|Homemade carrot cake|
This year we celebrated Easter twice. We spent "PrEaster" at my in-laws in the Poconos and Easter Sunday at my parents. Lilly was amazing at Mass and Blue was amazing both at my in-laws and at my mom's.
For the usual holiday weekend illness, Lilly's allergies were very bad, making me question whether it was allergies or illness. Claritin cleared it up so I am sticking with allergies. (We have a bad habit of spending holidays in the ER.) For the mandatory craziness, our kitchen sink faucet started spraying water all over the place, necessitating that we turn the water off under the sink. It just adds a new dimension to cooking and baking. :)
Though I may not be as regular a church goer as I used to be, or maybe even as I would like to be, I do believe that Easter is a time of renewal and hope. When I was in church yesterday I prayed not only for God's blessings, but for my heart and soul to be open to all that God has in store for me and my family. This year has been a tough one, but through our challenges we can and have experienced growth. I really felt very strongly for the first time in a long time that God has something wonderful planned for us in the coming year.
I know this may sound a little pie-in-the-sky, but I do believe that fear can hold you back from receiving the blessings that God is ready to bestow on you. Fear is a very powerful emotion that is often a good thing: parents need to have a healthy fear in order to keep their children safe; children should have a fear of the street; my fear of being late to work makes me get out of bed. But fear unchecked can inhibit you, hold you back. I have been becoming more and more aware of what my personal fears are and how they might be holding me back. Add to that the overwhelming feeling I had at Mass yesterday to shed my fears, and I really felt true renewal of hope.
I hope everyone was able to experience their own renewal of hope on this beautiful weekend.