Sunday, July 29, 2018

Dear Kids,
         As if the Allen family reunion wasn’t spectacular enough, Lucy’s baptism in the Provo River topped everything.  I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful setting (we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jann Leffler for that), and there were so many wonderful people there! (At least 60.) And the ordinance itself was beautiful.  Lucy was very gutsy to climb down into that river, and Seth did a wonderful job with the baptism.  I know every baptism is a wonderful event, but we’ll always remember this one.  (Dallin says he wants to be baptized there, but his birthday is at the height of the spring runoff, and that would be a totally different experience.)
         We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Sharon for hosting the wonderful after-party at our house, and for everyone who helped.  Which means everyone.  Thanks for the wonderful food you all brought!  Thanks to those who set up the pop-ups and set out the chairs.  We had plenty of seating, for all those people.  Thanks especially to those who cleaned up!  At one point I staggered upstairs and fell asleep on my bed, while the little teenage girls were gathered in our master bath, coloring their hair.  When I woke up, they were gone.  When I woke up again this morning and went downstairs, I was delighted to see that everything was put back and cleaned up.  I can’t thank you all enough.
         So today the fun continues at Paul’s house, with Joshua’s birthday party (and mine) at 4:00 pm.  Paul’s address is 1042 Lindi Way in Layton. I’m sure it will be a blast.
         And after that, the fun will pick up again at our Ackerson family reunion at Pine View, starting late Thursday.  Thanks to Nora for taking charge, and for posting the plan.  We’ve read it over, and we’re really excited for all the events and activities.
        See you all this afternoon, and again starting Thursday!
        Love, Mom