Easter is beyond my favorite holiday. The spring season, the meaning, the feeling it brings inside me–everything about it just cleanses me and gives me an ignited appreciation for life and all the little things it brings. I love Easter with all my heart, and why wouldn’t I when this holiday reminds people of new life and rebirth and hope? I must admit to feeling emotional on Easter. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I usually tear up in Church. This Easter I have even more “feels” in me. One of my favorite Easters was a few years back to my freshman year when I was warmly invited to spend Easter with Jessi and her wonderful family.Many of you that are familiar with my blog are use to seeing the picture above. It is one of my very favorites of Jessi and I. It was on Easter day when we went to her uncle’s house for Easter brunch. Her family made me feel so welcome and loved as always. It was so nice to feel this especially when I start getting homesick during the spring season (it’s inevitable, I’m homesick even now). The day before, Jessi and I dyed eggs, whipped up a special, improvised dessert and tried saving a cake bunny.
Easter morning, we looked for our hidden Easter baskets that Mama Dillon lovingly made for us all (they were even healthy baskets filled with trinkets, dark chocolate, dried fruits and nuts. It was all so thoughtful. After a beautiful church service, we headed to her cousins’ in Colorado Springs with our “Bird’s Nests” desserts in hand. I’ll have to post this special recipe sometime. It was Jessi and I’s own creation after collecting ideas from around the web (Pinterest). I’m starting to laugh/cry now as I remember the Bunny Cake incident…
Jessi’s mom worked very patiently on making this cute bunny cake. But for some reason, the bunny was not having it. It caved in at points and was difficult to assemble together. Jessi and I did not give up though, and we were determined to fix the bunny and bring it to life by patching it up with LOADS of icing. We were so proud of our handy work and the bunny looked like new–that is, until we saw what happened the next morning…
The bunny cake couldn’t hold up to that much icing we used for repairs and ultimately, just collapsed in a sad, sad tragedy. As sad as it was, we couldn’t help but giggle. I will never forget that Easter. I remember it all from our drive down to Jessi’s home and stopping at Sprouts for my first trip there, to spending the weekend with her family and cherishing our blossoming friendship.
There isn’t a day that goes by that Jessi doesn’t pop into my mind at some point. It’s been occurring a lot more lately. Maybe because of happy Easter memories or the looming date fast approaching next month. It’s almost been a full year since I lost my best friend and I still am stricken with fresh grief whenever the memories come flooding in from time to time. But for some reason, Easter calms me. It reminds me even more that Jessi is with her Savior and the greatest love of her life. She loved Jesus and God with a passion that not many hold. When I think about Jessi in Heaven, it’s hard to continue being sad because I know she is in her ultimate bliss. She is protected by her Father and his Son and she gets to celebrate Easter and understand it in the highest of ways.
Celebrate this Easter remembering the reason, the rebirth, the cleansing, the purity that is Jesus. I know I will.
Live life with heart, health and happiness this Easter and rejoice!