hold on to your dream.

One morning you will awake to find
that you are the person you dreamed of,
doing what you wanted to do,
simply because you had the courage
to believe in your potential
and to hold on to your dream.

~ Donna Levine ~

Friday, October 23, 2009

To Be a Kid Again

With a kid, things seems to be real. It's like you can be a kid again around them, and it's ok for you to be. You don't have to be afraid of being scammed, or pretend to like them; you just do.

Around the age of 12, they start to change. They stop being themselves because it's no longer "appropriate" based on older audience opinion. They begin to worry, they have doubts and fears. They start to compare themselves to others.

Einstein said "We're born geniuses but thought how to be idiots."

They start to understand more of what's on T.V., the internet, the radio. That sex,drugs and alcohol is what life is all about. That it's ok to be average, not to strive in life and that if success doesn't come to them, when they're watching 20 + hours of T.V. a week, it means that they weren't meant for it.
They're being told that dreams are just for kids, that they can't have what they want out of life. That some people can, but not them.

Lets be kids again.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

God and prayers

God simply can't answer every prayer and give you everything you want! That takes all the living out of life! If god would answer all of our prayers, there'd be nothing left for us to do ourselves! Life is about problems and overcoming those problems and growing and learning from obstacles. If god would fix everything for us, then there'd be no point in our existance.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Remember Names

Often people will excuse themselves by saying: "I remember faces but not names." The folly of this remark is apparent: If you can remember faces, you can remember names. The trick is to connect the face and name in your mind. Here are some suggestions:
  1. Listen intently the first time the name is said. Make sure you have heard it correctly.
  2. Repeat the name several times in your mind.
  3. Use it as often as possible in immediate and subsequent converstaions.
  4. Cement the name together with the face through association. Look for some outstanding feature of the person's face. Then mentally exaggerate that feature or use your imagination to conjure up some indelible image (the more ridiculous, the better).

-Page 80 of "The art of talking so that people will Listen" by author Paul W. Swets

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Take control of what you say

The following strategies are designed to help you gain greater control over what you say and how you say it:

  • Check to see if the listener understand. Encourage questions. Never stifle the listener with "Stupid!" or the like. Ask, "Am I making myself clear?" "Do you know what I mean?"

  • Think before you speak. Avoid hasty generalizations. Ask yourself if there is a clear, reasonable connection between your statements.

  • Say precisely what you mean. Don't expect your listener to understand a hidden message. If the hidden message is worth saying, dare to say it clearly.

  • Try not to repeat. Condense your message and avoid speaking for more than a minute at a time.

  • Ask yourself, "How am I making the other person feel? Would I like to feel that way? How could I have said that better?" Become aware that put down messages are usually damaging not only to communication, but to the other's self-esteem as well.

  • Listen to the tone quality and volume of your voice. Is it harsh, too loud, irritating? Modulate your voice so it sounds pleasing to you. Do not speak louder than necessary.

  • Consider your body and facial expressions. Check them in a mirror if possible. Ask yourself, "How is what I'm saying coming through? Am I tense? Do I look worried, uncertain, angry?"

-Page 60 of "The art of talking so that people will Listen" by Paul W. Swets foreword by Norman Vincent Peale

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Get in the Happiness Habit

Accept responsibility for your happiness and take control of your life. Decide to make happiness a habit.
By Joel Osteen

Many people don't realize that much of the manner in which we approach life-our attitudes and our demeanor-is learned behavior. These habits have been formed by repetition throughout the years. If we've spent years focusing on what's wrong rather than what's right, then these negative patterns are going to keep us from enjoying our lives.
We acquired many of our habits from our parents or the people who were around us as we grew up. Studies tell us that negative parents raise negative children. If your parents focused more on what was wrong, living stressed-out, uptight or discouraged, there's a good possibility that you have developed some of those same negative mindsets.

-Page 79 of "Success Magazine: August 2009 (Energy to the POWER of Monavie Edition)" article written by Joel Osteen.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Know when to keep silent

Silence communicates, but the messages vary. The silence of retreat is the sulking attitude which says, "I don't need to talk to you. I'll just think my own thoughts and isolate myself from you." The silence of anger is the attempt to get even, to lash out by keeping thoughts within, to refuse to give one the pleasure of company. Then there is the silence of awkwardness which almost shouts, "Help! Let me out of here! I don't know what to say! Somebody say something!" There is also the silence of support. Instead of filling up time with small talk, that silence says: "I want to know how you feel about yourself, your failures, your accomplishments, your future plans." What a great experience to be on the other end of that kind of silence!

-Page 50 of "The art of talking so that people will Listen" by Paul W. Swets foreword by Norman Vincent Peale

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Unhook Yourself from the Matrix

Posted by: Darren Hardy in: SUCCESS

Do you ever get…?

  • Joint pain

  • Stiff back

  • Dry eyes

  • Runny nose

  • Restless legs

  • Tired in the afternoon

  • Angry while sitting in traffic

  • A craving for chocolate

  • Unruly hair

If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your doctor. You may be suffering from—BEING HUMAN!

Last night I walked into the kitchen where my wife was preparing dinner and the TV was on in the background with one of those pharmaceutical companies pitching a newly invented drug to cure a newly invented disease. I was so appalled I looked them up—they have already sold BILLIONS of dollars of their “enlightenment in a bottle.”
I think it is time for us all to wake up and cut the strings to the puppet master that is commercialism.

Quick lesson in commercial marketing:

Step 1: Make people feel inadequate, inferior, ugly, stupid or weak.

Step 2: Reinforce this by pointing out what they lack (something you didn’t even know you lacked until they pointed it out).

Step 3: Then show an artificial contrast—the handsome guy with three makeup artists and painted-on six-pack abs or the airbrushed professional bulimic, I mean model.

Now here is the most delusional and damaging part:
Step 4: They get you to believe that your success will come from their magic potion, new golf club, fully loaded sports car or eye cream; then there is always that “little blue pill” for guys, or my favorite—the new KY Jelly Intense for girls (see ad below).

I’d love it if I could buy my success, fame, self-esteem, good relationships, health and well-being in a nicely clam-shelled package at the local Wal-Mart. But, that’s not how it works.

There is no quick fix, way to lose 30 pounds in 3 days, rub 10 years off your face, make money while you sleep, or too good and still true get-rich-quick schemes.

Stop buying into it; better yet, stop even listening. When you pull back the curtain to the wizardry of commercial Oz, there is just a greasy, overweight, (probably way too hairy) bearded bald guy in a way-too-small leisure suit giggling with delight as he rings the bell and the rest of respond by salivating.

Rouse yourself from your hypnotic stupor and unhook yourself from the mind-melding Matrix. Realize your only path to success is through a continuum of mundane, unsexy, unexciting and sometimes difficult daily disciplines compounded over time, leading to the results, life, and lifestyle of your dreams and desires. But that doesn’t make for alluring book titles, spellbinding infomercials, or direct mail with high response rates.

Source: http://darrenhardy.success.com/2009/07/matrix/#more-1051

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

How to know yourself

Swiss Psychiatrist Paul Tournier claims:

No one comes to know himself through interospection.... Rather, it is in dialog, in his meeting with other persons. It is only by expressing his convictions to others that he becomes really conscious of them. He who would see himself clearly must open up to a confidant freely chosen and worthy of such trust. It may be a friend just as easily as a doctor; it may also be one's marital partner.

-Page 22 of "The art of talking so that people will Listen" by Paul W. Swets foreword by Norman Vincent Peale


F - Fear
A - Assumptions
I - Insensitivity
L - Labeling
U - Uncertainty
R - Resentment
E- Egotism

-Page 14 of "The art of talking so that people will Listen" by Paul W. Swets foreword by Norman Vincent Peale

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Make your dreams come true

You've got seven ways to apply the slight edge to everything you do:

  • The little things you do matter.

  • Your attitude is everything.

  • The present moment is all you have.

  • It takes small steps to get where you're going.

  • Failure is your best friend.

  • Good habits are your next best friend.

  • You're always learning.

-Page 117 of "Success for TEENS " by the editors of the SUCCESS Foundation.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Thomas Watson Sr.'s Philosophy

"Would you like me to give you the formula for success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failures. You're thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because that's where you'll find succes: on the other side of failure."

-Page 111 of "Success for TEENS " by the editors of the SUCCESS Foundation.

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You need a team on your side

In order to continuously learn, you need help. We've got this "do-it-yourself, I-don't-need-anyone" idea in America, like it's somehow cooler, tougher, smarter, or better to do things on your own (and only for yourself).
But doing it all by yourself is not only unnecessary but impossible. You can't do it on your own. So how do you get the help you need?
Everyone needs someone they can confide in, someone they can talk to about whatever mountains they happen to be facing at the time. "Someone you can talk to" might mean a professional counselor, but not necessarily. It might be an uncle, a grandparent, a teacher, a school counselor, or a coach.

-Page 108 of "Success for TEENS " by the editors of the SUCCESS Foundation.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

The Choice

A wealthy man was about to die. so he called his twin sons to his bedside. The boys began to cry as they heard their father speak about his approaching death, but with a wave of his hand the father silenced them.

"I am leaving you both with a gift," he told his boys, "I want you to enjoy the same happiness I had during my long life. Which gift you choose is up to you."
The man reached into a beautiful box on his bedside table and held out two gifts. One gift was a thousand $1000-dollar bills-a million dollars in cash. The other gift was a single, shiny copper penny.
"You both have the same choice-either one million or one penny. If you choose the million, it will be deposited in my bank in town and you can use it however you want. If you choose the penny, I will double the pennies you have everyday for the next thirty-one days. Now, go rest and think. Come back tomorrow morning and tell me your choices."

He kissed them both and sent them on their way.

Late that night the first boy lay in bed thinking, "Why is our father giving us this choice? Which should I take?" He was unable to sleep. But the more he thought about his father's choices, the more he was sure about taking the penny.
The second son didn't lose any sleep. He had made his decision the moment his father had held out that sheaf of thousand-dollar bills. He was going to take the million dollars and he was already making big plans about what he was going to do with the money.

The next day the two boys went to see their father. The first son took the penny, and the second son took the million dollars.
A few days later, the boy decided to visit his brother, to see what he was doing with his penny.
"As father promised," the first son said, "my pennies have been doubling every day. On the second day, I had two pennies. On the third day I had four pennies. On the fourth day, there were eight." The second son wasn't impressed. After all, he already had a million dollars and was sure to make a lot more.
Over the next weeks, the second son visited his brother every day and listened to him describe how his pennies were piling up. On Day 5, he had sixteen pennies; on Day 6, thirty-two; by week's end the boy had 64 cents. And by the end of the second week, had had $81.92.

A few days into the third week, the first son's pennies had grown to $655.35. But the second son was still not impressed. On Day 28, the first boy's pennies had passed the million-dollar mark. On Day 29, he passed the two-and-a-half-million mark. On Day 30, his pennies totaled five million. And on Day 31, he had $10,737,418.24.

The boy who chose the penny had discovered the extraordinary power of compound interest-how money, even a very small amount of money-can grow over time.
The first son also understood that their father was giving them more than money.

The true gift was wisdom in knowing how to respect and use money.

The boy who chose the million had his $1 million. But the boy who chose the penny was worth more than ten million dollars. Because he wasn't greedy, because he was careful with his money, and because he understood how money can grow over time, he achieved true wealth. The choice the wealthy man offered his two sons is the same choice the world offers you every day:

Small actions compound over time into big results.

The actions you take today, whether it's about money, friendships, or your health, can have a huge impact on you life over time.

-Page 99 of "Success for TEENS " by the editors of the SUCCESS Foundation.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

The earlier you invest, the greater the reward

Your teen and young adult years are the time when you can begin molding yourself into the person you want to be, and let time work for you and be on your side. It's not that much different from the principle of compound interest, or how money grows over time.
The world of money is one of the easiest places to see the power of investing early. As we'll show you soon, the earlier you invest, the greater your reward. One of your goals should be to put in place a financial plan for yourself so you are consistently, automatically building your savings. All this takes is choosing some simple action that is easy to do, which you repeat automaticcaly, either daily, weekly, or monthly, and that will, over time, lead to financial success.
But financial success is not only about making money, but also about understanding how to make it and how to use it.

-Page 98 of "Success for TEENS " by the editors of the SUCCESS Foundation.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Continuous learning

What does continuous learning mean? You probably have an idea, from what you've read so far.
It means there is no treading water in life, no running in place, no standing still. If you're not continually learning-if you're not taking advantage of opportunities to increase and use your knowledge-you're not on an upward path and if you're not heading upward, you're heading in the other direction.
Continuous learning means:

  • You haven't got it all figured out but are open to new possibilities. You're alert to finding opportunities in classes, programs, internships, and jobs.

  • You try to develop your talents to the fullest by learning from people who have more experience than you do, usually adults. It means getting a team on your side, so you're not setting out on your journey alone.

  • Most of all, it means continuously adjusting your course in life, as you learn from mistakes and apply what you've learned to new challenges and opportunities.

-Page 98 of "Success for TEENS " by the editors of the SUCCESS Foundation.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Traditional division and interpretation of the Ten Commandments

  1. "I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me..."
    This commandment is to believe in the existence of God and His influence on events in the world, and that the goal of the redemption from Egypt was to become His servants (Rashi). It prohibits belief in or worship of any additional deities.

  2. "Do not make an image or any likeness of what is in the heavens above..."
    This prohibits the construction or fashioning of "idols" in the likeness of created things (beasts, fish, birds, people) and worshipping them.

  3. "Do not swear falsely by the name of the LORD..."
    This commandment is to never take the name of God in a vain, pointless or insincere oath.

  4. "Remember [zachor] the Sabbath day and keep it holy" (the version in Deuteronomy reads shamor, "observe")
    The seventh day of the week is termed Shabbat and is holy, just as God ceased creative activity during Creation. The aspect of zachor is performed by declaring the greatness of the day (kiddush), by having three festive meals, and by engaging in Torah study and pleasurable activities. The aspect of shamor is performed by abstaining from productive activity (39 melachot) on the Shabbat.

  5. "Honor your father and your mother..."
    The obligation to honor one's parents is an obligation that one owes to God and fulfills this obligation through one's actions towards one's parents.

  6. "Do not murder"
    Murdering a human being is a capital sin.

  7. "Do not commit adultery."
    Adultery is defined as sexual intercourse between a man and a married woman who is not his wife.

  8. "Do not steal."
    According to Rashi, this is not understood as stealing in the conventional sense, since theft of property is forbidden elsewhere and is not a capital offense. In this context it is to be taken as "do not kidnap."

  9. "Do not bear false witness against your neighbor"
    One must not bear false witness in a court of law or other proceeding.

  10. "Do not covet your neighbor's wife"
    One is forbidden to desire and plan how one may obtain that which God has given to another. Maimonides makes a distinction in codifying the laws between the instruction given here in Exodus (You shall not covet) and that given in Deuteronomy (You shall not desire), according to which one does not violate the Exodus commandment unless there is a physical action associated with the desire, even if this is legally purchasing an envied object.

Source: Wikipedia

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Make your Habits Serve YOU

What limits you is never circumstance or fate. The limiting factor is always you and what you hold to be true in your mind. And if what you believe is positive, you'll have positive results. The wisest choice you can ever make is to believe in your unlimited possibility. And the tool you use to do that is habit. There are two kinds of habits: those that help you grow, and those that hold you back. The first type of habit is a tool you can use to achieve success. The second type of habit makes you its slave-the habit doesn't serve you; instead, you serve it.

  • Facing difficult feelings serves you well, while avoiding difficult feelings does not. By avoiding difficult feelings, it becomes harder to face them later on. Many people develop bad habits to avoid facing difficult feelings

  • Looking for the best in people serves you well. Expecting their worst doesn't.

  • Looking for the positive side of every challenge can become a habit. So can finding a reason to complain.

  • Putting a piece of every paycheck into a savings account can become a habit. So can spending more than you earn.

  • Finding out what you believe serves you. Believing and accepting everything you read on the Internet or hear on television doesn't serve you.

Are you going to be a slave to bad habits? Or are you going to make your positive habits serve you?

-Page 85 of "Success for TEENS " by the editors of the SUCCESS Foundation.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Control your Focus

When you put a lot of energy into focusing on what you don't want, you usually get more of it in your life. Because what you focus on, good or bad, grows. It's better to focus on the positive things you want, rather than the negative things you don't want.

-Page 83 of "Success for TEENS " by the editors of the SUCCESS Foundation.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Power of Habit

Habits have enormous power. In fact, habits are what run your life. Whether the habit is good or bad, you know that to be true.

-Page 82 of "Success for TEENS " by the editors of the SUCCESS Foundation.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Embrace your failures

Whether or not you want it to happen, you're going to fail at one time or another. Everyone does. If you go through life with the philosophy that failure is bad, you'll be too hard on yourself when things don't go as planned. You'll never learn from your mistakes. You'll never grow as a person. You may be so afraid of failure that you won't even try in the first place.

-Page 70 of "Success for TEENS " by the editors of the SUCCESS Foundation.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A nice spam/chain email

Aren't you tired of receiving spam that make no sense? I sure am, but this time I decided to give this one a shot. I'm glad I did, here's what was in it:

The girl in the picture is Katie Kirkpatrick, she is 21 . Next to her, her fiancé, Nick, 23.
The picture was taken shortly before their wedding ceremony, held on January 11, 2005 in the US .
Katie has terminal cancer and spend hours a day receiving medication.
In the picture, Nick is waiting for her on one of the many sessions of chemo to end.

In spite of all the pain, organ failures, and morphine shots, Katie is going along with her wedding and took care
of every detail. The dress had to be adjusted a few times due to her constant weight loss

An unusual accessory at the party was the oxygen tube that Katie used throughout the ceremony and reception as well.
The other couple in the picture are Nick's parents. Excited to see her son marrying his high school sweetheart.

Katie, in her wheelchair with the oxygen tube, listening a song from her husband and friends

At the reception, Katie had to take a few rests. The pain do not let her to be standing up for long periods

Katie died five days after her wedding day. Watching a women so ill and weak getting married and with a smile on her face makes us think..... Happiness is reachable, no matter how long it last. We should stop making our lives complicated.

Life is short
Break the rules
forgive quickly
kiss passionately, love truly
laugh constantly
And never stop smiling
no matter how strange life is
Life is not always the party we expected to be
but as long as we are here, we should smile and be grateful.

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