Happy Easter to all my followers!
So lovely to join you again after a little absence. Enjoying oneself over Easter always takes priority over writing dear friends … as it should do; but it is nice to be back.
It was always going to be a crazy Easter Sunday folks. You see, when you join two families together in one rather average-sized home with a very large backyard (thank goodness) you are always going to have chaos … but what great chaos it turned out to be!
The Matriarchs and Patriarchs of this Great Big Easter Celebration were Pat and David Brauer (our daughter-in-law’s parents) on one side and Tess and Geoff Ross (that’s us of course) on the other.
On the Brauer side: add the two daughters of the Brauers: Belinda and Melissa. Stir them up with their husbands Daniel (our son) and Garry. Put some children into the mix and you have Isaac (3) and Madeleine 5 months) Ross plus Oliver Newell (seven months).
So … you’ve got all that have you? Okay we can go on now.
On the Ross side: add Maria and Daniel. Stir in one absent husband – Steve in Timor – and Dan’s wife (Belinda). The children in our mix are: Alice (11), Violet (6) Parmiter and Isaac Ross (3). James – cousin of Steve – was a good stand in for his side of the family.
That makes 10 adults and three children and two babies. From the moment we were all supposed to meet at Mass at our church at 8.30 am, it was all systems go.
Some got the time of the service mixed up. One party goer never made it at all. The church was packed to the rafters and then some. Incense and Holy Water were being used freely to celebrate this momentous day in the Christian calendar. Because the family were in different places in the church, the grandchildren were coming and going … you know, like visiting!
And our little Filipino priest who came to our parish from a nearby one, was in fine form on the day. Violet said that the priest had said “He has Risen from the Dead!!” far too many times and indicated that perhaps someone should stop him … but there was no stopping him. He was enjoying himself far too much. Oh, it was delightful.
Before we knew it, we were home and with cuppa in hand we watched the Great Big Easter Egg Hunt begin. This was no ordinary easter egg hunt. This was massive (I should know for I saw the amount of eggs Easter Bunny Geoff hid in the garden). Grandma Pat, ex-teacher aide, led the charge, directing traffic with Alice, Violet and Isaac in tow.
Searching began in earnest and Violet came up trumps with the most eggs. A certain adult noted this and took a few out and re-allocated them into the garden! I don’t think Violet even noticed. Daniel followed taking G.B.E.E Hunt photos and enjoying himself immensely.
When the children returned carrying their bounty, it was now time for the Great Big Easter Egg Present Distribution. And this was BIG. No…. no … this was MASSIVE. Eggs and gifts in rabbit baskets, fluffy bags, buckets of eggs and bunny gift bags were being exchanged. Oohs and aars were heard amidst all the racket and every now and again little Maddie would squeal with joy. Nothing to do with eggs. Everything to do with her age … in other words, for no reason whatsoever!
Chaos folks. Absolute chaos. Absolutely delightful!
And so our day continued … with food to fill the belly, wine to warm the heart and desert to sweeten the tooth we chatted and laughed; babies slept and woke; were fed and played with; children came and went showing their goodies to anyone who would listen. And there was one who couldn’t stay awake because he got up at 4am and is known to nod off anywhere at anytime, when he needs to do so (Grandad David are you listening?)
Dear friends, how blessed were we on Easter Sunday to have this Great Big Easter Celebration with our two families? To share the joy of the Resurrection … this New Life which was brimming all around us in the grandchildren that were savouring the day together and giving us such joy?
Chaos? Sure was … loved every crazy moment of it.