Monday, September 29, 2008

Man's Search For Meaning

Well, today was the last week in our book club for reading "Man's Search For Meaning". If you read along, or have read this book before, please post your comments on it!
I loved this book. I really enjoy books that I can learn from. I loved how thought provoking and inspiring it was. Like all heroes who have endured hardships, it is amazing to me how he was able to see the meaning in his suffering. Some of my favorite lines from the book are:
"He who has a Why to live for, can bear almost any How"
"In Spite of all of the enforced physical and mental primitiveness of the life in a concentration camp, it was possible for spiritual life to deepen"
"The Truth--that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire"
"I understand how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved"
"Tell her that I talked to her daily, hourly. You remember. Secondly, I have loved her more than anyone. Thirdly, the short time I have been married to her outweighs everything, even all we have gone through here."
"Suffering ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it."
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms-to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."

The last quote is the basis for the whole book. Like I said, it was so inspirational! I highly recommend reading this book. It has made me catch the WWII bug--I want to learn everything I can about it.

October's Book is going to be Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. I would love to have you read along!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Nic!

It's my hubby's Birthday today! Happy Birthday Baby! I had a friend ask me last week why I seem so content and happy with everything in my life. I told her that I honestly felt that it was because of Nic. He is the person I had been looking for my whole life. Because I have him and he is so wonderful, I just feel so happy with everything! He fulfills everything that I have ever needed or wanted. He is happy everyday and so positive about life. He is a spiritual giant that I really look up to and admire. His work ethic is as strong as my dad's and my father-in-laws, and you don't come by that very often. He is smart, funny, handsome.... Do you know that Sara Evan's song "I Could Not Ask For More"? That perfectly says how I feel about him....
I could not ask for more than this time together
I could not ask for more than this time with you
Every prayer has been answered
Every dream I have's come true
And right here in this moment is right where I'm meant to be
Here with you here with me
These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive
These are the moments I'll remember all my life
I've got all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more

Nic, I just wanted to tell you how much I love you! Thank you for making me the happiest, luckiest girl alive! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I had a Birthday party for Nic on Saturday and I appreciated all of our family members & friends for coming! Thanks for the great potato salad Char--it was a big hit! Here are some pics...

Monday, September 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Jen!

I just wanted to wish my sister Jenny a very Happy Birthday! I love you! I hope that you have a great day!

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Has anyone ever had a Colonoscopy?
Medical issues can be embarrassing to talk about, I think that's why people find it humorous to start sending me jokes and stories when I tell them I have to go in for a dreaded colonoscopy. I am scheduled for this lovely little surgery this coming Friday and I get to take Thursday off for the "prep" day. I am really dreading having this done and can't stop stressing about it. At least you are under anesthesia for it, right? My boss sent me this story and it was so funny that I thought I should post it! If you have had one, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Book Club: Man's Search for Meaning

After all of your comments about my Twilight post, you might not be interested in this..BUT her goes nothing. I wanted to invite all of my friends to read along with my family book club. We are starting this month with the book: Man's Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl. You can buy the book from Barnes & Noble for $6.99 (or check it out from the Library of course). It is a pretty short book and we should be able to finish it by the end of the month with no problem. Here is a quick review of the book so you can get a feel for what it is about:

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz , while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory—known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")—holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey by the Library of Congress and the Book-of-the-Month Club that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America .

Friday, September 5, 2008

I've been tagged!

Sorry Jen, I just read yours! Here are the rules: List 3 joys, 3 fears, 3 obsessions, 3 surprising facts and tag 3 more people on your blog.

3 Joys:
Naps on Sundays, Being the hostess, Interacting with & watching animals

3 Fears:
Something happening to Nic, not being able to have children, someone breaking into our apartment

3 Obsessions:
Nic, Organization, Shopping

3 Surprising Facts:
Grew a 14 lb tumor, Broken both legs, Shark Diving in Hawaii

I tag Jamie, Allie, and Anna!!