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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 RememberIMG_3717 My cousins and I enjoyed many a happy time together…and we still savor our time with one another. (Our mom’s are in the photo below).13923526_10208373098138334_4007946238664451685_o
  2.  To Maintain our Family HeritageIMG_3728This wonderful couple, Dora and Nick Souder had six children. IMG_3708

There are only five living first-cousins. Three of them made it to the reunion!! We are inspired by our octogenarians!! IMG_3691 IMG_3690

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).13912607_10209410348634167_5520019314675936656_n

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4. To Make Memories and More Memories…IMG_3719

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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!!

Oh My, I Love Sweet Potato Pie !

I don’t remember the first time I tasted it. It must have been in the South someplace. My Grandmother didn’t make it, and not one of my Aunties made it.My Mom didn’t either. One day, somewhere, at some time, I tasted it and fell in love. And I have held Sweet Potato Pie in high regard ever since !

I adapted this recipe from a storybook full of recipes: Sweety Pies by Patty Pinner. She says, “What a woman cooks is a window into her womanly personality—what she thinks, how she behaves, how she feels about herself and the people she cooks for.” I’m still mediating on this little quote, wondering what the full implications could be ? If she means, what a woman cooks, when she cooks, well then, that might open a window into my “womanly personality”.

Frankly, sometimes, I don’t cook. I eat cottage cheese and yogurt or a bolonga sandwich with mayo. I use whole wheat bread though. I think this means I’m flexible, healthy and maybe not in the mood to clean up a cooking mess ! I am blessed though….. I have a Sweet Husband who is an excellent cook and he enjoys it.

When I do cook, I love to bake this Sweet Potato Pie. My family and friends keep coming back for seconds. If there is any left, we have pie for breakfast ! I’m sure your family will want second helpings too.

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Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients

9″ Pie crust

3 medium sweet potatoes

2 large eggs

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