When I was first pregnant, and I thought about Easter, I pictured this photo of me and my dad.
I envisioned adorable Easter outfits and bonnets and church and all sorts of other stuff.
Then I had kids and reality set in.
Yesterday I saw a friend post pictures of her kids’ Easter baskets on Facebook in which she had grown her own Easter grass.
Yes. She grew it herself.
[Insert feelings of inferiority.]
I have seen pictures of beautiful sisters in super cute, matching Easter dresses, and brothers and sisters and even entire families in coordinating ensembles.
[Insert more feelings of inferiority.]
I have seen a lot of stuff that has, at first, made me feel a little bit like I am failing on the Easter front.
Because we didn’t go to church.
We didn’t have a fancy brunch.
We didn’t have magazine-worthy Easter baskets.
I let my kids eat as much chocolate as they wanted for breakfast.
While Number 5 wore her “fancy” outfit, Number 6 has worn his pajamas for the entire day.
My first thought was, “It’s Easter. You can’t wear pajamas.”
And then I thought, well, why the hell not?
Jesus wouldn’t care.
He might be annoyed that we didn’t go to church, but that’s on my list for next year.
It has been a nice Easter.
The kids were happy with the free, hand-me-down toy they each got in their homemade basket.
And each kid got a bulb plant in their basket.
That is a new tradition I’m trying to start.
Rather than give the kids a bunch of crap for Easter, I want to start giving them plants.
Each year we will plant Easter bulbs… maybe I will get really ambitious and each kid will have their own little garden.
And each Easter, we will add to them.
And each spring, the kids can be excited to see the plants they have planted come back to life.
Just like Jesus.
We still came down to my parents’ house and had a great Easter egg hunt, some of us in pajamas, some of us in dresses, and some of us in jeans.
It’s been a perfect Easter.
Not picture perfect or magazine perfect or Facebook perfect.
But perfect for us.
Just like your Easter has been perfect for you.
However you choose to celebrate it.
Happy Easter Everyone!
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