Friends are the Family You Choose: My Trip Back Home to Texas

by on ‎11-07-2015 12:05 AM

They say friends are the family you choose. Well, most of my chosen family AND God-given one live in the great state of Texas, so I try to make it back there as often as I can. So on my most recent vacation, I trekked back home to the Alamo City. I missed it so much. Not so coincidentally, right outside my hotel was a big reminder of the state I'd been away from far too long! 




I wasn't born in Texas (I'm a New Orleans native), but I spent ten years there building my businesses and raising Gabby before moving on to my ultimate dream of being a QVC host. In that decade I developed the deepest, strongest friendships I've ever had. I call them my "Zuzu's Petals," named after the rose petals George from "It's a Wonderful Life" carried with him as a reminder of the love of his family.


My best friend in the Universe, Kim. We met when I needed a last-minute photographer for one of my boutique's grand openings. Who knew I was also interviewing for a sister?! 




Lori, the first person I hired at my first boutique. She's one of the calmest, kindest gals I've ever met. 




Philippe, restaurateur extraordinaire. He hosted one of my first fashion shows in San Antonio. That seems like a lifetime ago! 




And at the end of my trip, one large gathering of friends new and old. My chosen extended family. 




I did a lot of things in this trip. Went to see my San Antonio Spurs open their season with a victory, revisited the Alamo, and scouted colleges for Gabby (yikes!). It was all so fun and I can't wait to do it again. But visiting my supportive, loving friends and family is the real reason I come home. They remind me why I do what I do, why I wake up every morning, what my life's purpose is.....


As I walked the streets of downtown for the hundreth time, I came across something I'd never seen before. A large blackboard with a bucket of chalk, a single unfinished question written on it waiting to be answered by passers-by. More energized than ever by this trip, I wrote my answer on the board with more enthusiasm than I could have ever written it before: 




Thank you, Texas, for my friends, my family, and good times. I can't wait to see you again soon, cheers!




on ‎11-07-2015 12:58 AM

Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your wonderful vacation with all of us.  San Antonio certainly looks like a beautful place to live!

on ‎11-07-2015 01:56 AM

Do I see a margarita in your hand?  Yummy!!  A couple of those and some good 'old TexMex food - now we're talking !! Smiley LOL

on ‎11-09-2015 08:49 AM

Go Spurs Go from your fellow San Antonian!!!!.  Going to the game Saturdaty night!  Hoping for a great season!!! Come home again soon, but enjoy the Pennsylvania cooler temps and changing seasons.  Your fellow Texan,


on ‎11-09-2015 12:28 PM

you make me smile !   i might be having a so/so day and boom - now i am smiling.  i have many chosen famlly members too and its a wonderful thing to have and share unconditional love.   thank you for beng a great inspiration !  God bless you. Smiley Very Happy

on ‎11-09-2015 04:50 PM

From one Texan to another (yes, I consider you one of us!), so glad to know that your vacation was a memorable one.  But, then again, how could you miss seeing as it was Texas you visited.  I love the hill country and all of the quaint B & Bs along the way - Fredericksburg being one of them.


Come back and see us - y' hear?


Big D gal and proud of it.  Woman Very Happy

on ‎11-09-2015 08:44 PM

I cannot agree enough! I love my friends and they ARE my family! So much so I had a picture of all my friends together with my husband and I taken with Santa and used it as my family christmas card last year! Love them!

on ‎11-14-2015 10:57 AM
I also not having a not so good day and then here you are making me smile. Thank You