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Find Joy in 2010 -- Kindred Connections #014
January 10, 2010

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A note from ME

  • a brand new year

  • find joy in 2010

Recent website additions

  • family websites from 2009

  • families thinking ahead to 2010

  • family reunion planning timeline

  • family reunion certificates updated

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Editor’s note

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

I love this time of year! It's all about reviewing the past -

"Celebrate any progress. Don't wait to get perfect."
- Ann McGee Cooper

and looking forward to the future.

"Whatever you are be a good one."
- Abraham Lincoln

Jason and I recently sat down with the boys and helped them set a few goals for 2010 by evaluating several areas of their lives:

  • school
  • church
  • family
  • talents
  • health

I liked this approach because it wasn't too overwhelming for any of us.

What about you? What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2010? What brings you the most joy and how are you going to experience joy in 2010?

Stephen R. Covey says:

Despite the priority that American culture clearly places on individual freedom, immediate gratification, efficiency and control, there is literally no road laden with as much joy and satisfaction as the road of rich interdependent family living. (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families )

As part of habit #1, "be proactive," Covey suggests several courses of action that can add joy to family living. Pick any one of these as a focus in 2010 and I guarantee that you and those around you will be better people by the end of the year:


be loyal to those not present

focus on the positive

make and keep promises


You can apply these same "proactive" principles specifically to the family reunion, too. Let this be the year that you bring your family together to celebrate a common heritage and make fond memories.

Find joy in 2010 surrounded by family!

As always, I welcome your comments and feedback - simply reply to this email.

Happy New Year!

{Add meaning. Make memories.}

Recent website additions

Family Websites from 2009

Congratulations to these families - and many others! - who created family reunion websites in 2009 and successfully gathered family together. I'm pleased to have been a part of these efforts to strengthen family and make great memories!

Families Thinking Ahead to 2010

Have you announced your upcoming reunion yet? These families have created their own webpage, which serves as an announcement and as a communication hub before, during and after your family gathering.

Family Reunion Planning Timeline

This planning timeline will help you stay on track. It's a comprehensive task list of things that need to get done before the reunion... a checklist for event planning will guide you from start to finish.

Free Printable Awards - Family Reunion Certificates

Use these printable award certificates to add fun and interest to your family reunion. Categories include: longest married, most children, most grandchildren, newest newlyweds, the oldest, the youngest, traveled the furthest distance and traveled the shortest distance. All have been updated to reflect "2010" instead of "2009."

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