The formula

Mom has a formula she’s shared with me, one she learned from her Mom.

“Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full Moon after the Spring Equinox.”


Growing up I didn’t pay much attention to the calendar but I knew that Easter was never on the same date every year.

Our spring break varied – and sometimes the Holiday was way early and other times way late.   A bit warm or a bit cold. Who knew?

But like most of us do, I got busy growing up and being married, raising kids and working and all that.  Yes we went to Church and the kids attended Sunday School, we colored eggs and had hot cross buns, Ham and hunts for candy.

But it was in watching part four of “The Bible” series last night, I noted the scene in the garden, as Jesus is about to be betrayed.  I noted the full moon and the light it cast there.

And later, when I took old dog out , I saw it here … a full moon.

just like this one

just like this one. Photo credit: LoneCrowPhoto

And I pondered on how last Wednesday was a day of squalls and snow — and the first day of Spring.

And what’s this Sunday?

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.- Proverb

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  1. Beautiful photo of the moon, MJ. I saw it early this morning as I was opening our curtains. (I never really know how to photograph it, though…) Happy Easter to you and yours!

    • I caught it when I was going to bed .. it was shining in through the window blinds onto my pillows — that’s when this post came to me.

      Happy Easter to you! MJ

  2. an ounce of mom is worth a pound of clergy. love it!

  3. I am glad you clued me in to that formula 🙂 The moon has been putting on a very fine show the last few nights, hasn’t it?

    • I’m sure others know of it but I attribute it to her — and yes the moon has been fabulous of late – low, bright and huge! MJ

  4. the moon was gorgeous here last night as well…huge and yellow and bright!

    • Yes – and it makes me feel cozy that we can be in two different parts of the country and look up and see that same ol Mr. Moon! MJ

  5. I always enjoy when you write about your mom and the lessons learned from her–and I never knew the “formula.” The proverb at the end is perfect!

    • Her lessons are endless and they just spill out of me when they appear — and I agree, that proverb is just perfect for Moms 🙂

      Enjoy the formula, Karen!

  6. Pretty cool, eh? Lovely.

    • Extremely! I know I’ve heard the formula forever and obviously am a bit late to the table, but when I got it, I got it loud and clear – smiling I whispered, “thanks Mom.” MJ

  7. I slept with the curtains open and the moon woke me up. So bright! Love your picture. It’s mesmerizing.

    • It was amazingly bright! There is a photo credit to “Lone Crow Photo” since I found the photo on google images. Lone Crow has an etsy shop and you can buy that very photo – neat!

      Happy Easter, Renee.

  8. Aahh, I love the quote! Some mothers have more to share than others. You got one of the good ones! Me too! We are richly blessed. Happy Easter…reading backwards a bit, catching up on posts I’ve missed before heading out to my Sunday service. ~ Sheila

    • And a Happy Easter to you as well, I enjoyed your post about wee Riley and baby Jack this morning over coffee … Cheers! MJ

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