Easter has been always been one of my favorite times of the year. Aside from my birthday being in close proximity, Easter also brings a chance to have quality time with family as we all celebrate the Resurrection and the beautiful gift Jesus gave us.

This year, I celebrated the brightly-themed holiday at my grandparents’ house with a variety of family members, both young and old. We ate an enormous dinner around the dining room, filled with laughter and talks of old, yet valuable memories, hid Easter eggs for the youngsters, and watched as they all ran from the front porch and into the green, spring-ready yard.

Although the candy was absolutely delicious, and my grandma’s cooking is to die for, my favorite memory from Easter 2019 is remembering why the world celebrates Easter: Jesus’ Resurrection. As my family prayed over dinner and gave thanks to His amazing grace and love, I smiled, knowing that this holiday has and always will be very near to me and my family’s hearts.

Sure, painting eggs with a multitude of pastels, joking around with cousins and close relatives, and eating way, WAY too much food is outstandingly amusing and enjoyable; however, spending time to remember what Easter represents to me and my family is so outrageously more special, especially when I get to give thanks with my entire family in attendance.

Matthew 28:5-7 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”