• Kate Barker

4 Reasons to attend a Family Reunion


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My Sweet Husband and I love family reunions…especially now that we have more time to attend! His Rinehart family has had a yearly reunion for over one hundred years…yes, 100 years!

One side of my family has a reunion every three years–in Springfield, Missouri. And, another branch tries to have one every two years…but sometimes it’s been longer between our cousin’s gathering. Fortunately, these reunions are held on the west coast, but still involve travel!


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Why do we bother spending time and money? Why travel distances to see people you haven’t seen in years or maybe have never met? Why are family reunions important?

There are many reasons. I think these four sum it up for me.

  1. To Reconnect-To Remember

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  1.  To Maintain our Family Heritage

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There are only five living first-cousins. Three of them made it to the reunion!! We are inspired by our octogenarians!! 

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3. To Sustain Family Traditions. Good Food and Funny Family Stories! (My cousin Carolyn took the gals in the kitchen photo and the “aunties” enjoying a laugh).

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4. To Make Memories and More Memories…

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Families can be like a great-big-beautiful tree–with deep roots and strong robust limbs and an abundance of leaves! It takes work to preserve a family tree…it takes everyone’s help and support. We’re so blessed to have those willing to take on the task of organizing a reunion and we’re fortunate that our family cherishes their time together!  Wishing all my Souder cousins a wonderful year!!

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