Growing up, I always loved Easter.
Easter meant egg hunts, frilly dresses, big hats, church on Sunday, and family gatherings complete with ham, deviled eggs, and coconut cake! Easter was a time to celebrate newness and rebirth. My Easter basket was always filled to the brim and always included a new stuffed bunny, a large chocolate animal, and other little surcees found in tin Easter eggs (which I recently saw listed as “vintage” on ebay! oh my!). The sun was always shining and freshly bloomed azaleas served as the backdrop to capture beautiful family photos.
Nowadays it seems as though we spend this special holiday rushing to find just the right Easter basket items to make our presentation Pinterest worthy. We barely notice the joy on our children’s faces because we are scrambling to get out of the house. We are determined to make it to church, but sadly are preoccupied with making sure we leave service quickly to get food in the oven before family arrives. The freshly bloomed azaleas are forgotten and instead replaced with 100 cell phone photos with our selfie stick, trying to get the perfect one to post on Facebook!
This season, we are committing to slow down and smell the azaleas! Continue reading