Tuesday, July 30

Road Tripping Day Two


The Sod House Museum was a gem we discovered while making a pit stop at a gas station somewhere in Nebraska.  How often do you get to go in house made completely out of grass and dirt? It was a first for me.



We resumed our Pioneer Experience by stopping at Winter Quarters in Omaha Nebraska.


The visitors center was lots of fun for the girls.


If I were a pioneer I would ask Zana to pack my wagon.


Although Biddy did fit it all in. . .


Even The Bellie got in on the action.


The cute Sister Missionaries there gave us a great tour and got us all dressed up like Pioneers.



My favorite place at the museum was the Pioneer Cemetery.  It was a very sacred and special place.  As we wandered around you knew you were waling on hallowed ground.  The monument was beautiful.  I spent a few moments reading the names of the saints who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Entire families wiped out from disease,cold, and starvation.  The weight of their sacrifice lay heavy on my heart and I was overwhelmed with love and gratitude for these saints.  Their Legacy of faith blesses my life and lives of my children to this day.  It was a wonderful opportunity to take a moment to thank them for their sacrifice and thank my Heavenly Father for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 


The drive out of Omaha was spectacular.  Burke and I both agree if was some of the most beautiful farm country we have ever seen.  My pictures don’t even begin to do it justice. 


We got to the hotel early enough to do some swimming. It was a fun day.



Karen said...

This post makes me so happy. We love Omaha!! We love the Mormon Trail Center and I absolutely love the Pioneer Cemetery sharing ground with the Winter Quarters Temple. One of the sister missionaries told me (on one of our first visits to the trail center) that Pres. Hinckley said when they were dedicating the ground that they were only doing it out of formality, that the pioneers had already hallowed the ground. I am so grateful our family got to live in that wonderful Church History place. Our lives were definitely blessed for our 4 years in Omaha. I'm so glad your girls got to stop there with you. I miss it.