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.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Mom payday

The letter I received from Eric yesterday, made my day. I remember getting letters from Daryl when he was on his mission and thinking this is the greatest gift a mom could receive, because of the things he said. Well yesterday was another great "Mom Payday"

Eric just learned about his friend Morgan Meservy who after serving his mission in Canada and telling Eric at his Farewell that his mission was the best thing he ever did, just passed away from an accident. It had really shaken Eric up, because he really looked up to Morgan. But Eric went on to say that Morgan is now serving a new mission and loving it too.

He shared a very spiritual experience that became a great understanding and motivation for him to stay the course in the MTC. These experiences are moments that bring a mom so much comfort and helps with the ache of missing her son.

Tuesday night, Todd and I previewed the Odd life and Timothy Green. This was a great family film that not only makes you laugh, but makes you evaluate your job as a parent. There was a scene at the end that just brought tears to my eyes, because it has been my biggest fear.  I highly recommend this movie.  With this scene running through my head, it had me very emotional.  Then Wednesday I learned about the struggles that Jake is facing with his battle with osteosarcoma. I was heartbroken, humbled, faithful, a huge gamut of emotions for Jakes family and also for the struggles and triumphs that these kids who have had to face cancer. It reminded me that I do not understand the "Big Picture" nor will I in this life. I have truly appreciated the time that I have had with Eric, Tonya and Daryl. Our kids are a gift from our Heavenly Father to be cherished. As our family has learned and also Morgan's family has learned that life is so fragile.

Please keep Jake and his family in your prayers at this time.  Also Morgan’s family as they are grieving the loss of their son.

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