Peach State says: All is Calm, All is Bright

Christmas Eve is finally here and all the planning and strength training will be tested.

I know it may feel like it but not at this house. “Nope!”  The house is still quiet and will swing into full gusto in about an hour and a half.  My day was already full and since talking with you yesterday I have two guests coming over today.  2 young ladies, each one the significant other, will visit and then whisk the son, they are associated with, out the door for festivities with their families.  But for now…”All is Calm, All is Bright“.

I awoke this morning as usual and already had a list of VIP tasks to accomplish.  After waking my husband and making sure he was eating his breakfast and functioning I headed to the kitchen.  The ingredients of the various casseroles covered the counter and my body took over.  Sip of coffee, bowls, spoons for mixing, cheese and eggs from the refrigerator, sip of coffee.  A time for everything and everything in its place, including the coffee cup in my hand.  One casserole at a time was prepared and covered.  Each one placed in the refrigerator where they will stay until tomorrow for the final bake.  Coffee back in hand and sip!  “All is Calm, All is Bright

The pies and the three-layer cakes were all baked and wrapped yesterday.  The fudge was made and put away for today.  The cookies were all baked and wait for the icing and decorations.  I love making fudge for gifts….so I retrieve the fudge this morning and began cutting the slab of smooth, dark chocolate and place it on my cutting board.  The gift bags are placed out and ready for the heavenly little squares.  Once this is completed I pick up my trusted friend and finish the contents.  I need another cup!  Yet still…”All is Calm, All is Bright

You may wonder why I felt the need to prepare them all this early…Well with the visit of the girlfriends, and the fact that I have to be at my church at 12:15 for practice and sound checks, the 2 Christmas Eve Services at 2:00 and 4:00, I get tired just thinking about it.  HEHE! I like to plan ahead allowing for schedule changes.  I hear a noise from upstairs….one of my sons is up and moving around.  So much for a little more peace and quiet.  Pick up coffee cup and sip!  “All is Calm, All is Bright

I have to admit to you that the true test will come tomorrow.  I do not remember, sadly, ever going to church on Christmas when it fell on a Sunday.  Stop spitting out your coffee in unbelief and swallow.  Most of the churches either canceled services or I was out-of-town.  My husband is a little disturbed with the fact that I have the special in the morning.  I explained to him why we have never had this issue come up before and he replied…”We can go out-of-town!”  I just smiled back at him and reassured him that I would not be long and the service is early.  It is not like we have four children all getting toys from Santa.  We just have one and he is borderline “coal”.  “We can have breakfast and get ready for church, come home and baste the turkey then open presents.”  and “Don’t worry honey, you will get your Latte’ .” “All is Calm, All is Bright

The sun has been up for a little while now and it is not the only light I see.  The tree’s lights glisten giving pause to my gaze.  The time ahead is for remembering the reason for the season and spending time with my family and friends.  Take a moment to realize all that we have and don’t dwell on the regrets of our past.  We must step out on faith and take one step at a time as we head into this season and the upcoming new year.

Holding this concept to my heart I will close….family is moving around me and I want to be with them for as long as I can.  I pause with tears in my eyes for those I have lost dear to me and smile because I will see them again.  I hope you can have the same feeling and enjoy your Christmas and New Years.  Try to find the place in your season where “All is Calm, All is Bright” and you will have a Merry Christmas.

D.L.

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About justbetweencousins

We are first cousins who live farther apart from each other than we would like. We thought this blog would give us a chance to visit with each other as well as maybe share a few insights about life. We are both middle aged and until recently both of us had kids the same age (nearly grown). But then the Peach State cuz adopted a son, so she has four now. Heart of Dixie cuz has two daughters. We have a couple of things which are prominently in common (although I'm sure there are actually more): We vacation at our Mema's beach house in Panama City Beach, Florida - until recently, we did so with all of our kids. We both sing - although Heart of Dixie cuz is not currently singing anywhere right now. We both write. We are both Christians, although Peach State cuz is Baptist, and Heart of Dixie is currently floating about between the Anglican church, the Methodist church, and the Episcopalian church. Long story.

Posted on December 24, 2011, in Just Between Cousins and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss.

  2. Very energetic article, I loved that a lot. Will there be a second part to this?

    • Thank you for taking you time to read and comment on this article. It was a special one! You asked if there was a second part to this article. Every day I live is a testament to this dedication to family. I have a busy schedule and have become quite proficient at juggling. You will see this theme throughout my other articles. Please come back and read my life as I share my thoughts. Thank you again!
      Peach State

  3. Ineteresting article, just what I needed.

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