It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Monday, December 10, 2012

Family Fun Goal: Visit a President's Home

 Although Nan and I had visited many Lincoln sites earlier in the fall we had put off visiting his home with the thought we may get back there as a family. We had already visited Springfield twice this year (once for the State Fair - I think that I forgot to share those pics with you. I'll try and do that still.) and once with Nancy (Tall-Grown-Up-My-College-Roommate-Nancy). That was once more than we have been to Springfield in a year...ever. We still needed to check off this goal and didn't want to make another trip to our capital city.

We ended up with beautiful weather and a good excuse to party....Meme Susie's birthday (my mother-in-law) so we headed to St. Louis for a quick overnight trip. The other day, I posted about our first day at the zoo. The second day we woke up and headed to Ulysses S. Grant home.

According to the National Park Service:
Ulysses S. Grant is known as the victorious Civil War general who saved the Union and the 18th President of the United States. Few people know about his rise to fame or his personal life. He first met Julia Dent, his future wife, at her family home, named White Haven. Today, that home commemorates their lives and loving partnership against the turbulent backdrop of the nineteenth century.

You can learn more about this site by visiting HERE. For those of you who are familiar with St. Louis, it is directly across from Grant's Farm. (Another interesting place not just because of free beer tasting either!)
Getting a stamp in our National Park Passport

Fake stamping something so she thinks she is stamping her National Park Passport.

Jo ran the paths and played with leaves.

This was the Ranger (you have to have one to tour the home). It was a quiet day and he was happy to chat. We are so glad that he did. He introduced to a Junior Park Ranger Program that gives kids activities to complete at National Sites. He shared not only lots of interesting information about the Grants but also St. Louis and the local plants.
Nan completed the activities. She is very serious about taking her Junior Ranger Pledge.

White  Haven


  1. Laura, you have such beautiful kids! I'm so sad that my girls won't let me dress them alike anymore... we have some adorable pictures of when they were younger!

    1. I know my days are limited and am taking total advantage of it! It is a good thing Meme Susie loves matching too. (Things always are cooler when they aren't from Mom!)

  2. What a neat place! We have been to Lincoln's home a few times. Always fun to listen to the park service rangers! Have you been to Galena, IL? There are Grant sites there, too!