Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mother's Day in Nauvoo

Mother's Day in Nauvoo started out with a delicious French Toast breakfast made by Peter, and these two monkeys who make me a very happy and thankful mom. I am learning and growing so much from being their mother.


We went over to the temple grounds, where, as always, it was peaceful and beautiful.
The kids cooperated surprisingly well for pictures. I guess that was one of their Mother's Day gifts to me.
I think that Sam is especially cute in these photos!

Two brothers with two brothers.
I can't decide which of these I like better so I'll just post them both, like I did above.
The editor in me says to cut one, but I'm rebelling against the editor today.

A kind woman offered to take a family picture of us. It's nice when people do that. She did a great job.

Then I went over to the Women's Garden, which is one of my favorite spots in Nauvoo. There's a picture of me here when I was nine years old in front of one of the statues. I wish I could include it here but it's at my Mom's house. I think this is such a nice place, devoted to the gifts and talents and special value of women. Anyone who thinks that Mormon women are repressed should come chill out in the Women's Garden!

As a mother of sons, I relate well to this statue, "Preparing Her Son." It would be nice to get a small replica of this, as well as some of my other favorites.

I think this is the one I stood in front of in the picture when I was nine.

Each statue has a plaque with the statue's name and a related scripture.

The colorful tulips were growing in abundance throughout the garden and they were gorgeous.

Another one of my favorites, because I have lifelong love of reading and learning.

Joseph and Emma Smith

It's a special place that I enjoy wandering around in. It was so nice to spend Mother's Day in Nauvoo, a spiritually significant place that has come to mean a lot to me and my family.