It was wonderful to be all together as a family for Philip's "farewell." He gave a terrific talk in church, speaking on the Atonement of Christ and the positive influence of righteous parents/family, and leaders and teachers. It's kind of sad that I moved away from home when he was just 10 and I missed being there for him growing up. He's become quite the young man. Our old bishop, Doug Maughan commented to me that the Brown boys all start out kind of rough and sometimes a little irreverant (ain't that the truth), but they grow up well and become wonderful young men. I mean, we all know we could use some more growing up, but I do think my brothers are turning out quite nicely, despite any minor deficiencies.
A lot of our extended family came to the house after church for lunch, and I took the opportunity to snap some photos of Ellie with her great-grandparents, since both sides were there.
Granny Great (my Grandma Sunny)
With Uncle Phil (soon to be Elder Brown in the Colorado Denver South Mission)
We also got together with all of my Konold relatives on the 30th to celebrate a multitude of birthdays (I won't even try to list them because I'll inevitably forget someone), and took pictures of all of the great-grandkids with Granny Great (aka Grandma Sunny to the older generation). I think this is the best one I got-Alex is smiling instead of screaming and everyone else looks relatively content.