Last Friday, we rolled into Missouri, where we visited my
parent's old house in St. Louis.
(Remember when they were mission presidents?).
Seeing the house where we spent so much time with them was so much fun.
We headed to lunch in a familiar area, and it was there that
Claire discovered she could put Nicholas's hair into a ponytail.
It was pouring rain all day.
That made it hard for us to want to get out of the RV
for pictures- especially since Angus would get wet
then make the RV smell like, well, wet dog.
After lunch in St Louis, we packed back into the RV and
drove to Indiana, where we had dinner and stopped for donuts,
We finally arrived in Louisville around midnight.
Christian pulled into the Kentucky temple, and we asked Claire
(the only child awake) to take our photo.
We slept in a Cabela's parking lot next to several other truckers
while the rain pounded on our RV.
It was romantic and cozy. I mean, it would be more
romantic if the Little Nies weren't 6 feet away from us
in every direction.
We woke up to more rain and navigated through Kentucky, visiting
places where Christian served his mission almost 20 years ago.
Seeing all these places he's been talking about for years was really sweet.
We visited churches, apartments, stores, restaurants, and farms that he
remembered and navigated to like it was just yesterday
that he'd lived there.
We also checked out Fort Knox.
(Is there really gold in there?).
I really loved Kentucky. It was beautiful, and the people were so kind.
We visited Elizabethtown because Clane is obsessed with the movie
'Elizabethtown'--or they are obsessed with Orlando Bloom.
It was fin driving down the gorgeous Kentucky roads.
We had dinner at Whole Foods, which was perfect since they offer any
and every kind of food imaginable, and healthy too,
And boy did we need healthy- road food is the worst.
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Teachings from RMN:
Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings, April, 2001
"A covenant made with God is not restrictive, but protective.
Such a concept is not new. For example, if our water supply is not clean,
we filter the water to screen out harmful ingredients.
Divine covenants help us to filter out of our
minds impurities that could harm us.
When we choose to deny ourselves of all ungodliness,
we lose nothing of value and gain the glory of eternal life.
Covenants do not hold us down; they elevate us beyond the
limits of our own power and perspective."