- spent nearly the entire day at home by myself.
- had no one to teach the true Easter story to.
- read Facebook postings about all the Easter Egg hunts going on and the cute Easter outfits that my friends' kids wore.
- had no Easter basket to prepare because there was no one to give it to.
- listened to Church Conference that included many talks on parenting, with one talk focused entirely on motherhood.
- had no reason to get up at the crack of dawn and hide eggs.
- spent hours and hours preparing and executing a fundraiser for my Young Women so they can all attend Girls' Camp at little/no cost to them.
- listened to Church Conference and took away from it those things that matter to me right now.
- made a lemon cake for my family to enjoy.
- spent all day sewing skirts for my nieces.
- said lots of little prayers throughout the day.
- bought a couple favorite Easter candies and ate them all myself.
Compared to the Easters in years past, I felt I made it through this one quite well! No pity parties. When I felt one coming on, I just tried to change my thinking. I concentrated on serving others, while doing little things for myself too. I tried to think about the true meaning of Easter, and how it pertained to me.
I wonder if someday, when Easter has become the fun and chaotic madness it is when you have children, I will look back at this Easter with fond memories. The Easter I spent all alone. Interesting thought.