Fall is so incredibly busy for me. Not just with the holidays, but with Mallory’s November birthday, the big event I co-chair for her school each October, the volunteer project I’m working on, plus a part-time job, school schedules, extracurricular activities AND a wonderful husband who deserves more attention than he gets.

I’m feeling a bit run down lately. I feel like saying, “no” to more than I usually do. So I almost skipped the opportunity to take a Thanksgiving centerpiece-making class with Mal this weekend to have more time to shop, clean, cook.

I’m so thankful that I said “no” to the chores and “yes” to the chance to truly get into the holiday spirit by spending time with my child, supporting a local small business, taking in the smells of fresh flowers and greenery, learning something new and being creative.

Our afternoon began with a loving, touching introduction of our instructor and owner of L&S Design, Sarah by her mother and business partner, Linda. I glanced over at my 8-year-old wondering where life would take her. I felt grateful to God for giving me a little girl to nurture and guide.

Sarah showing us the way to create a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece.

While most of the adults in the workshop seemed a little unsure of their ability to mimic Sarah’s gorgeous example centerpiece, Mallory confidently collected the flowers and greens she wanted to work with (lots and lots of them) and set out to create her masterpiece.

I felt grateful for the chance to express my own creativity and to witness my daughter’s self-assuredness.

I could have spent that time running from Costco to Target, but I made the time to “stop and smell the roses,” so to speak, and probably begin a new mother/daughter tradition. Just one more thing to be thankful for.

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