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Mark Angelo Askew is an author, minister, motivational speaker, event planner, entertainer, illustrator, and web app developer. Mark is also the founder of Angelo and Marie's Fantastic Bubble Show, currently on tour throughout the east coast.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Make The Most of What You Have Now

"Life is too short."

"You never seem to appreciate what you have until it's gone."

"Don't forget to say, 'I Love You'."

"Make the most of what you have now."

These saying remind us to do the things that matters most. The Great Resignation, and The Big Quit is a multi-million family movement toward better priorities that bond and unite this sacred union. The years 2020 and 2021 were marked by families who took a stand to do the things that matter most.

Yes, there has never been a more pressing time to make the most of family life. It's time to open the curtains and bring in the sunshine and fresh air in. Shower and be showered with love and natural affection. Build a stable family economy. Help heal old wounds. 

Family heads have rediscovered the value of leading a simpler life where family is at the center, well being is essential and nurturing relationships is vital.  "A focus on gaining and offering wisdom and spirituality to ones progeny is the real key to survival", says a long-time family man, Mark Askew.  He continues, "taking the time to make good memories with loved ones, not only matters, but is the prime thing." 

The big question is how? 

1. Make the most of life's small milestones and celebrate them together.

2. Live a simpler life.

3. Reserve the best of your time for family. 

4. Self-medicate by nurturing each other with love, affection and hope,

5. Schedule a weekly date night with your husband/wife.

6. Schedule specific days and hours as play dates with the kids and even grown children.

7. Regular family meals are essential to wholesome upbuilding conversation.

8. Take time to talk about the extended family and ways to support them.

9. Plan special events as a family and include something everyone will enjoy.

10. Plan an annual family reunion and share the love.

So when and how do you start planning these moments of nurturing? "There is no better time than the present." states Mark and his wife of 41 years, who have been making family a priority each day of their married lives. "Every Friday is date night for me and Brenda. I speak to my father and mother everyday and thank them for being who they are. I take time out weekly to engage in upbuilding, healing conversation with my adult son and daughter-in-law, sometimes for hours. I tells Brenda and show her I adore her throughout the day. We share very simple but meaningful moments constantly." Now that's living!

Mark, the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner" adds, "I'm so glad to see that millions are coming around and seeing what living is all about. Focusing on those who set a good example with making the most of what they have now is key. By doing this I've learned to adopt a rock-solid set of family values including hope-building spirituality. These things will not only get you through the difficult times, but give you lasting, abiding, healing joy."

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Get inspiring family reunion planning ideas by the author of a very special keepsake family reunion planning guidebook, written my Mark Askew.  

"Planning a family reunion was just as memorable and meaningful as the event itself!" -Jenna Hamstead

"When it comes to making memories that last, this book will help you make it happen." - Dianne Lowrey

"Thanks for helping us make this a really special day." - Jerome Boston



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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

A Season To Stand United


There is a saying, "There is no better time than the present." And another saying, "Don't put off tomorrow what you can do today?" But I think the one resonates most with me is the age old adage... "There is an appointed time for everything, a time for every activity under the heavens." 

Those wise words always makes me stop, ponder and ask,  "What activity is most needed by my family right now?"

Let All Things Take Place In It's Season

I've learned decades ago that all things are best accomplished in their appointed time and season. With life's many challenges you can easily miss the ideal opportunity to celebrate life's transitions with the family. And when that time is missed you can't get it back as much as you wish you could. 

A Season To Stand United

With all that's going on in the world today, this is a season to stand united as a family and community. Opportunities to make up for lost time pass by too quickly. All we can do is plan ahead and do our best make something positive, meaningful and empowering happen, especially when it's most needed. So what time is it? 

This favorite inspired maxim continues...

"There is a time to plant, a time to heal, a time to build up.

There is a time to weep and a time to laugh. a time to gather and a time to dance.

A time to search and a time embrace. A time to sew together.

A time to be silent, and a time to speak.

A time for peace and a time to love."

- Excerpts from The book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3. 

This Is That Time!

Our families need to be closer now than ever before. There can be no better time to bring the family together. To laugh and cry together, and most of all give assurance of your love and support. And when the time is right, plan a family reunion and widen your circle of love.

Tips For Your Next Family Reunion

"There is a time to plant." Plant a family garden or tree. Plant seeds of truth in the heart of your loved ones.

"There is a time to heal." Express your love for those who are gone but not forgotten. 

"  "There is a time to build up." Build a family tree. Take the time to plan family activities that leave everyone refreshed, hopeful, loved, and in good spirits.

"There is a time to gathera time to laugh and a time to dance." Songs, dance and laughter build family bonds and a strong house.

"A time to search and a time embrace." Find and extend your family roots and branches. 

"A time to sew together." Make a family history quilt.

"A time to be silent, and a time to speak." Make a family documentary video filled interviews, photos, music, poetry and take a look back on previous family gathers and milestones.

A time for peace and a time to love." Give the kind of honor that builds bridges,  heals old wounds, and renews friendships.

It's a bit nippy out there these days. The entire world could use one big fat family reunion right now.  May you and yours fair well, stay safe and keep the home fires burning.


Mark Askew

Blog Author, Editor, Family Reunion Planner

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Family Survival Planning Ideas

Hello Family Reunion planners! 

If you're reading this article congratulations! You survived one of the most turbulent eras of this century. 2018 - 2021 has been an era of natural disaster frequency unlike any other time in history. If you survived you must have been doing something right. 

When it comes to surviving unforeseen crisis, we don't want to leave it to chance. That said, this week I gathered the family together and we review our disaster contingencies to improve our family response to pending emergency alerts and warnings and sharpen our survival skills. I must say, I'm so glad we did!


FAMILY SURVIVAL PLANNING TIPS

Family reunions are a great opportunity to make sure everyone is on the same page as to what to do if they find themselves in the middle of an emergency situation include a natural disaster or pandemic upsurge. Gathering as a family group gives you the opportunity to consider various scenerios and address the special needs each family member has. Needs you might not normally consider when in the middle of distressing situation.

For example: There are a number of different routes to take and and a variety of things to do depending on exactly what the situation is you're contending with. But some family members cannot maneuver all escape plans and routes as other can. For that reason, always have an emergency contingency plan for each potential emergency or crisis that suits all parties involved based on age, health, handicap, etc.


FAMILY SURVIVAL ITEMS TIPS

So here are some quick tips and essential information links that we found very helpful, including links to kits, tools and supplies.

1. Put together a emergency "Go Bag." An emergency Go Bag is a back pack of items you carry with you when you have to evacuate your home and need to stay in a shelter or your car or even camp outdoors until better living arrangements can be made.  (See Links Below)

2. Store a water and non-perishable food supply for shelter in place situations. (See helpful links below)

3. Put together an emergency contact list including local and remote contacts including medical, disaster emergency contacts as well as close associates and family members.

4. Have varied emergency escape routes planned out.

5. Put together evacuation tools, kits and supplies.

6. Consult with individuals in the family who have survived various emergency situations or disasters and learn from experience.

7. Take advantage of social media to report your status to family and friends.

Here is a comprehensive list of must have items for various emergency situation you might find yourself in. with some very helpful links for putting together an emergency "Go Bag." Other items are listed for disaster contingency planning and evacuation situations.


FAMILY SURVIVAL ITEMS LIST

Go Bag Kits

Two Way SW/LW CB Walkie Talkie with Emergency Alert, etc.

Solar Powered Waterproof Hand Crank Radio

Two Door Solid Surface Pet Carrier

Organic Peanut Butter 

Canned goods for car storage (ring pull top)

Stew pouches for backpack 

Life Straw Water Filter

Duct Tape and Thermal Blankets

Long Sleeve Demin Shirts Pants Coveralls

FAMILY SURVIVAL RESOURCES

When it comes to surviving a disaster or other emergency situation you can never be too prepared. It's a good idea to review information on your local community and .gov website including the following:

Ready.gov: Plan Ahead for Disasters

Ready - An official .gov website.

When Disaster Strikes - Steps That Can Save Lives

Virtual Family Reunion Planner Ideas


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Inspiring 2022 Family Reunion Planning Ideas

The year Y2K22 marks the second decade of the 2nd Millenium on the gregorian calendar. It's a time to widen out, open hearts, draw closer while finding closure. It's a time to reach goals, move up and move on. It's a time to make memories to look back on with a smile and sigh. It's a time to do what's best for you and your loved ones. That means it's the perfect time to throw a  memorable family reunion. Ready for some inspiration? Here are we go!

Fun and Meaningful Family Reunion Themes

Family Reunion Genealogy and Homestead Tour - A fulfilling experience marking family history with what was happening in the news, a homestead tour, and some surprising genealogy discoveries with the help of DNA tracking.

Family Reunion Talent Show  - An opportunity to creatively express appreciation for family support, experience, and wisdom.

Family Reunion Legends Ball - Gown and Black Tie Galla. A time to express appreciation and honor for the loving support of the elders in the family.

Family Reunion Fall Food Fest - A time of thanks and appreciation for your harvest bounty.
Family Reunion Cruise - Need we say more?

Year 2022

It's the perfect historic marker for your next family reunion. And 2022 will look great on your t-shirts, party favors, banners, and hats. So what do you need to do to start planning the best 2022 family reunion event ever?

Getting Started

Tips, tools, guides, and organization planners can go a long way in helping you to plan, organize and manage your best reunion ever. So the first step is to find a reliable planning app. Web apps are highly recommended. They connect you to vital resources to download templates, documents, and other apps like spreadsheet planners as well as ebooks and printables.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner

Fimark's reunion planner includes just about every app and resource guide needed to plan a wonderful reunion event. Check out these features:
1. Step By Step Checklist Planner with Tips and Planning Guide
2. Event Budget Planner
3. Reunion Travel Planner (Includes Cruise Planner)
4. Theme Planner with Itinerary and Dinner and Entertainment Programs
5. Event Costs and Savings Tips
6. Reunion T-Shirt Designer
7. Reception Hall Planner
8. Complete Reunion Departmental Instructions and Organization Worksheets
9. Spreadsheet Roster/Planner
10. Reunion Planning eBook
11. Event Planning Journal
12. Recipe Compiler
13. Tips, cost-saving guides, and practical event planning instructions

Get the ever-popular Fimark Family Reunion Planner eBook along with several reunion theme planners each with detailed itinerary and activities ideas? Plus a spreadsheet so you can plan your reunion your way? Start planning your reunion event using Fimark's Family Reunion Planner.





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Friday, December 10, 2021

What Will You Do In 2022?

 


Are you ready for the new year? The year Y2K22 marks the second year of the second decade of the 2nd Millenium on the gregorian calendar. there has been no more important time to throw a  memorable family reunion, virtual or live. Ready for some inspiration? 

It's the perfect historic marker for your next family reunion. And 2022 will look great on your t-shirts, party favors, banners, and hats. So what do you need to do to start planning the best 2022 family reunion event ever? Check out these fantastic themes.


Fun and Meaningful Family Reunion Themes

Family Reunion Genealogy and Homestead Tour - A fulfilling experience marking family history with what was happening in the news, a homestead tour and some surprising genealogy discoveries with the help of DNA tracking.

Family Reunion Talent Show  - An opportunity to creatively express appreciation for family support, experience and wisdom.

Family Reunion Legends Ball - Gown and Black Tie Galla. A time to express appreciation and honor for the loving support of the elders in the family.

Family Reunion Fall Food Fest - A time of thanks and appreciation for your harvest bounty.
Family Reunion Cruise - Need we say more?


Getting Started
Tips, tools, guides and organization planners can go a long way in helping you to plan, organize and manage your best reunion ever. So the first step is to find a reliable planning app. Web apps are highly recommended. They connect you to vital resources to download templates, documents and other apps like spreadsheet planners as well as ebooks and printables.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner
Fimark's reunion planner includes just about every app and resource guide needed to plan a wonderful reunion event. Check out these features:
1. Step By Step Checklist Planner with Tips and Planning Guide
2. Event Budget Planner
3. Reunion Travel Planner (Includes Cruise Planner)
4. Theme Planner with Itinerary and Dinner and Entertainment Programs
5. Event Costs and Savings Tips
6. Reunion T-Shirt Designer
7. Reception Hall Planner
8. Complete Reunion Departmental Instructions and Organization Worksheets
9. Spreadsheet Roster/Planner
10. Reunion Planning eBook
11. Event Planning Journal
12. Recipe Compiler
13. Tips, cost-saving guides, and practical event planning instructions

Get the ever-popular Fimark Family Reunion Planner ebook along with several reunion theme planners each with detailed itinerary and activities ideas? Plus a spreadsheet so you can plan your reunion your way? Start planning your reunion event using Fimark's Family Reunion Planner.

#FamilyReunionIdeas #ReunionPlanningIdeas #FamilyReunionPlanning  #AfricanAmericanFamilyReunion #AsianFamillyReunion #Genealogy #CarribeanFamilyReunion #KoreanFamilyReunion #FilipinoFamilyReunion #BlackFamilyReunion

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

How To Plan A Memorable Virtual Family Reunion - Part I

  Planning a fun and memorable family reunion in the traditional way has been the norm for centuries. In a new era of social distancing and social media, families are being innovative and creative when planning reunions in the 2020's.


But who knew that throwing a family reunion gathering on Zoom could be just as enjoyable and in some ways more impactful. 

But the best part of planning a Zoom family reunion is the creative activities. You won't miss out on all the fun family reunion, it's just done slightly differently.

Many activities can be had using the screen share feature found on the more popular video conference apps. One example is the family tree presentation. Another is a heartwarming family reunion slide show.

A video mashup of highlights over the past few years including weddings, births, graduations, and other ceremonies is sure to tug at the heartstrings.

And while playing some of the more traditional in-person family reunion sports activities would be a challenge, there are many video games that feature the very same activities that can be played and displayed on video conference systems.  

That said there is virtually nothing you can't do when planning your virtual family reunion itinerary. So let's get creative. The next series of articles will explore how to plan a virtual family reunion using the ideas in our book Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake and Guide. 

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner A Reunion Planning Guide Workbook & Keepsake
by Mark A Askew

Everything you need to plan a memorable
 virtual family reunion.






Friday, June 12, 2020

Finding Our Way Back Home


“Somehow by grace and providence we've arrived
 to fall upon the bosom of all our family. 
To kiss warm faces and wipe the tears 
of joy from cheeks cracked and dimpled by time.  
We found our way back home.”

Family is not just a thing. Family is everything. It has a way of making us feel we belong, that we are home and have a future. 

Family is about fairness and patients. 
Family is about instilling confidence despite repeated failure.
Family is about never giving up on anyone.
Family is about getting over it and making peace.
Family is about learning from failure. 
Family is about pointing out the successes.
Family is about learning not to repeat the same mistakes. 
Family is forgiveness and seeing the good.
Family is about getting wiser with time.

The sustaining power of the family is universal. And the more we realize that we are all kin we can turn the world into one big home for everyone. This begins when families begin to form a strong union and reach out to the brotherhood of man. When this is done we will all find our way back home for the first time.

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That desire to connect and reconnect with the genealogical rootstock and its offshoots formed the birth of the family reunion. Enjoy memorable moments that remind each member of your family that they are highly valued and belong. 

Enjoy your next family reunion!

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner 
The Family Reunion Planner includes fantastic themes, reunion planning tutorials, journal, and reunion meeting worksheets that will help you plan, organize, manage, and document your journey planning the most memorable event of the year. 

Get started here...

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