Mom Talk: Trick or Treating with an Easter Basket

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23 NIV


I am super proud of myself because all of my children already have their Halloween costumes AND candy buckets three full weeks before Halloween. To fully appreciate this you would need to understand that, last year, I forgot the buckets and sent my kids door to door with old Easter baskets.

Trick or treat! (Also, He is risen). Whatevs – in my day, it was perfectly acceptable to use an old pillow case. You know what, it held WAY more candy than a plastic bucket with a handle that breaks before you get to the end of the street.

It was a confusing time and more than one person commented on the unusual choice – as if I had the two options before me and decided to go with the blatantly inappropriate one. Sometimes, a girl is just doing the best she can, y’all.


When you see that mama at the store and her kid is screaming in the buggy and folks are giving her the stink eye? Yeah, she’s doing the best she can. No one needs to comment on how her kid would never act like that or that child should be at home taking a nap.

The other day I saw a woman at the store and she had two kids dressed in boots and jeans like it was about to be a blizzard, two kids in shorts and flip flops like they were on their way to the beach and one child still wearing what she slept in the night before. That poor woman – fine, it was me – was doing. the. best. she. can!

So, if some sweet child knocks on your door and says, “Trick or treat,” while holding a frilly basket decorated with Easter eggs, just give her some candy for crying out loud. And, if you are one of the ones who choose to hand out oranges or toothbrushes or mints from the Olive Garden (true story,) we will know that you’re doing the best you can.


It’s all any of us can do – the best we can. Our kids may still make bad choices. We will still make bad choices. We will wish for do-overs and have to settle for grace overs. We will say things we regret and regret the things we didn’t say.

Here’s my promise to you. When I see you fall, I’ll lift you up instead of laugh. I’ll listen to you instead of judge you. We can love each other without looking like each other. I will try to understand even if I’ve never stood where you stand.

We can do this thing together doing the best we can.

You are loved. <3

6 thoughts on “Mom Talk: Trick or Treating with an Easter Basket

  1. I am challenged internally at this time of year……being Christ followers can we add trick or treating into our lives?

    • For me, it’s the one day of the year the entire community comes to your door voluntarily and no one is selling anything. 🙂 It’s a chance to interact with our neighbors.

  2. LOVE this!!! I cannot tell you how many times I “thought” we had pumpkin pails only to find out ten minutes before go time, we did not – and why didn’t I think of Easter baskets?!?! We may, also, possibly, maybe, sometimes, or every year, whatever, have the girls dump out the candy they don’t like to supplement our treat bucket…You do you, mom! Also, it’s 10:46 and I’ve had way too much caffeine which makes me wordy 😉 but – one of my favorite ideas I stole from a friend is keeping starbucks and sonic gift cards in my purse and handing them out to moms who are having one of “those” grocery shopping trips and handing one to that mom and reminding her she is doing a great job – because if we don’t lift other moms up, who will?

  3. I can only imagine a trip to Wal-Mart with five girls. It’s hard for me when it’s just me. Yes Moms do so much more than some people will ever realize! Onward ladies & good night!!

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