It's another beautiful week in the Rio Grande Valley . . .

Fall is certainly upon us and the cool weather has been wonderful! Fall also means a time for Thanksgiving, so over the next few weeks I SEE YOU is sharing the things you are thankful for. If you would like to submit, make sure to send it in to me by tomorrow.

I AM THANKFUL FOR...

DENA GUIDRY - The challenges we are given and the satisfaction we get from overcoming them.

TRICIA & WAYNE REAVIS - Our precious baby girl, Lindy!

JOYCE DEAN - The support of my family and friends and especially for answered prayers.

CRISSY GARZA - for my wonderful husband who is so kind, thoughtful and giving. I am grateful for the gift of my beautiful healthy son Jacob and I am thankful for my loving family and friends who surround me with support, laughter and love every day!

JENNY HUDSONPILLAR - Thankful for families and (new baby) Harrison! :-)

TRACY GERDES - For my loving family, my loyal friends, my growing business, and glitter-lots of glitter!!!

DAVID VALADEZ - I am most thankful for our wondrous and forgiving Lord our God, my sweet mom, and our wonderful family!! And...our country's military forces, who we must always remember and support!!!

ANA HERRERA - That my oldest brother, Alfredo, is doing better after his radiation treatments. I am also thankful for two new babies in my life from my two nieces -- a great blessing.

KELLY FASANO - My beautiful family & friends!

JULIE BAER - My happy, funny, healthy 17-month-old and am praying for another healthy baby coming in March!

CHRISTINA SALAZAR - For my 2 legs that allow me to run if I choose. As hard as running can be, I am thankful I can!

JESSICA LENTZ - For a happy marriage, a supportive family, and our bundle of joy we get to meet this February!

TIM BROWN - That God has given me another year, and has brought so many new changes in my life. I am also thankful thatGod has given me an occupation where I can help people who are hurting, and that I live in a city where the will of God is still part of what our community thinks about.

THELMA LOPEZ - For my family, my health and my job. Also very thankful for still having my 87-year-old mother, whom I love very much.

JENNIFER DAVENPORT - My amazing husband, our incredible kids, my parents, and BEING BACK IN TEXAS!

CAROL RODRIGUEZ - My husband who is the best thing to ever walk into my life, children who bless me with joy each day, my family who is always there to support and encourage me, friends who make me laugh, and a job that keeps me on my toes. Woo hoo!!

Celebrating birthdays this week were Nicole Cruz and Alex Macias from Monday, while Joe Blas, Michelle Zamora and Ross Townsend celebrated yesterday. Today's birthdays include Marisa Mir, Tim Sears, and grandfather-extraordinaire Vandy VanDeventer. Lori Dean, Amy Hall, Roxie Gray, and Craig Blackwell have birthdays tomorrow, while Chelsea Feller, Cindy Atkinson, Monica Briones and Steve Fagan celebrate Friday . . . and weekend birthday wishes include: Lucy Tullbane, Jerry Sanchez, Nick Consiglio and Amanda Kocurek! Happy Birthday, y'all!!

Events you should know about...

It's beginning to look a lot like...DIAS FESTIVOS MARKETPLACE!!

The Junior League of McAllen is excited to present to you the 25th anniversary of this fabulous event. Start the marketplace weekend off right with a ticket to the Preview Party, during which Mrs. Yolanda Barrera will be honored with the 2011 Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award. Held on Thursday, December 1st, this is one of the most exciting parties of the year.

First, take photos with family and friends on the red carpet waiting for you as you enter the McAllen Convention Center before the going into the marketplace. Then, enjoy shopping from 7 pm to 9 pm, before live entertainment by The Renaissance Rockers, dinner and drinks. As you enter the marketplace, take some time to look around as our vendors put their fabulous items on display. After making your purchases, make your way to the Grand Ballroom for a look at silent and blackboard auction items. The awards ceremony and live auction will begin at 9 pm.

If a late night isn't your thing, but you still want to shop around comfortably before the crowd takes over for the weekend, then a ticket to the Preferred Shopping event is what you need. Enjoy champagne and hors d'oeuvres Friday, December 2nd from 10 am to noon. After that, we will open up the marketplace to the general public. A real deal at $35 a ticket since your ticket enables you to come back and enter the marketplace all weekend long. A limited number of tickets are available for this event. For tickets, call the Junior League of McAllen office at 682-0071.

A $5 general admission ticket will get you in the marketplace door on Friday, Noon-6pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm; or Sunday, 11am-5pm. You can make your holiday purchases from returning popular vendors like The Bell Collection and Baby Cha Cha. Or, if shopping for the man in your life, stop by and visit our new merchants, The Man Cave and The Sportsman's Edge. Before leaving to go home, you may want to stop by Guadalupe Original Foods or Cowboy Nut Shoppe to take a couple of packed items home for corporate gifts for clients or even just a quick snack. We're taking the stress out of shopping and providing you with a roadmap so you can locate all your favorite vendors easily when you walk in the door. Always a family event, Santa will also be there in case kids want their photos taken with him. Photos are $10. Santa has made time to come to Dias Festivos from 11am-3pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

A special thank you goes out to the community for supporting us all these years. Without you, none of this would be possible. And thank you to all the individuals that support this event through donations, event tickets, and even shopping. Dias Festivos Marketplace is a success because of your support and the support of the community. The money raised from this event goes directly back to improving the lives of our children and youth.

I wish you love & blessings in the coming week and I hope to "see you" soon!

Heather

Note to all readers: You can find I SEE YOU on Facebook at facebook.com/iseeyouRGV. Post your news, events, and birthdays on this page or send to Heather at: iseeyouRGV@gmail.com. Remember, at least one week ahead!