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I just went up to New York City to attend my younger sister’s wedding. It was a wonderful extravaganza to say the least and she thought of every detail. It was nice to see, and spend time, with my extended family, especially my brothers and sisters and their spouses. It’s always a bittersweet visit spending time with them. We have so much fun together, but it also reminds us how far apart we live from each other.

I had the opportunity at the rehearsal dinner to give a speech about my sister and my soon to be brother-in-law and I was also honored to give the blessing before the meal at the wedding reception. This was very special to me, as it was for my sister. It’s nice to be able to acknowledge somebody publicly for certain characteristics and qualities that you love in them.

For my sister, it is her sense of humor, caring nature, and self awareness. She loves being a princess and is unapologetic about her desire to wear a tiara whenever she has the chance, especially on her big day. It was also fun to bring up some funny memories of my sister and I growing up.

While it was great to see family and friends for this life-changing event, it also took a lot of planning on my sister’s part. To say it was stressful for her would be an understatement. Every detail had to be handled in order for the bride to be able to enjoy her special day.

The same has to be done when someone is preparing for surgery. Now thankfully, the patient doesn’t have to know all the specific details of the surgery, but the logistics of getting to the hospital on time and preparation for the healing process must be carefully planned. The normal daily duties, for the patient and her family, have to be laid out and prepared for far in advance. All done so the patient can recuperate and recover in as much of a worry free manner as possible.

While it takes a lot of work for both a wedding and a surgery, the intense amount of planning and preparation are all worth it when you get to the finish of the journey. My sister’s wedding went off without a hitch, the bride was beautiful, as expected, and I only cried a little bit when she walked down the aisle. I can’t even begin to think how it will be when my daughter gets married. They had a beautiful reception, a great tasting cake, my sister got the wedding of her dreams, and now they’ve started their life together as husband and wife.

I am thankful I was able to be part of the celebration and I wish them years of happiness together.

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