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How do you foster Katy family closeness?

In a little over a week, I will be attending a family reunion.  We have decided to go on an Alaskan Cruise- the most exciting and elaborate reunion we have ever had.  As much as I am excited to go on the cruise, what really excites me is the uniting of loved ones for an entire week.  I have three sisters, whom I adore, and I can’t wait to be with them.  I am enamored with my nieces and nephews as well, and I know the cousins may have the best time of all.  In addition to my sisters and their families, I have wonderful parents, an amazing grandmother and a fabulous aunt who will be joining us on the cruise.

When it comes right down to it, I think that the relationships we have are our most prized possessions.  I for one, wouldn’t trade my family for anything!  As I think about family, I think of the many vicissitudes of life.  We have all had struggles from time to time, and we have helped each other through the difficult times.  Though life is ever changing, family can and should be our rock that we lean on when times get tough. 

While growing up, my family created some fun traditions.  We decided it was necessary to decide on a family dance, family word and a family dialect.  We have always loved to laugh together and enjoy  re-telling funny stories from years gone by.  Family get-togethers also include gathering around the piano and singing together. 

I wonder what it will be like when my children are all grown and have families of their own.  Will my children be as close to each other as I am to my siblings?  I hope I am fostering closeness in our home and that they will be each other’s best friends.  So, Alaska, here we come!  I can hardly wait!

How do you foster family closeness?  Please share!

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