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Dale Amundsen

Serving Western Washington,

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Events in the life of a family

A few years ago, my siblings and I gathered in a town -- a village actually -- in rural Saskatchewan, Canada.  My late father was born in a barn (really) outside the not-so-bustling village of Bulyea in the early twentieth century.  It's never had more than 150 people call it home at any given time.  The gathering was a family reunion of Dad's extended cousins.  I had the privilege of leading a small Sunday worship and reflection on a very warm summer Sunday.

The occasion reminded me of how special family traditions and gatherings can be.

Family events help define us, and they are the stuff that future memories are made of.  John Amundsen had some special milestones:

  • Birth
  • Christening
  • Naturalization as a US citizen (he loved the freedom and opportunity America afforded)
  • Marriage to my mother, Lillian
  • The birth of four wonderful children
  • Weddings
  • Grandchildren
  • Retirement after a long career with Pan American World Airways
  • Special holidays and observances

Fact is, now that Dad has been gone since 1985 and Mom since 2001, many of those memories that we treasure were made in those milestones.

If there is a milestone coming up in your family, consider having a celebration. And remember, if a cake is present, it's a party; anything else is just a meeting.