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The Promise of Easter

Updated: Apr 10, 2023

To be really honest, this past year has been really hard. I haven't written much privately or publicly because the words have just not been there to express the depth of the feelings in my heart. To say that we miss Holland just doesn't say enough. There is a huge piece of our lives that is gone from our presence. She is still with us. We continue to feel her influence and her love, though she is not with us physically. Family activities just feel different, and realizing that I will never have all of my kids together again in this life is just hard. Every day is harder without her, and every family event is a reminder that she is gone. Listening to her favorite songs still makes me cry.

Though it has felt like a very long road these past months, it doesn't seem possible that it will be 2 years this June. My faith is still very much intact. I know that Jesus Christ lives! I know he loves me, and my family. He has not left us alone, nor comfortless. I have always loved the promise of Easter and so many things about Spring that remind us of renewal and resurrection. After the cold and dreariness of winter, the plants all burst in buds and blooms with the hope of warmer weather and more sunshine. Just as sure as this happens every spring, we can all know that our hope in our Savior is just as real and certain. Because Jesus Christ atoned for us and is resurrected, I will see Holland again.

We went to the cemetery on Good Friday. What a poignant reminder that death is not the end. We go to remember, to grieve, to talk to Holland; it is therapeutic in a way. Most importantly, it is a reminder to me that I need to go forward with faith. Life is hard, but our Savior taught that His yoke is easy. I want to be "yoked" to my Savior because I know I cannot do this on my own. Reminders of Holland's life are all around us, we keep her close in our hearts. We share our favorite moments and memories; we often quote some of her best one liners -

"It is what it is!"

"Y'all need Jesus!"

"Remember. you signed up for it."

I hope that just as we remember our loved ones that are no longer with us, that especially, today of all days, we will remember our Savior. He sacrificed all for each and every one of us. He loves us, of that we can be sure, even more than we can imagine. Because of Him, death is not permanent, our separation is only temporary. We will be reunited in love and in faith. I am grateful for God's mercy!

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Keith Manley
Keith Manley
Apr 12, 2023

Thank you for sharing this Tara. Your family has always reminded us of the miracles that are possible with the help of our Elder Brother as well as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I liked what you said about being yoked with the Savior. We all need to be yoked with him and each other. You, Nick and your family seemed a permanent part of the Cypress Creek Ward. We were saddened to see you all go but we know the Lord had new adventures and experiences awaiting you there. Juanita and I also moved actually twice since you all left. First we bought a house in the Pine Grove community off Cypresswood and now we're in Brandon's hous…


Tara, I think of you, your family, and Holland often. Thank you for continuing to share your faith-filled journey with us. I join you in your testimony of Christ’s love and mission to allow us to be together after this life. I’m grateful Holland is with you, sending reminders and love to you. May the Lord bless you and keep you. We will continue to pray for you and your family. All my love ❤️


Amen! Thank you for sharing your tender feelings and bearing witness of the reality of our Lord! Truly He is our source of hope and strength. May He continue to be so for you ❤️🙏🏻


David Bertoch
David Bertoch
Apr 09, 2023

Tara our heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I was reminded of this from a talk by Elder Kyle McKay:

“If there be no Christ, then there is no healing from our sorrows, no relief from our pain, no hope for deliverance. You may reflexively be inclined to say what has been said by so many for so many years: “Time heals all wounds.” No, it doesn’t! Time doesn’t heal anything. Jesus, with time and over time, heals all wounds. Remember this grand key: faith in Jesus Christ accelerates and magnifies all healing.”

I am grateful for you constant faith in Christ and witness of His love for Holland and for you and your family. It…

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