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.
When we were shopping in Vegas a few days before Halloween, we saw a man put this mask on. We liked it a lot so we decided to buy it for Frank to wear on Halloween night. Bret and Laura came over for dinner and just as I was going to take a picture of us eating dinner, the trick or treaters came and the sun hadn't even gone down. So I didn't get a chance to take a picture. I made sirloin vegetable soup and cornbread. Something easy to have on a busy Halloween night.
Frank waiting for the kids
Frank had so much fun teasing the kids. He would ask them what they had in their bags and then reach in and act like he was going to take a treat. It was so funny watching the kids expressions. We laughed our heads off. Merritt came later and had a bowl or two of soup and then helped hand out candy. Bret helped with the handing out of candy too.
The kids came in bunches and it never stopped until 8:30 PM and we closed the house up and turned out the lights and still had a few knocks. We were all so tired and so I just called out that we were out of candy. I only had a few hand fulls left out of three huge bags. The kids couldn't figure out if Frank had a mask on or not.
Some of my Halloween decorations
I had a scary bat hanging on the side wall of our house. Last year I had it over the dining room window and it scared some of the little ones. So I put it further away and the kids were too busy looking at Frank and didn't even notice the ugly bat. Thanks Bret, Laura, and Merritt for all the help.