Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter is one of those holidays that seems rather different here in America. Back home we recognize Easter Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday plus they are all holidays; no work or school! I never really believed in the Easter bunny, it's not something we recognize back home, so its rather odd talking about what the Easter bunny left. We also don't have Easter baskets full of candy instead we receive a couple large chocolate eggs. In my family we received the eggs on Easter Friday leaving the Sunday as a day of reflection on our Redeemers sacrifice and resurrection.
As the Easter season was approaching I really wanted to create some traditions that would bring our family together and create good memories. We decided that the Saturday before Easter we would go on a hike and enjoy the wonderful world which God has given us. We find that whenever we are in nature we are happier and healthier. Then on Easter Sunday we would make ice cream as a family and share it with friends that we love. These traditions might seem a little different but I think they will provide opportunities to strengthen each other as we spend time together.

On Saturday we took a hike up rock canyon here in Provo, my friend Lisa let us borrow a backpack carrier for Jack; it was awesome, I just wish they made them big enough to carry me. Sunday we went for a walk in Diamond Fork canyon with Ben's cousin's family, the weather was glorious. I just love the beauties each season has to offer and of course we ate a lot of delicious homemade strawberry ice cream with some wonderful people in our ward.

As I reflected on the sacrifice my savior made for me I realize that the family is the core to happiness and I need to magnify my role as a wife and mother, as I do this I will be worthy to receive the flood of blessings God has in store for me. I am so thankful to have a wonderful husband who loves me and treats me with great respect, he is an inmovable force in my life, and to be blessed with Jack who teaches daily how to be kind and loving. My life is too full of goodness to ever be exchanged.
There are many questions I have about life and the character of God and Jesus Christ, how and why certain things happened; but regardless of my questions I know that there is a God and that he sent his only begotten son to this world to fulfil the role of a savior. I feel such happiness as I live the gospel of Jesus Christ it is the greatest source of joy, comfort and peace. The song "consider the lilies" expresses my thoughts perfectly:

Consider the lilies of the field,
how they grow, how they grow.

Consider the birds in the sky,
How they fly, how they fly.

He clothes the lilies of the field.
He feeds the birds in the sky.

And he will feed those who trust him,
And guide them with His eye.

Consider the sheep of his fold,
How they follow where he leads.

Though the path may wind across the mountains,
He knows the meadows where they feed.

He clothes the lilies of the field.
He feeds the birds in the sky,

And he will feed those who trust him,
And guide them with his eye.

Consider the sweet, tender children
Who must suffer on this earth.

The pains of all of them he carried
From the day of his birth.

He clothes the lilies of the field,
He feeds the lambs in His fold,

And he will heal those who trust him,
And make their hearts as gold.

I know that as we come unto Christ our hearts will be made as Gold and our countenances will radiate light and goodness.


Lesley-Ann said...

What a lovely post you have written about Easter, you express yourself beautifully. Have a great week. Mum x

The Gorrells said...

Your posts alway enlighten me and make me want to be better. I love that! Thank you so much. It's nice to be reminded to try harder at everything we do. On that note... I'm going to go clean my house! : )

mwaymo said...

Great post about the Easter season! We often get caught up in the meaningless traditions, it is good to have ones that make us want to be better.

Katrina said...

Hey! Its good to run into you guys! Your baby is so cute. :) I can't believe all the people who have blogs these days.

Jennifer said...

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Joseph A said...

By the by, the ice cream was delightful. Thanks for inviting us on the trip...lots of fun. The puppet theater is AWESOME! I really am jealous.

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