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Happily Ever After Manual

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1: Kendall and Ceric Keck | June 1, 2013 | Irish Marriage Blessing | When the roaring flames of your love have burned down to embers, May you find that you have married Your best Friend. | The collective feminine wisdom of mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, and friends.

2: Kindness Engaged Considerate Noble Empathetic Dependable Respect Appreciative Intimate Love Caring Laugh | A Recipe For A Happy Marriage | Tamera Keck, Kendall's mom

3: The strongest relationships begin with a solid foundation of friendship. If you really 'like' someone, it will carry you through those times you don't feel very 'loving' towards them. Tend to and nurture your friendship, and love will flourish. | "Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable." ~ Bruce Lee | Rebecca Haas, Ceric's mom

4: A couple who prays together, stays together. | Carol Keck, Kendall's grandmother

5: Dear Ceric, Your great-grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth (Boyer) Pancratz, told me when I married, 'when you marry a man, you marry his family, also. Treat them as your own.' ( And vice versa, Kendall.) She also said 'marriage is like a batch of bread. You need the best ingredients and must knead it well. The more you work at it, the better it gets.' She was a wise woman. I can't think of any better advice. Love and God Bless, Grama Lee P.S. I think you picked the right ingredient. | Lillian Kies, Ceric's grandmother

6: Treat each other like best friends. You will have bumps, but I think this will get you through them, as it has worked for Grampa and me!! Love you!! | Carol Reineman, Kendall's grandmother

7: My advice for a happy marriage is to remember that 'little things mean a lot.' Make the bed first thing each morning. 2-3 minutes spent now pays off when you are tired at night. It is the job of the last person up to do this, but exceptions can be made if needed. Try to greet each other with a smile and a warm greeting. It really beats a grumpy look and silence. Even if you are not a 'morning person,' you can change the day just by the way you treat each other and others throughout the day. Always take any chance to kiss and say 'I love you,' and mean it. Grandpa and I have been in the habit of kissing 3 times for yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Always end the day by saying, 'I love you.' | Sally Haas, Ceric's grandmother

8: Take long walks together and hold hands, and fall in love all over again each time. | Katie Leick, friend of the couple and bridesmaid | Live, Laugh (often), Love. | Lily Kies, Ceric's cousin

9: Do not ever underestimate the power of consistency. A powerful, attractive trait in a man is that he does what he says he is going to do. Do not listen to people who say passion fades.... It doesn't have to. Be kind and respectful of each other. | Amy McKeehan, Kendall's aunt

10: The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together. ~ Robert C. Dodds To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the loving cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up. ~ Ogden Nash | Karissa Beilke, Ceric's cousin

11: Some people care too much. I think it's called love. ~ A.A. Milne | Rachael Munn, friend of the couple and maid of honor

12: Never go to bed upset with each other. Joan Kies, Ceric's aunt | Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. ~ John Lennon Jackie Kies, Ceric's aunt | Always be able to laugh at yourself. Be flexible and adaptable as each of you change along the way. Enjoy each moment together, but also find things you enjoy doing by yourself. | Dawn Putney, family friend

13: Happiness Tips for Ceric and Kendall Whenever either of you leave, make sure to send off with a good-bye kiss. Whenever either of you come home, welcome each other back with a kiss no matter what time of the day or night it is. Never be too rushed to say good-bye or hello. And remember ... always have a raised bed. It will keep the snakes out. :-) Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful life. I have loved watching you grow up, Ceric! Love, Linda | Linda Munn, Ceric's second mom

14: Marriage is not always 50/50. Some days you will wake up and may have to give 90% and your spouse will give 10%. Other days, you may wake up and give 25% and your husband will have to put in the 75%. I never thought of this before, but it is true. ~ Meme | Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle. ~ Crystal Middlemas | Carla Beilke, Ceric's aunt and godmother

15: Have at least two activities that you enjoy doing together - and take time to do them. Also, have some separate hobbies. It's a good feeling to miss each other. It also helps when you're not getting along. :-) | Sarah DuBois, Ceric's cousin | Ceric and Kendall, Communication is huge in any relationship. Try not to keep anything from the other, unless it is a surprise. Love, Jean | Jean Wand, family friend

16: Be thankful every day that you were smart enough - and lucky enough :-) - to marry your life-long friend! | Sandy Keck, Kendall's aunt and godmother Katie Keck, Kendall's cousin

17: You are not responsible for anyone else's happiness; likewise, only you are responsible for yours. | Communication is key. Sweta Soni, friend of the couple | Marilee Aschenbrenner, Ceric's aunt

18: I always think it is best to be honest with each other, and to accept them for who they are. | Tracy Engling, Ceric's aunt and godmother

19: Don't let other people talk you into taking their responsibility. | Zoe Aschenbrenner, Ceric's cousin, goddaughter, and bridesmaid | Live together, laugh together, and love together; do all three and you are well on your way to a happy married life! Honesty is always the best policy. | Tara Kies, Ceric's cousin | Do something special for your spouse as often as you can. The little things mean so much.... Like an 'I love you' note in their lunch pail, purse, or shirt pocket. Laugh as much as you can! | Lisa Kies, Ceric's aunt

20: Dear Ceric, First and foremost, be yourself, because you are the most amazing person ever, and we all love you, especially Kendall! Learn how to agree to disagree. No two people agree on everything, and that's okay. Laugh. At least once a week find/do something that will make Kendall laugh, and laugh together. Shruthi | Shruthi Bhatt, friend of the couple and bridesmaid

22: A cooking analogy on marriage from a fellow marriage enrichment couple we worked with: Always keep your marriage on the front burner - never put it on the back burner. What we cook on the front burners, we are constantly stirring and tending. Do so with your marriage. | Annette Koelker, Ceric's aunt

23: Marriage is like a two-person recipe; only certain ingredients mix well together. Sometimes one person might add too much or too little, but over time a perfect formula arises. But, to spice it up and keep things interesting, the two chefs learn early on that the most important ingredient to use is secret ... yet not so secret ;-) : Love. | Ceric + Kendall | = | Love | Paige Kies, Ceric's cousin

24: Ceric and Kendall, This bible verse from I Corinthians 13:4-8, which Joe and I used at our wedding ceremony 36 years ago, has served us well over the years and is our advice for you. 'Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away." Best Wishes! Love, Carole | Carole Kies, Ceric's aunt

25: "Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired." ~ Robert Frost | "You are everything I never knew I always wanted." ~Alex Whitman; Fools Rush In | Mery Kies, Ceric's aunt

26: Choose your side of the bed wisely. Once you choose it, it's yours for LIFE!!! Speaking of beds, never go to bed angry. | Danni Burton, friend of the couple | Always make your bed! Sounds silly, I know, but it was advice given to me - and it's true. A person needs one place to relax - their own little "sanctuary." This doesn't have to be a bedroom, but pick a place just for you and make it your own place to unwind. :-) Congrats! | Rachael Scherschel, Ceric's cousin

27: Ceric and Kendall, Just know that both of you are on the same team, and remember always that each of you wants the best for each other. Also, make sure to do something that makes both of you laugh and forget that you are adults with responsibilities. Love, Dwiju | P.S. Make hot, sexy love all the time! | Dwiju Kumar, friend of the couple and matron of honor

28: It was no accident, me finding you. Someone had a hand in it, Long before we ever knew. Thanks to the Keeper of the Stars | Songwriters: Dickey Lee, Danny Mayo, and Karen Staley

29: The next time you go out to eat, whomever's birthday it is next gets to pick where you go, and the other must oblige no matter the selection. Then, the next time, it is the other's turn. Continue taking turns at this for the rest of your lives and never fight over where to eat. It sounds so simple, but trust me, I just cut your marital fights in half (at least). You're welcome. | Megan Koelker, Ceric's cousin | Always make time for a hot date with each other; especially when you are tired, busy, and stressed out. Just have a cup of coffee while you get ready and go have some fun. And I expect lots of flirting on your hot date! Never stop flirting with each other. | Rachel Koelker, Ceric's cousin

30: Here are the best three things that my grandma told me, and I have tried to keep them in mind throughout our marriage: 1. Never go to bed angry at one another; you just never know... 2. Never cut any corners in marriage if at all possible; there is a reason why the symbol for marriage is a RING!! 3. Marriage is neither 60%-40% or 50%-50%; it's 70%-70% for both of you!!! | Kami Kies, Ceric's cousin | Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood. ~ Oscar Wilde | Never go to bed angry at each other and don't lose the spark. | Tina Kies, Ceric's aunt

31: The Kecks | A happy marriage doesn't mean you have a perfect spouse or perfect marriage. It simply means you've chosen to look beyond the imperfections in both. ~ Fawn Weaver | It's not about finding someone who won't fight with you or make you sad. It's about finding the person who will still be standing there wiping the tears away, holding you in their arms after a fight, and the one who will never leave, no matter how hard life gets. ~ Unknown | Lindsay Newton, friend of the couple and bridesmaid

32: KECK | ADVENTURES | I think one of the things that makes our relationship work is that we compliment each other so well; I help bring organization to his life, and he ensures that I don't become too much of a control freak. I love that he is always up for an adventure, and that I have been introduced to so many new things through him. I know he will always be there for me and support me, and I look forward to what the future has in store for us. ~ Ceric | I love it that Ceric enjoys sports, the outdoors, and sometimes just relaxing at home. It's wonderful to have someone who likes many of the same things I do, and is willing to try new things without complaint. That being said, I think it is our differences that truly make our relationship wonderful. She is the clean to my messy, the organization to my chaos, and the reasonable to my ridiculousness. She keeps me sane in an otherwise crazy world, and I think I inject just the right amount of randomness to make the whole thing work. I really don't know how I would function without her, and I look forward to all the adventures we have to come. ~ Kendall

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