Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Happy Pioneer Day!

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This definitely went down as a memorable Family Home Evening activity! For our FHE lesson, Will read us some inspiring pioneer stories and then told the kids that for the activity we were going to pretend to go on our own pioneer trek into the woods. Instead of pulling a handcart, we loaded up our toy train wagon with weights and Will had the kids take turns pulling the load. They LOVED this and at one point wanted everyone to get in the wagon so that it would be even heavier to pull. Liam was particularly proud of the fact that he was strong enough to pull pretty much the whole family (I didn't get in) the entire way there and back. It was quite entertaining, even if we did get some weird looks from the neighbors. That almost made it more fun!

We ditched the "handcart" once we reached the woods and enjoyed exploring together. Will and the kids especially adore being in thick wooded areas. We tried finding a good climbing tree, but didn't have too much luck in that department, but there were quite a few fallen trees, and so we did a lot of "log walking" instead. I was especially impressed with Juliette's balance and adventurous personality. She kept up with the big kids so well! My kids also are obsessed with berry picking and scored tons of huckleberries. Yum!

Anyway, I always feel very humbled and amazed when I think about what the pioneers and how they left pretty much everything they owned to cross the plains with their (in many cases) young families. What a feat, to make it to the Salt Lake valley where they could finally worship Heavenly Father in peace. Many buried loved ones--even their children-- along the way because the conditions were so harsh and the physical demands so grueling. But on the flip side, because of their strong faith and willingness, they were able to endure this and witness astonishing miracles along the way...

I admire those pioneers so much, and am eternally grateful that they were willing to do what they did. My family has certainly been blessed because of them!

Happy Pioneer Day!

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