Kathie and Beth prepared a service project for the family. The little kids colored pictures that are going to be turned into a quilt to be donated and the bigger kids learned to make newborn hats. Becca latched onto the idea and is now using it as a YW Personal Progress Project. She plans to donate all the hats to Jeffrey's orphanage.
After lunch (and fudge), we were back out exploring Nauvoo. Here is the blacksmith - a missionary being a blacksmith anyway. And our famous "prairie diamonds!" We even got one for Joy!
This is the Seventies Hall - pretty cool. Those are some seriously straight and narrow benches! Upstairs they have records of the Seventies. Yes, one of those guys is related to Jason!
The ox-cart ride. This was so fun! Riding in an ox cart is a bumpy trip. I feel for those sisters who were pregnant.
After the ride, we went down the Trail of Hope. This is a very sobering trail. The emotions that run through you as you read the accounts from ordinary people as they left everything - again. Here are my brother and I looking out over the Mississippi River. The same Mississippi that froze solid so the Saints could leave Nauvoo. My heart aches for them.
On a lighter note, :) this is a fun memory. Sammi was walking back to the house and walked over to Uncle Jeremy and stole his hat! They had a good laugh. :)
One of the best things about the reunion was the times the kids got to just play together. I loved watching them together.
This is another one of those sobering experiences. The graves of Emma, Joseph, and Hyrum. A little way behind here are the graves of Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith.