We are so excited because our children are coming to see us in Nauvoo in the next 2 to 3 weeks. Tami & Ken and the five children will be arriving today about 6:30 pm. We have the beds all ready. We even put together a bed in the Tornado Shelter for Brent and Derek but it is really black down there with no windows so I don't know if they will like it down there. We have a mattress that the three smaller children can sleep on and the hideaway bed in the cough for Ken and Tami. I have spent my time baking cookies and have prepared some other kinds of foods. Our apartment isn't very big with only one bedroom but when Tami got here she but their luggage down in the tornado shelter and so the front room had plenty of room to sit and enjoy each other.
The Bonney family had planned to see the British Pageant tonight so Elder & Sister Harris had saved the seats earlier that morning. Since Elder & Sister Harris were free tonight we went to the British Pageant with them. We decided that we would watch the whole show and not walk up with the Missionaries at the end. It was so awesome to feel the spirit that is here with the British Pageant and when the Single Missionaries walked up in white shirts and black skirts or pants and the Senior Missionaries singing "Called to Serve" your eyes watered up and your heart swells with Joy. It was a wonderful production and I felt honored that we happened to be here this summer which was the first time shown in America.
The Bag Pipes led the parade as the flags go in at the beginning of both Pageants.The Bonney family loved the British Pageant. They did go to the fair for a short time before the Pageant at 8:30 pm.
Wow! what a fun time they had.
The Bonney family had so much fun playing Pioneer games at the Fair.
First day in Nauvoo.
Saturday- July 19, 2014
The Bonneys were with Elder Harris in the am since he didn't go to work until the afternoon so they went to Heber C. Kimball's Home for the first tour.
BLACKSMITH & FARRIER
Brent and Derek at the first part of the tour.
Derek, Brent, Caroline, and Mark with their Praire
Diamond Rings after the tour.
Brent, Kyler, Tami, Mark and Caroline having a tour at the Seventies Hall. Ken is taking the picture.
RISER BOOT SHOP
Derek, Ken, Kyler, Brent, Caroline and Tami taking the picture.
Kyler looking out the window.
The Bonney's children really enjoyed the Print Shop.
THE STODDARD TIN SHOP
Elder Harris giving the tour in the afternoon. Patterns are very important in making things with tin and in our lives.
Listening to the NAUVOO BRASS BAND at the Cultural Hall before watching "JUST PLAIN ANNA AMANDA." Elder Shepherd from Benjamin where Sister Harris was raised was the Elder that was driving the horses on the wagon.
Saturday Morning play about 10:00 am Elder & Sister Harris went and severed in their sites and the
Bonney family went to "Just Plain Anna Amanda" children's play. Here are a few pictures of the Single Young Performing Missionaries:
This is a group of Young Performing Missionaries that I would watch every time I served in the Cultural Hall which was twice a week. I am so happy to be over this site I just love the Cultural Hall.
" JUST PLAIN ANNA AMANDA"
Amanda starts out singing this song, "Just plain Anna Amanda" because everyone calls her name that way and she doesn't want to be called that way any more. She climbs the pole so she can see the birds and wants to be someone else.
The Farmer boy comes in and calls her," Just plain Anna Amanda" and says he has brought her a basket of vegetables for the party tonight.
Then he takes his big boots off and shows his holes in his stockings. It is so funny, he says," He doesn't want to get her mom's floor dirty and then he finds the slippers he can put on under the chair. Amanda is stacking her apples while he is talking. Then Amanda goes around the chair and ask him " If he is very important?" She feels like she would be important if she had his boots.
So they agree to exchanges boots for slippers.
These two twins come in and they are fighting all the time. Amanda try's to stopped them. Anyway I'm not going to tell the whole story but they end up trading Amanda their two old bags that they carry cookies in for their mom, for two baskets to carry cookies in.
Amanda's Aunt comes in with her father. Her father can't here very well and so it is funny how he is always saying funny statements. The aunt tells Amanda that the umbrella is from England and it is her fathers so she can't hold it. Then after Amanda is standing on the fathers toe for along time and he keeps telling her "Right Toe" her father keeps asking with an English accent. Amanda ask her aunt why her father keeps saying "Right Toe" and then she says because you are standing on his right toe. It is really cute because her father really pulls a bad face to Amanda as he walks over and sits down. Then the Aunt tells her that her hat is from England too and she can wear it if she would like too. Amanda is so excited, below is the hat that
Amanda puts on and then the Aunt and her father leaves Amanda's place.
Left is the school teacher that comes in and he try's to impress the aunt and she tells him where to go in the Right picture.
Well the aunt leaves and later the teacher leaves after he teaches Amanda that knowledge is very important in life. Then the teacher leaves he forgets his cloak and so Amanda puts it on. Now she has the hat, cloak, bags, and boots on which is suppose to make her feel very important. But now she is so heavy she falls on the stage when she walks. Everyone comes into get their things back and father comes in looking for Amanda. She is on the floor so he helps her up and she tells her mother and father that she found out that it is better for her to be happy who she is and not try to be someone else.
Jed's Family came Saturday Night-July 19, 2014
Jed, Emma, Ashton and Jacob arrived Saturday just before the Regular Pageant started. Jenny had flown to Texas to check out places where they might move. We saved the seats from the Friday night's pageant and they were quite good seats. Here is a family that had been Sealed in the Temple before leaving to go out West.
This is the Temple that they built on the stage and then the Temple falls down in the back of the stage and the real Nauvoo Temple is lit up and it is amazing the feeling you have and love for the Temple.
Sunday- July 20, 2014
Elder & Sister Harris went to the early 8:00 am Sacrament Meetings but the rest of the children went at 10:00 am's Sacrament Meeting. Elder & Sister Harris had the great opportunity to teach the Single Young Sunday School Class. That was the Young Performing Missionaries, Nauvoo Brass Band and the Single Young Missionaries. We were nervous but the Lord always seem to help us when we pray for help. It turned out really good and the youth really listened and helped in the lesson. After our Zone Leadership Meeting we met with the children for lunch at our apartment and then traveled to Carthage to see that special site.
Jed and Tami's family at Carthage.
Back row: Caroline, Jed, and Emma
In the evening we went to the Trail of Hope. Jed and Tami's families and Elder & Sister Harris went early so we wouldn't have to stand in line so long. The grandchildren were having a fun time playing with the stump across from the Seventies Hall.
Families standing in line for the Trail of Hope
Back row: Tami, Jed, Brent, Sister Harris, Elder Harris, and Ken
Front row: Jacob, Derek, Emma and Caroline- Mark, Ashton and Kyler not in this picture
The Young Performing Missionaries singing some songs waiting for it to get dark so they can do the Trail of Hope. The Elders were singing this song along.
so it was really fun to catch the fire flies.
Monday- July 21, 2014
Jed and Tami's families went on a Carriage Ride in the am so Elder and Sister Harris was able to go with them. I just love this ride because you hear faith promoting stories. You go out in the Country as they tell these pioneer stories.
Here are some pictures on the Wagon Ride which takes you around the sites in Nauvoo. They had Jenny's sister visiting in Nauvoo at the same time.
Spencer, Jackson and Porter arrived this afternoon to Nauvoo. We are thrilled to have them come and visit us. I was off in the afternoon since I worked FM so I had the place all ready for the kids to come.
Porter and Jackson, Spencer's sons
went to this Winter Quarter's Monument before coming to Nauvoo.
Jackson, Spencer (Dad), and Porter
at Winter Quarters....
Winter Quarters Temple... This Temple Jackson, Porter and Spencer went to before coming to Nauvoo.
Here are the Beautiful Winter Quarters Temple.
Sister Harris was working today at FM and would be off at 1:00. But Elder Harris didn't do his site until the afternoon shift. Elder Harris went with the Bonney's on the Oxen Ride in the am.
Spencer, Jackson and Porter arrived in Nauvoo about 12 noon. So we went to the Browning Guns Site. Ken, Tami, Brent, Derek, Mark, Caroline and Kyler were all ready here in Nauvoo. Elder Harris was serving at the Browning Guns Shop but we waited for Elder Harris to give us a tour. It was really good to hear Elder Harris explain how guns were made since we all love to hunt.
Here Grandpa ( Elder Harris) are telling about the first guns that were made. Jonathan Browning put on the wood handle "Holiness to the Lord". That is the same words on the Temples.
Elder Harris, Right- Jackson, Mark, Porter, and Carolyn Bonney.
Jed says, "why are you leaving me Annie, Why are you leaving me." Annie says, " It's not you I'm leaving its Nauvoo."
Their is a lot more to the play but I am only showing this part of the beginning of the vignette.
We had a lot of fun with the Grandchildren. They laughed watching their Grandpa swear in this vignette but it is a certain part in the play that he is playing. He does wink at the children when he calls them "snot nose little kids" because he wants them to know he really doesn't mean what he says about them. He does finally later go out west with Annie. It is a cute vignette and in one more week or so it will be our last performance. The children said we really did do a good job of acting. It has really been fun to do this vignette and the audience laughs at our jokes which Elder Harris does. We will really miss not doing it anymore but I know another couple needs to have a turn at it also so their grandchildren can watch them. We have been doing this vignette for 11 months twice a week. The spirit is so strong when we do the Rendezvous that I can't believe how many people just love to watch it. It has been WONDERFUL!!!
Lt. front- Porter, Middle- Jackson, Rt. Mark, Back- Ken & Kyler, Middle- Bent and Derek
Front- Carolyn, Porter with his hand puppet, Rt- Ken, Jackson, Porter, Brent and Derek (strong young man)
Here is a Fire Fly in Ken's hand. As you push on it's stomach it's bottom lights up. It is so small and cool looking.
Wednesday- July 23, 2014
Ken and Tami and their family left this AM very early before our Training Meeting started at 8:00 am. I worked at Tickets and Tours so I was able to get Spencer and the boys tickets to ride the Carriage Ride. Elder Harris was able to be with them in the am because he had a "B" shift. I love this ride more than the Wagon Ride because it has Faith promoting stories and takes you to Inspiration Point.
THE OXEN RIDE.......
Porter, Spencer (Dad) and Jackson. Grandpa Harris was taking the picture.
The Oxen are behind everyone but you can see the wagon they rode on.
They said it was a lot of fun!!
Jackson was petting the horses after a the Carriage Ride!!
Jackson and Porter climbing up all the stairs at the Nauvous Temple.
To the right the two boys are facing to the front.
Spencer, Jackson and Porter went to the "Sunset by the Mississippi" and watch Elder and Sister Harris perform in that program. Aaron and Sarah also came that night to watch us. It was fun to have someone watch us perform.
Elder Harris showing the Black Smith story with Porter and Jackson. Rt. Jackson, Elder Harris (Grandpa), and Porter outside the Black Smith building.
Elder Harris (Grandpa) teaching Porter how to make a wagon wheel.
Kim Harris (Our daughter) and my sister Darla came to Nauvoo arriving and ate with us about 4:00 pm. We will be all going to the Sunset by the Mississippi since Elder & Sister Harris are performing tonight. Then we will be going to the original pageant at 8:00 pm.
Sunset by the Mississippi program at 6:00 pm.
Nauvoo Brass Band play before program starts.
Sister Harris helping with the childrens parade get started. The children made their hats earlier and then wave flags or play a band instrument as the Nauvoo Brass Band plays to start the program.
Elder and Sister Harris are Zone Leaders now and we have to take charge at the beginning of the Sunset program with another couple. Tonight is our turn to get things going.
Elder and Sister Harris doing our song with all the couple missionaries.
We took pictures of the whole program because it is getting close to the end of the season.
Up close of Sister Harris.
We went to the original pageant at 8:30 pm.
American Flag comes in first with bag pipes following to the stage.
down and there is the Nauvoo Temple lite up.
The End- Awesome!!!
Friday- 1 August 2014
Elder & Sister Harris had an early morning breakfast at 6:45 am. Kimberly and Darla had an appointment at 9:00 am at the Nauvoo Temple. Elder Harris went to the Blacksmith to work this am.
Sister Harris went and pickup the Carriage tickets at Tickets and Tours at the Visitor Center then went to the Culture Hall to serve
Darla and Kimberly in front of Nauvoo Temple
Darla by the name of the Nauvoo Temple
Kimberly and Darla left and went on the carriage ride and loved it.
Elder Swap doing the carriage ride
Kimberly and Darla sitting in the back of the carriage ride.
Elder Harris with Kimberly and Darla at the Blacksmith's. Elder Harris making an horse shoe to give to someone in the tour.
Sister Harris teaching about the Cultural Hall to Kimberly and Darla
On the 2nd floor there are beautiful pioneer quilts.
The lavender quilt to the right is just like the one my grandmother made for me, the double Irish chain when I got married.
The quilt top to the left is special because it was one that was carried across the plains.On the 3rd floor is the original dance floor that Joseph & Emma danced on.
Darla & Kimberly visited these two sites - Tinsmith and Seventies Hall.
Darla and Kimberly making their rope.
Darla and Kimberly went to the Brick yard and they each have a brick.
British Pageant 8:30 pm-we went early to play pioneer games first.
Darla- Sister & Elder Harris- Kimberly
The American Flag is brought in first then the British Flag with the Nauvoo Brass Band following
The Flags are being marched up to the stage.
The drummer boy leads the band.
The British Pageant tells the story what happens when the Elders go on their missionaries to England.
When the missionaries walk out on the stage singing "Called To Serve" is amazing.
We have had a busy day and the bed is very welcomed!
Saturday- 2 August 2014
Sister Harris got tickets for Kimberly and Darla to see "The Promise" at 2:00 pm.
Kimberly and Darla went to Joseph and Emma and Hyrum Smith's place where they are buried.
Kimberly and Darla went down to the Mississippi River where the pioneers crossed the river.
Kimberly and Darla riding in the pioneer wagon.
Kimberly visiting the Heber C. Kimball's Home
Darla by the shortest leg piano I have ever seen. Kimberly in the music room.
around the Visitor Center and Nauvoo when she works on her garden days.
Now will you marry me? O, Yes!
Happy 13th Anniversary Matt & Kisti-Jo Christensen today. Went to our church meetings and then later we took Kimberly and Darla to Carthage Jail.
Monday- 4 May 2014
Kimberly and Darla are leaving Monday at noon.
Kimberly and Darla went to some more sites and here are some pictures at a well.
The two sisters saying good-bye
Monday- 4 August 2014
Bradley & Megan are arriving tonight. He is our last child to come and visit Nauvoo while we are serving on our mission. They will be here in time to watch us on the outside stage "Sunset by the Mississippi". Here are some pictures of the boys doing the children's parade.
Kavan and Teagen are having fun playing in the rocks waiting for the "Sunset by the Mississippi" to start.
Teagen is good looking also.The dance before the children's parade. Kavan came up on the stage and danced with Sister Harris (Grandma Bev.)
The Nauvoo Brass Band plays music before they start the children's parade.
The production starts
They didn't go on a carriage ride or a wagon ride but they are enjoying petting the horses.
Elder Harris, Bradley, Teagen, and Kavan coming out of one of the sites.
Elder Harris giving the tour
FAMILY LIVING CENTER
Their are 7 other things you can learn how to make in the Family Living Center.
Making bread, candles, making rag rugs, solid barrels, and pottery.
Went and took a picture of the Nauvoo Temple.
Elder & Sister Harris has a free night so we go to the Carthage Jail for a tour.
Bradley, Teagen, Kavan, and Megan
Kavan and Teagen with Joseph and Hyrum Smith
Wednesday- 6 August 2014
The family are going to several sites today.
The Log School House
Pioneer Past Time- playing pioneer games at the park.
Kavan trying to walk on stilts with Sister Harris & Bradley
Sister Harris showing the children how to play the pioneer games.
Teagen and Kavan playing in the big corn field.
Kavan, Megan and Bradley in front of the corn field
Kavan riding in the wagon in front of the Browning Guns.
At our home is where the boys had so much fun chasing fire flies
Kavan says," I have caught a fire fly dad".
I'm going to let him go. The fire flies are so much fun because we don't have them out west.
Elder and Sister Harris doing our Jed and Annie Vignette for the last time on our mission.
This is Bradley and Megan's last night with us because they are leaving early Thursday morning-7 August 2014 to go back home. Elder Harris, Bradley with dad's hat, Sister Harris, Megan, Kavan and Teagen.
We are thrilled they came to visit us in Nauvoo and that they felt the spirit here in this beautiful town.
Bradley decided as they drove home they were to have another baby so that is why we have our cute little Preston Dodge Harris. What a joy he is to this family.