The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Catch Up

I haven't blogged for a few days.  Thursday night at 2:30 a.m. in the morning we get a call that woke us up telling us that their ceiling was falling in.  The guys installing the VAV's had left a pipe leaking. Elder Anthony said is the whole ceiling falling down or one tile.  It was one tile.  Elder Anthony knew what it was but we couldn't do anything about it at that time.  So we told them to put a garbage under it and we would talk to the installers in the morning.  It was hard to get back to sleep and at 6:00 a.m. the alarm went off.  We jumped up and flew to get cleaned up for the day walk down to Bruegger's Bagels to pick up the bagels for breakfast.   We always pre-order because we buy 5 dozen.  We walked back and had things set up with juice before the students came down.  The bus arrived at 8:00 and we were off to Valley Forge.  These trips are always so great.  My heart is constantly touched with the miracles that occurred to insure this nations freedom. We stay over night at the Freedom Foundation.  They have 56 acres of land dedicated to the Medal of Honor recipients from every state.  They have three huge statues of George Washington.  In each case he is praying.  I have learned to love and admire that man.  He was the real deal.

We sleep over night at the Freedom Foundation.  We are up early for breakfast and on the bus to Philadelphia by 8:00.  We have the students in line to see the Liberty Bell before it opens at 9:00.

 Then we get them back to the Constitute Museum for the production of We the People.   I love that presentation.  I have yet to see it without getting chills.  It ends by the guy asking, "What will you do with the freedom you have been given."  When you watch the news you always wonder if we are on a crash coarse to losing that freedom.  I really enjoy that museum.  It has so many great interactive things.  They also have an original Bill of Rights. From there we go to Constitution Hall where the signers of the Constitution battled out our Constitution which governs us today.

Constitution Hall

This is the seat George Washington sat in to preside over the meetings.  Benjamin Franklin sat and looked at the half sun on the back of the chair.  When the meetings were over he made a statement to the effect.  As I have sat and looked at the sun on the back of the chair I have wondered if it was a setting sun or a rising sun.  I now know that it is a rising sun.  

After this we allow the student to break up and go see what they want to see.  Some like to go to the steps where the Rocky show has him running up the stairs.  The new Philadelphia temple is there as well as  Benjamin Franklin's grave, Christ's Church, and other great historic sites.  But you can't start until you go to Jim's and get a steak Philly sandwich.

Another fun place to visit is Reading Terminal Market.  The Quakers have a doughnuts shop there with the very best doughnuts.  The line is so long.  They make them right there.  I had an apple fritter that we had to wait 15 minutes for because they had run out and it was still hot when I got it,  yummy.  

We didn't get back until 8:30 and we had some local students waiting to get in for women's conference that started at 8.  We were late starting but we really enjoy it.  We had refreshment for those that showed up.

The trees are amazing.  These are some of the flowers we saw yesterday.  

This morning I got up early and baked small loaves of banana bread for our neighbors for Easter.  We got those delivered before going to Church.  After we took a treat over to our interns for Easter.  We came home and made our Easter dinner of ham and aspargus.  I baked bread for lunch tomorrow when we teach.  We will have peanut butter sandwiches.  I hadn't even started on my lesson for Monday so I tried to pull that together.  The best part of the day was talking to most of our grandchildren.  We couldn't get Justin's family.

The trees looked so beautiful around the ward house today. 

Our little banana breads.

Bread for class tomorrow and hopefully Tuesday. 


  1. It is great that all the statues of George Washington are of him praying. Wish we could always have a president that prays like that. Spring is on it's way in your neck of the woods.

  2. They are so lucky to get your homemade bread! I can't wait to have some one when you get home! I really like the picture you took of dad alone.