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.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Biggest, meanest looking, most crazy eyed....

I was out in an apartment complex on my way to an appointment that we had set up, walking along the way, I hear a loud bark, I turned around and I saw the biggest, meanest looking, most crazy eyed, blood thirsty, vicious Chihuahua! And it was coming straight at me. I didn’t think much of it and kept walking when the crazy little thing bit me right on the right leg (I felt it, real leg) that sucker hurt and I got pretty angry at the little rat. I moved toward the rat to punt it over the fence when it ran away and I could not get to it. I thought to myself “gees why did the stupid dog have to bite me and above all why did it have to choose the leg that I would feel!"  

 In a letter from Eric, he told another story that still makes me laugh, here you go:

 I was teaching Relief Society about repentance and the tones in the Mienh language finally got me…So the first step to repentance is to feel a “Godly sorrow”, right?  The word for deep sorrow is “nZauh” which has a mid falling tone.  What did I end up saying, you ask?  Well… instead of saying “First in order to repent we need to feel a deep sorrow”.  I actually said…. “First in order to repent we need to feel our feet.”  Half of the Mienh ladies were deeply confused and the other half were all laughing.  They told me what I said and I quickly corrected it.  That was the first time on my mission that a tone got me… (Probably the first time they laughed about it and told him what he really said).   

When Eric was telling me that he only had 9 more transfers to go, … well I had to figure out when he would be coming home.  I mentioned in my email what date I figured out and he told me to “Stop it right now!”  I know he loves his mission and does not want time to speed up, but I am sure looking forward to the special day in July!!  J

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