Easter with Littles
Hi Y’all! Happy Monday! Welcome to our second ever Mamas Matter Monday!
This morning I’ve been thinking a lot about Easter. I have some plans to post a few fun Easter activities for you and your kiddos this week and I’m just generally excited about Easter. My kids and I headed to Hobby Lobby this morning and my daughter picked out (with some guidance) some really cute fabric for an Easter dress I want to make her. I have ideas saved on my Pinterest boards for fun Easter treats and games and crafts. It’s a fun week! But that being said, it is so easy for me to get overwhelmed and to feel like I have to get all of this stuff done. That I have to make my daughter an Easter dress. That I have to make every single bunny, chick, and Easter egg craft I can find on Pinterest. That I have to plan and execute the most perfect Easter Sunday meal.
But no. That’s not what Easter is about. It’s about celebrating our Savior. It’s about family. It’s about time with our kids, whether that be reading some Easter books or doing an elaborate Easter craft. It’s okay if I get only halfway done on the Easter dress because I’m getting overwhelmed and overworked and I decide to spend more time with my children than sewing for them. She has other dresses, the one I’m sewing can be finished later, it doesn’t have to be done this week (uh…probably should have started the Easter dress before this week…procrastinate much anyone? No, just me…).
And so this week I hope we all can just focus on cherishing these fleeting moments of motherhood and childhood. Whether we are mothers of littles or mothers of teenagers or mothers of adult children, there can be magic in just resting and observing all that is going on around us. There certainly is still magic and value in a beautifully sewn dress made for you by your mother and a delicious meal that a mother prepares for her family on Easter. I’m not saying to quick, drop all your traditions, and just sit on the couch all week long. But I’m saying that we would all do well to just slow down, to realize what is important and what really isn’t and to be okay with dropping a few things from our to-do list this week. To soak up the moments of this Holy Week and to focus on our Savior and our families the best way we can. By being there, in the moments, and being who the Savior would have us be – a mother that gently and calmly nurtures. So take the time to smell that baby after a baby bath, take the time to sit down and just enjoy and watch your precious child gather up all the Easter eggs. Don’t be so preoccupied with Instagram worthy photos or Pinterest inspired bunny crafts. Choose what is important to you and your family this week, find a few fun crafts and activities, and then just be content to rest. Rest in the Lord, rest in His glory, rest in all the beautiful blessings around you instead of trying to keep up with the rest of the world. Because before we all know it, Easter egg hunts with toddling children will turn into holidays with grown children (who will hopefully still enjoy an Easter egg hunt every now and then!) and if we are so focused on doing everything right, we will realize we missed everything that was already perfect, just because it was ours.