the blessings of spring

We celebrated Easter yesterday, our first holiday in Maine! For us, Easter is a celebration of spring. It is another opportunity to express our gratitude toward the Earth and Mother Nature, for all of Her gifts: from the food we eat, to the flowers we are seeing blooming outside, to the cool, fresh ocean air we are fortunate enough to be breathing these days.

A few days before we left Boulder, we celebrated the first day of spring, the Equinox, with egg coloring.

Most of the eggs were eaten immediately after being colored, but a couple were left to grace our Nature Table.

In early March we cleared all of the wintry treasures off the Nature Table, and then Isaiah set it up for springtime. He spent a long time thoughtfully arranging all of his gnomes, animals, stones, shells, pine cones, and other nature treasures — and what a beautiful display he created in honor of spring’s arrival!

Last week, we finally unpacked the box containing the Nature Table, and Isaiah spent some time re-creating the spring scene. Yesterday, we colored some more eggs for Easter. A couple of hard-boiled eggs turned out to be a great mid-morning snack for Isaiah, to balance out the early morning jelly beans and bites of chocolate bunny that he began his day with.

The Easter Bunny visited our house while the boys were sleeping, and left some wonderful spring-inspired treats and treasures for them. When Isaiah was a baby, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to support a belief in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, etc., but after some thought and discussion, Joe and I decided that we wanted to foster in our children as much of a sense of wonder and belief in magic as possible. Our world, after all, is often sorely lacking in these things. So, we’ve invited them all in, and I’m so glad we did! It’s so much fun. Yesterday, Isaiah asked me, “Mama, do you think the Easter Bunny, like, travels?” After some musing, he decided that there are likely many Easter Bunnies, living in different areas, hopping around leaving baskets of treats and hiding eggs for children, with some help from the local spring fairies.

Isaiah’s basket was filled with all sorts of goodies: a set of child-sized gardening tools, gardening gloves, and packets of seeds, colored pencils carved from tree branches, a beautiful wooden swan for the Nature Table, a chocolate bunny, a chick sugar cookie. (I think our Easter Bunny shops for treats at Whole Foods. Thank goodness!)

Quinn’s first little Easter basket had a sweet little board book in it from a series of seasonal books that we love, and a little wooden gosling. Instead of things like jelly beans, chocolate Earth balls, and glow in the dark bugs (!) the handful of little eggs in Quinn’s basket were full of rice cereal puffs and raisins. (Isaiah thought this was very funny.)

Later in the afternoon, it was time for the egg hunt! The big, tree-filled yard of our spring home here in Harpswell was perfect for egg hunting. It had been raining, but it stopped just before we went out to look for the eggs, and was surprisingly warm outside. A beautiful spring afternoon…

After the egg hunting excitement, we had one final treat: sharing a delicious home-cooked Easter dinner with some of our East Coast family members. We are very blessed, indeed.


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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nadia songfield
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 18:13:10

    Wow Amy I miss you so much. It’s so fun to see Quinn walking. I couldn’t really see Isaiah’s face to see how much he’s grown. I look forward to future pictures.

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  2. Deb McNamara
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 20:27:33

    Amy – I love this! Gives me ideas for next year with Rowan… and I especially love the photo of your yard=). I’ll call you again this week and hope to continue our conversation… Missing you, Deb

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  3. mom
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 00:22:47

    Hi Amy, So glad you made use of some of your partial time off to blog. I know it feeds your soul, especially during this stressful transitional time. Loved the blog (even though I was there during it all) πŸ™‚ xoxoxo

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  4. megan
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 09:06:02

    thank you for sharing your sweet easter with us! looks nourishing….how are you enjoying your new life out east? what a yard! kisses to you mama!

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  5. www.theevolvinghomemaker.com
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 17:27:30

    Yeah. I miss you too. Dang. The boys look so much bigger already!

    πŸ™‚
    Jen

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  6. Kate Eckhardt
    May 05, 2011 @ 08:42:23

    Amy, what sweet pictures. I miss you!

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  7. Jason
    May 17, 2011 @ 18:35:35

    Love your decision to ‘foster as much of a sense of wonder and belief in magic as possible.’ So great to live intentionally! Awesome photos and beautiful description of your celebrations, Amy.

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