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Members of our community share stories on how they’re making the most of summer.

This summer, it seems like everyone is going somewhere. If you’ve been on the roads or watched the news, you’ve seen that planes, trains, and automobiles are full of summer travelers. All this is happening despite a resurgence of COVID and the added burden of inflation. People are looking for an escape, a respite, especially during the last full month of summer.

Back in June, we asked what folks were up to this summer. Many – from far and wide – talked about how COVID affected their last two summers and the way that influenced their plans this year.

Today, we’re handing the keyboard over to our readers who shared how they’re making the most of summer by strengthening their relationships.
Reuniting the family after COVID

Ellen from Charlotte, North Carolina, wrote that she and her husband, who are both retired, will be busy visiting family this summer:
We have our daughters and their families in Georgia and Florida, whom we have already visited for short trips, including a graduation. However, we still have two children and their families, as well as our siblings, in New York. So, we bought a camp in the Catskills, easily within reach of family in NYC, Albany, and Syracuse. This will be our first summer back, having feared travel in the past two years. We will enjoy time in nature, time with family, and taking care to remain healthy and safe, with many laughs and smiles!
Gardening in paradise

One of our readers, from Hawaii, is staying local this summer:
I am happily spending this wonderful time working on a great garden that includes fruit, vegetables, and flowers. It’s great to have a big garden in Hawaii because everything grows so well.

Coping with the loss of a daughter

For one mom, this summer will finally be a time of some celebration:
Very sadly, we lost our youngest daughter two years ago during COVID, and it’s been a very difficult time. But this summer has helped because my granddaughter graduated from University of Alabama with a master’s degree and found a wonderful job.

Also, this summer two of my favorite young ladies who are sisters that I’ve known since they were born, got married within one month of each other. I helped with each wedding by doing their flowers and other decorations. This gave me great joy because I knew I’d never be able to do this for my daughter. I will also be helping with the wedding shower for a young man and woman who I’ve known for only a short time, but their mother is a very good friend.

Finally, my husband and I celebrated our 52nd wedding anniversary in June. Please keep doing what you’re doing. The Pulse stories are a wonderful way for all of us to relate to one another.
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Breaking an island fever

And then we heard from one community member who lives in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 2,000+ miles from the mainland US and Asia. She has a busy summer planned!
We have Sunday dinner with the nuclear family, which during COVID lockdown and home schooling was more like every day. Both daughters used my home to work remotely and help each other with their kids’ Zoom classes.

We have been on no trips for three years. So, I finally booked a few! First to the San Francisco Bay area to visit my sister and attend my grand nephew's graduation. My other sister came too, so we had a sister's reunion. And we are leaving for a salmon fishing trip with several friends this week. We also have a three-week cruise with nuclear family in late July and August, so all these trips should take care of island fever till next year!
Whether you’re staying home, gathering with family, or seeing friends, remember to stay safe this summer since COVID is still present. Doing so will help you enjoy the time away and the time together with loved ones.

All the best,

Chris and Jim
Chris Jim Jim
National Sisters Day

Happy National Sisters Day! It’s a time to celebrate the special bond that exists between sisters. And we’re using it as an opportunity to reach out to the two wonderful sisters in our lives, Julie and Peggy.

Today, or sometime soon, use your power and take a moment to celebrate the sister or sisters in your life. It can be as simple as a phone call, an email, or a text. Or as elaborate as an in-person get-together. Regardless, the simple act of reaching out will make your sister’s day and yours too.

Jim was reminded of the power of sisters – and brothers – during his recent conversation with Broadway star and author Amanda Kloots. She shared how the strength of her sibling bonds supported her after the death of her husband, Nick Cordero in 2021.
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Community member Georgia also shared a story about the strength of her sister:
I love my gorgeous sister and the strength seen in her all my life. She’s the eldest of my siblings and has always been a mother figure before and after my mother passed away. She is that sister that is always giving and caring to others.

Back in October of last year, my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. I admire the courage and grace that she has exemplified throughout her treatment. She overcame her journey with faith in God and love for her family. She rang her bell at her last Chemo treatment a few weeks ago. Happy National Sisters Day!

I am thankful for having my sister and celebrating her with beautiful flowers. It’s so important that we shower the ones we love with a special gift that will put a smile on their face as this bouquet will for my sister.
Are you looking for activities to do with your sister? Our friends at 1-800-Flowers.com put together an article packed with ideas, including several from our sister Julie Mulligan. Feeling creative? You can sign up for a fall flower-arranging workshop at Alice's Table or book a Paint Nite class to learn from an expert on how to create a piece of art for your homes.
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Can finding the right mentor at the right time make all the difference for young women? If you were to ask Illana Raia, she’d say yes. Studies have shown that girls’ confidence drops between the ages of 8 and 14, and many girls start to quit their hobbies and interests before they get to high school. To counter this, Illana Raia founded Être Girls, a company whose mission is to keep girls close to what they love by offering curated free resources and inspiring female role models right when they need them.

In this episode of Celebrations Chatter, Illana shares the story Être Girls, how her daughter was the inspiration behind it all, and how mentorship changes the lives of so many young women. Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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Written by our Founder and CEO, our Celebrations Pulse Sunday Letters aim to engage with our community. From sharing stories to welcoming your ideas, we want to help you to express, connect, and celebrate the important people in your life.
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