Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dear Kids,
         First off, let me remind you all of the birthday party for Dad and Dallin this coming Friday night. It’ll be at our house at 6:30 pm, cake and ice cream, and presents. If you want to go in on Dad’s present, let me know, so I can put your name on the card. I hope the weather will be good enough for the kids to run around outside. The long-range forecast shows only a 50% chance of rain that day. All this rain has made everything beautifully green, but the Provo River is raging, and the flood plain down by the Jordanelle is definitely flooded.
           Most of you have probably heard that Paul is out job-hunting again. He was laid off last week. It hadn’t been a perfect fit, Paul and his boss, so whatever he finds will probably be a step up, but I’m sure he and Stefanie could use your prayers at this stressful time. Dad and I visited them (and Josh!) last Sunday for dinner, and Stefanie’s parents were there too, so we had a great time talking and eating. We didn’t know it, but there was a fatal rollover on Harrison Blvd, just a couple of blocks away, while we were having dinner. We didn’t hear any sirens. (Maybe they don’t use sirens in Ogden, where there’s always a lot going on anyway.) But when Dad and I were driving out, Harrison was blocked off with police cars and yellow tape. There was a car smashed into a tree on the other side of the road, and on our side, the sidewalk was blocked off with a sheet hung up. I guess that’s where the body was. It was very sobering.
           Some of you probably went to Maddie James’s wedding reception Friday night. By then Dad and I were back home. (My lungs don’t like us to stay in that valley very long.) But we really enjoyed the sealing in the new Provo Temple. Maddie didn’t have any grandmothers there, so Bonnie had Katie sit in the grandma’s place, next to her. It was very nice. Afterward there was a luncheon at the golf clubhouse by Bonnie’s house, and we had a good time talking with my brothers and sisters that were there. Of course Maddie looked beautiful! And Jantzen is very handsome. And everyone in both families is good-looking too. A photographer’s dream!
         The horses are back in their pasture behind our house! They were very excited to come home, kicking their heels and running around. I’m happy too.
          Lots of love, Mom