Easter is definitely my favorite holiday, though this year most people might not have guessed that.
Instead of focusing on Christ and the renewal of life that is ushered in with the Spring season, and instead of doing our 12 Day Countdown to Easter activity and participating in community sponsored events, we have been busy fighting a plethora of germs these last few weeks.
Germs – the gift that keeps on giving.
We have been hit with colds, upper respiratory infections, two kids with double ear infections complete with bulging ear drums (this is only the second and third time our kids have ever suffered from ear infections, the first one was last April), strep, conjunctivitis, and coughs that just won’t go away. Add allergy flare ups and a few other ailments to the mixture and then combine that with sleepless nights and you have a recipe for disaster. Needless to say I have been running purely on survival mode. I am just grateful we have good health insurance, competent doctors (who are probably tired of seeing us) and that I have remembered to give all the antibiotics that have been prescribed – 5 over the last few weeks.
But despite all the infections giving us a run for our money, we still managed to have a bit of an Easter celebration – even if we didn’t cook an Easter meal or dress in Easter clothes.
Our 2012 Easter picture. Who says you need nice Sunday pastel clothes, bunny paraphernalia and healthy kids to take an Easter picture? At least they are all smiling in this one and the runny noses have been wiped.
We read, albeit briefly and kid-friendly style, the Easter story and discussed Christ’s resurrection and the Atonement. We held our own Easter egg hunt the Saturday before Easter. The kids got a few things in their Saturday Easter basket from us (they really have no clue who the Easter Bunny is) and they got a few things on Sunday morning that were more focused on Christ. (Thankfully the Easter shopping had been done early this year.) I also managed to put up a few pictures of Jesus on Easter Eve for the kids to wake up to (not the dozens I traditionally do).
At least I feel like I am f.i.n.a.l.l.y. seeing a bright, healthier light at the end of the sick tunnel. And I hope I don’t jinx myself by saying that I hope this summer is free of illness .
Hopefully everyone reading this had an uplifting Easter season and hopefully you found some quiet time to ponder the true meaning of this sacred time of year. I am eternally grateful for Christ and all that He has done for each of us. Indeed, He has Risen!
“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ,
we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies,
that our children may know to what source they may look for a
remission of their sins.” ~ 2 Nephi 25:26