As November rolls around, we’re eagerly awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones.

The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day parade or afternoons spent curled up on the couch after one too many pieces of pie; thinking of the people, experiences and things we’ve been blessed with in the last year.

As we press pause on the hustle and bustle of life, we encourage you to think about unique ways to spend time with your loved ones or even to quietly carve out time for yourself. Take advantage of our milder weather and embrace nature at the breathtaking Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). In “The Great Outdoors,” we’ll entice you to try one of LLELA’s many guided hikes—spectacular. If that’s not your thing, Thanksgiving break is a great time to snuggle up and put on some classic holiday movies. Check out “Movie Time” for our ideas when you are “Hallmarked” out. (Is that even possible?)

We are honored to share Love Thy Neighbor’s mission that has grown over the years and feature their important work on Page XX. We also look at ways to “Cozy Up Your Home” as we enter this new winter season. And, finally, as you plan your Thanksgiving meal, why not consider trying your hand at a new recipe? Editorial Coordinator Stephanie Hasbrouck and I share some family favorites that might entice you.  

We hope that as you read this issue, you—like us—find inspiration in the lives and experiences of your neighbors and the connections that have been made this year.   

Happy Thanksgiving, Cross Timbers!

Jane Krzysiak