For the past four years, we’ve spent the Easter holidays with my mum and dad. The first two years, we went and rented a holiday house near the beach, last year we had them come and stay at our house in Melbourne and we did excursions each day and this year they travelled all the way to our new home in Thailand and shared Easter with us here.
It’s been a jammed packed week of fun and adventure as we’ve seen different sights, visited new places and tasted unfamiliar foods.
There were many differences celebrating Easter in Thailand. For example, can you imagine not seeing a single hot cross bun in the shops? I didn’t see any Easter eggs either or notice any other indication that it was even Easter this weekend!
We didn’t forget though! Easter is probably the most significant date on the Christian calendar. So whilst on Good Friday we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us by dying on the cross to pay the penalty of death that we deserve for our sin; today we celebrate that he rose again and is alive.
It’s a message of life and hope. We’re offered a future not determined by our past mistakes or as a reward for our good deeds, but as a gift of God's love.
We enjoyed sharing a bit more of the Easter story with our children this year as well as a long awaited easter-egg hunt in the back yard. Thanks to Mum and Dad for bringing us over some Cadbury easter eggs. Yum! (Mind you, the hunt had to be done quickly so as the chocolate did not melt in the over 40 degree heat!!)
The children also enjoyed decorating boiled, salted, duck eggs as well as making easter baskets and coloring in. They were also sent presents from David’s parents and sister which was a real treat.
Mum, Dad and I joined the ZOE family for a special all-you-can-eat lunch today. The restaurant served a mixture of international and Thai food.
The ZOE kid’s LOVED it because of the “treats” of grasshoppers, bugs and grubs that can be eaten without limit!! Ewwwww! I must admit though, because of Mum and Dad’s determination to eat some grasshoppers, I did sample a grub of some description which tasted kind of crunchy and actually not half as bad as it looked!!!
It was a really enjoyable lunch overall with great company and delicious food too.
This evening we drove Mum and Dad to the airport so that they can travel back to Australia tonight. Tobi and Eli wondered why Mummy was crying so much and were particularly kind and cuddly to me for the rest of the night. We will all miss ‘Grandma’ and ‘Gramps’ tremendously but we can reflect on the wonderful week we had by looking back over the hundreds of beautiful photos we took as well as all the thoughtful gifts and presents they brought over for us and bought for us here.
Their generosity and love blows us away and we’ll reminisce fondly on this week for a long time to come.
Here’s just a few highlights from the week gone by:
Happy Easter 2010!