Skip to main content

Day Two: Springfield, Illinois

In Springfield, Illinois, we visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, which was AMAZING! It exceeded all my expectations. This is not just another "boring" history museum but a museum that captivates it's audience. We started our tour by entering a log cabin that was much like the one he spent a portion of his childhood. This first "wing" of the museum shows Lincoln's life before becoming president. We learned about the his many jobs, his love for learning and his courtship with Mary Todd and his campaign in 1860.
Union Station
After learning much about Lincoln's pre-presidential years, we headed to the Holavision Theater for "Ghosts in the Library". Isaiah and I were in awe. I can't even find words to describe how fantastic this presentation was....far more than a documentary.

Catch'em off guard...only way to get a genuine smile. Look at that smile!
Of course, by this time The Boy was famished and wanted to eat at Subway before continuing on our Lincoln adventure. Luckily Subway was just down the hall. After eating "fresh", we stopped at Mrs. Lincoln's attic, which essentially is a children's play room filled with dress up clothes, toys, play kitchen and lincoln logs.
Never too old to build with Lincoln Logs

The Lincoln Family
Behind the Lincoln family lies the White House Years exhibits. One room shows Mary Lincoln sitting on the bed of her dying son, Willie, as President Lincoln peers in from the doorway. Another room shows Mary grieving her dead son. Knowing the love that a mother has for her children, I could imagine the pain that Mary felt.....and yes, I teared up a little. So many of the rooms showed the "realness" of the Lincolns. I gained not only knowledge about their life but felt a more personal understanding of what life may have been like for them.

My least favorite room, The Whispering Gallery, was full of political cartoons and caricatures of President Lincoln. The first few cartoons I viewed were laughable, meaning that I was able to laugh at the stupidity of the racist beliefs of the time. But many were so harshly cruel and the ignorance (mostly racist ideas) sickened me. I couldn't help but think about how our generation, and some of our ignorant ideals, will be viewed a hundred years from now.

The room that brought me to tears was the "Lying in State", a re-creation of the Representative Hall in Springfield's Old State Capitol. With the coffin displayed, I felt as if I had stepped back in time and was paying my respects to President Lincoln. I felt a great reverence, respect and sorrow for the man who created great change in our nation.

We finished our visit in The Union Theater viewing "Lincoln's Eyes" which was a perfect wrap up of what we had learned about Lincoln's life. The presentation was just as amazing as the rest of the museum. My words do so little in revealing what I learned but, even more importantly, what I felt as I looked at the life of President Abraham Lincoln. Truly incredible. I spent the rest of the afternoon driving towards and through Indiana pondering what I had seen and learned.

"My concern is not whether God is on our side;
my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.” 
Abraham Lincoln


Popular posts from this blog

Stay-cation: Fun Things to Do Around Rochester, MN

Family vacations are expensive. Gas, lodging, meals...oh, and then there is the admission cost to all the cool things that you want to see. Vacations cost more than a small fortune. Now figure in the loss of income (some of us don't get paid vacations) and you've "broke the bank". Enter the stay-cation. Gas costs are reduced. Lodging is covered. Meals, although still necessary, can be made at home and packed in a cooler. This summer, instead of taking a week off, I am taking a couple long weekends. One weekend we will be traveling "Up North" to visit my husband's college buddy. Otherwise we're keeping our exploring near to home.

Another benefit to a stay-cation is a little extra time for home projects. I can keep up with the laundry, instead of having a week's worth of laundry to do when I return home. Isn't that the worst part of vacation - the accumulation of dirty clothes you have to wash after being away from home all week? Gardening can…

Homemade Facial Cleansing Pads

My son become a teenager last fall and has since had to battle with teenage acne. At first he seemed to wear it with pride. His acne was a sign for all to see that he had made a passage from boyhood to manhood. This "rite of passage" has grown old and has been replaced with another rite of passage. Vanity. He's willing to try all the acne products at Walmart despite the way his mother freaks out as she reads the labels. Not to mention the cost. Thus began my search for a natural, homemade acne treatment for my dear man-child.

Common sense told me to start with tea tree oil and witch hazel. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and witch hazel is a natural astringent. Both helpful in treating acne.

Witch Hazel
Tea Tree Oil
Cotton Rounds

1 cup water
1/2 cup witch hazel
10 drops of tea tree oil

Place cotton rounds in a container (I happened to have a small glass jar that the rounds fit perfectly in!) and top with mixture.

Day 27 ~ Italian Meatloaf in a (Freezer) Bag

Making meals ahead of time saves time, energy and stress as I discussed onDay 12. This is another meal that I prepared a few weeks ago when I made ten meals for the freezer. This recipe won my families approval so I can now share it with you! :) In a freezer bag combine: 2 lbs of ground beef (or turkey if you wish), 1/4 cup oatmeal, 2 T. Wildtree* Hearty Spaghetti Blend, 2 T. Wildtree*Rancher Steak Rub, 2 eggs. Now here's the fun part. Squish it all up to distribute the herbs into the meat. Label the bag and store in the freezer. Easy. Gathering supplies (if already on hand) and assembling this meal takes less then 15 minutes. The hard part is remembering ahead of time to take the meatloaf out of the freezer to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. This is where sticky notes on the refrigerator come in handy.  When ready to bake, form into a loaf and bake for 50-55 minutes. Add marinara sauce during last 10-15 minutes of baking. 
While baking the meatloaf prepare the "topping&qu…