Easter Blessings – Day 104
By Renee Bodkin
I am grateful for my faith. I’ve said this before. I am a practicing Catholic. I am humble in my knowledge and have so much to learn. I am a catechist because I am called to share and volunteer, not because of my actual knowledge of my faith. That is something that is ever-growing and ever-learning.
Today I am grateful for Easter Blessings. Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving of Lent. This is a challenging time where we do what we personally can do to spiritually grow in our faith. Therefore Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It’s a day of feast and celebration.
I remembered this throughout the day as I spent the day with those most important to me and our family.
We had Easter brunch at my sister and brother-in-law’s (Bonnie & Rich) house. It’s always a nice celebration. Good food. Good company. Cousins playing and having fun together. Then… the memorable and long-awaited Egg Hunt in their backyard. They have a large sprawling green backyard (albeit a bit muddy towards the back). The sisters hid the eggs all around the yard – in tree limbs, under things, on the playset, near the boat – literally all over the place. There are so many eggs! Filled with candy for the kids! I’d guess that there are at least 200 eggs. At least. Since each child, all 9 of them, get at least 20 eggs it seems. They have so much fun… and it’s heartwarming to watch the “bigger kids” re-hide eggs when they realize that they have a bit too many eggs and some of the little cousins are in need of a few more to bulk up their baskets! Such a good time!
After brunch, we went home to relax —- or if you were me — get the food for dinner going. I was in charge of the ham. Which really shouldn’t seem like a big deal but I am really not that great of a cook and you really don’t want to mess up dinner for 13 people! Fortunately, I did okay. I was grateful for my mom and sister who brought cheesy potatoes and salad (respectively) as their meal additions rounded out our family dinner. It wasn’t a super big family gathering but it was nice. Towards the end of the evening, my boys got a little antsy (that’s a nice way of saying that they were unruly, sugared up, and miserable) but I couldn’t be upset or mad. It was a day of blessings. All kinds of Blessings.
I am grateful for all the family and food and time spent with the one’s I love!