A San Antonio reunion.

Willie Nelson and Jenna Bush Hager

Dearest Willie,

Do you know how much we love you? Let me count the ways.

You were a vital part of the soundtrack to our childhood. Your deep, soulful sound still reminds me of road trips to the lake, and evenings spent dancing at our ranch.

It seemed almost destined that we would meet in San Antonio–Texas a place we both adore–on Valentine's week.

Thanks for hosting me in Honeysuckle Rose (your bus!). Talking with you about your childhood in Abbot, Texas; the music you have written, friends you lost this year (Merle Haggard and Leon Russel). It was everything I had hoped it would be.

And your show! Your music, your voice still as good as when I saw you 15-years-ago. You made one homesick Texan, very. Very. Happy



Jenna and Henry Hager with Barbara Bush

I brought along my trusty sidekicks! Barbara and Henry love Willie they way I do—his music, his persona, his story-telling. This was the first time both my husband and sister accompanied me on a shoot.

Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Tx

We stayed at Hotel Emma, which is located on the river in San Antonio. It is a converted factory and my type of hotel! Upon arrival, we were welcomed with a margarita in the beautiful library. And the tile! Oh the Mexican inspired tile throughout the hotel made me so happy. Only wish we were there longer!