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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! 

 

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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?! 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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: 

 

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

 

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Comments
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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!

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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

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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,

Suzanne

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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

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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

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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!

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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