“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving: to reach the port of heaven we must sail with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift nor lie at anchor.”
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

This is My Journey ...

I lost my husband and eternal soul mate, Dennis Peacock, to Pancreatic Cancer in February, 2005. This was an unexpected trial that broke my heart, but with the help of Heavenly Father and my loving family and friends, I am carrying on. Together, Dennis and I have 7 children and 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren. I still miss Dennis every day, but am grateful for our "forever family" and know that I will be reunited with him again someday. I am now remarried to a wonderful man, Darwin Cottle. He also lost his wife to cancer and we met in a bereavement group. He has 8 children and 36 grandchildren, so our combined family is wild and crazy -- but we are very blessed to have so many people to love. I have a great job as City Recorder for the City of Taylorsville. Darwin is retired, but likes to say that he works for me (lots of "honey dos.") He is also a temple worker and serves in the bishopric of a young single adult ward. We recently built a new home in South Jordan (Daybreak) near the Oquirrh Mountain Temple and we are really enjoying it there. We also have two sweet little dogs, Taji and Teja, that we like to spoil. I LOVE being a Grandma and spending time with my family!


I don't know how I got so lucky to find two such wonderful men to love me! I know I'm very blessed to have my sweet Dennis on the other side of the veil waiting for me, but I'm also very fortunate to have Darwin here in my life as I continue my journey on earth. He is SO good to me! After Dennis died, I didn't think I could go on. Darwin saved me and has taught me to smile again. I told him once that he was like the scotch tape that holds my broken heart together. He said, if he had to be tape, he'd really rather be known as duct tape, because it's more manly... so, now he's known as my "Duct Tape Man." I know that Heavenly Father and Dennis sent Darwin to our family to help us heal and to care for us. He is a wonderful companion and is so kind to my kids and grandkids. They have truly grown to love him. He is a wonderful patriarch to his own 8 children, his 36 grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren (that's right he also has 4, soon-to-be 5, "great-grand's!!!"). Darwin works hard to help me honor Dennis' memory and to carry on his legacy, and we do the same for his eternal companion, Gwen. Darwin is the most sunny, positive person I have ever known. He always sees the good in others and never has a bad day. He is an awesome husband, companion, father, grandfather, step-father, son-in-law, brother, and friend. Darwin constantly looks for ways in which to serve others. He is such a good example to me. I love you, Sweetie!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Find Joy in the Journey

Happy Valentines Day, With Love!

"I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by ...find joy in the journey -- now. My sincere prayer is that we may adapt to the changes in our lives, that we may realize what is most important ... that we may express our gratitude always and thus find joy in the journey. Let us relish life as we live it ... and share our love with friends and family."
~ President Thomas S. Monsen

Friday, February 6, 2009


Our Sealing Day - January 11, 1997

Bountiful Temple


Four years ago today, February 6, 2005, I said goodbye to my eternal sweetheart, Dennis. Our last day together was spent in the Jordan River Temple where we renewed our eternal promises to one another. It was a perfect day and the spirit was so strong. I’ll be forever grateful for that beautiful gift from Heavenly Father. Dennis fought a valiant 14-month battle against Pancreatic Cancer. His courage, strength and testimony were an example to us all. He never lost faith and looked forward to the time when we would all be reunited beyond the veil. He promised to make a home for us in heaven and wait for us with open arms ... and Dennis always keeps his promises. Dennis’ favorite saying was “Life is Good” and he made sure that it was!

Dennis, I miss you and love you SO much! I’m trying to be strong and carry on like you asked me to do. It’s been tough without you, but I know you have been watching over us and helping us. I’m sure you are so proud of our family – we have such great kids and beautiful grandkids! We “done good, Baby!!!!” Thanks for being you and for always making me feel loved!

Love you forever!!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009


My Grandkids (except Masen- he wasn't born yet!)

Aniya's Birthday Party

For Grandpa Dennis!!!!

Marshal the "Newsie" - LOVE the cap!

Trick or Treating with Marshal

Marshal's First Birthday

Fun at Jordanelle with Allie, Gage & Sarah

Ballerina Girl Allison

Beautiful Ballerina Sarah

Allison, Alysa and Sarah on Marshal's Blessing Day
Holding My Newborn Grandson Masen

Baby Masen and Nana

Little Buddies Gage and Masen

So Sweet - New `lil Masen

Little Monkey - Masen
Date with Erin and Brian

Elder Stuart Cottle

Kurt's Ordination

Trevan and Braden
Sarah and Allison with Grandpa Dennis & Grandma Cheryl

Grandpa Dennis and "Snow White" Sarah

Alysa and "Papa Dennis"

Seeing "Double" -- Jacob and Adam

Brooklyn's Baptism Day

Great-Grandaughter Ashley

Great-Granddaughter Madison

Great-Grandson Rykkar


Hannah and Sami

Savannah, Jamie & Ciera with Grandma Cheryl

Great Grandpa & Baby Lily

Easter with the Cottle Grandkids

Granddaughter Party at the Zoo!

Grandson Party

Gage, Aniya & Alysa

The Cottle Family

Allison, Marshal & Sarah

Masen and "Dennis" Gage