My Vision for 2012: Family Prompt #2

Family Reunion 101 at Martha / Photo: Francesco Lagnese

Prompt: Start out by asking yourself what a 25th family reunion might look like in your family? What do you want it to look like? What might others be saying about your family or about each other?

Create an art journal page answering this question, include at least a paragraph of journaling.

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

A year ago in May I suggested to my side of the family that we have a family reunion, as it had been a while since I’d seen my cousins and their families. When we were young, we saw my aunts, uncles, and cousins at every holiday. Now that we have families of our own, I see my cousins at weddings, showers, and funerals. Of course, at funerals you always say, “I hope we see each other at a happier time soon.”

One reason that I was inspired to follow through on a family reunion is that my husband’s family has been having family reunions every other year as a time-honored tradition. His father was one of 11 children so there are many, many aunts, uncles and cousins that it would be impossible to keep track of if not for the family reunions.

I’ve certainly learned about the flavor and culture of my husband’s ethnicity through the family reunion…from the food, music, and dancing. A lot of pride and love.

Popular Reasons for Having a Family Reunion

  • To take action to show people how much you love them and to show kindness to them, thus teaching children that love you give is the love you get.
  • Traditions are very important.
  • To strengthen the feeling of belonging.
  • To strengthen our identity and in turn, self-esteem. Family heritage instills pride.
  • To create real life role models in the family to be admired instead of distant sports figures or imaginary super heroes.
  • To grow  structure if the family reunion takes place within a cultural festival such as the local Irish, Octoberfest, Mediterrean festival or at a Church festival.
  • To celebrate a milestone.
  • To pay tribute to someone.



Top Ten Family Reunion Quotes from

  1. “A tree without roots will fall over” -unknown
  2. “How will our children know who they are if they do not know where they came from.” – unknown
  3. “Heirlooms we don’t have in our family. But stories we’ve got.” -Rose Cherin
  4. “I wish I could relate to the people I’m related to.” -Jeff Foxworthy
  5. “When we die we become ‘stories’ in the minds of other people.” -Unknown
  6. “This packrat has learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned, but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved. In the end, it’s the family stories that are worth the storage.” -Ellen Goodman
  7. “If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?” -Stephen Levine
  8. “The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people – no mere father and mother – as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born.” - Pearl S. Buck
  9. “Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.”-Bill Cosby
  10. “ The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.” -Sam Levenson


Songs about Family from wondershare

We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Those Were the Days – Dolly Parton
That’s the Way of the World – Najee

Teach Your Children – CSN
Summertime Thing – Chuck Prophet
Summertime -Dj Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

Song for Mama – Boyz to Men
See What Love Can Do – Eric Clapton
Reunited by Peaches and Herb

I’ll Be by Reba McIntyre
Get Here If You Can – Oleta Adams
Family Reunion – The Ojays

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Inspiration for My Vision for 2012: Family Prompt #2

Julie Ann

Credits: Most by Tangie Baxter

Splatter: SG Catch
Hearts: Felicity with JKneipp
Word Art: Tribalations, Ink Corporated, Studio Box Workshop No. 4, AJC Parcel 9, AJC11 Parcel 52, Silhouettes,
Crest: Wizard School
Hat: Flora Finery
Camera: What I Love To Do
Tree: The Chapters of Imagination 21
Cake: Phineas Comes to Tea
Silhouettes: Main Street Silhouettes [altered art]
Border: AJC 2012 Expedition Kit

Other: Date Words by Audrey Neal, wst picnic decrow, Scalloped Spots by Molly Decrow, Sportsmania by Emily Merritt
Berry: Audrey Neal Kitchen, Epoxy: Family Tree by Audrey Neal, Basket: WST Picnic by Valerie Wibbens, Alpha: WST Picnic by Molly Decrow


Now it’s Your Turn! Let’s see what you can do with this prompt.

Link up your page here (copy and paste the url) in the comments section of this post. Join our fun, lots of members are jumping in!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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