Friday after visiting Carthage Jail we headed back towards Kansas City. There was a writer's conference at a library with a lot of LDS authors. Chesney and I were hoping to meet Jennifer Moore and Sarah M. Eden. We didn't realize we were kind of crashin' a conference. I mean, yes, there was a book signing, but I think Chesney and I were the only people there without an ID badge from the conference! haha We were able to purchase books from the conference bookstore. I already owned all of Sarah M. Eden's so I brought 5 or 6 (...or 7) for her to sign and then I purchased 2 of Jennifer Moore's.
First we went to Jennifer Moore's table. She was so sweet and down to earth. Chesney and I were all spazzy with excitement! She just took her time talking to us about our trip and her books. I am really so glad I had the opportunity to meet her. I'm also SO thrilled I bought the books I did. "Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince" was so super cute! And "Simply Anna" earned a place on my "Faves" bookshelf on Goodreads. I absolutely love, love, LOVED it! Jennifer was sweet enough to take a picture with me... and I look like my head is huge and I ate her. She is tiny. It was just so super to meet her. :)
|Jennifer Moore and me :)|
|Chesney, Sarah M. Eden, and Me!|
Once Tara was free, we headed to Liberty and Independence to see a little more church history. We visited Liberty Jail, where Joseph Smith and others were held on false charges for several winter months. The jail was so cold that after being used as a jail for 23 years, it was used as an ice house. The ceiling was so low, the Prophet could not stand up completely. And they had a bucket for a toilet. A BUCKET, y'all.
|The walls were over 3 feet thick.|
|It was weird to smile in this pic considering where we were. Chesney, me, Tara at Liberty Jail|
That evening we ate dinner with Tara's crew and hung out, packed, etc... At 4am my alarm went off and it was time to head back to the airport, drop off the car, and head home. It was such a nice, fun, quick trip where I had the chance to not worry about grown up stuff and get to delve into history! Thanks to my sister, Tara, for being such a fabulous hostess, Chesney for being a great travel partner, and my amazing husband for taking care of the home and kids -- AND subbing for me as music leader in the primary nursery at church!! Love you!!