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.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Happy Birthday Eric

Eric is now half way through his mission.  This is what he had to say about that.

The end of the transfer also meant the end of my 9th transfer as a missionary and that means that I have hit my hump mark :( I do not like the sound of that at all, because it just feels like the time is just going faster and faster each and every week. It has also gave me a lot of reflection on how the first half of the mission, I have seen a lot of success but I can also take it to the next level. My companion says I have a hard time with that. He said at times I expect too much out of myself, but I feel that there is a lot more that I can do. Good thing I still have this time to work :)


I asked Eric, through my weekly email, if he had a birthday "veggie tray" and apparently his Lao mom took really good care of him and made him a sugar free cake with lots of fruit.  He said it was very delicious. 
This is the report about the 4th of July:

So this past week was really a lot of fun, it was a bit cooler this week which was really nice and much needed I cannot take many 112 degree days in a row, that's just silly. On the 4th of July they had everyone go to our stake center for a couple of activities, which was so much fun. We played scatter ball for 3 hours, just in case you do not know, scatter ball is everyone against everyone dodge ball and the only way that you win is if you get everyone out, and once you get hit, everyone that you just got out is back in. You can imagine that this makes the game very long and very tiring. I am not going to lie, me and the ole nubby did pretty good for ourselves.  There was one time that I almost got everyone out but one of the elders in my district snuck up behind that one legged guy and got me out, needless to say he will receive a bad transfer report :)haha jk maybe ;)
Can I just say that I can not believe that my baby is 20 years old!!  This is just unthinkable.  Where has the time gone?  I still love watching the people my kids are turning into. It is better than any movie now playing at the theaters.  :)