|Cute toe-headed cousins at the Farrer reunion|
It's a big sacrifice, but the trip was so much more enjoyable with only one child instead of three. Thanks, guys!
|Diddles enjoying a whole week of undivided attention!|
|This sign was a welcomed sight. We're finally here! They were great condos!|
That evening we attended the closing night of the Nauvoo Pageant, which brought back great memories of going to the Hill Cumorah Pageant each year as a youth.
The following day we went to church and then had the rest of the day to walk around. The church keeps all of the buildings staffed and open on Sundays, so we took advantage of the unplanned day and toured some of the buildings.
|We celebrated both Makayla's and Megan's birthdays in Nauvoo!|
|Diddles giving Joseph Smith a hug.|
|She was really into hugging statues this trip!|
I thought this garden was so fitting, placed in the very city where the Relief Society was organized.
It was a wonderful reminder of how important women are to the plan of happiness.
|Bethany actually let Diddles TOUCH her camera!|
This is Bethany, Josh's cousin, who became Diddles' best friend. Bethany, along with her mom, Elizabeth, were quite possibly THE most selfless, positive, thoughtful members of our party! They came to the wedding to support and help out. They helped us fix meals, clean up, watched our kids while we were in the temple, helped Josh shoot wedding photos, and on and on and on! They were such great examples of loving service. It was great to get to know them better.
|Bethany, Elizabeth, Cara and Isaac at the Seventies Hall.|
|Here Angie demonstrates how one would knit, cook, and rock the baby while churning butter!|
One of the many things that impressed me about the Saints who lived in Nauvoo was how busy their lives must have been. They were truly the most industrious of people. Clearing land, building, cooking, baking, sewing, caring for children, gardening, etc. One tour guide mentioned how little "discretionary time" they had, and how they had very little time to be idle or to sin or to make mischief. In our time we have so much discretionary time, our greatest challenge is the way in which we choose to spend that time. I'm still pondering about that thought.
|The whole group!|
The Young Performing Missionaries put on several shows, but our favorite was actually a children's show called "Just Plain Anna Amanda". Very entertaining and funny, especially the kid who played the old man. Josh and I were cracking up! "Right-o!" Such a talented cast. Diddles loved it, and we were able to go meet the cast afterwards. One of the performers (curly haired kid in the black apron) is actually Tyler's brother, so it was great to see him perform.
|Elder Elwood and his Mom.|
|"Okay, now what?"|
|Angie gleaning weeds from the fields.|
Next post will be about the wedding. Tune in next to hear about Amy's expired temple recommend, a lovely Nauvoo wedding, and our ninth anniversary...traveling through time and space. :)