Easter 2015

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Easter is one of my favorite holidays, and I absolutely love how the focus of Easter is mainly on the true reason for the holiday – Jesus’ resurrection! Focusing on the Holy Week (Palm Sunday through Easter) is such an integral, crucial part of the Christian faith, and it’s such a whirlwind of emotion  throughout the week when you reflect on Christ’s final week on earth. Truly amazing! There is so much hope and joy when Jesus conquers death & is risen from the grave. Alleluia!

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It was so wonderful to be able to spend a brief 36 hours or so with my family at home in Charlotte. Any time together is better than none, and I’ve learned that long weekend drives are definitely worth it to see family. And spending Easter together is so special & filled with tradition! Bridgette, Rob, and I thankfully could drive together (Charlottesville is on the way from DC to Charlotte!), which made the trip even more enjoyable than usual.

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The five of us enjoyed lots of great conversations & laughter, delicious food (thanks, Mom, for making all of our favorites when we come visit!), absolutely gorgeous Spring weather every day (dogwoods, red buds, Carolina blue skies, warm sunshine!), a trip to Ikea, golfing at the neighborhood driving range (thankfully my dad is a golf coach!), time outside, a beautiful Easter morning service at my home church, our annual tradition – an Easter egg hunt!  Easter3

It was a perfect weekend with my family, though way too short. I am so, so thankful for them – and how we cheer each other on, lift each other up, and are great at giving advice. I treasure our time together so much; they’re the very best!Easter4

Easter 2014

Easter has long been one of my favorite holidays, as it’s paramount to Christianity and it’s also a beautiful holiday without all of the commercialism. The point of Easter, Christ’s resurrection and life, is truly celebrated… along with time with family, Easter service, and a good ol’ Easter egg hunt.

I was home in North Carolina for the week for Spring Break, and Bridgette & Rob were able to join us late Friday night of Easter weekend, which was just wonderful. Our Saturdays plans were a bit altered since there was torrential downpour for the entire day, but we all enjoyed a day simply being together. It was filled with a leisurely day, playing games & laughing way too much, dyeing Easter eggs, inhaling homemade chex mix, and an early birthday celebration for Bridgette at Paco’s Tacos.

Easter morning dawned beautiful and Spring-like. The early morning service at church was wonderful, as always, and I just love the flowers adoring the cross at church. We then changed into our workout clothes after some family pictures outside, as it was time for our uber-competitive annual Easter egg hunt! Why yes, all three of us ‘kids’ are in our mid to late twenties and have an Easter egg hunt. It’s fun to keep the tradition alive, and it’s always a good time. Thankfully, after a couple years without a win, I conquered Bridgette & Rob and won this year!

Then it was time for our Easter dinner, which my mom is superb at cooking (with a little help from all of us!). It’s so special to sit down with my wonderful family, celebrate the true meaning of Easter, and share good times and good food with one another. What a special weekend it was!

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