Monday, March 26, 2012

My dear sweetheart, I love you.
I always have, and I always will.
My love is eternal;
Our love will be everlasting.
I miss you.
You are strikingly beautiful.
There is profound beauty in your soul.
I knew the first day I met you.
Your beauty, your grace and your virtue have filled my life with joy…
You have blessed my life forever!
Our family – children, grandchildren and future posterity –
Continue as a testament to your goodness and love.
I thank God we are bound together in love
Through eternal covenants sealed by Priesthood authority
I find peace in this truth.
Christ is the Center of our Home.
He Stands at the Apex of our Relationship.
We love the Father; and we love His plan.
We revere and hearken to His prophets;
We strive to hold fast to the iron rod.
As one of God’s valiant daughters,
You are of infinite worth, infinite potential, and infinite capacity.
As a son of God, I was given to you to bless, protect and provide.
You leave mortality with a legacy of faith, courage and strength
It will never fade.
I will live to honor your name.
You are an elect lady
From your divine nature flow
And Love
Thank you for your smile, your laugh, and that look you gave me from time to time,
(You know the one I mean)
Thank you for your affection.
Thank you for our family.
Thank you for your music that always makes my heart sing.
Thank you for your Christlike acts of service,
You love and are beloved of family and community
I will live the balance of my mortal journey
that I may always hold your affection.
I can never forget you.
I hold your memory close.
May the Lord hold you safe in His arms of everlasting love,
Until we embrace again.
ly cl

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sherie Porter Wright

1954 ~ 2012

After a courageous battle with cancer, Sherie Porter Wright, 57, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of her sweetheart and surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at her home in Peterson, Utah.

Sherie was born on April 22, 1954 in Provo, Utah to L. Aldin and Shirley Porter. The eldest of six children, Sherie attended Ricks College and, after serving faithfully in the Anaheim, California Mission, she married Kelly W. Wright on January 4, 1978 in the Idaho Falls Temple.

The quintessential nurturer, Sherie's greatest joy in life came from teaching and loving her children and grandchildren. She delighted in service to her family, friends and community, especially through her work with the Morgan High School Volleyball Team and on the scholarship board. She loved to read, treasured education and believed that happiness and achievement in this life both require hard work.

Sherie manifested her deep love for our Savior, Jesus Christ, and His gospel as she daily went about doing good. No matter the pain or sacrifice, she remained dedicated to doing the Lord's will, always seeking to bind wounded hearts and lift up heavy hands, even when weighed down with her own temporal cares. She found great joy through family history work and serving in the temple.

She is survived by her eternal companion, Kelly W. Wright; her seven children and their spouses, Sara Anne and Aaron Fausett, Michael and Diedre Wright, Matthew and Michelle Wright, Thomas Wright, Mark and Jacky Wright, Amanda and Ethan Wilford and Elder Timothy Wright; her eleven grandchildren, Caleb, Elisabeth, Isaac, Palmer, Lucy Belle, Katelyn, Mayli, Madilyn, Juliet, Emma and Ian; her parents, L. Aldin and Shirley Porter; and her siblings and their spouses, Lorie and Ed Watts, Julie and Ralph Powell, Leslie and Blair Scoresby, Brent and Melissa Porter and John and Connie Porter.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 12 noon at the Morgan North Stake Chapel, 2755 W Old Hwy Road, Morgan. A visitation will be held Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Walker Mortuary, 45 West 200 North, Morgan and Thursday at the Morgan North Stake Center from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Interment, Peterson Cemetery.

We are grateful for the outpouring of love from the community and the many offers of help and service we've received. In honor of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, we invite those who wish to help to do as Sherie would and find someone who is lonely, downtrodden or in need of cheer and bless their life with acts of Christlike service. Also, in lieu of flowers, those who wish are invited to donate to the Temple Patron Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Charming and Delightful Miss Sherie (texting)

Mom goes in tomorrow for broncscopy to check out her lungs they want to make sure there are no obstructions to the bronchial tubes. If there are, they may try and remove them. I’ll keep you posted thanks for your love, faith, and prayers. You are awesome you mean the world to us :) ly Feb 8 3:24 PM

Mom is hanging in there. Oxy at 93 at 7 liter. Waiting for docs. She’s a tough cookie :) ly Feb 9 7:52 AM

They just told us the broncoscopy for bear will be at 3 PM Feb 9 8:53 AM

They found one tumor that is blocking the left lower bronchial tube. The right lung looks good. A culture taken will tell them the best antibiotic. They will get her better and then remove the tumor. And on with treatments… We are so encouraged! Thank you for your love, faith and prayers! ly :) Feb 9 4:28 PM

Mom passed the night well. Her stats are good, her spirits even better. We are in a wait-and-see holding pattern. I’ll let you know when I know anything more. But we both wish you a marvelous day…. TGIF :) ly Feb 10 8:18 AM

Thank you for sharing your hearts, your time and your love with us tonight. Your faith and prayers are so sustaining. We are grateful for priesthood power! May the lord bless you as we continue the road to recovery. :) ly Feb 10 8:27 PM

Your cute mother is hanging in there. Had a good night, but still pretty sick. ly Feb 11 8:50 AM

Thursday, March 1, 2012

February 23-March 1

On the 23rd I left Murray Hospital and was transported by ambulance to the Promise Hospital located in LDS Hospital in Salt Lake. Promise Hospital is an acute care rehab hospital that is going to help me get stronger, get radiation treatment to my lungs, and finish my antibiotics from the PCP. We were admitted late Thursday to a shared room. On Friday I was able to get my first treatment of radiation. And how evaluation for physical therapy. Feeding tube was still in, but I was working hard at eating so I could get it out. Weekend went by okay. No new improvements. I was fortunate enough to get a treat basket from the Peterson Ward with a lot of cards and goodies. And a beautiful quilt made by a good friend Sandra Jensen. That cheered my spirits and lifted me. On Sunday night I was able to get my PICC line out, and we were also able to hear the Peterson Ward Sacrament meeting and were able to recieve the sacrament here. Monday we had our second treatment of radiation. The wonderful Newton family came and sang to me and brought me some yummy cookies. We met with the pain doctor to try to put a nerve block in to help with the pain that we thought was coming from the tumor in my back, but it turns out it was a pinched nerve. Which was a miracle. The doctor gave a steriod shot and that help to relieve some of the pain. On Tuesday the feeding tube FINALLY came out! Wahoo! They continue to keep me on a low sodium, renal diet. Which is very bland, but it is ten times better than having the feeding tube in. This whole week I have been working with phyiscal, occupational, and respiratory therapy to help get me stronger. I will finish my antibiotics tomorrow for the PCP, and I just finished up my fifth and final day of radiation for the tumor in my lungs. I am currently on 4 liters of oxygen and keep my oxygen saturation above 90 percent. Thanks for the love!


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 13-23

We are going to summarize this all in one. During this time I was still in the Respiratory ICU down at Murray Hospital. On Friday the 10th I had a very rough day. They put a feeding tube in to prevent me from aspirating and they could control the amount of calories I had. On that night all the kids that were around including Thomas, Amy and Ethan, the Fausetts and Wrights, along with our wonderful Bishop, and my mom and dad gathered in the ICU and they gave me a blessing. There is such strength in families and the priesthood. I even got to talk to my missionary Elder Timothy Wright. I told him to keep up the work. Best medicine that could come came on Saturday and Sunday, my wonderful sons Mark and Matt along with Jacky and Ian were able to fly in from out of the country. We just missed our Michelle and our little M3. Then on Sunday the 12th it was not a good day. Nothing went right. The test results were low, I was not making much progress, it was a discouraging day.The only uplifting this was I got to listen to the Peterson Ward sacrament meeting via audio. Technology is amazing. About 2 am on Monday morning I had a sweet spirit come over me that said "Be still and Remember that I am God." I went back to sleep, and from that time on the oxygen levels have come down from that point where I was on 100 percent oxygen to where I am right now on 4 liters of oxygen. That was a significant turning point. During that week we started participating in physical therapy. Still very week, the therapy felt good. On February 19th we were able to celebrate 59 years of marriage for my parents. What a blessing it is to grow up in a home where the gospel is taught and lived, and where your parents love one another and each of their children. Love you Mom and Dad. I remained in the ICU until the 23rd where the transported me via ambulance to the Promise Hospital which is located in the LDS hospital. Promise Hospital is an acute care rehab hospital. Thanks for all the care at the Murray Hospital ICU. We had many attentive nurses, techs, doctors, therapists, and dieticians. We also want to thank for you all for the encouraging cards, flowers, texts, prayers, thoughts. We made it through all of that because of the love and support of our family and friends. Thank you!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

7-12 February 2012
Challenging Week
Thanks to the wonderful oximeter from the Fausetts (what a blessing!), we have been able to monitor Sher’s oxygen saturation for several days. On Tuesday afternoon, February 7th, at our doctor’s appointment, her oxygen was seriously low, and so I immediately took her to the IMC Emergency Room. The ER doc took a chest X-Ray and then a CT scan, and discovered additional blood clots and pneumonia. She was admitted to the Respiratory ICU at the IMC in Murray where the good doctors, nurses, technicians and others have been so kind in caring for her. On Thursday, Dr.Dean directed a bronchoscopy where they looked at her lungs with a miniature camera and cleansed them with a sterile fluid. The discovered a tumor that was blocking the lower left brochial tube. We are hopeful in time they will be able to remove the tumor, but we have to get her better first. From a culture taken from the lungs, we learned Bear has Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP), an opportunistic form of pneumonia caused by a yeast-like fungus. Apparently, a pathogen specific to humans can cause lung infection in people with a weak immune system, e.g., people with cancer, HIV/AIDS and the use of medications that affect the immune system. It is very dangerous. They have Sher on oxygen and lots of antibiotics. Sher has an unconquerable spirit. She is amazing and we have felt a flood of love, faith and prayers from family and friends. We thank you for love and concern. Sher is resting well this evening with good stats and we will continue to trust in the Lord. We are thankful for the angels at this hospital who continue to care tenderly for my sweetheart. We have been so grateful to wonderful family who have gathered to sustain and bless us!


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I thought you would enjoy this thought. I loved it.

The Masterpiece Makers Delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell

Have you ever seen a painting by the artist Renoir—in a museum perhaps, or in a book of impressionist art? We marvel at the beauty he captured, the sudden burst of color in a portrait, the serenity of a French meadow scene.

But as famous as Renoir is, few people realize that he painted much of his work in excruciating pain. Renoir was so crippled with rheumatoid arthritis that he had to sleep with a wire contraption that kept his sheets from touching his body. His deformed hands had to be wrapped with gauze; otherwise his fingernails would grow into his flesh. He couldn’t even pick up a paintbrush. And yet he would sit before a canvas in his wheelchair, have someone wedge a brush between his claw-like fingers, and paint visions of joy and delight.

It’s easy to see why Renoir’s illness is not well known, because not a shred of bitterness or despair appears in his work. Renoir was the model of a cheerful attitude, saying, "The pain passes, . . . but the beauty remains,”1 and "One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity.”2

On rare occasions we meet someone like this—a person who is in great personal pain but somehow manages to be joyful, even vibrant. We stand in awe of such people; they refuse to focus attention on themselves but instead inspire us to rise above our own sufferings and create beauty for those around us.

The next time someone asks, "Have you ever seen a Renoir?” you might think of a beautiful painting, but you might also think of the Renoirs you know—the everyday people who teach us, by their remarkable example, how to forget our own problems and focus on what we can do to bring joy to others.


Monday, February 6, 2012

February 4, 2012

Today was the women’s conference for the Morgan North Stake. I wasable to go and meet with the sisters for the opening session. What asweet and gentle spirit was there. Bro Laurie Anderson was the keynote speaker and he was magnificent. I was very touched especially as he talked about the fact that we are not invisible to the Lord. I know that this is true. There have been times when I know that I have been wrapped in His loving arms. We are so blessed to know that weare loved. Brother Devin Walker then sang “Where can I turn for peace?” It so fit with the words that had just been spoken. Then President Roger Peterson talked about our Spiritual DNA. I was lifted and felt the unity of the sisters and their leaders from the meeting. I know of the Love that the our Stake Presidency has for all of the sisters. The closing song was Sister Sandi Johanson as she sang “I believe” The words of this song have gone through my mind over and over again. Music can be such a healing influence. I must say how very grateful I am for my presidency. They did everything with their committees. The building was beautiful and the food delicious and the reports the classes were magnificent. I am so grateful for them, although I know that they are exhausted. The Lord has so blessed us with the plan to work as presidency and with each other. Know that I love you Lanelle, Cathy, and Christene.

SaraAnne and Aaron are their little ones stopped in for a couple of hours. They brought pictures of the white blood cells eating the cancer cells. I have swords and magic ponds that drown the cells. There are dead cells everywhere. They also brought food and bread but mostly they brought love and life and joy. We so loved having them here with us. Amanda and Ethan came up to so we all enjoyed the chance to be together again.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

1-3 February 2012

I am happy to report these last three days were much better for Sher, certainly better than Tuesday. I might think the monkey diet helped, or at least the compression stockings and lasix, including Lovenox, but I prefer to believe it was the hand of the Lord. We have been so grateful for family and friends who have blessed us this week, with meals, love, prayers and kind wishes. You lift our hearts and strengthen our faith! Thursday evening we were privileged to receive an audio stream of President Calvin Stephens with the CES Institute network teaching from the Doctrine and Covenants, Sections 77-81. For those who know President Stephens, its almost impossible to keep up with him and his many insights into the scriptures. It was wonderful!


Rugged Day and Monkey Diets

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

I took my sweetheart into McKay Dee Hospital to have a paracentesis – a procedure to remove water from the abdominal cavity. She gained several pounds over the last few days. Unfortunately, the ultra-sound showed no fluid, so we left disappointed. But later in the day we met with Meredith, our fun PA with the IMC Cancer Center, who prescribed a number of things, including inter alia “Eat one banana every day.” Of course, I refer to it as the monkey diet. The compression stocking and lasix will help her eliminate the water, and the twice daily injections of Lovenox will speed dissolution of the pulmonary embolism. We know the doctors are walking a fine line between thinning Sher’s blood and concern for tumors bleeding. We clearly do not want the latter, so we especially invite your faith and prayers in her behalf. This evening I invited over my good friend and business partner, John Ure, to assist me give Bear a blessing. We felt the power and hand of the Lord! How grateful I am for your faith and prayers, and for wonderful family and friends! It is now my job to make sure Bear has one banana a day.


(in case you forgot your latin, I believe inter alia = among other things. But what does carpe diem mean…?)

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Sunday, January 29, 2012

To understand the blessings of Sunday, let me turn back the page to Saturday evening. As Bear and I discussed the planned events for Sunday, she mentioned a 6:00 am Stake Council Meeting, a PPI at 8:00 am and Ward Conference at 9:00 am. In my na├»ve way, I expressed concern about 4 hours of activity in the morning, and Bear simply said, well, I have faith the Lord will sustain me. So of course we both decided to rely on the Lord and did all we could to prepare for the Sabbath, including going to bed early. And then came the miracle. It turned out that Bear slept through the entire night, the first time in many months! Wow. She made the 6:00 am Council and did her presentation, had her 8:00 PPI and enjoyed a wonderful Ward Conference with the Enterprise ward. A restful nap in the afternoon kept her going all day. I returned for our combined Priesthood – Relief Society meeting at 1:00 pm and brought Bear to Church again for Sacrament Meeting to hear Taleisha Rhodes speak before leaving on her mission, and enjoy a powerful talk on having the Spirit of the Lord by remembering the Savior from our good friend Steve Lyon. We enjoyed dinner with family and then a restful Sabbath evening. As the Lord instructs in D&C 123:17, “let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.” We love the Lord!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Well, this has been a great week. Our Libby girl turned 7 and had the most magical princess day any 7 year old girl could have. The house was turned into pink and she had breakfast in bed and was so very happy.

We started the second regiment of drugs a week and yesterday went in for the second treatment with both drugs. It was a long day but Amy was with me and we had a good time. I couldn't keep the chair from sliding out and with out long legs Amy and I were in the nurse’s way all day. I guess they need just a little obstacle. The treatment took about 4.5 hours (with a doctor’s visit included). It seems that I gained 13 lbs of water weight this week, so we are going to have to work on that. The doctor said the only way he thought I could have done that was to have a chocolate cake everyday and I don’t remember doing that unless I was asleep and if that happen I certainly didn't get to enjoy it. So it looks like another test on Tuesday to try and see what is going on.

So far so good. I had a little nausea last night, but was grateful for the medication. We go in today for the shot, and then we rest for a while.

Today as I was listening to my chemo tapes it asked to picture those who fight with me. I have to say I was touched as I reviewed the faces of my family and friends who have not left me to fight alone. I received such a warm feeling that I am blessed beyond all measure because of you and your love shown toward me. I know that the Lord has surrounded with the very best and that your love and prayers are building, lifting, protecting and carrying me at times. I could not do this alone, which brings me to Kelly. I will never be able to give, thank or love enough because of his kindness, devotion to me. He has been amazing and so loving and kind. I also must give thanks to his business associates who have given so much to allow Kelly to do what he is doing. They have been amazing. Know that I am grateful for all of you, for your love and fighting spirits.


Friday, January 20, 2012

January 20

My sweetheart appears to be down and out for the count, sawing logs – I am so grateful. Her breathing was a concern this evening, but she is doing well now at this 10:30 hour – a tender mercy. I’ll join her in a moment, but as I ponder on her goodness and love, I am deeply touched for the privilege I have to walk beside her. She is filled with Christ-like love and cares about everyone. I love her. In turn, I have to say how indebted we are to all of you who keep us in your prayers, who bring meals, who stop to visit, or who want to help in whatever way you can. Wow. Our hearts are deeply touched by your love and concern. May God bless you for your kindness, your service and your care. Please know that you all are also in our thoughts and prayers.


January 17

I know that this is getting kind of boring but I don’t quite know how to spice it up any. We went in hoping to start the third round of chemo and talk with the Doc. Dr. Litton explained that we had mixed response to the treatment and that I would not be on the study any longer. The larger tumor had reduced in size a little and so had a couple of them in my lungs, but it was minimal. The concern was the largest tumor in my long which had puffed up and grown a little. There were two others that had grown a little in my lungs also. This is not a typical reaction, but evidently not unexpected also.

Dr. Linton then put us on two different chemo drugs which we started on Thursday. My chemo schedule now is treatments on Day 1 and Day 8 with a shot on Day 9 in a 21 day schedule with scans at the end of the 2 cycle, but I do start all over with a 6 cycle treatment plan.

As he was going over the rest of the test my blood pressure has been low which might be contributing to fatigue also, so he took me off that medication as well as the water pills. He prescribed support hose to help with the swelling in my one leg and believe they have been wonderful. They have helped the leg a great deal which makes me almost want to jump up and

To make my day even better received word that Derik Wiscombe is engaged and saw some cute pictures!! Also that Janelle Thurston had her baby girl. I was sorry to hear of the loss of Fred
Thurston. What a great man he is.

I do have to let you know how blessed I feel. It was such a blessing from the Lord that I had the CAT scan and they found the blood clot. I was feeling no discomfort or any reason to be worried about a blood clot. I know that the Lord led us to that and to the change in the chemo. The
doctor as he was talking to me said you must be one of those people who can tolerate chemo well. I wanted to say to him I tolerate it well because of the fasting and praying of an unseen army who are praying and fasting and loving me. I tolerate it well because the Lord is aware of me and looking after me. You will never know the strength that I receive because of the feeling of love and support I receive from each of you. It is as if your arms are constantly around me. Know that I love ou and am grateful for each of you!


January 16

They finally let us leave about 2:00 and as nice as the people where I was so glad to come home. They set up an appointment for the next day to see Dr. Litton to go over the scans and talked about what we were going to do next.

My Mom and Dad were going to leave for St. George for a month stay, but stayed until I came home. They are wonderful and we stopped and said good bye to them.


January 14 – January 15

Well this last week has been an interesting week and there is much to catch up on. I am sorry that we have not been consistent in writing, but today is the day.

On Saturday morning we received a call for the on call doctor letting me know that one of the things that had shown up the CAT scan that had on Friday was a blood clot in my right lung. Dr. Klein asked me to go to the emergency room at McKay and check in. Kelly did keep the speed limit (mostly), but it was a little fast on the way down. We checked and they hooked me up to all the monitors and then the emergency room doctor came in and said that they needed to transfer me to IMC in Salt Lake where my doctor was. SO…I had a marvelous ride in the back of an ambulance watching everything (while looking backwards or after the fact) to Salt Lake. The paramedics were wonderful and so very kind. One of them was from Morgan – Shawn Waller. It was fun to see him.

So, they went to work on the blood clot. The doctors were concerned that the anti-blood thinning agent might cause problems with bleeding and the tumors, so instead I now have a filter at the base of the venous artery to catch blood clots. It was so amazing to watch (Kind of) how they did it. It took longer to prep me than it did to put in the filter. They just guide it down with a Catheter and then out it came and the filter stayed in. They did give me a shot in a preventive dose of anti-cloquent both on Saturday and Sunday evenings which is one of the reasons I had to stay until Monday. I guess I was also dehydrated which I promise they took care off.

The staff was amazing at the hospital and took very good care of me. I was on the 9th floor right above the helicopter which I enjoyed watching taking and landing. I appreciate all of the family and friends who came to visit. You have all been so very kind and thoughtful toward me and Kelly. Mike’s little girls came up and the whole floor was full of joy. Madi couldn’t understand why we wouldn’t let her ride that helicopter down there.


Friday, January 13, 2012


Yesterday I survived the dentist, not my favorite, but he did a good job and they helped with some of the discomfort of dry mouth and sores that you sometimes get with chemo. Today is the first of the big days where we go in for a scan and see how things are. The doctor will then read the scans and let us know on Tuesday how things are going. Needless to say I am a little nervous about this. I know that the Lord has me in his Hands so I just need to relex and move forward. As soon as we know what is going on, we will post the procedures on the web.

This has been a good week. I have been able to talk to many friends and I am even learning some new things, stretching for me. My sister worked with me on some handwork yesterday and Sister Shelly Visage is going to work on crocheting (this will be a real trick) If this works out everyone will be getting homemade items. I love all the hats that people have crochet or knitted for me. We have had wood delivered, cards , pictures, food, but mostly the chance to talk with you makes me so happy. I have missed everyone and the things I do, but all of the work has been picked up and nothing is missing. I appreciate your love, friendship, kindness, prayer and fasting. No one goes this alone and I am grateful you on this journey with me.

I have enjoyed talking with all of you. You brighten my day. What a blessing friends and families are. Thanks again to Sara Anne and Dede for doing this blog. They are amazing and it has been fun for me.


January 11-12, 2012
Priesthood Blessing

Today we thank the Lord for his tender mercies and for the strengthening power of the priesthood. Last evening I gave my sweetheart a blessing because breathing was a challenge. The Lord blessed her immediately and she enjoyed a good night’s sleep, arising the next day rejoicing! I love my sweetheart!


January 10, 2012
Eternal Family, Friends and Sealings

Since Bear was doing well today, I felt comfortable leaving her this morning with Thomas, and then Amanda who came around 10:00 am. What a blessing they were J I was able put in a good day at work. At noon two of her very good friends, Cathy and Lynette, came and visited. It was so uplifting to Bear. The sweetness of the day was further enhanced as I took my sweetheart to the Salt Lake Temple with Amanda and Ethan and several other family members, including nieces and nephews who were able to perform sealings for their very first time. Sherie, Melissa and Leslie were instrumental in making this evening happen, doing family history work and setting the date and time. Her father spoke at length to us and shared touching experiences as a sealer. At one point we did the work for a family of 11 children that included one set of triplets and three sets of twins. What a neat spirit!


January 8, 2012
The Sabbath and an Eagle Court

We love the Sabbath! Sherbear wanted so much to enjoy the day with the saints and so I helped her to the Stake Center for a Presidency meeting at noon and then for the three hour block with our wonderful Peterson ward. We were blessed and strengthen by the lessons on President Smith, on the Book of Mormon and the sincere testimonies of beloved ward members! Later this evening we had the pleasure to attend Swish’s Eagle Court where he was honored by family and friends. The veterans of foreign wars under the direction of Richard Wiscombe presented the thirteen folds of the American Flag and Whitney Morgan played America the Beautiful. Wow, what a powerful feeling! Jim and Liz, Swish’s Dad and Mom, are amazing people and we honor them for raising such wonderful children. The love Swish holds for Sherie and her love for him was further evident this evening. In a recent letter he framed for her, Swish thanked Sherie for all the help and care she has shown towards him over the past months and years. It touched my sweetheart deeply. At the end of the day, Bear was probably up longer than she should have been, but the blessings of the Lord’s Spirit sustained her – it was a very good day!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Love of My Life...

There is magic for me today in the number thirty-four. There is music in my soul and love in my heart. I told my sweetheart and eternal companion tonight as we enjoyed an Olive Garden dinner, that I vividly remember kneeling in the Idaho Falls Temple glancing at the most beautiful woman in the world kneeling across from me, and then looking around the sealing room at precious parents, family and dear friends all dressed in white. I shall never forget that sight or the incredible feeling that filled my soul. It is etched forever. And as dense as I sometimes get, even I knew this was a very special moment. Daddypa, (Bear’s grandfather) by authority of the Holy Priesthood, there in the House of the Lord, sealed us together for time and all eternity. (Daddypa is one of my all time heros!) Over the intervening years, I have pondered and rejoiced on the sacredness and power of the sealing ordinance in the House of the Lord as I have watched children, family and friends seal their love with sacred covenants. I am eternally grateful for sweet parents who raised my best friend and me, and who helped shepherd us to the House of the Lord that we might seal our love for all eternity!

I love Sherbear with all my being. I love her beauty, her virtue, her wisdom and her capacity to love and serve. I love her testimony of our Lord and Savior. I love her faith in the words of the ancient and modern prophets, and her sustaining love for priesthood leaders. Years ago – before the Kelly and Sherie Wright family got started and I was a rock (my kids know what that means…), – I felt within Sherie an amazing powerful spirit, and knew that I could never marry anyone else. There was no match. Bear has brought me unbelievable joy and rejoicing. Words cannot express the affection I hold for her.

The deepness of our love is founded in the Savior of the world. He is the apex of our relationship triangle and He brings us closer to each other as we ascend closer to Him. May all within the sound of my words know how dearly I honor and love one of God’s most precious and beautiful daughters! I am forever committed to protect, provide and care for her all the days of my life that we may be together forever! Our beautiful children and grandchildren have brought an incredible sweetness to our lives and we love them all dearly! My traditional bouquet of flowers with roses and daisies reflect you all!

Bear, thank you for such a wonderful continuing adventure… You are the love of my life!

Te Amo :)



Mom and Dad THANK YOU for:

loving each other,

teaching us how to love,

and building an eternal family!

Becuase of your faith, love and selflessness 1+1= 23 and (counting)

We are truly blessed beyond words.

Happy Anniversary

We love you so much!

Aaron, SaraAnne, Caleb, Elisabeth, Isaac, Palmer and LucyBelle

January 4, 2012

Yesterday I ventured to Salt Lake once again to meet with the doctors. This is the exam after to see how you are doing with the chemo treatment. All of my counts were up except for the red blood cells and they were down a little. Not much we can do about that, doctor said even if I ate liver every day, the counts would still be down and there is no way that having liver every day, even with onions. Thank you for your prayers in my behalf. I know that is what is helping me to stay healthily and be able to continue with the treatment.

Today is our anniversary. We were 34 years ago in the Idaho Falls temple, the last sealing that my Grandfather performed. It seems impossible that so many years have passed by, but we have been blessed to live in wonderful places, among great people, and to have 7 beautiful children and their spouses who bless our lives daily and then like the cheery on the top 11 ½ grandchildren who bring joy, laughter and excitement to us.

I love Kelly and he is the perfect match for me. Where I am weak he is strong and he is loved me through it all with his whole heart. I am grateful for his priesthood leadership, his preparing of the young men in our home for their missions and to be fathers, his gentle and wise leadership and most of all for his love for our Father in Heaven and His son.

Kelly know that I love you.


December 31, 2011

It is time to say Good-bye to 2011. What a ride, at least the last two months. I reflected on it yesterday and never in a million years would I have thought I would be experiencing what I am when 2011 began. And yet what a magnificent year.

We welcomed three new people into our family. Our Juliette, Lucy Belle and Ethan all joined us. Who could ask for anything better? Mark and Jacky took off for a great adventure in El Salvador and Tim found his way to Spain.

As I listened to one of my cancer tapes yesterday, it asked me to imagine the people who surround me, love me, and support me, as part of the army that will beat the cancer. I lay there thinking of the blessings of friend and family and visualizing all of you and many more. I saw family on the other side of the veil. I was overcome with emotion at the support, love, prayers and fasting that have gone up in my behalf. No one could be more blessed than I.

Then Kelly and I for our fun Happy New Year watched Mr. Krueger’s Christmas. In it Mr. Krueger’s says of the Savior, “He is my best friend.” I was touched as I thought of the love and tender mercies that have come into my life especially these last two months. Even yesterday Kelly was led to a friend who performed such a great service for us. The Lord put this individual right in Kelly’s path and he and his little family blessed me greatly. It seems everyday the Lord blesses me with what I need to make the day and do so to the best of what I have. You will never know how grateful I am for visits, cards, hats, a phone call, and knowing that you are thinking me. I can feel your prayers tangibly. They give me great strength.

So for all of you friends family—so that I ramble but know that I love you, you are part of my fighting army and we will battle this thru. Have a GREAT NEW YEAR!! I love you.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas Eve

Because we were so spontaneous and Random, we were able to see these incredible things when we visited on Antelope Island.

My cute grandbabies out on the Great Salt Lake

Michelle & Dede

Matt and Michelle

Thomas & Ethan

The most important...

All of my Grandbabies getting ready for the Natvitiy.

(Aren't they the cutest!)