Celebrating Family

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This past weekend was bittersweet for me as I arrived in Texas for a family reunion with my dad’s side of the family, but then wound up having to say a final good-bye to my mom’s last living uncle who happened to live in the same town.

It was a blessing to see my uncle one last time. To give him a hug, smooth back his hair as he lay in his hospital bed, look in his gentle eyes and say a prayer with him.

It’s been a blessing catching up with cousins I haven’t seen in years. Talking about our kids and our lives. Sharing laughs about old times and making new memories.
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This weekend has been a true picture of what family is all about. Helping each other through difficult times. Celebrating good times. Advice and guidance when faced with troubles. Support through good and bad. There have been ups and downs, squabbles and tears. But more importantly, there’s been love. Lots and lots of love.

So today, as I move from my aunt’s house to the RWA National Conference hotel, I leave with the certainty that I’m writing for the perfect genre. Romance novels are about love and healthy relationships conquering conflict and doubt and the ugliness of the world.

Our novels celebrate what we want for our kids: happiness, strength, peace and love. Lots and lots of love.
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Today, I say: Go hug your kids, call your mom or dad or aunt or cousin, send a simple “I Love You” text to someone you haven’t in a while. Celebrate your family. Life is short. Your list of loved ones doesn’t have to be. 🙂

RIP My beloved Tio Pablo, te quiero mucho!
Tio Pablo

7 thoughts on “Celebrating Family

  1. Casse and Shana, it was a huge blessing that I was here to say good-bye to my tio. His passing made my time with the rest of my family that much more important as I recognized the need to really savor our time together.

    Thanks for the condolences. Hugs!

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  2. Pris, Titi Migdalia sent the link to Javo(Im his wife) and we read it immediately! You made our eyes water loved the photo of Tio and your words are very true. Many thanks hugs and kisses from Javo and me (Becky)
    P.S. I just subscribed to your blog

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    • Becky, thanks so much for visiting the blog and subscribing. I hope all is well with you, Javo and the kids. Me encantaria ver los un dia pronto! 🙂

      Abrazos!

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