On Family Vacations and Gratitude

Last month, Shane and I went on a nine-day vacation with my family to the Midwest. I can’t even remember the last time I got to spend nine whole days with my parents and siblings! It was so good. We flew into Kansas City and spent the first two days exploring sites that are significant in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in and around the Kansas City area. We walked a lot, learned a lot, and had a great time.

KCI Airport

Liberty Jail

Kansas City Temple

Sis and Dad at Marydale Inn

Far West

Shane and Kacee in Far West

The majority of our trip was spent in Nauvoo, Illinois, a beautiful little town on the Mississippi River, made up mostly of restored buildings from the 1840s. Nauvoo was the home of thousands of early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and my family (and Shane’s family!) has ancestors who lived and owned land in the area. It is such a special place.

Nauvoo Temple

Joseph and Hyrum Carthage

Carthage Jail

Barge on the Mississippi

Hotel Nauvoo

Dancing the Night Away

Joseph and Hyrum Nauvoo

Family

Nauvoo Temple

Such an incredible trip.

Then two weekends ago, we had a chance to drive up to our Alma Mater and visit some friends and old professors. It was a quick trip, but it was so great to catch up, and we felt like we were coming home. The experience prompted a conversation between Shane and I about the people and opportunities that have made us who we are today. We owe a lot to the people we visited that weekend. Do you have those people in your life? People who brought you and your spouse together, or who changed your outlook on education or careers or family? Or who lifted you up during a really hard time? I’m grateful for those people. Who would we be without them?

 

Photos courtesy of my mama.  She’s the best.  ❤

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