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April 18, 2014 - Stephanie Ivankovich
The Lord has risen! Happy Easter! Easter is a wonderful day to celebrate Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. We celebrate the day by going to church and spending time with those we love. As a child my sister and I would always paint eggs. That’s right, paint, with a brush. My parents would put our plastic picnic table in the living room and my dad got out the paint brushes and we would paint eggs. For years my mom kept pushing the dye because it's less messy. Eventually, we did. The house I grew up in in Des Moines had a huge back yard. One year we had a neighborhood Easter Egg hunt and hid eggs throughout the yard. Each kid could get 12 eggs. The funny thing about this story was that a kid was short an egg. After looking every where we realized one egg was missing. Two years later we found that blue plastic egg in a hole in a tree stump. My sister and I were spoiled. Every Easter we would come downstairs and find eggs randomly throughout the house, baskets full of candy and toys and smell desserts and food cooking for our big lunch after church. We also called my grandmother in Croatia later in the afternoon. Back then long distance calls were expensive, so getting to talk to her on the phone was special. As a child Easter was great. As a 23-year-old, my Easter will change-- that comes with age, but some of the traditions will stay the same and continue to be special. I will still dye eggs with my dad over the weekend and a large meal will be served, however, it will be with my boyfriend's presence. I will still go to church, call my grandma and I also hope to enjoy some goodies from the Easter bunny, my personal favorite, Dove dark chocolate eggs. Thank The Lord for this glorious day! Happy Easter.