My Niece Megann told me I need to adopt her familie's logo of
I agree with her, we sure have had enough of it in our family.
Family with Cancer:
Sister in law: Lung Cancer- in treatment
Cousin: Breast Cancer - remission
Two Brothers: Prostate Cancer - remission
Son: Kidney - Tumor removed last CT Scan Cancer Free
Sister in Law: Lung cancer and will be having surgery to remove the lower lobe of her right lung.
My Favorite Quote
If we could look into each others hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us face, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with much more love, patience, tolerance, and care. "Marvin J. Ashton"
Relief Sociey Lesson 31 "God shall be with you forever and ever."
No affliction can separate us from the love of God and fellowship with one another.
Adversity lasts only a small moment; if we endure well, we will be exalted in the presence of God.
The Savior understands all of our suffering, and He will be with us forever and ever.
The still, small voice whispers consolation to our soul in the depths of our sorrows and distress.
Frank & I have been doing genealogy for several years and we have been working a shift at the Family History Center, but had to quit due to our surgeries. Our favorite genealogy site is: Ancestry.com and we are excited that the Las Vegas Temple district has just recently been allowed to the newfamilysearch.org site. We love researching our families and have spent hours and hours doing so. We are the Family History Consultants for our Ward.
The below picture was taken on a trip Frank & I made in 2000. I was able to see this old Smith Home and meet some of my cousins on this trip. I actually visisted this old place when I was a very small child around 4 years old, and I can still remember it. As I was wandering around the old place, I felt my deceased Aunt's presence and I could see her running around the yard playing as a small child. She was raised by the Smiths her grandparents.
I was born in Salt Lake City, UT where I spent the first 20 years of my life. I graduated from West High School and went to Henager Business College, and worked at the State Road Shops in Salt Lake City. I married Larry Staley on Sept.30,1960 and we had three children, Sherry, Bret, and Garen. We moved to Grantsville,UT in 1961 and lived there for three years. We moved to NV in 1964 when Garen was just four months old. We lived in Las Vegas for a few months and then moved to Overton, NV where Larry opened the Bank of Las Vegas as the bank manager. He was killed in a bank robbery in August of 1967 along with two of his bank tellers. He was 28 and I was 26, and I was left with three small children. This was the hardest part of my life losing my husband at such a young age. I married Bud Walkington two years later. He was the husband of one of the tellers that was killed. He had two daughters, Lani and Lori. They and their children are still in my life and I love them dearly. This was an un-happy marriage and ended in 1978. I then Married Frank Merritt and have been happily married for 31 years now.
Yesterday we went to Vegas to have lunch with Renee, Sherry, and little Rozlynn. We met at Renee's home and then headed to Mimis for lunch. I had the pot roast and it was yummy. They have a smaller lunch size, and it was just right. Rozlynn ate with us and had bananas. Renee let her taste some watermelon and as you can see baby Rozlynn loved the taste. Her eyes are so big and she has the longest eyelashes I have ever seen on a baby. She is beautiful. I guess you might say I am a proud G. Grandma. I can't believe how much she changes each time we get to see her. After lunch we all went to Renee's beauty shop and Renee cut Frank's and my hair. Frank was happy to get his long locks cut off. He said he felt like he had lost a pound of hair. Sherry took care of Rozlynn, and it was fun to play games with the baby and make her smile. Her smiles made us all smile. Frank was getting a little sore, after our trip in. He did all the driving. First stop was to see Robin for a few minutes, and it was great to see the big hug between daughter and father. Wish I would have thought to grab the camera and take a picture. A picture sometimes is better than words. By the time we got home, Frank was ready to settle down in his comfy chair, as his back was telling him that it was way past time for a rest. I am so grateful that he is doing as well as he is. I can't wait for the words that he isn't in pain. I know at our age we will always have some kind of back pain, but I just hope and pray the bad pain Frank was having is over. We want to be able to travel again and do something fun. I told Frank that I don't know where we will go or what we will do, but by August I want to go on some kind of a vacation. I have been feeling so tired and depressed, a change would be good. My heart aches from the pain of losing Garen and his family in my life, and that doesn't help the depression. I have another g.grandson born April 16, and I will never get to see him. Life can be so hard and cruel. There have been some events that happened lately that hurt me again, and just when I think I am dealing with it, I am hit again with a roll of emotions. Maybe in the next life things will be straightened out. I sure hope so. So once again, I have to beat down the emotional roller coaster, and tell myself "you can't let them destroy you." I still have family that loves me for who I am and for them I am grateful.