Has your week been a flurry of activity? Have you been elbow deep into food preparation? Or perhaps you were one of the weary travelers on the road to spend Thanksgiving with family or friends who live afar. Celebrations can be lost in all the hubbub of activity. This week I tried to imprint on my brain what I needed to celebrate today. (I know it would be easier if I’d take a moment to jot them down, but I didn’t. Maybe next week I’ll try that out.)

At one time, I had a fleeting thought that I’d love to hop in the car and head to California to spend Thanksgiving with my son and his family. But sanity reigned me in. My heart was consoled by the thought that they will be here for Christmas, so just wait. I celebrate that decision because we would have been caught in the terrible weather that passed through Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. Who knows what disaster may have fallen upon our vehicle.

I celebrate that I don’t have to worry with cleaning the house. My husband put the house in order while I prepared food for our Thanksgiving feast. I tried a new pie this year. If you get Southern Living magazine, you will recognize this pie from the cover. It is a chocolate-caramel pecan pie. When I brought it out, my niece squealed with delight. She had seen it on the cover and wanted to try it, but had not. It was incredibly decadent. Here is a link to the recipe: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/caramel-chocolate-pecan-pie-50400000131247/.

This was taken before the caramel sauce was added to the pie.

This was taken before the caramel sauce was added to the pie.

(Side note: I did not make the salted caramel topping, but heated an ice cream caramel topping and drizzled it over the top before serving.)

I celebrate being able to spend time with family. They all live fairly close, but rarely do we ever seem to have time to meet up. Thanksgiving Day we were able to sit back and enjoy one another’s company while sharing great food.

The lights have been put up on the house and we celebrate the man who will come to do this for us since we do not like heights anymore.

Inside the house we begin to bring out the decorations of Christmas to celebrate this season. At one time, this was the biggest celebration in our house. Now, often we are not home for the holidays so we decorate minimally. This year, the tree is up and bits of Christmas can be found in each room. As we put up ornaments on the tree many memories of our life came flooding back. As Pete the Cat would say, “It’s all good!”

I hope you have been able to rest during this break and find the moments of celebration each day.