This year we all know that Easter looked a little bit different. We didn’t wear our Easter outfits to church where we would have sung “He Is Risen” with so many of our friends. We didn’t have a traditional egg hunt with cousins. There was no ham, no deviled eggs (super sad face), and no See’s Candies at our place settings. (I have suddenly become aware of the fact that I’ve never discussed See’s Candies on this platform. It’s mainly a west coast thing, but man they have the best chocolate in the world. Every year at Easter my grandma places a chocolate buttercream at each of our place settings and I have to try really hard to save it for dessert! I could talk about Mrs. Sees for a long time, but I digress. Let’s get back to Easters.)
But do you know what we did have this year? We had each other. We had a quiet day with our little family. We got to participate in a little devotional online with our church family and it was so good to see their faces. We got to FaceTime with our families and share thoughts about our Savior, Jesus Christ. We ate taco soup for dinner and Jack ate every last drop off of his tray. That boy can pack his taco soup away. It’s pretty incredible. And I made Kouign-Amann! They’re basically croissants encrusted in crunchy salted caramel. They’re a labor of love…and lots of butter. It was my first time working with laminated dough and it turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself.
Jack didn’t have a proper Easter basket, but I think we did a pretty good job being creative. His “basket” was a box filled with shredded paper. We didn’t have any plastic eggs, so we filled my empty film canisters with Cadbury mini eggs! And he got two wonderful books from Grandma and Grandpa Hughes. It was perfect and he couldn’t have been happier.
I’ve wondered why the day felt so perfect when nothing was “normal” for us and I think the reason is that we felt at peace. We concentrated on why we celebrate Easter more than we concentrated on festivities. There was no pressure to get things “right” for our holiday. I shared it with the people I love the most and we loved every minute of it. I hope your Easter weekend was full of peace and love and joy, in spite of the hardships we are seeing everywhere! Please know that I am praying – for you, for our world, for all of it.