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All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.   ~ Unknown

Nothing is really lost until your mom can’t find it.  ~ Unknown

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.  ~ Unknown

Moms are like buttons—they hold everything together.  ~ Unknown

Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.  ~ Susan Gale

It’s not easy being a mother. If it were, fathers would do it.  ~ The Golden Girls

To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world.  ~ Unknown

Mothers, I believe, intoxicate us. We idolize them and take them for granted. We hate them and blame them and exalt them more thoroughly than anyone else in our lives. We sift through the evidence of their love, reassure ourselves of their affection and its biological genesis. We can steal and lie and leave and they will love us. ~ Megan Mayhew Bergman

I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.  ~ Maya Angelou




May 2019


We know family reunions don’t have a dress code, but we need help with getting family members to dress more appropriately, particularly the males with the waist of their pants hung low (even with a belt), and showing too much underwear and backside. Besides it being somewhat offensive, disrespectful and rude, reunion attendees don’t want to see all that; they can’t comfortably participate in sports activities; and we have grown tired of hearing “my bad” when they’re asked to pull their pants up. How can we address this without offending them to the degree that we’re offended? 


We’re always looking out for great stories, information, hints and tips to share with you in THE FAMILY. Recently we came across an article related to Family Wellness Month, and the advice was so good we’re sharing it with you here.


May’s holidays and observances will have you loving, laughing, praying, renewing, drawing, meditating, barbecuing, biking, reading, game playing, tap dancing, Lindy Hopping, chicken dancing, pizza partying, strawberry picking, relative visiting, flower watering, loving your mom, bro, sis…and so much more.

 by Sylvia Ford-George

May is for celebrating Motherhood.

What is a Mother?

- Katherine Nelson Davis

A mother is someone to shelter and guide us, to love us, whatever we do,
With a warm understanding and infinite patience, and wonderful gentleness, too.
How often a mother means swift reassurance, in soothing our small, childish fears,
How tenderly mothers watch over their children, and treasure them all through the years.
The heart of a mother is full of forgiveness, for any mistake, big or small,
And generous always in helping her family, whose needs she has placed above all.
A mother can utter a word of compassion, and make all our cares fall away,
She can brighten a home with the sound of her laughter, and make life delightful and gay.
A mother possesses incredible wisdom, and wonderful insight and skill-
In each human heart is that one special corner, which only a mother can fill!

May is the month we celebrate official (and unofficial) family reunions centered around Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, birthdays, prom parties, graduations, and other family events and gatherings. It’s also when we observe Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Haitian Heritage Month, Jewish-American Heritage Month, Family Wellness Month, Military Appreciation Day, Brothers and Sisters Day, Stepmother Day, National Foster Care Month, Personal History Awareness Month, National Water Safety Month, Hurricane Preparedness Week, and so much more.

This May we also observe Family Wellness Month in THE FAMILY. FAMILY TIME will have you playing backyard games, dancing, and barbecuing. The REUNION TIP OF THE MONTH has the perfect suggestion for continuing a Mother’s Day project. WORTH REPEATING shares words about why we celebrate Moms.

Motherhood is full of all types of moms and all types of mom/child relationships. And while most of us would want a mom like the one in the poem above, that’s not always the case. Truth is mom’s aren’t perfect. We have nine months (or so) to prepare for a significant , extreme, hands-on, full-time, life-long experience called motherhood. Most moms are up to the challenge. Some moms aren’t. We all need help.

It takes a village to raise a child—and to help mom’s become the best mother’s they can be. Mother-figures, adoptive moms, stepmoms, grandmoms, aunts, female cousins, siblings, friends, teachers, etc. help bridge gaps and expose us (mom and child alike) to different points of view, and ways of doing, and being, and working together for the common good of motherhood. They help raise us when we’re in need, and help us become stronger when it’s our time to be a mom. So this May as we celebrate motherhood, let’s not forget about those who with or without an official “mom” title,  step up to the plate, fill the role, enlarge our horizons, and make us better.

May is full of good intentions, better weather, greener grass, beautiful flowers, and lots of time to spend with family. We hope you enjoy every minute of it.


New This Month:
- The Family
- Family Time
- Reunion Tip of The Month

- Worth Repeating


May photos courtesy of Yahoo images.

Last year for May/Mother’s Day we suggested a great project where family members asked all the mom’s in the family to respond to the question, “the best thing about being a mom (and/or grandmom) is…”. This year, to continue recording/chronicling our Mom’s ask them to respond to the questions, “how did being a mom change you”, and what was your best—and worse—moments being a mom”.

Have those who respond send a photo of their mom and/or a family pic with their mom. Have a family member with skills put a video together using the responses and the photos. (Once again, the younger generation can make easy work of this.) Share the combined video with the family on Mother’s Day and at the reunion.