This morning, was not a great morning.
I was stressing over my upcoming road trip around South Florida, what I needed to pack, and all the logistics that goes with it.
I was stressing over the wedding items I wanted to check off of the to-do list while I’m in Titusville this weekend and which family members I needed to corner about RSVPs when I saw them.
I was stressing about the groceries I needed for the dessert item and brussels sprouts I’m planning to make for turkey day.
I was stressing over the laundry, dishes, and trash that needed to be taken out before I left.
Once I did make it to the car, I was grumpy, tired, and ready for the holiday to be over.
Then I arrived at my parents’ house and this happened.
Every year my mom makes her famous peanut butter balls by herself. We’ve never asked for the recipe, nor have we really offered to help. That was always mom’s thing and we never stood in her way. But this year was different, we wanted to help and we wanted to learn.
So mom taught us. Together, we mixed the peanut butter, nuts, graham cracker crumbs, and butter (no measurements – just go by feel). We melted the chocolate in our makeshift double boiler and we dipped the balls one by one in the chocolate coating. For the most part, our balls were too big, lopsided, and really a huge mess. But they were ours, as a group and we treasured all of them.
While we were making the peanut butter balls, all the stress melted away. I looked around and saw the smiling faces of my family; laughing, smiling, and 100% relaxed in their environment. Moments like these are what the holidays are really about – love, family, and friendship.
This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for my family (both new and old) and the love they never fail to fill a room with. I’m thankful for traditions and our ability to grow and evolve with them. I’m thankful for my mom’s peanut butter balls, which have the ability to cure any ailment – pinky promise. And I’m thankful for my fiance who has the ability to brighten any day with a simple hug.
I’m also thankful for fur-babies.
We have a full house tonight. 5 dogs, 8 humans, and a continual conversation that won’t end.
I changed my mind, I’m not ready for the holidays to be over – they’ve only just begun!
What are you thankful for this year?