I haven't been blogging so much lately except when our kids have come. We have both had lots of responsibility and there hasn't been much time for blogging.
I wanted to do one last post and tell you all what we've been doing for the last while.
Mark has been site leader for the teamsters/horse program. He was in charge of the horses and the rides--carriage, wagon, and oxen. He was responsible for the care of the horses and for assigning teamsters to the rides and horses to the rides. He has loved every minute of it. He loves these horses.
There are 20 horses--10 teams. They are Belgians and Percherons.
Every morning the horses come in from wherever they are pastured for the night.
|Horses coming in|
|Bill and Bob|
|Chad and Champ|
|Horses going in the barn|
The above pasture wasn't fenced until recently. The teamsters have fenced it, and now they can use the pasture.
Besides the 6 teams that pull the rides, one team pulls the Nauvoo Brass Band around town during the summer. One day in June, they decided to take a picture of their seven wagons/carriages and the horses. They have enjoyed hitching up four horses to one wagon on occasion so of course they hooked up four to the band wagon.
|Here they are lining up by the river for a photo|
|Here is the photo. It was taken from an elevated spot. You can see our driveway near the top left.--across from our bench.|
The flatter-roofed vehicles are considered carriages. They take people out into the countryside. The more rounded vehicles are considered wagons. They take people around old Nauvoo and by the river.
|Nauvoo Brass Band|
The Nauvoo Brass Band is wonderful. They are here from the first of May until the middle of August. They are missionaries and live mission rules for a four-month period. They are aged 18 to 26 or so. They work very hard all day long and into the night.
|Winter carriage ride with Bill and Bob & Dan and Doc|
Sometimes they hitched up Tim and Tom and Mike and Ned. The carriage rides in Nauvoo are free. In fact everything is. I always tell people you can't spend money in Nauvoo unless you want to eat and there's hardly any place to eat.
|Carriage ride with Tim & Tom and Mike & Ned|
|Teamsters and horses|
|Saturday was Elder Call and Elder Dahl's last wagon ride. After the ride, they pull up here so that people can pet the horses and take pictures if they want. Thanks to Elder Jardine's thoughtfulness, I was able to be the narrator on their last day.|
The last carriage ride that Elder Dahl did was Friday. He narrated this ride. He does a wonderful job.
|Inspiration point--a beautiful spot on the river and part of the carriage ride.|
|Us with Tim and Tom after the last carriage ride|
So that is what Mark has been doing the last while. He has worked with the horses the whole mission but has been in charge the last part.
I began our mission being site leader at the log school. Then I was assistant site leader at Lands and Records. Then about the middle of March I was asked to be Rendezvous director. Rendezvous is a musical play that we senior missionaries present every night except Sunday. From May till September there are two shows each night. In the winter there is just one show per night.
I had absolutely no skills for this job but I was called to do it anyway. I didn't want to do it at first but I ended up enjoying it.
|Cultural Hall where Rendezvous is performed 6 nights a week|
|One of the perks of the job is that I had a reserved parking place by the Cultural Hall.|
I had a small office in the Visitor's Center. That is where I worked when not doing practices, etc.
|Nauvoo Visitor's Center|
|Me in my office at the Visitor's Center|
Being Rendezvous director turned out to be a great blessing in my life. What a privilege it was to work with all of these good people. I got to know and love them so well. They worked so hard and always did their best. It was a wonderful time.
Now a few Rendezvous shots.
During the opening number 4 senior missionaries kick. The audience isn't expecting that and they love it.
|The kickers during the opening number--Welcome|
Our mission president and his wife have learned some of the parts and perform them for us on occasion.
|President & Sister Gilliland playing Peter & Abigail|
|Our own Elder Brough as the doctor--with Agatha on the pole|
|Jed & Annie|
|Jed & Annie|
|Jed: "We need to stay and fight!'|
|The other men trying to convince Jed to go west.|
|This privilege is ours--to share the spirit of Nauvoo--with you.|
|The Calls and us after our Rendezvous finale|
|Us at the Cultural Hall|
We will miss the river.
|Full moon early one morning from our yard|
|Full moon through the trees|
|Heather by the Mississippi|
|This is one of the three current Rendezvous casts.|
But we will go home to our mountains which we've missed. I stole the photos from Thelma's blog. Thank you, Thelma.
|The Mountains behind our house.|
|Sunset on the mountains|
|The family we go home to. They are great.|
Thanks for reading about our mission. Hope to see you soon.