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Kindred Connections, Issue #003 -- Family Reunion on a Budget
March 05, 2009

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Editor’s note (That’s ME!)

Free family reunion clip art

Exciting new website additions

A Short Read – “Family Reunion on a Budget: 10 ways to save pennies and dollars during a sagging economy”

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Editor’s note

{Some of what I've been up to...}

Ever heard of the Miracle of the Chinese Bamboo Tree? I've been reading Stephen R. Covey's book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families," and he equates the Chinese bamboo tree to our family relationships.

After the seed for this tree is planted, there is NO visual growth for over 4 years, as all the growth is underground developing the tree's massive root system. In the fifth year, after no apparent progress, the tree grows up to 80 feet! Our family relationships are like that - our efforts DO make a difference even when we can't see any results. We must be patient and keep nurturing the relationship until that "fifth year" of astonishing growth and visible change occurs.

As for me, I've been fostering my relationship with my ancestors and love learning my family stories. I recently discovered this beautiful photograph of my grandmother as a young woman and am excited to incorporate it into my latest Heritage Makers project - an 11.5" x 8.5" storybook entitled "My Family Tree - Roots." Catch a glimpse here.

(By the way, this is one of the templates available for FREE when you sign up for a FREE Heritage Makers account.)

My other most recent amazing project is shirts! I finally had my logo printed on several bright t-shirts and love them all. Do you want one?? Submit your best (or worst) family reunion idea to enter the drawing. A t-shirt winner is randomly chosen every 6 weeks from all those who have made submissions.

What’s next? More website freebies, family cookbooks and how to incorporate fund raising into your family reunion. Are there other topics you'd like to see covered? I welcome your comments and feedback! (Simply reply to this email.)

Free family reunion clip art

I am now offering access to several FREE high quality family reunion clip art images to new e-zine subscribers. If you signed up for Kindred Connections before this clip art was available, let me know. I would be happy to share the link and password with you.

This is a work in progress – right now there are only 3 images available but I have several more in the works and will announce them in this newsletter as soon as they become available. {Incidently, if you have any special requests, let me know and I’ll see what I can come up with!}

New additions to the website

Fun Freebies for Your Family

Fun freebies include family reunion invitations and templates, printable award certificates and nametags, family clip art and more. See all fun freebies at a glance and don’t miss out on any of them!

Free Printable Name Tags

Printable name tags for the family reunion available for free! Always choose a name tag that compliments the general look and feel of your special event.

Make Your Own T-Shirt

Make your own t-shirt at the family reunion to save money. Making personalized shirts together is bound to create great family memories.

T Shirt Sayings for the Family Reunion – Build Unity, Be Funny or Show Attitude

Family reunion t shirt sayings can be as serious or as funny as you’d like. Pick a saying or quote that reflects your family’s personality.

Family Reunion T Shirts are Fun and Easy!

Family reunion t shirts are great. Personalized shirts can be customized via silk screen printing, embroidery or you can even make your own t-shirt. Get tips, ideas and suggestions.

A Short Read

10 ways to save pennies and dollars in a sagging economy

by Lydia Stucki

Just because the world is shouting “economic recession,” doesn’t mean you have to cancel the family reunion. After all, it’s often during tough times that we learn family and our personal relationships with others are our most valuable possessions. The most important things in life aren’t things.

That said, many of us are being forced to tighten our purse strings. Use these 10 tips to cut expenses for your next family reunion:

  1. Send postcard invitations instead of flyers or letters.
  2. Cheaper yet, send invitations via email and communicate electronically.
  3. Change the venue – reserve a campground or state park instead of a hotel or resort.
  4. Shorten your stay – cut a multi-day reunion down to a single afternoon picnic
  5. Go potluck instead of catered; casual instead of formal.
  6. Do it yourself. Invitations, games, souvenirs, decorations – everything – will be less expensive if you or a family member does the work.
  7. Be your own entertainment. Instead of hiring professionals or spending money on entry fees and tickets, plan a family talent show.
  8. Meet with purpose. Combine your family reunion with another family event such as wedding, funeral or graduation.
  9. Skip the commemorative t-shirt. (Or at least make your own.)
  10. Gather every other year instead of annually.

All the best,

{Add meaning. Make memories.}

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