Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Easter We Didn't Plan For...

When Sam and I got married we moved away from our families geographically and moved to Minnesota. For years as a young married couple, with no children, we would spend holidays with friends who graciously invited us in

However, one year on Christmas Eve we didn't have anywhere to go. We decided to go to the Chinese buffet in town. As we sat there, just the two of us, it was like a ghost town and we definitely felt alone. Now in the hustle and bustle of a family of seven we are still in Minnesota, far from family, but we never feel alone. 

Easter was coming, it was just a few days away.

I was too exhausted to think of preparing Easter baskets.

I don't own any china. 

It didn't even cross my mind what I would cook for Easter. 

We do after all have five energetic children. 

Then a friend texted and asked, "Could I join your family for Easter because my family is out of town?" 

My mind flashed back to that Chinese buffet.

"Yes!" I told her. 

"What can I bring?" she asked. 

"Why don't you bring a dessert," I said.

That way I figured I could plan the rest next.

But then we wondered if anyone else didn't have a place to go on Easter.

A few texts went out.

A few texts came in.

Suddenly more were bringing a dish to share.

There was no time for decorations.

However I did manage to get to the grocery store and buy the ingredients I needed for an egg bake. At least the house will smell nice...although it could burn (it almost always burns...the egg bake, not the house.)

Let's borrow more plastic tables from our neighbors, they'll go great with ours.

I have a few extra plastic tablecloths downstairs. 


Grab the six kitchen chairs...


and the four folding chairs...


I think there are two parson chairs collecting dust in the garage.

I kept telling myself...

it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful

Friends came, the food was wonderful and we all shared the story of Resurrection Sunday. As we sat around those plastic tables we all took turns sharing our favorite thing about Easter. Stories were told about chocolate bunnies and egg hunts and meals with family and fun with cousins and memories of sunrise services and about our favorite part of all...the part where...He is RISEN!


It is moments like these where I'm glad I've learned that it doesn't have to be perfect to invite people in. I'm glad that people are far more important than fretting over the lack of Easter decorations or gourmet meals. I'm glad that we had such a special reason to gather and celebrate. 

I think we may have just witnessed the start of a new holiday tradition.

How was your Easter? Was there china or Easter baskets or egg bakes? I love hearing about how others enjoy these special moments together. 

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7 comments:

  1. It truly was a great Easter. Thank you for these amazing memories!

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  2. Ahh, Sarah. So perfect. I'm glad you had the perfect not-perfect Easter.
    E xx

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  3. What a wonderful example you just set for all of us who are prone to getting wrapped up in the details. I live far from my family and while my husband has a brother and sister-in-law who live in town, they're non-believers. My husband exclaimed on Sunday, "I still don't understand why we spend our Easter with non-believers." I've been thinking about this ever since, wondering what our alternatives are, other than staying home alone with our young daughter. You've given me another option: Opening our home to other believers who don't have somewhere to go/celebrate. I'll just need to remember NOT to get caught up in all the details. :)

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  4. Well my Easter was filled with my mostest favoritest food. Thanks for having me, and the egg bake was great

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  5. Such a wonderful reminder ~ doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. It's refreshing to see an Easter party that a "regular" person could pull off (compared to all the Martha Stewart-ish ones on pinterest ;)).
    He is risen!!
    Anita

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  6. Sounds lovely! We ended up having a creek-side picnic with my sister-in-law and an egg hunt for my daughter and it turned out to be a very relaxing day! :)

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  7. Awesome! I give you guys major kudos for opening up the door, not knowing what awaited :-)

    I'm sure it is an Easter you will never ever forget.

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