Entries tagged with “Easter”.

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!

Hershey’s Chocolate. Just the word Hershey takes me back to my childhood. For me, the sweet memories of childhood are sprinkled with the great taste of Hershey Kisses.

I’ll never forget the time my parents took us to Hershey Park in Hershey,PA. It was the summer I left for college and I loved the time I got to spend with my family. It was our last true family vacation together. Every  time I see a Hershey Kiss I recall that wonderful time.

One way I pass that love on to my kids is to put a Hershey Kiss in their lunchbox on random occasions. A little token of my love while they are at school. A reminder that they are loved and that I cherish their sweetness and always will.

I want to thank Kristy Campell for giving me this wonderful opportunity to take part in this very worthwhile campaign from Hershey’s.  

Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop for charity is a way for bloggers to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Hershey’s will donate $10 to Children’s Miracle Network for each post in the blog hop that contains a virtual Easter Basket.

To pay this generous offer from Hershey’s forward I am sending this Virtual Easter Basket to my new Twitter friends:   @3pugsandbaby, @kt_writes, @thejennypincher, @mayhemandmoxie, @TeamDuffTweets, @kellyburton, @HowToSimplify, @AmieKanen

In order to keep the Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop for Charity going, write a short post to Pay It Forward – and be sure to follow these simple rules:

* Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.

* Create a blog post of giving a virtual Easter Basket to another   blogger – you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want.

* Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.

* Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.

* Leave your link at http://betterbasket.info/bloghop/ where you can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s.

* Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).

* Please note that only one blog post by each blog url will count towards the donation.

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