we hope you have a beautiful easter weekend! we are in florida right now spending the holiday with our family. it’s an extra special weekend for us this year because our church’s general conference (when we can watch the leaders of our church give inspirational talks online during several hours over the weekend) falls on easter weekend. so combining these two things, easter and general conference, plus being with family in warm weather for a little while makes it all the more wonderful.
this holiday over the years has come to mean more and more to me. beyond the fun egg hunts and delicious cadbury mini eggs (best candy ever!) i’m thankful for the chance to celebrate my savior rising from the tomb and the reminder of what is waiting in the next life after this one. knowing my family will live again, with my savior, that this is not the end, it’s a constant staple of comfort in my every day.
the other night, as i was nursing conrad on the bed, i could see eleanor in the doorway of the bathroom in her pajamas putting toothpaste on her toothbrush before she began brushing her teeth all on her own. my heart already felt a bit heavy from the day. we’d heard news that sweet friends of ours had lost their little one that morning, and i just couldn’t wrap my head around it. my heart felt so broken. i watched eleanor quietly as she brushed her teeth. she leaned outside the doorway of the bathroom and looked over at me, giving me the biggest thumbs up, as she brushed. and it made me teary eyed. because this is a world where a lot of things don’t make any sense, and it’s often too chaotic and cruel for my liking, but i have these guys. my family. and simple gestures like a thumbs up from my little girl after a long day means something to me. it’s a great reminder of how family makes sense. and eternal families are real. and this time of year, celebrating easter and new beginnings and my savior are a blessing.
ps, a few easter posts in the archives HERE.