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.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Merry Christmas

We would like to wish your families a very Merry Christmas! We hope that you were able to enjoy time with your family. I was going to say a relaxing time with your family, but I know that is close to impossible. 

We had a great time talking to Eric through Skype on Christmas.  He looks so good and sounds so good.  Here are a few of the pictures of our time with him.
As we were opening presents Tuesday morning, Macklynn went over to Eric's picture and climbed up on a chair and just looked at him.  She would point at his picture then just stare.  It was so cute.  I think she recognizes that he is not here.

As you can see we are all excited to see his face!

He came in close so that we could see his whiskers.  ....  Sorry not seeing them.  I thought if I came closer to the I Pad I could see them.... Still not seeing them. :)

This is all of us, well McKell is taking the picture, all hovered around the little screen to see and talk to Eric.

Eric has his companion back, so they are now working in a tri companionship.  They have also been asked to cover the English speaking part of his district, until a new set of English missionaries are brought in.  They had the opportunity to go to the temple with some Lao members to do some temple work and they were able to do the ordinations in Laotian.  He was beaming as he spoke of this experience. 
We asked him how he pronounces his "adult" Lao name and it is pronounce Some-bot. 
All in all he is doing well.  Daryl recorded a message from him and I will try to get a copy of it and download on the blog. 

Thank you for all your love and support for Eric, he has loved the cards and letters from everyone.  and we hope that you enjoy the rest of your Christmas Holiday.

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