The summer months are opportunities for families to explore new things, relax together at a favorite getaway, and gather together with extended family and friends. I look forward to our own family vacation each year where we can all be together as one unit rather than separated by work schedules, distance, or just busyness. This year we have the pleasure of being with our extended family with some relatives traveling from various states to join in a celebration of my aunt’s 80 birthday! What fun to mingle with cousins, aunts and uncles, and see the multi generations coming together for an enjoyable evening of fellowship, fun and food! How important this is to our kids to interact with and get to know other extended family a little better and “catch up” on each other’s life journey. The laughter around the circle of lawn chairs as we enjoy the delicious food is a night to remember and cherish. Not only are we celebrating a special birthday this gathering, but we are celebrating the heritage of our family. We can each leave the party with a memory to be cherished. Make some time this summer to enjoy your family.