It was three years ago and I was so excited for our first Easter together and to create new family traditions. I had spent time baking Easter Bread from my grandmother’s recipe, making chocolates for their baskets and putting together a fun and interesting Easter egg hunt. We bought a ham and I had all my recipes ready for a great brunch. I was all ready to go.
We got home from service on Good Friday and my youngest stepdaughter said she wasn’t feeling well. We put the kids to bed and gave her some Tylenol for her headache. A few hours later we were awoken to the sounds of a young child crying. My SD had thrown up and was so disoriented she got out of bed but stopped in her doorway. She had gotten sick in her bed, all over the carpet and on her bookcase that is near her door. My husband and I had to divide and conquer. He cleaned up our daughter and I cleaned up the mess. Did I mention she sleeps with about 20 stuffed animals and four blankets? I was up almost all night doing laundry. A few of her furry friends didn’t make it through the washer and met their untimely demise as a result.
Saturday morning my husband went and rented a Rug Doctor to clean her carpet. Since it was Easter weekend, the store said we didn’t need to return it until Monday. Good thing we held onto it because five of our six kids plus me ended up having the flu bug through Easter weekend.
Instead of dressing up in our Easter best, we spent Saturday and Sunday in our pajamas toting around our own personal bucket. Instead of feasting on Easter Ham and a wonderful buffet we snacked on toast and applesauce. The kids did find their Easter Baskets but their queasy tummies told them no biting the ears off the chocolate bunny this year!
While it wasn’t the Easter Celebration I had planned or anticipated, it turned out to be a good bonding experience for our family. Everyone but my husband and oldest SD was sick so we all took care of each other and eventually laughed about it. Now, every Easter we delight in biting the ears off those yummy lil’ chocolate bunnies simply because we can.
As a s/mom I’m learning that sometimes things don’t turn out the way I want them to. Sometimes there is a hidden blessing in the chaos. Important to focus on finding those blessings and treasuring them:)
Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter day!