Celebrating with Family

Written by: Lynn Young, President General
April 6, 2015

After being away from home for most of the last six weeks, it was a joy to spend the Easter weekend with my family.  I returned home Thursday evening just in time to see the last inning of Cade’s baseball game and to catch up with Lindsey’s family.

Driving to the ranch Friday morning, there were dozens of cars parked on the side of the road as the travelers enjoyed taking photographs of our Texas wildflowers.  The Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes are absolutely gorgeous this year!  Many families had their children perched in the flowers and squinting into the sun for the annual spring photo.  Others were climbing through barbed wire fences to get to a particularly colorful patch.  Nearby was a pasture with longhorns grazing – uninterrupted by photographers!  I was reminded of the spring when I was about 4 years old and managed to sit on a cactus instead of the Bluebonnets.  Let’s just say, I’m grateful there were no cameras in the doctor’s office a few hours later…

This year I admired the Bluebonnets from the highway, arriving at the ranch mid-day on Good Friday and began mowing the grass around our houses while the curious steers looked on.  Walker and one of his roommates, Doug, were expected later that afternoon and I was eager to have the yard looking as good as possible.  Steve’s Dad joined us for dinner and we all enjoyed sitting on the porch and visiting that evening. The porch is always our favorite place on the ranch, and the cooler temperatures added to the enjoyment.

On Saturday we discovered a newborn calf in distress and spent time getting it off to a good start.  Later Steve recruited Doug to help him with the cattle and moving the tractors as Walker and I were both working.  Doug was raised on Cape Cod and had no experience on a cattle ranch, but he’s a hard worker and made it look easy.  The only glitch was when I was halfway through cooking a big supper Saturday evening and my cooktop died.  We managed to move all the pots and pans to the guest house and salvage an edible meal. 

Easter morning we enjoyed attending the church where Steve’s parents have been members for years. Many families had sponsored Easter lilies which were a beautiful addition to the altar. Each family was invited to bring fresh flowers to place on the large wooden cross and within minutes the cross was beautifully adorned by spring flowers as we sang traditional hymns.  Near the conclusion of the service, a special young woman named Heaven was baptized.  Can you imagine how blessed she must feel to carry that name?

We missed having Lindsey and her family with us, but she assured me Campbell was very enthusiastic as she toddled around the egg hunt with her brothers, eating the candy and dropping the empty eggs back on the ground.

I do hope that whether you celebrated Easter or Passover, you were with loved ones reflecting on the amazing grace of our Heavenly Father.  May blessings abound!

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