Our first stop on the way from Des Moines, Iowa to Nauvoo, Illinois was the Carthage Jail where the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum were martyred. When we were just minutes away from the town of Carthage, we experienced a tender mercy of the Lord. Aaron got an email (aren't smartphones great?) announcing that he had passed the Board Exam he had taken exactly one week before! This news was just what he needed to completely relax and enjoy the vacation. The timing was beautiful. What an amazing feeling to have nothing hanging over his head!!
"Here comes the ox cart, oh how slow!" Xander, Elodie, and Tessa were pretty thrilled because they got to sit up front and "drive."
There were plenty of chances to remember how easy we have it these days. Running water instead of running for water--beautiful! Notice how sleepy Elodie is in the background. Sightseeing is tiring business!
The view of the Mississippi River from the temple.
What a great group of people!
Hazel was a great sport through it all, catching a nap on the go whenever she could!
I love these kids!
I love this big kid, too! Spending time together at Marliese's was lots of fun, too! Thanks for the memories, guys!