After Memorial Day I feel like summer has really begun. One of my “happy places” is The Lake in Minnesota. Every summer family members (including all the dogs)  from Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin, California, and Minnesota gather there.

This place was a spot my dad loved. Whenever I’m at The Lake  I miss him deeply. I am grateful for the family memories, family interdependence, and family time.

I hope this poem spurs you on to make some great family memories with your kids this summer.

Strong connected families build a child’s confidence and that confidence moves the child to dream bigger dreams and to even take a few risks.

Below is poem about The Lake experience written by my dad (Rockman) .

                      If there can be a heaven on earth, let us call it…


Welcome home oh weary traveler
My door is open wide
Thought you’re tired from your journey
There’s rest for you inside
Please come and enter in
You are so welcome here

I’ve prepared a place for you

There is no need to fear
Tell me of your journey
did it seem long
Was it filled with loving friends
That made life a song
Now savor all those memories
I am with you hand-in-hand
Here is where your Rock abides
For this place is Rockland
……Rockman, 5/27/96
Memorial Day

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Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.

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