Kyrie woke yesterday with solid sats that held most all day! We are so grateful for your prayers! We wanted to get her as strong and stable as we could before throwing her back in the car, so we first walked around the river by Fort Madison.
We had just a short drive across the river to arrive in Nauvoo, which is an historic site for our faith tradition. Back in the 1800’s, the governor of Missouri issued an extermination order for all the Mormons to be killed. The saints fled across the border and settled in Nauvoo, Illinois. A temple has been rebuilt there, and I told the children the story of me bringing my mother to this special place once.
Nauvoo has also rebuilt the little homes that these saint built, and this was the first time we visited in season when the homes were opened for tours. The children learned how to make shoes, how the old post office works, what a one room school house was like, and how to shoe horses. They loved it!
Kyrie slept through most of that, and it may be true that Mama slept, too.
Most of the early saints only lived there a few months before their leader was taken under false arrest and then shot in jail by a mob. We took a moment after the tours to spend some quiet time by the river where the saints actually crossed in the middle of winter. I can’t imagine packing up what I could carry with my babies and having to walk through and over the river and a thousand more miles west in the cold and snow and ice.
Not far from Nauvoo is Carthage, where the jail is that Joseph Smith was shot in through the door as he sang a hymn with his brother and a few others. It is a sacred place for us, where the first prophet of this dispensation was killed – effectively sealing his testimony of the restored priesthood and true church of Christ again on the Earth. It is by this restored priesthood, and the temples we again have access to, that families can be sealed for eternity and not just “until death do us part”.
We drove several hours after our long day, but mostly just to get back on the road and ready for today, our Sabbath. We got gas last night and packed lunches for today. We settled into bed earlier than usual, and prepared as well as we could for a Sunday on the road.
Even if that means picnics without playgrounds.
We are going in now to a local ward for sacrament services, and then will begin our final four (six with preschoolers??) hours to Cincinnati!