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.
My posts aren't in the right order, but I wanted to post the Thanksgiving weekend photos. My brother Allen and his wife Joyce drove down from Salt Lake City to spend Thanksgiving with us. I was so happy that Joyce felt like traveling this year. My cousins Lorri and Josh drove from St. George to be with us too. Bret, Laura and Sierra came and also my daughter Sherry. After dinner Allen, Sherry, Lorri, and Bret gathered in my little living room. Allen played the piano and the rest sang. They had to hunt for songs that they knew in an old 80's song book. My neighbors across the street could hear the music, and I am sure they were wondering what kind of party was going on at the old folks home. The pictures are a little fuzzy, but worth a thousand words. They had so much fun, and it was fun to watch them. I should have taken more pictures. Frank and Josh were in the family room, and every now and then Josh would join in with them singing from a distance. He had knee surgery a few days before, and was such a good sport to make the trip from St. George with his Mom. It was so much fun to have them with us. My special cousins from St. George.
The piano is over 100 years old and was bought for me. My Dad told me I had to learn the clarinet, before he would get me a piano.I hated that old silver thing, and felt like I had to blow my brains out to play it. I wanted a nice Licorice (black) one. I was a Jr. in high school when the piano was finally purchased. So instead of me learning on it, Allen learned to play. He taught himself. He plays by ear, and can read music too. He also composes music. He is so talented and I am jealous as I have always wanted to play the piano. The only time the old piano gets played is when Allen comes to visit. I started to take lessons as an adult after a surgery I had. I was told it was really good for the nerves. I had been busy with kids, church responsibilities, etc. So I had taken some time off to heal. I was just really learning to play a few songs, and enjoying practicing everyday. I took lessons from the same teacher my girls took from. She told me that it was too bad that I hadn't taken lessons when I was younger as I would have done well. Then I had to go back to my busy schedule and couldn't keep up with the lessons, or maybe just didn't make time for me. Now I can't remember anything and old Arther lets me know that my hands won't cooperate.
Another cute one of the family
We were tired of turkey and went to Mesquite to Los Lupies for Mexican food the night before Allen and Joyce left. We had fun eating, and visiting.
My sweet granddaughter Sierra, Bret and Laura. We are waiting for our dinner. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year. It is all about having family around, and I am looking forward to getting together on Christmas Eve for another fun family evening.