my camera is broken, again. from falling, again. i have sent it to be repaired, again. so I don't have photo taking ability at present, but look what lexi took yesterday! there is so much to write, i don't know where to start. so i thought i would post some of the things I have posted on our family websites.
Our truck arrived yesterday. This morning 3 or 4 men from the other ward stopped by and helped us unload. One of them was the sealer we had when we came to the temple on our last trip. Out of the blue he had stopped the sealings and started talking to us about living in Nauvoo, but not because he thought we were moving here. He thought we were just passing through. We had gone to the temple for a confirmation of moving here, and he was part of that answer. But he got himself into helping us move. We love our house, and are excited for the projects we plan with it. We haven't lived in a home that we own for 13 years. We have been furiously stripping wallpaper, with Gloria's help. We have already been able to meet up with friends from our ward in Japan who were visiting from Minnesota. We love the green and the river, and the nauvoo-ness here, and even the humidity. Tashi comes home from youth conference today.
we went to church today, and it was an interesting experience. more than half of the congregation were families who were here to participate in the pageant. they come for two weeks, a week to practice and a week to perform. and they are assigned to our ward this year. we were in the back of overflow, and i was looking around, interested that so many men had the mountain man look, with long hair and beards. then i noticed that the boys all had long hair too. it finally dawned on me that they must be asked to grow out their hair and beards for the pageant. the families we watched and met who are here for the pageant are really neat people. it would be a great experience for anyone to come and do the pageant. they have a core cast of professional actors who audition in salt lake for the main roles, and then a rotating cast of extras. you can register your family online through the church website to be chosen for the pageant. more people apply than they need, so not everyone is chosen. but they love whole families, including babies. we tried to register for this summer, but missed the december 15th deadline because of a misunderstanding on the date. we were really disappointed, but it turned out for the best with our move. we would love to do it next year, and if anyone else would like to do it too, it would be really fun! We plan to go to the pageant tomorrow for family home evening. after church, we drove around nauvoo, stopped in the visitor's center, and drove parley street from the river to our house (a mile and half), and beyond. we have spotted a white tail deer, squirrels, cardinals, and the cutest bunny ever in our yard, in addition to the magical firefly display every evening. lovin' it. the vineyard east of our yard.
We made it to the pageant, and the hour & a half of pre-show activities tonight. I have to say, it's amazing. It is honestly the best performance, live or in film that I have ever seen. I know that sounds ridiculous, but in my opinion, it's true. It is incredibly positive and upbeat without being the least bit corny. It is touching and funny, perfectly choreographed, wonderful. We definitely want to be in it next year. noah & mia learn the highland fling to live bagpipe music at the pre-show. mia supports noah on stilts as tashi falls from hers.
brock & i treated ourselves to a get-away this afternoon and went to the grove where the saints gathered in the early days to hear the actor who is playing joseph smith in the pageant give and abridged version of the king follet discourse. the original was 2 1/2 hours long and had 20,000 in attendance. this was about 20 minutes - just right for us. i enjoyed it more than i can say. to sit while the breeze danced in the leaves and the birds sang, and imagine that we were actually listening to the prophet was very stirring. he did such an excellent job, it was easy to imagine it was really happening, and to imagine sitting as joseph's feet.
This morning we woke up to a heavy fog, kind of eerie and kind of fun at the same time. I loaded up the 3 little people and drove down Parley Street at 8:00 to participate in "Trail of Hope". Ten, or maybe more, actors are positioned along the trail to tell the story of the exodus from Nauvoo. It was excellent, and very touching. Just like everything here, it was preluded by a bagpipe and drum ensemble. The kids got a little restless but still behaved well. At the end, we walked to the Mississippi. Because of the fog, we could only see about 50 yards across the river, to the first buoy. It was strange and interesting and compelling, and good contemplation weather. Noah enjoyed throwing stones into the water. As always when on the western end of Parley Street (we live on the eastern end), I am almost overcome with gratitude and humility by the sacrifices of my ancestors. It fills me with a desire to strive to be better and more deserving.
Yesterday we went to Carthage because Lexi needed to take a test at Carl Sandburg college there to be able to enroll in college credit classes at high school. We we treated by getting our own little family tour of the jail, squeezed in between two huge tour groups. It is difficult for me to take in what really happened there.
Tuesday I took Mia & Noah to see "Youth of Zion", which has actors who portray and tell the stories of Mary & Elizabeth Rolllins, George Q Cannon, George Fordham, and others. Just like everything else, it was excellent.
I am working on pruning our shrubs, and in two days, I have trimmed 15, with only 18 more to go :)
The fog is still lingering.