June 16, 2010

What can I say about my two wonderful parents.
They are awesome!
Mom was diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago with lung cancer.
She has put up a great fight with Dad cheering her on all the way!
The Chemotherapy has worked miracles for her and we are blessed to have her still.
She was just recently diagnosed with brain cancer and
they now have another tough fight on their hands.
Mom just received two weeks of radiation and it has really taken its toll on her body.
I pray daily for her to have the strength to endure whatever comes her way.
I pray for the same for Dad.
They are incredible examples and I love them both dearly!

I can’t repay the lessons
That you taught when I was small.

Or give you gift for gift
The daily treasures I recall...

I can’t return encouragement
And loving words of praise.

In quite the way you did for me
Through all my childhood days.

But there is one gift that I can give,
It’s all the love you’ve earned.

For love is what you always taught...
And love is what I learned.

Ron and Marlene Herrick
Dad and Mom

June 15, 2010

Congratulations Class of 2010

The class of 2010!!

My wonderful Danielle Mashawn Derrick graduated!!

School has not been an easy task for Danielle
but it has been amazing to watch her learn and grow!
She is the most disciplined person I know! She
has shown intense perseverance and tenacity as she
has overcome so many obstacles in her education!
It is true....that the Lord surely does make your
weaknesses your strengths if you put your trust and faith in him.
I am grateful for her example!!


I love you, Danielle!!

May 27, 2010 Higley High School Graduation!
Sisters and Mom!!

Danielle Mashawn Derrick 2010

Thanks to Grandpa and Grandma Derrick for coming so far!
Thanks to Mallory, Steve, Dalee and Braxton for being there!
Thanks to Wayne for enduring the AZ heat!

Nick Jonas & The Administration - Who I Am

Isn't this what we all want....to be loved for WHO I AM??!!

June 14, 2010

Girls Night Out with Mom

Wonderful night out with Mom, Lisa, Stephanie,
Marci, Michelle, Scott and I.
We had some photos taken and went to dinner.
The evening was set up by Michelle. It was absolutely incredible.

MEMORY is a way of holding onto the things you love,
the things you are,
the things you NEVER want to lose.

A Piece of Sky Barbra Streisand

This is one of my all time favorite songs!

I love the message!

As I have grown and been taught along the way

I have seen my own piece of sky grow and expand

and the hidden treasures have been absolutely enlightening!!

Thank you, PAPA!!

January 5, 2010

Grandma's Pride and Joy!!

On December 20, 2009, little Braxton (7 months old) was blessed by Uncle Scott Herrick. What a wonderful day full of good company, wonderful food and incredible memories!! I traveled from Utah to be there and loved being around my kids and extended family. There is nothing so wonderful as a family get together to honor a member of that family. Braxton was a perfect little gentleman complete with smiles and the sweetest disposition. This Grandma loves Braxton!! Thanks to Steve for his unselfishness in letting Braxton be blessed. This Mother-in-law loves her Son-in-law!! Mallory was the perfect host and looked absolutely breathtaking...this Mother loves her Daughter!!

I scribed what I could of Scott's blessing for Braxton......
"Heavenly Father, by the Power of the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood which we hold, we lay our hands upon your head and give you a name and a blessing. The name by which you shall be known is, Braxton Steel Hoopingarner. Braxton your Heavenly Father loves you. You were born of wonderful parents who love you. We bless you to have a desire to gain an education and have a desire to gain knowledge of our Savior and of Heavenly Father. Learn about his plan for you. When the time comes to find a young woman and to take her to the temple make sure she is worthy of you. Live your life worthy. We say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."