On January 27, 2011 Eric Merkley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. An aggressive cancer that we hope and the doctors to this point seem confident that is contained to one spot on his leg. Prognosis is good. Treatments and recovery will be long and painful.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Macklyn's Blessing

Today was a great day!  We were able to be here for the blessing of Macklyn.  Isn't she so cute?... Oh Eric is not bad either.  :)
When Daryl and McKell found out that they were having a girl, we were in the hospital with another treatment and I got the bug to make her blessing dress.  I mentioned it to Kathy, our RN, and she told me that she loved to knit.  I was shocked because she did not seem like the type of person who knitted... I mean she was on a roller derby team.  So I did make a blessing dress with all the extra time I had on my hands while I sat around at the hospital.  Well due to a couple of delays in picking the date, McKell was worried that the dress would no longer fit MackLyn, so I took a deep breath and made another one after Christmas.  It turned out cute and I even added some Bling on it. 
I am going to save the original dress for Eric, when he has a little girl.  I figured it would mean more to him, since he complained every second I was working on it.  :)  All kidding aside, it was a great day and it just reminds me that life is so so so precious.  All these special events in our lives with families just makes every little bump in the road worth it!


  1. The dress is gorgeous and I love the hair on both of them! I agree, baby blessings have been hitting me with an unexpected force these days. Life is so precious.

  2. Oh man she was so tiny! Can't believe how long ago this was