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 week my phone rang and it was my neighbor. She had been over and had rang my door bell and no answer. I guess I was in the back room and didn't hear it ring. She said she would be right over. When I opened the door her young son was with her and I could tell that something was wrong. She asked me if I had seen any little boys peering over my fence. I looked back at her and was puzzled at the comment, and replied no. Any way she told Cody to tell me what they had been doing and Cody busted out in tears and was sobbing. I couldn't understand him because he was crying so hard. So I had to ask his Mom to explain what Cody was saying. I guess he and his friends noticed that there were a lot of birds flying into my yard, so they decided to get their BB guns and try and shoot birds. Cody didn't have a BB gun, but was with them so he was a part of the gang.
I was crying with him. I felt so bad for him. I told him and his Mom that "Boys will be Boys." I went on to tell them that my sons had gotten into trouble a long time ago shooting their guns at a neighbor's old car. I gave Cody a hug and told him I was sorry. Maybe I should have said something different and after thinking about it, I should have told him that if the boys were shooting in to my back yard. They were shooting towards our fifth wheel travel trailer, and our home, and they were lucky that they didn't shoot a window out or damage our trailer. But tender hearted me, was sympathetic and hugged Cody and said "I am sorry." Then I thanked him for telling me what he had done. He was the only boy who came an apologized and he didn't even have a BB gun.