Every few months, I like to dedicate a show to exploring and discussing topics other than mortgages, real estate, and finances. Although I find these topics endlessly fascinating (and I hope you do, too!), I think it’s important to take a break from them and focus on truly important themes like family. The show’s theme this week was ‘The End of Summer,’ and I spent it recapping the adventures I had over the summer with my family, both immediate and extended. We were blessed to have made a lot of great memories throughout the summer, and it’s an equal blessing being able to share them with you.

The biggest event of the summer was our family reunion in Wisconsin, where I got to see and spend time with my brothers and their families. We are all spread out around the country now but can rely on each other to make it to Wisconsin whenever a reunion is planned. We made a lot of great memories this year and had a great time reminiscing about past memories with spouses and kids and pets—although pets are no longer allowed at the cabin owing to an unfortunate incident a few years back with my brother’s and sister-in-law’s dogs who made the ill-fated decision to spend time under the house snacking on rat poison.

The best time of the summer actually began as an accident, when my executive assistant accidentally booked a flight to Minnesota a week early and I was unable to change the date or get a refund. Deciding to ‘make lemonade out of lemons,’ I turned this trip into a father-daughter adventure and got to spend several incredible days with my nine-year-old daughter, Ella. It was great spending time at the Mall of America, letting her indulge in being a kid, going on rides, and eating all the junk food she wanted. But the very best moment of the entire summer came when I asked what her favorite memory of the trip was, and she said it was going down a slide together with me. It’s hearing words like that, and being able to share memories like this with your kids, that makes you realize all the mortgage and real estate deals in the world can’t substitute for the time you spend with your loved ones.

But, of course, the summer isn’t entirely over yet, and there are still more memories to make. That’s why Garvens Mortgage Group is having our 3rd Annual Summer Celebration as a way to get together with our best clients and friends from this year and years past. It’s a great excuse to get together for food, music, and drinks and have a great time. Invitations have been going out, but in case we missed you or didn’t know how to get in touch with you, you can always RSVP by visiting RadioMortgage.com and getting in touch with us. We hope to see you there!

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