Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Hero Returns Triumphant

After what seemed like a very, very long week to us, his admirers at home, Mark returned from what for him was a fun week in Illinois. He attended the annual meetings of the Mormon History Association, presented at 1 session, chaired another, and did all the pre- and post-conference tours in Springfield and Nauvoo with his parents. After a long night sleeping through an electrical storm in the Chicago airport, Mark finally made it home yesterday.

At the conference banquet, he received--

* The Gerald E. Jones Dissertation Award for "Zion Rising: Joseph Smith's Early Social and Politial Thought"


* The Christensen Best Documentary Award for The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, volume 1, 1832-1839

So in other words, the two projects Mark recently finished after years of labor and toil have both been vindicated with top honors in his field. Congratulations, babe.

Man, it felt good to us to be reunited yesterday, and we celebrated by sipping some pop and watching a show on hulu in bed. Not too exciting, right? But when the kids woke up this morning to find wine glasses scattered around our room (they were the only glasses that were clean!), they kept tittering to each other about Mom and Dad's "party." Well, I guess it's good for them to feel that Mom and Dad being together is cause for celebration. Frankly, we think it is, too.


  1. The greatest gift you can give to your children is parents who love each other. I don't know who said that, but it's true.

    -child of divorced parents

    Love that you had your own party.

  2. It was great to see Mark. All the awards are well deserved and no doubt just the beginning.

  3. Big congratulations to Mark! And him being home is definitely cause for celebration. Good job taking advantage of that!

  4. Congrats Mark! We always knew he was top in his field, but it's good to see him rise to the top in the eyes of others.

  5. That's awesome! Kudos to your husband for all the hard work. Those articles sound fascinating, I wonder if I could find them somewhere online to read them??

    PS: I grew up with parents who partied every Saturday morning. Their door was locked and it was *their* time. Now, I'm happy to say my husband and I are carrying on the tradition. Wine glasses would be a nice touch. ;)

  6. Jen, what a poignant comment!

    Terresa, his dissertation isn't online, but portions of jsp are at

  7. We always knew he was going to be amazing. What's made it even better is that he picked such a great who celebrates with him:)