I am a BIG BELIEVER in tradition! However, since I became a MOM...I realized that I also need to be a BIG BELIEVER in Plan B. Things don't always go as planned, and so whether you like it or not, there better be a Plan B in your hip pocket. This week was one of those, Plan B type of weeks.
For instance, the Easter Bunny has always stopped by our house on Friday Nights ( by our request ). We thought it would be easier to teach the kids between Spring/ Easter Bunny and the real meaning of Easter, if we separated them by a day. It has worked quite well for all these years, however...when you have a tradition like that, you have to stay on top of it or...before you know it, it is Friday night already. I don't believe that the Easter Bunny has ever been late coming to our home in some 27 years, but he didn't make it last night!
We were surprised, but soon realized that this has been an unusually cold and wet Spring and so...he probably was sick. I can sure understand how hard that would be to deliver all those baskets, when you don't feel too well! Lucky for us, by today...we had word that he has finally visited all of our kids and so we are grateful, that even though it was a day or so late...we were able to keep our tradition!
Today is also Lee's 18th birthday. We got to celebrate it with all the kids together (when we were in Idaho). Then today we had Amy, John and the girls and then some friends and neighbors over to celebrate with Lee. He has turned out to be an incredible young man, and how blessed we feel to have him in our family. He will graduate in a month or so and before we know it, he will be off to college...wow, I am just not ready for that yet! I think one of the greatest joys of a Mom, is to see the love that the kids have for one another. Now when they were little, there were days that I thought they would kill each other but... that was just on hard days. It has been enjoyable to see how they connect now that they are all young adults. They are each other's friend, and that is what I prayed for...for years.
So Happy Birthday Lee, and thanks Easter Bunny for keeping our tradition... of coming before Easter Sunday!
"It is our choices ... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
- J. K. Rowling
"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow." ~Proverb
"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." ~Anne Bradstreet