This holiday will always hold a special place in my heart. I think I love Easter for so many reasons. It's the first holiday in the spring. It signals the end of winter with all the spring blooms that I love so dearly. It celebrates the rising of Jesus Christ. And (as any Wilks will tell you) the EASTER EGG HUNTS are awesome. I love me a good easter egg hunt!
Whatever the reason, I LOVE Easter. Every year, it just makes me totally happy.
And last year, it was especially happy because my husband had just returned from his (hopefully) last big deployment. Even though I was still in the midst of chemo, just having him around was a relief. And last Easter was a nice break from the normal stress of life. We dyed eggs. We played. We hunted for eggs. It was awesome.
In addition to all that fun... we took a family photo.
This year, we took another family photo. And boy do we all look different. I have hair. And eyebrows. And bigger boobs. Caleb is bigger and even more handsome. And Chris has hair again too :)
When I look at the differences between these photos... it speaks volumes. It speaks about the happiness in our family. About how much healthier and happier I feel. It speaks of another year with my beautiful son. A year mostly full of memories and laughter. There are dark moments too, but it is the bright, shiny moments like these that makes the battles worth every little effort.
Happy easter everyone. I hope the Easter Bunny brought you some delightful treats! And that you had some wonderful, bright, happy moments in your life as well.