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Sarah's Imperfections
submitted by Familjakana January 2005

Sarah was ecstatic with joy because she was courting Kenneth. Whenever she was due to meet him, she would spend hours in front of the mirror, making herself look more beautiful, arranging her hair in the best possible way and hiding any defect she co... more »

When you are upset...
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As the dates approaches, tempers may sometimes get short. This is normal, and almost to be expected.Pick your favorite wedding quotation and write it in your diary, post it on the wall, stick it to the side of your mirror - wherever you look most oft... more »

The Lovers' Tree

Are you considering tying the knot in the Maltese Islands?Let your love be symbolised by nature.The Malta Tourism Authority teamed up with Nature Trust (Malta) and Identity Malta in an initiative that involves planting a commemorative tree at the Xro... more »

It is not good that man should be alone!
submitted by Alex and Marina Mamo - Familjakana March 2005

In the Book of Genesis we read that God said: “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis, 2:18)One may ask, “Why is it so important that man should have a helper fit for him?” After all there were so man... more »

Riding The Wind Like A Bird
submitted by Familjakana February 2005

Keith and Lorna are a young married couple who like to meet and confide in other more experienced couples, couples who have already faced life, know what parenthood is and have also experienced married life`s ups and downs.On one such encounter, the ... more »

A Mother's Diary
submitted by Familjakana May 2005 - Translated by O. Theuma

Alexia, a young mother, has the habit of writing a diary for her 4 year old son. In this diary she talks about and passes on to him, her values, and hopes that when he grows up, he will read it and know more about life. Alexia decided to share a few ... more »

Singled out – who to take with you?
submitted by I Do! Magazine

The wedding season is here and for those who are single that means the onset of “and guest” anxiety. For those who have never been exposed, "and guest" anxiety is a panic attack induced in single people who receive wedding invitations addressed to th... more »

Vast majority believe marriage should be permanent
submitted by The Times of Malta - September 23, 2007

The vast majority of the Maltese - 85.3% - believe that marriage is a permanent union that cannot be dissolved; 13.3% disagree, and 1.3% do not know. An even larger majority - 91.7% - believe that marriage should be exclusively between a man and a wo... more »

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Hugging is healthy. It helps the body's immune system, it keeps you healthier, cures depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it's invigorating, it's rejuvenating, it has no unpleasant side effects, and hugging is nothing less than a miracle ... more »

What Love Does to Your Brain
by Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler, Executive Mentor & Brainwave Researcher

How Love Lights You UpWhen you're in love your eyes light up, your face lights up --and so do four tiny portions of your brain. Neurobiologists Andreas Bartels and Semir Zeki of University College in London used MRI brain scans to peer into the brain... more »

Fresh or Withered?
submitted by Joyce Sciberras - Familjakana January 2005

“How can you keep your relationship as fresh as a new flower? How can you keep it from withering?”A lot of couples dream of having a permanent relationship, stable and fulfilling, that ends with the fabled “they lived happily ever after”. Dreams are ... more »

Paper, Gold and 365 Days of Marriage
Reproduced from Bride&Co.

Congratulations on your 1st year anniversary!The traditional gift is paper, photos, painting or a love letter, symbolising strength of the relationship. The modern gift is a clock to indicate time spent together. The precious stone to give as well as... more »

submitted by Familjakana February 2006

If it succeeds – all well and good! If it doesn't – no harm done!No legal binds! Sounds like the perfect solution: before making a full commitment, take a trial run. Live with your partner to try things out before making a binding decision. If thing... more »

These Are the Only Times I’ve Got
by Steve Goodier

Can you believe it? This poem was actually published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1949, under the title, “Time of the Mad Atom.” See if it sounds familiar. This is the ageOf the half-read page.And the quick hashAnd the mad dash.The bright nightWit... more »

21 Wedding Traditions and Superstitions [Infographic]
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Have you wondered why women wear a veil while walking down the aisle or how the rhyme about something blue started? Many of the wedding rituals practiced today have origins that can be traced back to ancient times. Even though some of these customs h... more »

Is Marriage on the way out?
submitted by FamiljaKana - The Cana Movement

The media, policy makers, many politicians, find it incredibly hard, and in many cases politically dangerous, to be overtly in favour of marriage, and that ambivalence is partly responsible for the impression that marriage is declining in importance ... more »

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The Horseshoe: Bring horseshoes into your wedding and good fortune will rule the start of your new life.There are a million ways how to introduce a horseshoe in your wedding day. Whether it is round your wrist or on your wedding cake as part of your ... more »

Ceremony Readings by Shakespeare
copyright Rachel Sanfordlyn Shreckengast of

Excerpt from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William ShakespeareLove looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.And therefore is wing'd cupid painted blind.Nor hath love's mind of any judgement taste.Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.And therefor... more »

Declare on New Years Eve
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The age old question of "will you marry me?" Some are creative in this undertaking, while some of us struggle for the words or theme to make the big approach - the engagement proposal. Outside in the park or inside over a candlelit table. Say it your... more »

The Apache Wedding Prayer
copyright Rachel Sanfordlyn Shreckengast of

Now you will feel no rain,For each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold,For each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness,For each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two bodies,But ... more »

99 Bottles of Treasure
by Michael Webb,

While the weather is still nice we are more likely to have afternoon picnics at the lake or walks in the woods, exploring rivers and streams. Beaches are also a popular destination that time of year. Wouldn’t it be neat if you found a bottle with a n... more »

Irish Wedding Blessings
copyright Rachel Sanfordlyn Shreckengast of

The Irish Wedding Blessing (short version) May the road rise to meet you.May the wind be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face,The rains fall soft upon your fields. And, until we meet again,May God hold you in the palm of his hand... more »

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