Also see Family ABC's, Home Sweet Home, Step-Families, and the Family section.
Unfortunately, not everyone grows up in families like those depicted on this page. If that applies to you, see Scrapping the Difficult Times and Survivors.
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- The ..... Family Stays Busy
- All in the Family
- All Things Grow With Love
- Families are Forever
- Families are Tied Together With Heart Strings
- Family Circle
- Family History
- A Family is a Gift That Lasts Forever
- A Family is a Patchwork of Love
- Family is the We of Me
- Family Matters
- Family Portrait
- Family Reunion
- Family Ties
- Family Tradition
- From Generation to Generation
- The Good Life
- Happiness is Homemade
- It Runs in the Family
- It's All Relative
- Kindred Spirits
- Kith and Kin
- Linked By Love (charm bracelet)
- Love is a Circle of Family
- Love is Spoken Here
- The Luckiest People in the World
- Lucky to Have Each Other
- My Family, My Life
- Near and Dear
- Next of Kin
- Our Family is a Circle of Love
- Prime-Time Family
- We are a Happy Family!
- We Are Family
- We Are Blessed
- We're a Wacky Bunch
- All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. (Leo Tolstoy)
- All of us are we...and everyone else is they. (Rudyard Kipling)
- Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. (Gail Lumet Buckly)
- A family is a cheering section when a victory is won...
a family is a place for beginning again when a cause is lost.
- A family is a clan held together with the glue of love and the cement of mutual respect.
- A family is a deeply rooted tree with branches of different strengths, all receiving nourishment from an infinite source. (Manny Feldman)
- A family is a haven of rest, a sanctuary of peace and most of all a harbor of love. (Manny Feldman)
- A family is a little world created by love.
- A family is a place of warmth when the world is cold;
a place of safety when the world is hostile;
a place of light when the world is dark.
- A family is held together with the glue of love and the cement of mutual respect.
- Family is just accident...They don't mean to get on your nerves. They don't even mean to be your family, they just are. (Marsha Norman)
- A family is the most important unit of all mankind.
It is the core around which great nations are built.
It is the foundation of any great society.
- A family is where all members contribute, share, cooperate and work, and accept their responsibilities toward the good of the group. (Manny Feldman)
- A family is where character is formed, values are learned, ethics are created and society is preserved. (Manny Feldman)
- A family is where each can find solace and comfort in grief, pleasure and laughter in joy, and kindness and encouragement in daily living. (Manny Feldman)
- A family is where holidays are celebrated with feasting, birthdays are acknowledged with gifts, and thoughts of days gone by kept alive with fond remembrances. (Manny Feldman)
- A family stitched together with love seldom unravels
- Family ties are precious threads, no matter where we roam,
They draw us close to those we love, and pull our hearts toward home.
- The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have. (Ring Lardner)
- Family units are like banks. If you take out more than you put in they go broke.
- Family - where life begins and love never ends.
- Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. (George Burns)
- Like branches on a tree, we may grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.
- The love in our family flows strong and deep,
leaving us memories to treasure and keep
- The love of a family makes life beautiful.
- No person is ever alone--who is a member of a family.
- Only in a world of love can we unfold and bloom.
- Our family is a circle of Love and strength.
With every birth and every union, the circle grows.
Every joy shared adds more love.
Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger.
- You may not be one of those people whose family is always there for you. It may seem odd, but people you aren't related to can take care of you, and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren't always biological.
The Family Quilt
Our family quilt was started
generations in the past.
Designed with love,
its pattern's rich
in values that will last.
Each person sews another square
of memories that endure,
While challenges add strength
that makes our family life secure.
And stitching it together
threads of closeness,
warmth, and caring
Make it cozy and more comforting
with every year of sharing.
Family Lasts Forever
F is for Familiar . . .
there is no place like home.
A is for always welcome,
no matter how far you roam.
M is for memories,
each passing day.
I is for inspiration
given along the way.
L is for Love you feel
each time you get together.
Y is for the years to come,
for family lasts forever.
Family ties are precious things,
Woven through the years,
Of memories of togetherness,
Of laughter, love and tears.
Family ties are cherished things,
Forged in childhood days,
By love of parents, deep and true,
And sweet familiar ways.
Family ties are treasured things,
And far though we may roam,
The tender bonds with those we love,
Still pull our hearts toward home.
(Joan Walsh Anglund, All About My Family)
A family is the place we start
It is our strength,
Our home our heart.
So to my family I give praise
And keep this record of all our days.
We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
Our family is a circle of
strength and love,
With every birth
and every union,
the circle grows.
Every crisis faced together
makes the circle stronger.
Every joy shared
adds more love.
A Family is Special
There's nothing more special
than being a part
of a family that listens
and comforts and cares,
And nothing more special
or dear to the heart
than the feelings of love
that a family shares.
The Family Tree
One tree outlives the mighty oak
Because it's made of special folk,
Through generations changing form,
Providing shelter from life's storm.
Our parents' parents and before,
Who may have lived on distant shores,
They root our lives in memories;
We're nourished by their histories.
A sturdy trunk that lends support
And gives us care of every sort--
The fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts,
Who nurture us like tender plants.
The children, branching toward the sky,
Have brand new dreams and deeds to try.
And babies, buds that seem so small,
Will flower so the tree grows tall.
(by Glenda Campbell)
There's a special kind of closeness
that only families know,
That begins with childhood trust
and deepens as you grow.
There's a special kind of happiness
in sharing little things,
The laughter, smiles, and quiet talks
that daily living brings.
There's a special kind of comfort
in knowing your family's there,
To back you up, to cheer you up
to understand and care.
Of all the treasures life may bring,
your family means the most,
And whether near or far apart,
That love will hold you close.
ABC Family Album
A is for April . . . the month that we wed
B is for babies . . . little sleepy heads
C is for Christmas . . . with presents for you
D is for dancing . . . in line . . . and square, too.
E is for Easter . . . and eggs that you find
F is for flowers . . . that bloom in springtime
G is for Granny and Granddaddy, too!
H is for haircuts . . . that look so good on you
I is for innocence . . . in the eyes of a child
J is for jumping . . . and going wild
K is for Karley and Kimberly . . . our angels from above
L is for Leroy . . . the daddy we love
M is for Missy . . . the mommy so fair
N is for Nanny . . . who's great beyond compare
O is for OHHH . . . what a mess
P is for Paw Paw . . . to us he's the best
Q is for quiet . . . which we have no pictures of
R is for remembrance . . . memories of those we love
S is for stars . . . that light up the sky
T is for Thomas . . . our sweet little guy
U is for unclothed . . . and getting clean
V is for value . . . what our family means
W is for water . . . wet and wild in the sun
X is for eXploring . . . and having fun
Y is for yummy . . . a tasty treat
Z is for zoo . . . and the animals you meet
Family Memories ABC Book
(CMC Connie L. - This can be used a Christmas gift or just to share extra family photos.)
A - Airplane: air show, kids playing "airplane"
B - Best Buddies Pairs: cousins, kids w/ grandparents, siblings, etc.
C - Carrying on the (family) Name: generations of "men folk"
D - Dogs: [No dogs in your family? . . . how about "Dress Up"]
E - Every Memory: special family events, weddings, baptisms, graduations, etc.
F - Family: family portraits
G - Great Fun: ball pits, playground, games, amusement park rides
H - Happy: smiley face pics from vacations, parties, events, etc.
I - I Love You: Hugs and cuddles
J - Just Married: newlyweds
K - Kansas Living: KU/KSU fans; River Festival; prairie scenery; our church, etc.
L - Looney Toons!: variety of goofy faces and poses
M - Mud: little kids (and not-so-little kids) playing in the mud
N - Nice to Meet You: first introductions to baby - grandparents, siblings, etc.
O - Oooh, Baby!: each child/grandchild as a baby
P - Play Ball: your choice of your family's favorite ball sports
Q - Quiet Time: all kinds of lounging around, naps, watching TV
R - Reading is a family Thing: adults reading to kids; kids to adults, etc.
S - Siblings: of various generations
T - Tuxedo Man: guys in tuxes, ring bearers, proms, weddings, etc.
U - Uncles: with nephews and nieces in various combinations
V - Very Special Memories: you have your own!
W - Womenfolk: all the ladies of the family
X - X-tra short, please!: haircut pics
Y - Yikes! We're Nudie!: bathtub pics
Z - ZZZZZZ: sleeping pics: in rocking chair, on couch, on floor, in hammock, etc.
Mirror Page Idea
"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future." (Gail Lumet Buckly)
Use a small flat mirror. Center the mirror on the page and add pictures of the grandparents. When you and your children look at the page you could look at the pictures of the great grandparents and see if you see any resemblance.
This idea and quote could also be used on a page of photos showing family resemblances--with or without the mirror. Group photos of various family members of any generation that happen to look alike. Usually you will find the most resemblance if you look at baby pictures or photos of early teens.
Songs about Families
- Average Families - Scott Lindenmuth Group (1984)
- Best of Families, The - Big Al Downing (1984)
- Black Sheep of the Family - Fat Mattress (1970)
- Broken Family Tree - Gary Farrell (2008)
- Family - Liz Rogers (2000)
- Family Affair - Sly and the Family Stone (1971)
- Family Bible, The - Claude Gray (1960)
- Family Circle - Mighty Clouds of Joy (1962)
- Family History - Joanne Rand (1999)
- Family Man - Hall and Oates (1983)
- Family Name - Peter Bradley Adams (2009)
- Family Portrait - Billy Lee Riley (1968)
- Family Reunion - Missy Krueger (2005)
- Family Reunited, A - Mike Verta (2010)
- Family Secrets - Rod Bernard (1999)
- Family Tradition - Hank Williams, Jr. (1979)
- Family Tree - Darryl Worley (2002)
- Family Tree Musta Fell on Me, The - Delmore Brothers (1950)
- Family Trees - Joanie Bartels (2007)
- Father's Family Tree - New River Line (2006)
- Friend of the Family - Giselle MacKenzie (1953)
- Happy Family - King Crimson (1970)
- Man of the Family - C.G. Rose (1968)
- Mixed-Up Family - Jimmie Driftwood (1963)
- My Family Reunion - Soggydawgs (2006)
- My Family Tree Musta Fell on Me - Wayne Raney (1951)
- Nuts on My Family Tree, The - Napoleon XIV (1966)
- One Big Unhappy Family - The Charmers (2002)
- Our Old Family Album - Frankie Marvin (1930)
- Secret Family - Sara Hickman (1998)
- Shade of the Family Tree - Margo (2006)
- Skakin' the Family Tree - Katy Kiefer (2008)
Songs about Kinfolk
- Closer Than Kin - Crisis Never Ends (2007)
- I'm Kin to the Wind - Don Edwards (2001)
- Friends and Kin - Barry and Holly Tashian (1993)
- Friends, Foes, Kith and Kin - Between the Pine (2008)
- Kin - Chris Dunn (2007)
- Kin to Fear - Planet Paul Carter (2006)
- Kin to the Wind - Rex Allen, Jr. (1978)
- Kinfolk - Anthony David (2008)
- Kinfolks - Dr. John (1989)
- Kinfolks in California - Steve Kaufman (2007)
- Kinfolks in Carolina - Doc and Merle Watson (1974)
- Kith and Kin - Dan McKinnon (2005)
- Next of Kin - Tim Jackson (2005)
Songs about Generations
- 2nd Generation - DJ Morphiziz (2001)
- 3rd Generation - Nuse (2007)
- 7 Generations - Mystical Sun (2007)
- 7th Generation - Graham Elks (2008)
- Another Generation - Roget Miret (2006)
- Beat Generation, The - McFadden and McKuen (1959)
- From Generation to Generation - Karen Javitch (1999)
- Future Generations - David Lynch (2005)
- Generation Gap - The Day After (2002)
- Generation Gap Between Us - Ann Peebles (1970)
- Generations - Michele McLaughlin (2005)
- Lost Generation - The Fifth Estate (1967)
- My Generation - The Who (1965)
- Second-Generation Woman - Family (1969)
- This New Generation - Wayne Horvitz (1984)