Sunday, June 24, 2018

Dear Kids,
         Yay, it’s Sunday, a day of rest!  I’ve probably been overdoing it, and I’m always exhausted, so I’m glad that the Lord commands us to slow down and take it easy once a week.  Then I’ll be back out into the yard again.  I can’t help it.  I’m not digging dirt or hauling rocks, just pruning and rearranging sprinkler tubing and watering the dry spots on the lawn.  But it’s glorious, being outside in this wonderful June sunshine. Every day is like no other.
         Last week I went back to church for the first time in many weeks.  In the interim, I’ve either gone to Elk Meadows up in Oakley, where the entire service is only half an hour long, or I’ve asked for the young men to bring me the sacrament.  But last week I finally felt good enough to attend sacrament meeting. Today I’ll add in Sunday school.  I can’t believe how nice people are!  Members I barely know have told me they’ve been praying for me.  In fact, all four of the ward invalids were in sacrament meeting last Sunday: Eric Willis, who had a kidney transplant, Marc Hermansen, who had esophageal cancer, Devlin Tychson, who broke his leg in two places, and me.  I won’t say we all looked in the peak of health, but we were all there.
         Andy and Renae are finishing their mission already!  They’ve been serving in northern Virginia, Dad’s old stomping grounds.  They’ll be leaving this week and driving home over three days.  Renae said their mission itself has been lots of fun, and their only hardships have been other things like their grandson Lennox’s cancer, and Andy’s back trouble, when they first arrived.  They’ve been teaching the self-reliance program, and I’m sure they’ve helped a lot of people.  But it will be nice to have them home again.
         My new piano students at the Heber senior center are doing really well.  I have three one-hour classes in a row, which is exhausting now, but it will get easier as I get my energy back again.  It’s so rewarding to teach good students, that I’ve probably jumped back in a little too fast, but it energizes my spirit.
        Don’t forget the upcoming events: The Allen Family reunion and Lucy’s baptism on July 28th, and our own Ackerson reunion at Pine View August 2-5.  So much fun! I can’t wait.
         Hope you’re all doin’ great and lovin’ it! Love, Mom