Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
We came back to Texas and had our reception a couple of weeks later. On our honeymoon were were going to go to the Grand Canyon but the road we needed to take was flooded. So we went to Carlsbad cavern instead..it was really neat, we drove through Mesa and saw the Mesa Temple. We had a great time. Just being together and learning about one another. You have to remember we did not know one another very long before we got married. You know dated 2 weeks got engaged, engaged 2 months to the day and got married. Here we are 30 years later. Amazing
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Their are so many things that I am thankful for:
Rick (who puts up with me)
It has been a great thanksgiving season for our family.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Last Sunday we had a fireside at our stake center by Jenny Phillips. She did a great job. One thing that she said has stuck with me since then. She told the story about herself as a teenager. She wanted to watch the show that everyone was watching. Her mom told her no but one night her mom wasn't home sooo she turned it on. Her mom came home and she figured her mom would make her turn it off she didn't, her mom sat down beside her and the talked about it and her mom asked her Which side of the line she was on The Lord's side or the adversary, when Jenny tired to tell her mom its not a big deal..its just a show her mom asked again which side of the line are you on...the Lord's or the adversary. I have thought about this all week. I thought about a young women that I know who is struggling with school... something that happened when others decided to do wrong ans she didn't, but she is suffering from the effects of it. SHE chose to stand on the Lord's side..she is strong young women but it still hurts. I see others who will stand on the Lord's side it they want something different or more fun or don't want to be lonely, then its not worth it any longer. They chose the adversary. Its hard to watch. As I see the challenges that many young women face I wonder what gives some the moral courage to remain steadfast and immovable and some will stand strong for a while and then will give in. When it is hard for me to watch and ache for them, I often think of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, how they feel when they see them struggle and fall. How their hearts ache and how they must want them to choose the right. To return to them, to have the desire.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
She is so cute to watch. Giving Haylee a birthday present..leaves
Dino ride.. she only wanted to ride with Grandma until....Papa came
It has been a good week. Haylee turned 3 on Tuesday. What fun it is to spend the week at Disney World. When I bid for vacation in 2007 for 2008 I bid for this week off so that we would be able to do this. Rick of course can take it off, so we are out in Florida having a good time. Its fun to see it through Haylee's eyes. Everything is so exciting. She is soaking everything in. She wants to see the characters but not with out someone near her. Mommy holds her and then she is good. It takes awhile then she warms up. Her facial expressions are great.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Marcia will enjoy this one, we were driving the other day with someone in our car (probably Brittany) but we were talking about missionaries and how Meridith wrote Brett and Richie on their missions. Somehow we talked about when Richie wrote Meridith a letter and sent it by way of Marcia. Marcia gave it to Meridith but there was noooo way Meridith was going to let Marcia read it. She never did. Oddly enough I have never gone through her letters since she died. I did look through her journals, I wish there was more. I did find a journal that she had to write for a class, it was about her feelings about service and the gospel. I did write her teacher and thank her for having them do that.
I love each of my kids. I want the best for each of them. I want to have an eternal family, to be reunited with Meridith. No Rachel this is not about you. Its my thoughts and I don't want anyone thinking that I'm not doing well. Yes I miss her. I don't think that will ever go away. I do remember her, good and bad, kind and well not so kind. I do remember her smile, her laugh, her knowledge of who she is. Today at work someone asked me about her and school(Boswell) how did I handle things.
Lessons at church have been very meaningful for me. Probably because I'm struggling with my own issues. I have always said how it is. I guess because I was grateful that my advisers or friends told me how it should be. Well for my own children they don't care for it, I know that I can be hard, only because I love them. Rachel use to say that I could say things to kids because they knew that I love them. But when it comes to my own kids they know that I love them...but they don't like it. I can be very critical of my own kids(their choices) because I only want whats best for them...and its our eternal family at jeopardy. Prayer has become hard for me lately because of frustrations. Its not that I don't realize that I should pray, but sometimes I feel like Satan waits and then makes sure that what I pray about is harder for me that it was before. I know its stupid. I look around an know that everyone has some sort of heartache. No one is exempt.
My sweet sister in law asked me if I have ever doubted the church.. I told her no. When I joined the church, my testimony was firm, and has always been firm. That doesn't mean that I don't struggle. I do. But not on the church or the right things to do. I remember a saying that Rachel made in young women's (actually I think it was Shaunna) You can't do wrong and feel right. How true that statement is. No matter what its about. You can't be mean and feel right, or angry or hateful the list can go on and on. I have always known that Satan will work hard on me. Why?? I don't know. I sure wish he did not. I'm not angry at Heavenly Father for having Meridith leave this world so soon. I don't like it but I'm not angry at him. I always knew it. I wish she could have stayed a little longer. But I know she is still near by. There are glimpses I see of her or thoughts about her. Some that include her siblings, who knows if those are for this life or the next.
I do have a testimony and I do know that Meridith came and fulfilled a purpose. She chose this family and she chose to let Brett come first and then let him be the one to tell her goodbye. We may not understand why it had to happen then but I know that it was her time.(I don't like it) but it was. She is watching us and I know that she understands the big picture and we can't always see it. But we keep trying.
Okay enough said. I'm okay I promise
Monday, November 3, 2008
Read my scriptures
Praying morning & night .................qualities I need to
doing well in school .....................improve on
not judging people
being kind to everyone
going out & meeting new people
then on the back side
"Right marriage begins
with Right dating"
active in the church
went on his mission
worthy priesthood holder
reads scriptures .................................qualities I want in
prays everyday ....................................my husband
great sense of humor
I know that she will have all those thngs one day.
I need to improve on these things as well.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
One time while in Nebraska visiting my grandfather, who was wonderful, I realized "Oh, now I see where the stubbornness comes from" My grandfather my mother and now me and guess what Rachel...you too. As we talked about family traits and what my great grandmother was like(I never met her) she was really stubborn. But come on she had 13 kids, she had to hold her ground. Her first 2 were twin boys with my grandfather being the oldest.(and what jokers they were)
My mom has dealt with alot in her life. My grandmother(her mom) died in my mothers arms when my mom was 18 and I was 2 months old. My mom had a 2 year old and a new baby and now dealing with the death of her mother. What alot to deal with. Plus my Aunt Karen her younger sister was only 15 when her mother died. It could not have been easy.
Her best a love in her life came much later. His name was Big Jim because he was sooo tall. His name was actually James but everyone knew him as Big Jim. What great guy he was. He had the best outlook on life. He taught me alot. Even when he was dying of cancer he had the best outlook. He loved my mother and all of us. When he died I know that it broke my mothers heart. She lost her best friend and love of her life.
A few years later her baby sister died. That is what my always called her. When my Aunt Karen died it has been hard. My mom and Aunt were very close. Karen moved to Texas to live near my mother (after her husband died of cancer). Karen did not like the heat but she loved her sister.
My sister had been sick for a long time now. Really bad for almost 2 years. My mother has always been there for her. I sometimes think to the detriment of her own health. She keeps going, now she has my niece and her 3 kids that live with her. Her life is never dull.
I love my mom and all that she has taught me. Rick says she is the greatest mother in law ever. He says that she has taught him alot. I am very grateful to have been blessed my having her as my mother. Thanks Mom for teaching me many great lessons in life through your example and willingness to share and be there for others. You are a wonderful mom, and I love you.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Life has been so busy lately.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Nasley and Merina
Meridith always had such good friends. These pictures are on her computer, plus lots more. They come up as her screen saver. Its bitter sweet, I am grateful she took so many pictures, and she included herself in so many. Many of the she took herself. Her graduation present of a digital camera was the perfect one for her. She used it all the time. It is good to look at them.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Meridith and Merina
Meridith and Haylee. She loved Haylee and was so thrilled to be Aunt Mer Mer.
Deisha, Meridth, Sheree. These girls became such good friends in such a short time. Deisha made college life so fun.
Meridith I love you. This picture captures your beautiful smile.Meridith and Caden Butterfield. Meridith really loved those boys.
Monday, September 1, 2008
I had Brittany stop as she cameback up the stairs to get a cute picture of her tummy. While she was away she started showing more.... she looks sooo cute
Here is Brett and Brittasny after the game. We were glad Brett smiled... Even though he really didn't want to. He played a good game but the lost the the othere school.. Its not Brett thing to lose. He did hold it together though.. Good Job Brett..
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding
Proverbs 3:5. Its not always easy. But its worth it. I can not imagine not having any of my children with me or my grandchildren. I know when Julie(my good friend) married a member but who would not take her to the temple and then her 3 child Elizabeth died for a heart defect. It has bothered her since. She know that she will not have Elizabeth unless she gets her act together. I pray for her often that she will get it figured out.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
(When Rachel was at BYU-I she lived in Nauvoo House they had a picture of a temple in every room and a picture of Christ and Joseph and Emma Smith(I think) in the living room.) Pictures of the Savior can help bring a good spirit into your apt, so I asked Meridith "do you have a picture of Christ and a picture of the temple" She did not. I told her that all her life she had those daily reminders around her and that she needed to have those comforts now. My mother and I flew up there to give her love and support. Rachel would have gone to but she was having a high blood pressure issue that needed to be seem by the Dr. Thanks goodness she didn't go. The Lord again blessed me with a feeling that she did not need to go. It would not be safe. When we went to Idaho, we went and bought a picture of Christ to hang over the TV in the living room and this sweet picture of children in front of the temple.
That brought her much comfort and peace in her apartment. Deisha one of her roommates told Meridith that she has taught her so much this one semester than she had learned the year before.
I realize that these last couple of weeks as I have struggled it is a reminder that I need to ask Heavenly Father for help. To be reminded that I can not do this alone. I realize that my problem these last couple of weeks are CHOICES. CHOICES that I can not control, and not knowing how to handle it. SO my favorite saying is If you don't like something change it, if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.
Today in Sunday school Sister Fowler read my favorite scripture Helaman 5:12
12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
I have to remember that I have built my testimony on a sure foundation. One which has been built over many years. That has carried me through the difficult times in my life. I know that the church is true. there is no doubt in my mind this is not a belief but a knowledge.
That we have a true and living prophet today on the earth. That Heavenly Father loves us enough to make sure we still have a prophet to guide us today. My testimony is never wavered. I know that Satan still works hard on me. I know that he tries to make me lose faith. But because I know that Jesus Christ is real and that He died for our sins and that he willingly gave up his life for us, brings comfort.
I know there are times when Satan works harder on me, I sometimes feel like he waits for me to question why? Why does A choose not to go to church. Why did Brett get so sick? Why does a friends son choose the the wrong friends and do things that can hurt him? Why do we have young women who move out of their homes to live with a boyfriend that won't be there in a year. Why can't they see the future. Why did Meridith have to die? When she was so full of life and had so much to offer. Good thing we have faith so that as these trials come for all of us(and they will come) we can know that Heavenly father is there for us. I do know this I am grateful for the reminders that I have been given this last week. (sorry for the ramblings I just needed to get it out)
Thursday, August 21, 2008
We went a toured one, but the drive is 2 1/2 hours, which with the price of gas (and who knows next year) could be a lot. That camp ground has a lot to offer. Horse backing riding, at least one ride per girl, a swimming pool and a lake with a huge 3 person slide. They have deer that just wander the camp grounds(which is really neat) One thing we are finding out is: there are a lot of camp grounds in Texas but so many of them have their own camps...I can't imagine as a parent send my children off for 5 weeks during the summer for camp. That brings us back to finding a place. Victoria and I are going to see another one on Monday. I think its only about 1 or 1 1/2 hours away which is better than 2 1/2 hours. They do have horse back riding and other activities. We shall see. Its a tough decision. We want everyone to come and enjoy the time.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.
This could get interesting :)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I remember when Brett was born. He was 8lbs 12oz. He was so cute. Happy Birthday Brett. I wish I could give him a big hug. He is in Virginia working out and pratice is killing him. Its harder on him that he thought he misses Brittany. I know he wishes he could be here with Brittany. I love you Brett.
Today Brittany's sweet Grandmother died. I know she will be missed. I only meet her once and she and her husband were the kindest people. The night before Brett and Brittany were married we had a family dinner, and finish the last details here. Brittany's grandmother is in a wheelchair but that did not stop her. She helped with the m&m's and the broccoli and cauliflower. What and amazing woman. I know that she loved Brittany and I know that Brittany loves her. Brittany was the first grandchild that got married and married in the temple. What a blessing to Brittany's grandmother to know Brittany is remaining faithful and strong in the gospel. I love you Brittany.
Monday, August 11, 2008
* B - Best Friend: Julie Marcia
* C - Cake of Pie: Pie
* D - Day: Saturday
* E - Essential Items: Cell Phone, Tooth Brush Shower
* F - Favorite Color: Blue
* G - Gummy Bears or Worms: Bears
* H - Hometown: Fort Worth TX
* I - Indulgences:
* J - January or July: January its cold outside
* K - Kids: Rachel, Aaron, Brett Meridith
* L - Life is incomplete without: Family
* M - Marriage Date: December 15, 1978
* N - Number of Siblings: 1 sister
* O - Oranges or Apples: apples that are crunchy Granny Smith
* P - Phobia or Fears:
* Q - Quote:
* R - Reason to Smile: Haylee
* S - Season: I love the fall.
* T - Tag three:
* U - Unknown fact about me:
* V - Vegetarian or Not: Not
* W - Worst habit: Nagging my kids
* X - X-rays or Ultrasounds: Ultrasounds
* Y - Your favorite food: Pizza
* Z - Zodiac sign: Gemini
Sunday, July 27, 2008
You Are Pocahantas!
Free-spirited and wise. You have a strong passionate spirit that touches and changes all who know you. The wisdom and common sense that you have is really what guides you through life. Even so, you also have a very playful side that loves adventure and excitement.
Which Disney Princess Are You?
Who woul dhave thought it...not me
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Here is a little of our schedule. Tuesday we meet our YCL's youth camp leaders, and drove them down to the camp to get set up for all the girls that would be coming on Wednesday morning. We got down there unloaded all our stuff, let me tell you we had stuff. All the stake camp leaders went down with us and the all the ycl's. We brought a sack lunch and had the girls put their stuff in one of the cabins so that they all slept in the same cabin instead of all over the camp. We had them make banners welcoming all the wards. The ycls for our ward were Megan, Mariah, Kisa and Rebecca, they were great. The made this amazing banner, they made all the letters animal prints designs. SUPER CUTE. I'd put a picture on the blog but I can't seem to get the picture off the camera. Bummer.. They also got to sleep in our cabin with all the leaders...there was not enough room in the cabin with the girls, they had fun with us. They taught us this crazy game. Its a question game you can only ask a question, of course not all questions make sense but its fun.. You get out by saying something that is not a question.
Wednesday the girls all got there about 8:30-9:00 am.. They had to get their camp shirts on and then meet us at the pavilion. The camp likes to take a picture of all of us. They did that and we had a short meeting with the camp owners. They went over the rules. The girls went back to change their shirts because we save them for Friday night when the bishops come. Its always looks great.
Victoria gave a talk on how do we know that the Lord loves us, our theme was He Looketh on the Heart. Its really turned out great. Marion and Lori would dress up sometimes. They were a hoot. I'll post more later we are getting ready to get on a flight to Salt Lake, so that we can be in Idaho for the blessing of our great niece Eden Meridith Kreger. We are excited to see her. It will be better in person than just in the super cute pictures we get to see. Can't wait to see ya'll. please forgive any mistakes, running on little sleep and a hurt leg..will explain later
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Brett missed 2 weeks of summer school but his teachers were great, he got caught up and is taking his last final today. He will take another summer semester and then head off to SVU in Virginia and finish his last semester..YEAH!!! I know Brittany will be glad. Not that he is going to SVU but that he will be done. So will we.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
How long have you been together? 29 1/2 years it will be 30 yrs on December 15.
How long did you date? 2 weeks and then we got engaged and were engaged for 2 months. I know it was super fast. My parents thought so to, but hey when its right its right..
How old is he?he just had a birthday...so he is 54
Who eats more?That would be Rick unless its bread or strawberry rhubarb pie, then is me.
Who said I love you first? Rick, I think
Who is taller?Rick by about 2 inches
Who sings better?Me
Who is smarter?That would be Rick. He is quite talented in many areas.
Who does he laundry?That would be me. The kids will tell you I can get anything out of clothes.. and now its summer again so I do lots of towels
Who pays the bills?Rick does..at different times in our marriage we use to pay them together, then I paid them now Rick does.
Who sleeps on the right side?Rick
Who mows the lawn?Rick does and we have a big one to mow. He just hops on the riding mower and away he goes. He does it about 2 times a week. Sat he mowed our neighbors front yard she has been very ill.
Who cooks dinner?That would be me. Its not my favorite. Rachel does sometimes and so does Rick.
Who drives?Rick does, he prefers it that way.
Who is more stubborn?I have to say. its me
Who kissed who first?I think Rick kissed me first.
Who proposed?That would be Rick. One Saturday he meet me for lunch, I worked at the mall, after we walked around for awhile we stopped and sat down and he said that he was going to fast about our relationship. I said OK. In a couple of minutes I told him I would fast as well. He said he would cook dinner for us the next night ans we would break our fast together. I told he that would be fine. But I had a date that night with another guy(he will never let me live that one down) He sat at home watching the Return of Gilligan's Island. He fixed a great dinner. We sat on the could with the Tabernacle choir singing in the background and he asked me...he was so nervous.
Who has more friends?That would be me. Rick is not a real social person.
Who is more sensitive?Me
Who has more sibling?That would be Rick he has 2 brothers and 1 sister. I have just 1 sister. I guess technically I have more my dad remarried and had a little boy and then a set of triplets they are about 15-16 years younger than me and I haven's seen them since 1978 I only saw them for about 3 months.
Who wears the pants?Rick does and I'm very grateful, he is a great husband, father and brother.
I tag Marcia, Britini V. Lana Have fun
Friday, June 20, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
He has always been so supportive. He loves me, and I know that can't always be easy, I can be difficult. He carries the weight of the family and never complains. He works hard and always had. He keeps our yard(and its a big one) always looking great. He is faithful in his callings and honors the priesthood. He is always there for me. His strength over these past 2 years is comforting. I love him.
One day as I was going to work, in my quiet time I realized that I had been thinking about Meridith quite a bit. Then Rachel told me about one of Meridith's friends that had been having dreams about her and wondered what they might mean to her. I was amazed by Rachel, her strength and her understanding of the gospel and how close Meridith really is, as she explained to Meridith's friend about the gospel and what we believe. I then realized that I must be feeling her quiet strength, her feelings about her family,and how she understands things better that I do. I realized that she was there for her brother helping him to get better. A bond that they shared even before they were born. One that they shared just before she died.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Dr Mac wondered if he might have had pseudo cranial tumor. Where the pressure in your spine builds and makes your body think you have a tumor behind your eyes. But his lumbar puncture came back positive for viral meningitis. Pretty scary, not really any treatment just must wait it out..man has it ever been lonnnggg. Sunday he came in tested his spinal pressure and it was at 48 it had been 42 in his office on Thurs. they drained 4 vials of fluid. Made him better at least it relived the pressure. He started having good stretches and that is what the Dr said would happen. Monday he felt somewhat better and then he started feeling really bad again. Dr Mac came in and said that his liver enzymes were up and that was not good. You know the mom in me started to worry. The meds he is getting is the most this Dr has ever prescribed in his 28 years. Then the nurse manager came in and as we talked she said that that was alot on of meds and she made me more worried. So Brett waited awhile before he took his meds. Then he actually made it all the night he went 14 hours before he needed any more(YEAHHH) then Dr Mac came in and drained more fluid off his back today. And his pressure was down to 29 yipppeee. He said he started to read more about this and he said that there was one case of a girl who had this and she had to have the pressure released from her back once a week for 5 MONTHS.....he said he did not feel that would happen to Brett. So thankful. It looks like we are getting better so excited about that.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
For a Christmas present in 1988 Rick's brother Gary gave us a wonderful present. He gave our family a trip to Sea World. The kids were all young and we would not have been able to afford such a wonderful trip. You may wonder why I would remember this now? I have always remembered the trip. How much fun we had with the kids. How much they loved it. There are so many memories from that weekend. Thanks Gary, you have always done so much for us.
We went back this past weekend. Rachel, Haylee, Brett and Brittany and Rick and I. Aaron had to work, we were disappointed that he could not join us. The memories came back into my mind on many occasions. When we went to the dolphins and watched them swim. We feed the sea lions, watched Shamu. Then we went to the Mexican Market and walked around, took pictures, even got 1 of Haylee with a hat on. Here a a few pictures of 1989 in the spring. Rachel and Brittany will probably post the other pictures.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Lon and Stephanie Kreger had their baby girl on Saturday May 24. What a blessing for them. Her name is Eden Meridith Kreger. How thrilled Meridith would be. How kind and thoughtful for Lon and Stephanie to name her after Meridith. And they even spelled it right(you know how Meridith was about her name). How she would beat Lon if he didn't. (Love ya Lon.) Stephanie looks for beautiful holding her. Thanks to Stephanie's sister we got to see other pictures. What a great family. How lucky Eden is to be born into this great family.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Meridith was alive when the ambulance got there. Brett held her hand and sung to her while the rushed her to the hospital. I know that other things happened during that ride, things that Brett can not and will not talk about. Meridith died just before they reached the hospital. I know that the next phone call that he made to tell Rick Meridith died had to be the hardest call ever. I called Rick to find out if they had heard form Brett, they told me that they had not but I probably should come home and pack to get ready since the flight was not until about 6pm. I asked Rachel if everything was ok, she said yes, and I made her promise. That was hard for her because she already knew and had to lie to me so that I could make it home ok.
I drove home and called Nora, as we talked I told Nora that I didn't think that I would see Meridith alive again. She said that she would be ok. I said I don't think so. The traffic was the normal traffic there on 820 (for those of you who drive it) Friday afternoon I don't remember 2-3:30 I think. I took me a while to get home. Everyone was worried. I got home and Rick came out to the garage, I knew that Meridith was gone. He never said the words, But I knew. Rachel had called the Bishop's wife. Alison gave Rachel his cell phone number right away, poor Rachel she just lost her sister and had a new baby, but since she is my daughter she started to get things arranged.
Rick called the embassy in Mexico, because Brett had been informed that he was going to be arrested unless he told the police Meridith as driving. The embassy told Rick to tell Brett that he should no longer speak Spanish. Which we thought was odd since Brett speaks it quite well. But if you speak the language then the embassy cannot be there for you through the legal process. Brett had to tell the ambulance drivers that he was instructed to not speak Spanish. The police officer came and took Brett and Luke with him to wait for the Consulate agent to get there. Little did he know he had already been arrested.
Bishop Shuldberg came over and so did our wonderful home teacher Brother Arhets, Rick and I both were given blessings before we left for the airport. Rick's brothers were here and so was my mother. Rick's brother Gary lives in Colorado, he left that evening to drive back home to pick his family up just to back here for Meridith's funeral. Darrell was here what a help he was, he held Haylee was everything was going on which helped Rachel alot.
When we went to the airport, I knew that I couldn't wait in the line and I knew many of the agents working in the terminal, I went to the agent and told them that I needed them to check me in and that our daughter had died and we were leaving to get there. When we got to the gate the supervisor that I had spoken to earlier and the manager on duty who I did not know were there to tell me goodbye and let me know that they cared. When we arrived in Cancun they had a supervisor meet us and get us through customs and immigrations quickly and put us in a taxi to the hotel. Sometime between the airport and hotel I lost my passport. The embassy told us not to go that night to the city in which Brett and Meridith and Luke were because of the fires. So we went to the hotel and the manager had already been notified and he meet us and took us to the room, did some of Brett's laundry for me since we did not know how long we would be there. In the mean time Brett is calling Rachel and they are arresting him and the car rental company is wanting to be paid for the car and we can not be reached. Finally we decide to go to where Brett is and the hotel manager takes us to the bus and taxi station. There is not a bus that takes us directly there so he speaks to the taxis to find on that can take us there. We start driving and it is about 2 hours away. The air is so smoked filled that we could hardly breathe. I finally covered my face with my shirt and went to sleep. In this small town there are 3 different types of police stations. Federal, state and local. We of course don't speak spanish and they don't speak english. We finally got to the right one and after signing the papers, who knows what we agreed to, gave them our thumb prints and the money to have Brett released we were back on our way. The car just barley fit the 4 of us(plus the driver). We stopped back by were the accident happened. I know that this was hard for Brett, we found Luke's notebook and one of Meridith's shoes. We then went straight to the airport and had them put Luke on his flight back to Texas. While here Rachel and Aaron are trying to hold things together. Being out of range with cell phones, having a 6 month old baby and losing a sister Rachel and Aaron held it together quite well. People from the ward came over and as they told them what happened I think it made it easier to tell what happened over and over. One of the hardest ones for Rachel and Aaron to tell was Merina, Meridith's best friend. Rachel took her keys away from her when she first got here, she had thought maybe Meridith came back earlier. They had both been away at school and had not seen one another yet. It was very difficult for Merina.
As everything was happening fast in Mexico and Brett had to talk to everyone to make the arrangements to have Meridith brought back home. He held it together very well. I know that this experience has forever changed him. There are many times that I know he suffers silently and won't tell us. I know that if he could change it he would. I also know that only he could have brought Meridith back. Its a relationship that Brett and Meridith have had before either of them came to earth. Even though while they were in high school together he drove her crazy being the older brother and her the beautiful little sister. We are so blessed to have many people who cared for our family. I know that in Meridith's 19 years she added alot to our family and touched many lives. I know that I feel honored to have been Meridith's mom. She was a unique person. Her smile could light up a room. We all miss her. I'm grateful she took many pictures. She loved her camera. I can look back over her years of picture taking and see all her friends, and how much fun they had. How they loved cars, hanging out, swimming, choir,movies. What a joy they are.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
On Wednesday morning we meet Lana and Grace and Natalie for a rain ride... We were late catching the train on the first loop but got on it on the return. Haylee Loved it... She had so much fun with Grace. It was wonderful to just sit and talk with Lana and Natalie and Rachel and watch Haylee and Grace. What a great day.
Rick is out of town, we miss him. Haylee wanted to know this morning where Papa was, SO we called him she told him all about her train Ride and that she would go to school today. Our life is busy but kinda boring to others.. I hope that everyone has a great day. Love to all. For all the Petty clan get ready for our Family reunion in Aug. Can't wait to see everyone, we will have 2 new babies. How exciting.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
I was 37. We had 4 kids, Ages 17,15,13,11, and in 3 different schools with 3 different start times. Life was fun, we always had something to do. With either dance soccer or football , basketball. We were busy. Rick and I had been married for 20 years.
Things on my to do list today.
Pick up the twins at 2:00
Go to work
Find fabric for a quit
Make my bed
What I would do if I became a millionaire
Buy my mom a house
Pay our house off
set money aside for our grandchild(children)
Take a trip with our whole family
Have a great family reunion
leaving at the last minute to go places
Not having a dinner menu
watching Lifetime(it drives Rick nuts)
not finishing projects
Jobs I have had
Snow cone stand
Dillards shoe dept
Salt Lake Temple
Driving a school bus
Places I have Lived
Council Bluffs, Ia
Fort Worth, Tx
Salt Lake city, Ut
Things I like to do.
I like to shop. scrapbook, sew.
I love spending time with my family.
Watching movies, Riding Horses
I tag Joy is my goal, Playful Professional,Shana6pack,Toomany to count