Re: i just want to know my family....
This is your family and it is your dream, therefore, you should work to make it happen.
As long as there are no hidden dragons in the closet that your mom hasn't told you about (which may be the reason she hasn't followed through with her previous plans), then here are a couple of suggestions: you could obtain the addresses of those family members with whom you want to maintain contact and have a party...maybe a surprise party for your mom, or someone in the family that has something to celebrate - like you, going to college. Or, you could call everyone together and sit around and have tea. Or maybe you could have a "Let's Be a Family Party" and invite poeple to come - usually people like to bring stuff to eat so have everyone bring their favorite item they love to cook (I actually did this once and had one plate of fried chicken, a jello mold, and fourteen dozen brownies.). Anyway, not that I want to be Martha Stewart, but it seems that you have a lot to celebrate and now that you are moving off to college, you should make this dream come true for you. Good luck. Chris