Easter has continued to grow in its level of importance to me as an adult. There are so many reasons why, most all of them having to do with the death and resurrection of our wonderful Lord, but it also has been a day marked by traditions that have all developed out of my life in DC and with my friends here who I love and are truly like my family. It is so fun and very special to know how much my friends look forward to our annual Easter dinner. Over the years we have hosted anywhere from 4 to 15+ people. I feel like I have been given the spiritual gift for entertaining — my fabulous friend Monique has told me that this is real so I believe her 🙂 — and when I look back on all the new friendships that have formed around our hodge podge combination of borrowed tables in these years, it makes me feel all warm and gooey in my heart to have been blessed with an opportunity to bring so many different people together. Easter can certainly have a somber note to it, but it really is such a celebration and reason for hope, and I don’t think there are many things more glorifying to God than the coming together of people from all walks of life to share a meal and praise Him and just love each other!
I look back on past Easters and see a little snapshot of my life — the constants of friends who have been dear to me for awhile, the strangers who show up with a friend and leave with hugs and leftovers and who I can’t wait to get to know better, the milestones in everyone’s lives that we catch up on, the coming together of various friendship circles, friends from old jobs, new acquaintances one year who are old friends by the next. I just love it!
Oh and I also love the food 🙂 so here are some pics from this year! Funny how similar some of them look to the past several years 🙂