Saturday, July 31, 2010


Sarah's corner said...

A fabulous day it was.
I cried a lot. The army guy that spoke and sworn Marky as a soldier was amazing!!!
What a day to remember!
You guys deserve every bit of it!
Go Marky, you indeed have fought many battles!

Cathy Wallace said...

Wow! Your wish came true! Congratulations Marky!! :)

Lynette, while preparing a lesson I found this story and thought of you:

In a recent Relief Society meeting a sister shared an essay titled “Welcome to Holland,” by Emily Perl Kingsley, a mother who for five years cared so tenderly for her little child limited from birth in what he could do. Her experience adds for me a new dimension to “not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42). She writes:

“It’s like this … When you’re going to have a child, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip—to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful plans. The Colosseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

“After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, ‘Welcome to Holland.’

“ ‘Holland?!?’ you say. ‘What do you mean, Holland? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.’

“But there’s been a change in the flight plan. You’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

“The important thing is … they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine, and disease. It’s just a different place.

“So you must go out and buy new guidebooks. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

“It’s just a different place. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around, and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills. Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

“But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say, ‘Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.’

“But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.”

This explanation helps me gain a greater understanding of being grounded and settled in where we are . . . "

Well, Lynette, welcome to 'Holland'-- jeep and all! Keep smiling! Love, Cathy

kennethcrocheron said...

Yes, some of us wind up in Erda or Ophir or Vernon. But we find Utah is full of people who were hoping for California. So, we all compromise and homestead in Draper. At least its not Day Break!

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah said...

We loved being able to help make Marky's wish come true. It brought tears to our eyes as well, and is indeed a wish we will never forget.

kidstuff said...


Byron and Jana said...

it really is a sight to behold looking over my back yard fence! way above and beyond i'm sure what any of you all dreamed! what a wonderful day!

" Hit It......." said...

I wish we could have been there! "Happy Belated Birthday, Marky." Both Brady and Taylor say "hi."

You deserve your wish and many more. We love you!

Karie, Brady, and Taylor.

Markys mom said...

Hey Cathy and everyone too !

I love the reminder about Holland/vs.Italy !

I became familiar with that story when our little Sam (Down's Syndrome Angel-for those of you who havent met Sam) was born !

That story brings a flood of emotion and tears as I remember the events surrounding Sam's birth. "One"--just "one"--of the most difficult "opportunities for growth" I've lived through.

You're absolutely correct, Holland IS a fantastic place to be ! Italy---who needs it !