This is a little out of order chronologically, but I just couldn't wait to get to it. One of the main reasons I was able to justify bringing all of the family to the Dominican Republic with us was that we blessed Ward while we were there. Can't leave him at home if he's getting blessed ;)
It was an incredible day. Shawn and Anna arrived late the night before, so they were able to be there too. We all went to the Temple in the morning (sans the 5 & under crowd who stayed with some sweet teachers from the MTC). It was so special to do a session as a family before the blessing. We also did the work for my Grandpa Young, so even he was there with us.
President Glazier, the MTC president, and our faithful chauffeur, came and oversaw the blessing and stood in the circle with Eric, Shawn, and my Dad.
How we adore this boy, I really cannot explain what a special blessing it was.
The peanut gallery:
Since we were all dressed and ready after the blessing we went to the Temple to take some pictures.
This was as good as we got, thank you Audrey:
She really was in a mood:
At least Iva cooperates:
Ward is named after my Dad (Rodger Ward) and his Dad (Ward Allison, I am Laura Allison, in case you were wondering). Ward Allison was married to Margaret, who we named our Maggie after. We're all sorts of naming inbred.
On our way to the Temple, we ran into a group of missionaries from Haiti who were in the MTC while we were there. They were kind of confused by us and our baby in a dress, but they understood when I told them that I wanted my sons to be like them. We had been to church with them on Sunday, and they bore such incredible testimonies.
We also found some sisters for Maggie and Audrey:
They were not from Haiti ;)
So, Ward is blessed, and I didn't even have to throw a brunch.