Celebrating Pioneer Day

About 10 years ago, we taught our children the song “Carry On.” Rebecca (three years old) dressed up (was it for Pioneer Day?) and sang it for us, and we were lucky enough to catch it on video. Every Pioneer Day I think of her singing this and love to watch it again.

Firm as the mountains around us,
Stalwart and brave we stand
On the rock our fathers planted
For us in this goodly land—
The rock of honor and virtue,
Of faith in the living God.
They raised his banner triumphant—
Over the desert sod.

And we hear the desert singing:
Carry on, carry on, carry on!
Hills and vales and mountains ringing:
Carry on, carry on, carry on!
Holding aloft our colors,
We march in the glorious dawn.
O youth of the noble birthright,
Carry on, carry on, carry on!

We celebrated Pioneer Day today with a special Dutch oven dinner* (cooked in a Dutch oven in our electric oven in the kitchen–not exactly roughing it!) just with our family and my mom. Originally we had invited some extended family, but we’ve been going so much lately and I started getting a really sore throat, so we cancelled the bigger version and just ate at home. But we still had a great time, and some of us donned pioneer bonnets and other attire. Photos to come later as soon as I can.

My mom read some stories from our family history. I hadn’t remembered ever hearing one about a woman, Ann Barbara Hoffman, who in Switzerland who joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and traveled by ship to America. Then they crossed the country, ending up in Evanston, Wyoming. I will get those papers scanned and include them here.

Learning about the pioneers and all that they did truly inspires me. There have been many days when, tired from the work of motherhood, I have started complaining in my mind. Remembering my pioneer ancestors in those moments makes me want to complain less and be more grateful. I come from those men and women who sacrificed and struggled and stood up for their faith in God. I can become stronger and whine less and do more to help others, since they did all of those things with a far harder life than I have.

Hats off (or bonnets on!) to the Mormon pioneers!

Carry On,

Liz 🙂

*Here are links for the Pioneer Day Invite/Menu and following recipes:

Dutch Oven Dinner (which would have been yummy with dill or rosemary added in)

Corn on the cob


Mint lemonade

Homemade ice cream

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