Easter, Alaska Style

Easter is one of the most meaningful days of the year, made better if you’re surrounded by family and tradition.

This year, I got together Easter baskets for Piper, Trig, and Tripp. Then Willow, my mom and I played the “Easter bunny” in the morning and gave them their baskets full of tin foil covered candy. It was so fun to see the kids’ wide-eyed expression as they sorted through the fake green grass to find the goodies!  Then, after they’re on a sugar high from all the chocolate, we went to church.  The kids wore their brightly colored new clothes, we sang songs about Christ’s resurrection, and then we headed to my grandma and grandpa’s.

That’s where our entire family met up for the big Easter egg hunt.  My grandpa took this annual hunt seriously, as he always does. Because he hid money in them, he really made them work… he hid the eggs in ditches, in trees, in clumps of grass, on the outside wall of his shed, and around that 14 foot tall stack of elk antlers in his yard!

Instead of putting the eggs in the middle of a stretch of the yard, to make it easier for Tripp and Trig, he hid them so well that we seriously couldn’t even see a single egg with the naked eye. It took all my cousins hours to find the eggs, and they ended up finding faded eggs from the year before.  (We had to make sure they didn’t pop those in their mouths!)

It was insane, and I’m sure my grandpa spent weeks preparing. (Any wonder where my mom gets her competitive spirit?)  What are your Easter traditions?

However you celebrated, I hope it was surrounded by people you love.

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  • Wayne

    Went to daughter and SIL for Easter dinner.

  • http://AmericaWantsSarah Bruce O’H.

    Hi Bristol. I’m glad your family had a blessed and fun Easter.

  • Thomas Hubbard

    BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, HAAPPPYYY EAAASSTERRR, says Thomas! Where’s Mamma Sarah? “inside next to that nice warm fireplace!”

  • Morris Hahn

    SE MO had an exceptionaly beautiful day. Had all 6 kids, 5 kid inlaws [1 had to work] 13 grandkids and one on the way. BBQ, deviled eggs and many side dishes took care of the hunger pains. Grandkids found numerous bunny eggs filled with candy and money. Thank GOD for all the family love and good times. Happy Easter to the Palins from a dirt farmer and family from SE MO.

  • kate

    What a thoroughly nice story and we so enjoyed reading it. Continued good luck to you and Tripp and bless you all.

  • Misty

    That pic is adorable! Great job!

  • Nita L

    Since I have no family around, I went to church, then came home wishing someone would call me. My sisters and brothers have nothing to do with me. I cared for my parents for 10 years, as they were ill, and when they went ‘home’, I was blessed to inherit their home. I was accused of changing the Will, which isn’t possible, of stealing their money..I sent it to them, but I forgive them. Seems like it’s all about them, and I pray they turn to God, leaving the earthly things behind. My Special Forces son called, my daughter never did, she never answers my calls, so why bother. I spent the rest of the day with my dog, walking, hiking, and praying. It turned out wonderful, for my son called, and Jesus was with me all day!! His love for me is forever, bought by his blood, stripes, and promises. Lord Jesus is everything to me, where my son is my Hero. Yes, I was a bit sad, but with Jesus, all things are possible, and I pulled myself out of my loneliness. In His grip always!!

    • Howard Peacock

      NitaL….May God bless you in your times of sorrow, and may you celebrate with Him always. I hear the pain in your voice, and I feel the strength in your soul. I will pray for enlightenment for you so your path will be clearer……Best wishes..

  • Howard Peacock

    Bristol…..Thank you for leading us on a wonderful Easter journey. I admire your strength of purpose. My best to your family….

  • Joseph

    What a cute picture of Tripp; he’s sure growing up! I like the snow bunny! My Easter was great! I went to Church on the Saturday before Easter. Then on Easter Sunday, my family and I had a cookout! Thanks for sharing, Bristol!

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