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Mark Angelo Askew is the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake" and the founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group that established November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Congratulations On Your Living Legends Ball!

Congratulations Priscilla of Mobile Alabama
on your 2011 Living Legends Ball.

Glad to assist you with your award certificate.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Family Tradition - Preserving Our Heritage

It's 1889. A new child is born to a young mother only 3 years in wedlock. She is not afraid. She knows what she must do. Carefully she places the birth certificate next to her marriage certificate in the family bible. She whispers thank you for my beautiful child. Turning the pages she enters a new transition in life. Many years ago, long before her vows were taken, she found guidance in the form of a book and family tradition.

The Bible she holds was passed on to her by her mother along with carefully thought out words of wisdom just for her daughter, to preparing her for the life ahead.  As she turns the pages and reads the Psalms and Proverbs she is reminded of the explanations given by mother has they baked, cooked sewed together.  As they made market or visited a sick friend or relative.  As they prayed for Divine support while holding fathers hand.  A course she now follows. A pattern she would pass on to the new generation she holds close to her bosom.

Here lies our joy, purpose and deepest affection. Here lies the true meaning of family tradition.  We preserve  our past, protect the present and pave the way for new life.

Today such traditions are still followed by like-minded family and friends. Who are they? Some are amateur genealogists, others are poets, some are artists and engineers. Many are crafts-persons, farmers and builders. Whatever their occupation, they are not much unlike us. They are traditionalists who have learned to encapsulate morsels of wisdom and pass on essential lessons to their progeny while celebrating each of life’s  transitions one precious moment at a time.

In a family of two or more there is always something to teach, celebrate and reward.  From the wedding day to conception. From pregnancy to baby shower.  From first tooth grown to first tooth pulled. From the first day of school to getting the first report card. We establish tradition to help our young see good for their hard work.

Other milestones worthy of celebration are learning to drive and getting a driver's license.  Getting that first job.  Advancing to college and graduation. From learning to dance to learning to date and stepping into courtship. From proposing marriage to announcing acceptance to all your family and friends.

This is the special meaning of family tradition. Remembering firsts and taking the time to reward and record each experience not only perserves good memories. It perserves our heritage.  Traditional celebrations also provide a way of showing that we love and value family and this most precious gift we call life.

There truly is no better way to catch-up, reminisce and celebrate achievements from one generation to the next than a traditional annual family reunion event.  Family reunions are one of the most meaningful, main-stay family traditions celebrated by large and small groups worldwide.  From traditional gatherings at the old homestead to more creative family reunion events, families are able to keep the union strong and provide continued support to one another.

That is why I wrote the Family Reunion Planner Guide and Keepsake book.  To give families a catalyst from which to bond,  A time capsule in which to preserve and rediscover. A seed to plant and a family tree to grow.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Downloaded over 5000 times

The new release of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook& Keepsake is being picked up by several reputable sources.
1. Cyndis List
3. Google shopping
5. GenForum
What makes this reunion planner unique is that it is an 8x11 size hardbound and paperback book complete with family reunion planning guide, worksheets, genealogy record forms as well asnumerous keepsake features. 

The original guide has been downloaded 5000 times as reported by Cnet, Softdownload, and accessed in our software application in Word and PDF format. Now you can get the updated printed reunion planner in 128 page book form delivered anywhere in the US.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

It's Bringing All The Family Together Again

My nieces wedding is bringing us all together again. What a wonderful rehearsal. Just imagine how the wedding will be. I think she made a fine choice in a husband.  He is a practical, spiritual man. Best of all he is close to his loving father and mother. 

My niece asked me to speak for 20 minutes just before the exchange of vows. This will be the third time I have been asked.  I am so honored. I love my family.

Letting go a good sigh.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My Friends Raved

Had some friends over the other day. They raved about the family reunion planning book recently released. Seems they personally want to introduce the book to representatives of sales and marketing in the Hotel industry. Not a bad idea

User will find that this 1st edition of the family reunion planner can not only be used to plan organize and manage the event, but it also serves as a keepsake, journal, heirloom recipe book and family lineage presentation record. That said it truly a one of a kind keepsake.

The book also makes a great gift for family reunion planning moms and dads. And it's perfect as a family heirloom to pass on to the next generation. You'll also find that it is the ideal fundraiser.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Great Gift For All The Moms In Your Life

So I was thinking about some great gift ideas family reunion planners would enjoy.  Something warm, personal, family oriented, a memento type-thingy. Suddenly it struck me like a lighting bolt? In an instant of time it occured to me that we've already developed the ultimate gift for the mother like no other, the family reunion planning mom.

True, when I was developing and compiling the draft I was not thinking "hey this would make a great gift for moms."  I was thinking, why not put the planner in paperback and hardcover book format.  Then I thought, while your at it add a keepsake journal and a family heirloom recipe record to it and make the title Fimark's Family Reunion Panner Guide and Keepsake.  And there it was.  A handy family reunion planner in book form. And yet here it is the ultimate gift for a mom who loves entertaining family.  Could there be a more appropriate personal gift for such a mom from Fimark?

Coupon Code
The Family Reunion Panner Guide and Keepsake is now enjoying nationwide distribution at the Lulu  marketplace. In addition, for a limited time Lulu is providing a coupon code for the Reunion Planning Book, software application on CD and eBook for your book reader. You'll get at 20% off using the coupon code below.

My suggestion: Get them all for yourself and one for all the MOMs in your life.

Use Coupon Code: SPLISH at

Happy family reunion planning!

Mark and Brenda

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