Gettysburg

One thing that has been on our bucket list since living on the east coast is Gettysburg. I enjoy history and although I didn’t know much about the battles that took place here, I was eager to learn. Luckily, my brother came into town and gave us the perfect excuse to go. I only got one picture of him with us but was grateful that he snapped pictures of us the rest of the time!

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The fall colors there were stunning and I highly recommend checking out Gettysburg in the fall! (It’s less crowded then too!)

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Our first stop was the visitor’s center/museum where we got a cd to listen to as we drove through the battle sites. Gettysburg is perfectly mapped out and the drive coordinates with the dialogue on the Gettysburg cd tour. We enjoyed hearing the stories as we drove and once our girls woke up from their naps we started getting out at the famous battle sites. There are a ton of statues and memorials throughout but I think this one was my favorite.

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If you zoom in you can see the looks of fear and determination on these men’s faces and I can’t help but think that is what most of them were feeling. Fear for what was to come, but determination to sacrifice everything, if needed, to win the war.

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My girls wanted to test the sturdiness of these canons that were lined up along most battlefields.

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I love this sweet picture of Maggie. She is getting quite good at posing.

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The girls did a pretty good job of patiently letting us read the information about the battle sites.

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They loved exploring every rock and look out point.

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Even though Gettysburg isn’t necessarily a kid friendly place, I sure loved having them with us! It’s so fun to see new places through a child’s eyes.

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I love speech by Lincoln. Short, simple, and beautiful.

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My brother took this picture of us while looking down from a monument but it sums up our Gettysburg visit well….Wendy wanted to walk everywhere while Maggie wanted to climb on everything. And we were just trying to make sure they were safe while taking in the views and information.

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Although our kids kept us busy, we couldn’t help but feel the sacredness of these battlegrounds. There were so many lives lost, so many families distraught, but through it all a better nation was born. A freer nation, and one that I hope we can build upon by becoming better citizens of the United States.

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I hope I can teach these sweet girlies that as well.