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Mom always said she didn’t understand how to live on a budget. She looked to Dad to take care of that.

Though she couldn’t budget, Mom believed that the best thing she could do for her family was to create memorable experiences. She would knock herself out, using whatever she had, to make sure we had fun and enjoyed our vacations and holidays to the max. Easter wasn’t just a hunt for eggs. She always added a surprise like real chicks or bunnies. She started a tradition at our family reunions when she brought dozens of bags of marshmallows. No, we didn’t make s’mores. She started a war when the lights went out. My aunts, uncles, and cousins will never forget the hilarious sticky mess that followed epic marshmallow battles in the large community cabin that we rented each year.

Christmas at her house was like no other. The food, decorations, and hospitality brought the spirit of love and giving to new levels. Each grandchild had their own Christmas tree, complete with ornaments that reflected their interests in life. I can only imagine all the work she did to set it up and take it down. Some may call it a waste of money. For us, it was a priceless return on investment. Now this summer, plan special times for your family. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, just make it a lot of fun. The 4th of July is only a few days away. What can you do to make it extra memorable? Now I’m looking forward to being with my grandchildren. Maybe it’s time to introduce them to a marshmallow war!

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