Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year, Lovies!

Thanks to all you beloved Elreys/Mayberrys for making our holiday simply joyful! We love you all so much and wish for tons more time together and way fewer miles between...
We stand all amazed at the wonderful people growing from our family tree, and the wonderful parents our sibs and cousins have become.
We wish each of you best blessings in 2009!
Love, The Melins
The reason for the season...
Robby, James, Ryrley, Addie, Ben, and Heidi

Ben, Morgan, Travis, Penelope, Addie, Ryley, Livi, James, and Heidi
What a bunch of cuties!

Merry Christmas, Papa Bill!

Merry Christmas, Nana Lyn!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas from Granpa Bill


Uncle Sam and Gram in uncle Sams office. Merry Christmas 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Montana Surprise Visit

Hello everyone

Here is the ultimate surprise entry. Thanks

Hey my dear family when you get the chance please read my latest entry entitled The Gift of Family! Love you all!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Feliz Navidad!

Merry Christmas from the Melin Kids!
Only NINE DAYS til we're back in God's Country to celebrate Christmas with our Elrey peeps! YAY! Can't wait to see all of you down in Scary-Vista...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

PLEASE CHECK OUT MY BLOG

Hey everyone I finally updated my blog please check it out!!
Love michael

ADDRESS UPDATES!!!!

Amy Drews
1475 oakdale ave apt 16
El Cajon, Ca 92021


Michael Drews
12311 Split Rail Ln
Houston TX 77071
801-735-2124

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Update...

Hey everyone! I've been in Mass for two and a half months!! Time is flying by, and i love every minute. School has been good so far.. I am doing Home Study Seminary and its coming along great. It's very different from my released-time that i had at home, but i think its more beneficial, because I have to be proactive about it and take time out of my day to get it done. I love living with Amy and Aaron. It's really fun. Gabe is the cutest little busy body i have ever seen. He's so smart, it's amazing. I miss my family, but I'll be home for Christmas! Sadly, I'm going to miss Christmas eve at the Mayberry's though. I just wanted to let everyone know how things are going. I lvoe you all and i hope i get to see you all soon!! Love, Pearly.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The latest news

At the Grotto

This is how it looks around here

This the trees on SE Edmunds and 39th st Abby's last game




Picking up Cody








Hi everyone, I thought I would give you an update, those of you that I don't talk to on a regular basis.......just want you all to know that I love you beyond measure and I am eternally grateful for you. I have a PET-scan scheduled on Nov. 6th, I see Dr. Simon on the 14th, then if things are still clear I will have my port taken out. I am still tired from radiation, but it's over and I will be ok. I am finally growing some hair! Life is good!
Mark is finally finished with SLave-A-Lot.....we are looking for a job in this area, we love it here. He has talked to a few places and sent a few resumes in. I know that the right job will come along. I know that the Lord is watching out for us, all we have to do is keep the commandments.
Hello everyone, I want let everyone know that I appreciate all of your prayers, support and love. It is a blessing that Lyndi is ok and doing well. I will be turning in my car and stuff Friday, it will be over. My dad coined the new name for SAL when he was out here that Lyndi mentioned above. My friend at the office in St. Louis thought it was pretty funny and replied " the word is out". It feels pretty strange looking for a job, this will be the third time I have actually searched for a job. Cody just got home from his first day at school and seemed pretty excited, not. He said he made some friends today, mostly the other gender. He has a little homework and starts his on-line class tomorrow. Mark


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dear Familia...

You simply MUST read THIS and let Meeky know how much we love him!

Happy Birthday to Willy, Meeky, and Michael this week... (and Jill last Saturday). Having this many cool peeps born in one week makes you think there might be something to astrology, no? Heh, heh....

Love, Jamie

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hola Elrey Clan

It's been forever since we said howdy on the family site, so here are a couple of recent pix for y'all... Here's Addie, Heidi, and James on 10/2 with some of the treats we brought from Europe. The girls are wearing liebekuken (?) cookies from Octoberfest; Addie has a castle pendant; Heidi & James have Bavaria Tshirts, and Bub has a British taxi, Cooper Mini, and Bus...fun!
Here we are on London Bridge on the last day of our trip (9/30)...
"Look, kids--Big Ben, Parliament!"
This is a little church in Wurzburg, Germany, where Richard was born. It is a depiction of the Annunciation that really cracked us up. If you look closely (click to enlarge), God teh Father is sending a tiny baby Jesus into Mary's EAR. Hm...I bet you always wondered how the immaculate conception happened, and now you know!
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Happy Fall, Y'all! We are all well and enjoying our favorite season in Livingston. It's so beautiful and we'd like to remind all of you that you are welcome to visit ANYTIME!
Love, The Melins in Montana

Monday, October 6, 2008

Mexico

Here we are in Mexico enjoying perfect everything. We are on the balcony looking at the moon's reflection on Cholla Bay. The breeze is pleasent and we are enjoying great conversation with Brent,Maren,Ralph and I.The babies are sleeping and we are ready to turn our selves. We had lunch at Flavio's in Rocky Point and the little girls had so much fun dancing to the music. Fun! Love You So Much. Marti







Friday, August 29, 2008

How have the Allreds been?










Well let me tell you....



Morgan just celebrated her 2nd birthday yesterday. She's so much fun and very persistant. She's a big fan of movies, milk, and her baby brother Travis. She talks very well and learns loads of things every day.

This is the best I could do with keeping her still for a picture.
Travis is 7 months old, can sit, and got his 1st tooth on Tuesday. He smiles all the time, even when he's not feeling well. He's such a joy to have in our home.
Matthew is teaching at the high school. this is his 1st year. I am mom, and work once a week or so as a nurse at the hospital here. I'd write more, but one of my babies is crying. We love all of you! love, Maren









Thursday, August 21, 2008

Movin' on up... To Massachusetts!

This week has been totally insane.

I'm flying to Massachusetts to live with Aaron and Amy next Wednesday morning at 7:00. I am really, really, really excited for this awesome opportunity. It's really spur of the moment, I only heard about the decision I had to make Monday. I made up my mind by Tuesday night and we got my tickets Wednesday.

I'm starting my new Senior year on September 2nd.

I love you guys! Hopefully I'll be home for Christmas... but who knows?

Love,
Pearl!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Allred Cuties

Hey, Maren--I have these photos on my computer from your email, so I posted them for the fam. Hope that's okay :) Love, Cousin Maj OOPS! Morgan holding Travis back in the spring
The Allred Family--Morgan, Matt, Travis and Maren

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

In the Wee Hours of the Morning...

Here I am at 0115 awake and awaiting the passing of time. I'm at work here in the Willcox Hospital. We've got 7 patients (4 of which are basically nursing home patients). So it's been about a year since I've made a post, which is why I would be a very bad candidate for my own blog, if that makes sense.
In January we moved to Willcox, and had our baby Travis 2 weeks later. At home. The same midwife as the one Lacy used. :). I started working basically one night a week at the end of April. Matthew officially has started his new career as a High School and Middle School teacher. He will be teaching Personal Finance for Seniors, and Career Exploration for 8th graders (he got his Bachelors degree in Accounting). He also is an assistant coach for the football team, so we will be seeing quite a bit less of him from now through October. Go Cowboys!
Morgan will be 2 in a couple weeks. She is quite the jabber, and is getting pretty good at throwing fits and she just adores Travis. She gets pretty excited when he wakes up from his naps, "Travis Awaken!?"
Travis is 6 months old, a little bit underweight right now, but is just the smilin'est kid I've ever seen. He is super ticklish and loves to put his feet in his mouth. We're working on getting him to sit by himself.
We are one happy family. Sorry no pictures. Like I said, I'm at work. Maybe I'll get to that some time soon. :) Love ya'll.
Maren

Friday, July 18, 2008

At Mom's!

After hours and hours of driving all night with bloodshot eyes, sleeping babies and teenagers, and a talkative husband all hopped up on Monsters, we made it to Mom's! yay! The funny thing is that, although we've never been to her house, it always feels like coming home where ever she is. It was just what we all needed to hug her and cuddle on her bed for a while when she got home from her Chemo treatment.

She's doing well. She only had half a treatment today cause her white blood cell count was low. She gets another dose of the good stuff on friday. She's sleeping right now and we all just finished dinner and are waiting for Mark to get home. They boys cleaned out their car and ours and Kristen and I snugged down for some movie time and kid play time after dinner. Tomorrow the boys go golfing and Kristen and I have plans to go visit her sister and go to this indoor pool in Portland. I think they'll enjoy it and mom will enjoy a more quiet house for a few hours, as much as she loves having us close by. :)

All in all we are very glad to be here. We've been looking forward to this trip for a while. It's good to see Sam and Kristen and be with Mom and Mark. Should be lots of fun and entertainment and we are already loving it!





Cousin Party

Over the weeken the Melin family and Cody and Tyler came to visit! We had a great time with the usual good food and good company just hangn out. For the first time this summer we got to entertain company on our new backyard! wooo hooo! The kids had a nice time out there. The boys got into some arm wrestling and horsen around which is tradition. It was just so nice to all be together and enjoy each other's company.










Sunday, July 13, 2008

It's been a little too long!

Hey everyone! I know it's been a REALLY long time since I've posted any kind of update.. So here it goes!

~I'm getting ready to go into my SENIOR year of High school! I'm so excited!
~After I graduate I think I might go to Eastern Arizona for a while to get my prerequisites for veterinary school. I'm also considering Massage/Physical Therapy school but I'm kind of iffy on that..
~Tonight i started a ballroom dancing class thats just for fun a couple of Saturdays a month and it is REALLY fun. We learned the fox trot and I had a blast!
~I'm saving my money so i can get my Nikon D40 in November! I am going to start doing photography as a hobby, I've been interested for a couple of years and am FINALLY going to get my dream camera!!! It is really exciting!!
~I started m,y own little Blog, click here to go to it.
I'm going to start updating that every week or so.

Thats pretty much it for right now.. I love you all and hope to hear from you soon!

~Pearly

Saturday, July 5, 2008

On my way to work!




Michael and Amy's living update

Amy Drews:801-735-9831
2285 S 1700 E
Salt Lake City UT 84106
amy.drews@yahoo.com


Michael Drews: 801-735-2124
1401 Merrill Creek Pkwy # 10038
Everett Wa 98203
michaeledrews@juno.com
Dear Michael and Amy,

Please post your addresses and phone numbers (or email them to us) so we can contact you. No one knows where either of you are living or for how long, so it's hard when we have birthday cards and stuff to send and no address to send them to. I haven't heard from Amy in almost a year and I miss her, too. But I haven't moved for three years and I've had the same phone number for six years, so ...well, you get what I am saying: you have to tell people where you are and what you are doing in order for them to be able to contact you.

We love and miss you both! So glad you are having a fun summer!

love, Jamie & Rich

Friday, July 4, 2008

MY FAMILY


My sisters Amy & Alena then me


My niece Alexis and me



My Nephew Avery

My Beautiful Sisters Alena and Amy



Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Nana Lyndi Update

I (Jamie) am off to Vancouver to be with Mama Lyndi for her first chemo. Here is the info from my blog:

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So Mama's oncologist got her treatment shedule lined out today and let her know that her cancer is "only" stage one--totally beatable! So she'll have six rounds of chemo (every 21 days) followed by four radiation treatments.

Here's the chemo schedule:
6/6, 6/27, 7/18/, 8/8, 8/29, and 9/19.

I'll be with her for her first round, Lisa and the Grandparents will be with her for the second, Sam, Kristen will take care of her 7/18, and August and Septmber are still open--Marti, are you still going the end of August? I can probably take August 8th if Matty Post can't do it. And Marti, do you want to come back on September 19th and celebrate our birthday with Abby and take care of Mom? We can celebrate it being her last round of chemo, too! Come on, it'll be fun! ;)

update: Michael is close by and can help mom, too, so maybe you can plan on August 8th, Mike.

Also, Jill and Sara will be with mom next week.

I also plan on bringing Abby and Marshall home with me on 6/18, so if anyone wants to plan some time or activities with them, let me know (Matt? Laura? Jill?).

Jill is taking Marshall to Utah after we swap Cody and Tyler in Idaho on June 20-something.

"Activate Operation MamaCare!"

Monday, May 19, 2008

HEY I AM BACK

Hey everyone I have been crazy busy with everything. Please give me another chance I will do better. Check out my Blog! Love you all and wish nothing but the best for you guys!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Nana Lyndi's Diagnosis

"LARGE B-CELL LYMPHOMA":

INTRODUCTION — Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is a fast-growing, aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), a cancer of the body's lymphatic system. The lymphatic system includes the tissues and organs (including the bone marrow, spleen, thymus and lymph nodes) that produce and store cells that fight infection. Although there are more than 20 types of NHL, DLBCL is the most common type, making up about 30 percent of all lymphomas [1] . In the United States, DLBCL affects about 5 people out of 100,000 each year [2] .
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma can be fatal if left untreated, but with timely and appropriate treatment, up to half of all patients are curable. The following discussion will review the risk factors, classification, clinical symptoms, and prognosis of this type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
RISK FACTORS — Age, gender, and race/ethnicity affect a person's likelihood of developing diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Although DLBCL has been found in people of all age groups, it is found most commonly in people who are middle-aged or elderly. The average age at the time of diagnosis is 64 years. Men are slightly more likely to develop DLBCL than women. People who are white are more likely to develop this type of lymphoma than people of African or Asian race/ethnicity.
CLASSIFICATION — Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is a cancer of B lymphocytes. The lymph organs include the bone marrow, thymus, spleen, and lymph nodes. These help to fight infection throughout the body. The organs of the lymphatic systems are connected by a network of lymphatic and blood vessels, through which lymphatic fluid flows. Lymphatic fluid contains white blood cells called lymphocytes (show figure 1).
There are two primary types of lymphocytes: B-cells and T-cells. Almost all lymphocytes begin growing in the bone marrow or lymph nodes. T-cells leave the bone marrow before they are completely matured, and finish maturing in the thymus gland. However, B-cells continue to develop and mature in the bone marrow and lymph nodes.
In DLBCL, the abnormal B-cell lymphocytes are larger than normal. The presence of these large cells characterizes DLBCL; typically, the large cells present in DLBCL have nuclei at least twice the size of small lymphocytes. Researchers have identified several variants of DLBCL, including a centroblastic variant, immunoblastic variant, anaplastic variant, T-cell histiocyte rich large B-cell lymphoma, and T-cell infiltration. It is not clear whether understanding the differences between these variants can improve patients' symptoms or overall prognosis.
Genetic events and chromosomal abnormalities are suspected to be related to the development of DLBCL. In 30 percent of cases of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, an abnormal transfer (translocation) of part of a chromosome occurs (the t(3;14) gene translocation). This translocation causes a rearrangement in a gene called BCL-6. As a result, the abnormal gene signals the body to produce a protein that alters the growth and development of these cells [3] .
PRIMARY MEDIASTINAL LARGE B-CELL LYMPHOMA — Patients with this subtype of DLBCL have tumors within the chest cavity that usually involve the thymus, the gland of the immune system that is located in the front upper middle of the chest and extends from the base of the throat to the front of the heart.
Primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma comprises 7 percent of all diffuse large B-cell lymphomas and accounts for 2.4 percent of all non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. Women are slightly more likely to develop this disorder, and the median age of diagnosis occurs in the fourth decade of life.
People who have this form of DLBCL usually present to their physicians with a malignant tumor in the chest cavity that causes difficulty breathing and a condition known as superior vena cava syndrome. If this subtype of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma recurs, it can cause problems with other organs, including the liver, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, ovaries, and central nervous system.
This type of tumor is aggressive, but it is treatable with programs that combine chemotherapy and radiation.
SYMPTOMS — The first noticeable symptom that patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma experience is a quickly growing mass, which may be found either in the neck, groin, or abdomen.
In about one in five patients, tumors caused by DLBCL are confined to one part of the body. However, in about 40 percent of people diagnosed with this type of NHL, the cancer spreads from the lymph system into adjacent organs, a condition known as extranodal infiltration. In some patients, DLBCL spreads to the bone marrow.
DIAGNOSIS — Physicians confirm a diagnosis of DLBCL by removing an enlarged lymph node or a portion of an involved organ in a procedure known as a biopsy. This procedure may be performed under a local anesthetic if the involved tissue is relatively close to the surface. In other cases, a sample of tissue must be obtained under a general anesthetic. The cells from the removed tissue are then examined in detail, using a number of different techniques to determine the nature of the abnormal cell.
Physicians also order blood tests, x-rays, imaging scans, and bone marrow samples to obtain more information about the type of lymphoma and the extent to which it has spread in the body, a process termed "staging" (show table 1). The results of these tests will help physicians decide on the most effective course of treatment. As an example of the importance of staging, treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is generally more likely to provide a cure when the lymphoma is localized than when it has spread to other parts of the body.
Gene studies, such as the use of gene expression profiling, may allow clinicians to determine which patients have a reduced chance of remission after standard treatments and could suggest which patients would be candidates for more aggressive treatment [4] . These studies are investigational and are not yet part of standard practice.
TREATMENT — The standard of treatment of DLBCL is combination chemotherapy, occasionally with the addition of radiation to areas of large, bulky disease. The most common chemotherapeutic program for patients with advanced disease consists of 5 medicines (called CHOP-rituximab or CHOP-R) given every three weeks for 6 to 8 cycles. Patients with only localized disease may be treated with fewer cycles of chemotherapy in combination with radiation therapy to the involved area.
PROGNOSIS — The five-year survival rate of patients with DLBCL is between 26 and 73 percent, meaning that between one quarter and three quarters of patients with DLBCL will be disease-free for five years after diagnosis. Relapses tend to occur within the first two to three years after the diagnosis of DLBCL; the disease rarely recurs if the patient has been disease-free for four or more years.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Test

I wanted to share something that is dear to my heart and one of my greatest comforters, music.
I have no idea how to get a song to play on this post, but I am going to post the words.

Tell me friend, why are you blind?
Why doesn't He who worked the miracles
send light into your eyes?
Tell me friend, if you understand, why doesn't He with power to raise the dead
just make you whole again?
It would be so easy for Him.
I watch you and in sorrow question why
Then you, my friend in perfect faith reply;

Didn't He say He sent us to be tested?
Didn't He say the way would not be sure?
But didn't He say we could live with Him forevermore, well and whole
If we but patiently endure
After the trial we will be blessed,
but this life is the test.

Tell me friend, I see your pain.
why, when you pray in faith for healing
Does the crippling thorn remain?
Help me see, If you understand,
why doesn't He who healed the lame man
Come with healing in His wings
It would be so easy for Him.
I watch you and in sorrow question why
then you, my friend, in perfect faith reply;

Didn't He say He sent us to be tested?
Didn't He say the way would not be sure?
But didn't He say we could live with Him forevermore, well and whole
If we but patiently endure?

Tell me Love, why must you die?
Why must your loved ones stand with empty arms
and ask the question "why"?
Help me know, so I can go on
How, when your love and faith sustained me,
Can the precious gift be gone?
From the depths of sorrow I cry,
Though pains of grief within my soul arise
The whisperings of the spirit still my cries:
Didn't He say He sent us to be tested?
Didn't He say the way would not be sure?
But didn't he say we could live with H im forevermore,
well and whole, if we but patiently endure?
After the trial we will be blessed,
but this life is the test.

JKPERRY

I love pretty much all of her songs, this one and "How Great Shall Be Your Joy" and "Testimony" are my favorites . They are from "The Light Within" book. I hope the words will bring someone else comfort. Love ya'll

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Nana Lyndi Update

My blog and mom's have updates on her condition. Her surgery is Friday and they are pretty certain she has Lymphoma. Continued prayers and support...:(

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Fast Sunday...

Aunt Lyndi/ Nana/ Mama has lumps in her lymph nodes which will be biopsied on Tuedsay morning at 9am. Please include her in your fast Sunday prayers, and also pray that her family will be comforted...a few of us are having a tough time! She is keeping us updated at her blog, so look there if there's no info here next Wednesday or Thursday. THANKS!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Elrey Boys

Sam got to join up with Grandpa, Uncle Matt, Uncle Sam and Cousin Bill for priesthood session. They all looked so cute I just had to take this picture!