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.
Last Monday the girls all met at Robyn's home in Mesquite for another fun day of talking, laughing, and having lunch at the golf club across the street from Robyn's home. Renee got there first with a big pan of home made caramel corn. It looked like a baby had taken over the house. The first thing we noticed was a highchair all set up, a play pen-bed, and a diaper bag. It seems you have to take the whole house with you when you have a baby.
We were all in awe of Robyn and Eric's home. It is a custom home, and it looks like a model home, so neat and clean. It is all done in gray and black. We were all surprised to learn that the floor is concrete and made to look like a tile floor. It even has grout lines. The bedrooms were all big and the guest bathroom has a huge walk in shower. It is a 3,000 sq. ft. home and all I can say is amazing. The master bathroom is as big as a bedroom. Then off from the master bathroom is a huge walk in closet. I have never seen anything so organized, everything was in it's place.
After Robyn gave us a tour of her home, we visited for a while and then decided we were hungry and we went across the street to the golf club and had lunch. We were pulling out of the gated community where Robyn lives, and there was Jamie pulling into the golf club to meet us. It was perfect timing. The funny thing is that Jamie didn't see us and we were right behind her. It was so hot so we all decided to have salads and they were yummy. It must have been 110 degrees that day, and we felt like we were walking into an oven. We had fun watching Rozlynn eat as she was really chowing down on the baby food Renee was feeding her. We sat and visited in the restaurant for quite a while, and then we decided to head back over to Robyn's for more visiting and of course eating the caramel corn. Jamie had us all laughing at her stories of her kids and the things they do. Jamie is such a character she had us laughing so hard we were all in tears.
Eric came home from work and we were able to visit with him for a while. We took pictures of Robyn's preggy belly and then decided it was getting late and so we all said our good bys and headed home. All in all it was a very fun day with the girls. I came home and suddenly my house felt cluttered so what did I do for a couple of days. I cleaned, got rid of some clutter and was thinking that I wanted to get rid of a lot more. I am known for keeping a clean home, but after visiting Robyn's home, I felt like a clutter bug, and for some reason my house felt dirty. Well, at least it motivated me to get some cleaning done. I am hoping by next Fall Frank's back will be healed enough that he can help me put together a yard sale and get rid of a lot of stuff we don't use or want any more and be able to make some money for our next summer trip to OR.