Hello, Jolene Navarro here today. With another Thanksgiving behind us I like reflecting on my blessings.
Ten Thanksgiving ago my sisters and I lost our mother. We lost our father ten years before that. They loved family and enjoyed every holiday.
Growing up we made the rounds to visit loved ones across the Texas Hill Country. Through my parents example we were shown that family matters.
A few years ago my sisters and I started a new tradition for Thanksgiving. We rented a cabin by the Frio River in the tiny Texas Hill Country town of Leakey, Texas. Our father was from Leakey and that’s where our parents met and married. Years later I met my husband and married him under the trees by the Frio River.
My small town roots run deep and is the reason I love writing about this part of Texas. It comes so naturally for me. It’s the place and people I know and love.
The rest of my mother’s family, including her mother (Granner), join us. We bounce between 30 to 50 people on Thursday.
In a world that moves fast and where people spend more time looking down at a screen than into the face of real people, personal connections with extended family gives us roots and a healthier life.
As humans, the need for relationships and connections to nature is built into our DNA. To me Thanksgiving is not about the food…it’s the people and getting away from the rush of daily life.
These old Live Oak trees make me think of how time moves and the world changes, but God is constant. We come and go but the world keeps turning. I love to take time and enjoy the peace these trees give me.
May you find peace and connect with loved ones this holiday season.
If you like reading about family connections and a sweet love story you could check out my last two releases. A Soldier’s Surprise Family or A Forever Christmas Kiss.
A Soldier’s Surprise Family https://www.amazon.com/dp/037381934X
Print of A Forever Christmas Kiss https://www.amazon.com/dp/1539992373
Blessing to you and yours.