arizona easter eve

after our adventures in joshua tree national park, the boy and i arrived at my sister’s house dirty and sweaty and tired on friday night. i was positively giddy the last 15 minutes of the drive – i always get this bubbly brand of excitement before i see family, especially nieces and nephews. it was so fun to catch up with shawni, dave, max, elle, grace, claire and lucy. i love them so so much.

on saturday morning we went to claire’s soccer game.

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and then stopped by the new gilbert temple on our way to tempe. it was neat to see this work in progress and feel the spirit of the house of the lord.

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we went to tempetown lake right by asu and rented a boat to cruise around on for an hour. it was so much fun! we plugged in music and had a little dance party.

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and grace and claire jumped in the lake!

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the boy and i met a dear friend of his from his college days for lunch and then we hurried back to the pothiers’ for egg dying and painting to prepare for easter!

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shawni, elle, grace and i went to the general young women broadcast and then shawni and dave, the boy went out to dinner for a little double date. what a great easter eve!


  1. What great fun! Love seeing this!

  2. As you might be able to tell, the name “Easter” was likely derived from Eostre, the name of the Anglo-Saxon lunar goddess, as was as the name for the female hormone estrogen.

    Eostre’s feast day was held on the first full moon following the vernal equinox — a similar calculation as is used for Easter among Western Christians. On this date the goddess Eostre is believed by her followers to mate with the solar god, conceiving a child who would be born 9 months later on Yule, the winter solstice which falls on December 21st.

    Two of Eostre’s most important symbols were the hare (Easter Bunny) and the egg, which symbolized the growing possibility of new life. Each of these symbols continues to play an important role in modern celebrations of Easter. Curiously, they are also symbols which Christianity has not fully incorporated into its own mythology.

    American Christians continue to generally celebrate Easter as a religious holiday. Christians and non-Christians alike celebrate Easter in decidedly non-Christian ways: with chocolate and other forms of Easter candy, Easter eggs, Easter egg hunts, the Easter bunny, and so forth.

    Most cultural references to Easter include these elements, most of which are pagan in origin.


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