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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A DWTS Waltz Celebrates Fatherhood

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a pulling for Mark Ballas and Katherine Jenkins on this season’s Dancing with the Stars.  (How could I pull for anyone else?)

But even if I hadn’t made my decision about whom I’m supporting, I would’ve become their fan during their last performance.  The theme of the week was to pick a year that meant the most to you.  Katherine chose 1996, the year her father died of lung cancer.  If you didn’t get a chance to see the segment celebrating the life of her father, watch it here:

Mark apparently didn’t let her watch this clip before their dance began, because he didn’t want her to get too emotional.  He made a good decision, because their dance scored a 29 out of 30 and was a beautiful and moving tribute to her father.

On Monday night, Mark and Katherine will have to dance the Paso doble.  Tune in to see them dance – and make sure you vote for them.

Go, Mark and Katherine!

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What Keeps Me Going

As I settle into this new world of blogging, I thought it might be fun to have a weekly feature focusing on inspiration.

What better day to begin than Good Friday!

When life is tough — or even when it’s not — I’ve found comfort in the Bible. My favorite parts change from month to month, week to week, or even day to day.  Honestly, I should read it more than I do, because I’ve also found that life is better when I hang on to its promises and truth.

Here’s the verse that’s speaking to me right now, Proverbs 2:7:

“He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.”

(Read more here.)

On this Easter weekend, what verses are meaningful to you?

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Ratings Change

Hello, new blog friends!  I just wanted to congratulate my mother for doing a great job this morning hosting Today!  I laughed when she poked fun at herself by pretending to read all of those newspapers, a reference to that Katie Couric interview back in 2008.  I thought she did well discussing topics of the day, interviewing people, and generally just having fun with the regular crew.  I bet Today experienced a pretty big bump in the ratings due to all of the loyal Palin fans who always show support and encouragement!  I saw a comment that said to forget “Game Change” — Today should call this episode “Ratings Change!”

My mom definitely proves you can be in the lamestream media without being of the lamestream media.

Way to hold your own, Mom!

But can you really imagine Tori Spelling having a moose-kebob potluck?  Me either!

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What is Easter About Anyway?

We got a lot of response from my post “How I Got Over My Very Public Mistakes,” and I think it’s because everyone deals with regret.

This Easter week, let’s focus on something else.

After all, it’s not about what you’ve done, it’s about what’s been done for you.

Okay, I didn’t just make that up.  It’s a lyric to this song I just heard called “You Are More” by a band called Tenth Avenue North.  And it wasn’t written about Easter, but this is a particularly good week for us to take our eyes off ourselves and put them where they belong.

After all, we are more than our mistakes.  Enjoy this video of the song, which fits so well with last week’s post – even down to the chalkboard theme.

Have a great Easter week — you’ve been remade!

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