Sam's parents were the only ones who were able to make it to Williston for Declan's blessing. Luckily we have some great friends here who gladly accepted Sam's invitation to be in the blessing circle. Sam gave Declan a beautiful blessing. He asked Heavenly Father to bless Declan with health and strength, the spirit of discernment, a strong testimony of the gospel, a love for the Book of Mormon, and to be a peacemaker in our home. I get really nervous speaking in front of the whole ward even when I am reading a talk that I have written beforehand. Sam is able to stand in front of the ward and use the Priesthood to give our children blessings. Amazing.
That night, we had everyone come over for dessert. I made Russian Cream and Strawberry Trifle. Carissa brought delicious cheesecake. I ate way too much dessert and it was great! I am so grateful for the incredible friends we have here in Williston.
Dave Merkley, Tanner Niederhauser, Mike Althoff, Sam, Declan, and Sam Andelin