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.
I really have been a blog slacker. It seems like we have been on the dead go this past month. I am going to post some pictures and make comments on them and hopefully catch up.
Renee came to our home over the Thanksgiving holiday. She spent a couple of nights with us. Rozlynn wasn't feeling very well, as she had picked up some kind of a bug from the daycare kids. In the above pictures, Roz had crawled into the bathtub to explore the soap and play peek a boo from behind the shower curtain. She was a real mama's girl because she wasn't feeling good so I didn't get to play with her very much.
THANKSGIVING DINNER AT BRET AND LAURA'S HOME
Thanksgiving Dinner is being served
Pie cutting time
It was a cool, cloudy morning but the sun came out and we were able to eat on the patio
Enjoying visiting with family
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at Bret and Laura's home. I wasn't feeling very well, so we didn't stay very long. We came home and rested the rest of the day.
Frank started on the outside decorations, and I did the inside. Frank put the lights on the Christmas tree and helped me decorate it.
Our Christmas Tree
Little Elves dancing on the piano
Now if Allen, my brother was just here to play the piano, the Elves could dance to his tunes. He came for a weekend visit, but his wife Joyce ended up in the hospital and he had to go back to Salt Lake so he could be with her. It was a real short visit. She was able to be home for Thanksgiving and Allen cooked Thanksgiving dinner. I am proud of him to step up to the bat and cook Thanksgiving dinner for his family.
Little living room
I love this little fiber optic tree