Happy Easter! Today was a fantastic day! It started out with hunting for Easter baskets with my family. This is one of my favorite traditions ever. All of my family, and I mean all of my family tries to get together. (This year a few families couldn't come, and they sure were missed) My Mom's side of the family comes down from Utah and my Dad's family already lives around town, so we have a HUGE get together. It is wonderful.

Photo by: Debby Leavitt Photography

This year, we went to the river instead of the lake. And although it wasn't the same, it was still a blast! I got me my annual Easter Sunburn... but it wasn't as bad as it usually is... Thank goodness. We colored eggs the natural way. That was super cool. And I had a hot dog instead of a hamburger this year.

Painting by: Del Parson

Although some traditions changed, I know that some things will never change. The meaning of Easter will never change. The love my Savior has for me will never change. The power of the Atonement will never change. I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He loves me and that He truly did suffer for me in the Garden of Gethsemane and on that cross. I know that He rose again on the third day and overcame death so that I can have the opportunity to live again and live with my family for eternity. I know that death is not the end, there is so much more after this life. I know that if I do what is right, I will have the opportunity to live with my family forever. I am so grateful for that knowledge. I love my family so much and I am so grateful for them. Once again, I am so grateful for my Savior and I love Him so much. I am grateful for this time of year because we remember all that He has done, and continues to do for us. I hope that this Easter season has brought each of you closer to our Heavenly Father. He loves each of us and knows us personally.

I am grateful for those that read my blog. Sometimes I rant and sometimes I ramble on, but I really am grateful for those that care enough to read to the end. Ya'll are great. Thanks so much!