Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Twenty Years and Counting

Today, Dustin and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. WOW! 20 years! Would you like to know what that looked like for us?

Well, we started the morning off with an argument that left us not wanting to speak to one another when we left for work. And I might have left a sassy text for him on his phone. I checked my phone regularly at work to see if there happened to be a make up text, but nope.

I came home, threw in some laundry, and was able to email my son who is in the MTC right now. I haven't been feeling well because the crazy weather can't make up it's mind if it's early summer , or late fall. For some reason, my body reacts to what the seasons do. It's quite annoying. So, I took a little nap.

I got a phone call around 4:30. It was Dustin wanting to talk to one of our kids, someone other than me. It surprised me a little because I did happen to see his sweet tribute to me on Facebook. He hung up abruptly and that was the end of that. I hurried and finished picking up the house. Just as I was getting done, I heard the garage door open. It was Dustin. I thought I'd give him one more chance to talk to me. He pulled out a large bouquet of flowers and a sweet coupon book filled with vouchers for massages, a free argument, a 2 hr nap, and 1 hour of his full attention- anyone who knows him knows this is one of his struggles. He also had a beautiful necklace to give to me. Emeralds are my favorite! I pulled out my pumpkin roll for him. His real gift was to be able to leave and go hunting with a friend the week prior. Gifts had been exchanged, hugs and kisses too. Argument done!

We decided to go to dinner. I had a Cafe Rio gift card, so I decided that's where we'd go. He put on his hoodie. I was in my yoga pants and flip flops. As we talked over our burrito and salad, he said, "Sorry it wasn't more fancy. I know you deserve a 5 star restaurant." I chuckled because I was just thinking how nice it was to be relaxed  and just enjoy each other and where we are at right now. I don't need fancy, I just need love!

A few months ago I found this in my bathroom:



You guys, do you know how many arguments about the right way of toilet paper I have had? I never knew toilet paper even had a "right way." I grew up in a home with 11 children. You were just happy to have it close by! So, when I saw this, I laughed!! I did not put the toilet paper on. My husband did. I didn't hear one word from him. Over the years he has come to realize there are bigger things than toilet paper. But, want to know what I did after I took the picture? I turned the roll around. Why? Because I know he likes it that way. And that's how it works. You do what makes the other happy because you love them. Seeing them happy makes you happy! Are we always perfect at it? Nope. The important thing is we say sorry, forgive, and move on. That's what 20 years looks like. I'm excited to see what 20 more will look like!


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Ryan- MTC Drop Off

Nobody went to school today! It was time to take Ryan to the mission home! He had to check-in at 12:45. We stopped at Grandpa Russ and Grandma Lori's, so they could say goodbye. Ryan wanted pizza for his "last lunch". We got his favorite: Dominoes.






We also took one last family snapshot for the next two years!




We made the hour drive to Provo. We parked the car to walk him to the from of the MTC, but they don't allow that. They told us we had to get back in our car and drive him in. We drove up to the curb, jumped out, hugged, and they whisked him away! The missionaries were trying to give us words of encouragement and promising he'll be ok. I didn't cry because I knew he'd be ok. He was fine and happy Nd not crying himself. "Two years," I thought. I'm excited to see what's in store.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ryan's Mission Farewell

Ryan's mission farewell was Sunday, October 23, 2016. A farewell is when the called missionary gives a talk to the congregation before he leaves. Family and friends come to hear him speak. Ryan talked about the scripture, D&C 135:3:

"Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world..." 

I thought that was a huge topic for an 18 year-old boy! I was a little nervous, but Ryan did an awesome job! I knew he was ready for his mission after hearing him speak.

We had many family and friends come to hear him speak and to say goodbye. It was heart warming to see so many people we love in the same building! I admit I got teary eyed! I was glad Ryan knew he was loved before he set off into the world. He knows there are people who are cheering him on!!
































Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ryan's Mission Pictures

Ryan does not like taking pictures, but I did manage to talk him into letting me take a few. The only way he would was if I promised to only take 5 pictures. That's all I got. The little turkey!!










(this was him actually walking away because I had my five)






Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ryan- Oquirrh Mountain Temple

Ryan entered the House of the Lord (Oquirrh Mountain) on Saturday, September 17, 2016. When we are baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you make promises at baptism. we are a covenant making people. This means we make promises to our God, to live as He would have us live and do our best to keep those promises. The temple is another place where we make covenants. I am so proud of Ryan! It is quite a different perspective to witness your son promising to be his best self possible. Just like his baptism day, I will always remember this day!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ryan Ordained an Elder

Today was a great day in our household. Ryan was ordained an Elder and given the Melchizedek Priesthood. He was ordained by his father, Dustin Wesley Merritt. Male members receives the Melchizedek Priesthood before they leave on their mission, or enter the temple. He has been preparing for this for a while. He's growing up!


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ryan's Mission Call

Ryan started filling out his mission pares mid-May. I was having a really hard time believing this time in our lives had really arrived. "Am I really this old?" is all I could keep asking myself. But, there I was watching my husband and son fill them out...






Almost three months later he received his mission call in the mail...



It came on a Friday, but Ryan was gone all day, so we had to wait until Saturday. We invited family to hear him read the news! The excitement was too much for Grandpa!




Ryan has been called to the North Carolina, Raleigh Mission. He will report to the Provo MTC (Missionary Training Center) on November 2, 2016. 



We are so proud of him and the choices he his making. I know a mission will help him in so many ways! I'm super nervous. It will be interesting to see how it impacts our family. I know Ryan and Aaron have been best friends forever! I think it will be a hard adjustment for Aaron. But, we know he will bless the lives of those he serves and teaches.