As I was growing up, Easter morning was the empty canvas on which my mom poured all her artistic talents. For days and weeks in advance she would secretly plot her annual surprise -- and somehow we children never figured out where she hid all her preparations or when she accomplished them. In fact, it is still a mystery to me.
All we knew was that early in the morning we would wake to hear her voice singing in the kitchen (a familiar sound). It didn’t take long for us to realize that it was, indeed, Easter, and the great surprise awaited us. We’d bound down the stairs and whiz into the kitchen, coming to a full stop with an amazed gasp!
For suddenly, overnight, our kitchen table was completely transformed. A mountain rose from the center, holding a wooden cross draped with a bright fabric. Easter lilies bloomed around the mountain, with other flowers tucked into various nooks. Large, colorful posters were hung around the wall proclaiming the names of God in Mom’s fancy calligraphy. Piles of jelly beans and Easter candy were scattered on the table along with a variety of other beautiful trinkets. We’d circle the table, looking at Mom’s masterpiece, in awe.
As I grew older, we celebrated Easter in many different places. Different houses. At our grandparent’s home. But the tradition of Easter morning is unbroken, as Mom pulls off her early morning surprise regardless of the location. And now that I’m not home to experience it, I can guarantee that my sisters will be texting me a picture of this year’s masterpiece.
I always marveled that my busy mom would take such care to make Easter memorable for us. I never doubted that Easter morning was one of the most important, blessed, joyous events of the entire year. He is Risen Indeed!
-- Written by Rachel
And yes, Mom again surprised with her masterpiece again this year.
What a special tradition!
Several of our girls were able to play in a local church orchestra for their annual Resurrection service. Orchestral music is quite different from fiddling, so they were grateful to have their friend, Karlie, help navigate the music!
And our house was bustling with activity as our good friends, the Stangl family, joined us for the weekend. Many you may recognize these smiling faces from our recent children's CD project, "My Heart, Your Home". Dressed in their Easter finery, they couldn't resist the fun of the trampoline.
"Many, O L my God, are Your wonderful works
You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us
Cannot be recounted to You in order;
They are more than can be numbered."