July was a super, busy month.

July was busy, but admittedly fun, as we spent the month getting ready for a family reunion on the first weekend in August. A venue had been set early in the year, but fell through so we volunteered to host it. We’d not hosted one before, and so this was our chance to step up. Take a look at some photos on shelrogers.com.

Since I share what I learn on this site, I wanted to share the biggest lessons we learned from hosting this year’s reunion.

Even though we planned and hosted this year’s event, we weren’t alone. Not by a long shot.

So many family members offered advice, and lots of helping hands before, during and after the reunion. This made the whole event run smoothly and be so much more enjoyable. I can’t tell you how many times I turned around to do something only to find someone else beat me to the task. Many hands made light work, and light work left room for more fun.

So much food. Seriously, so much food.

My biggest focus leading up to the reunion was ensuring there was enough food for everyone. Our family reunion was an all-day event which meant 3 meals plus snacks and drinks. Folks started showing up around 10am so we needed to plan for breakfast, along with lunch and dinner. That seemed like a big task.

We planned as best we could, but what I didn’t expect was that we’d have so much extra food. Why? Folks brought plenty of food to share, which was super great. We talked about this after the plates had been cleared. For upcoming years, we’re going to get a group together to plan the menu so we know what dishes are coming and who’s bringing them.

Stress wasn’t a factor

As the reunion was winding down, one of our cousins asked me if I’d been stressed getting ready for the reunion. I thought for a second and said, “Not really” which was true. This not only surprised my husband and kids, but it surprised me, too.

Leading up to the event I had lots of ideas and lots of lists. We prioritized what was important to make sure we had the essentials covered. The week before the reunion we let those things that we weren’t going to be able to get done drop off of the “to dos” and just did what we could.

My mantra was, “We’ll get done what we can so that everyone can enjoy being together.” As long as the rentals arrived, the lawns were mowed, and we had food, everything would be fine. And it was.

All in all, we had a super fun day!

Photo Courtesy of Shel Rogers Photography | Clovis NM