Windstorm and Birthday Cards

A week ago I had gotten an alert on my phone that we were under a sever thunderstorm warning (if you know me I love thunderstorms, I really miss the monsoon seasons in Arizona).  I laughed it off and sent a picture of it to Justin and Marce and told them “Yeah right! I don’t believe it.”  Not more then 10 minutes later Marce texts back and says “I am starting to believe it.”  I look outside and its pretty windy.  So I start believing it a little.  I go back to working on my digital scrap-booking and get another text 20 minutes later from Marce saying “hey I like your new trampoline.”  I was so confused so I look in the front and nothing, look in the back and this is what I saw.

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Our neighbors trampoline that lives across the ally

I went outside and took a picture awhile later Justin walks in and I tell him to come look outside and he goes “Is the fence down again?” (The old looking fence used to be a building and the last time we had a bad wind storm half of it was down.) He came and looked, I was telling him how it was angled it would have hit our neighbors on the other side and he goes “nope, if the tree wasn’t there it would have hit our house.”
After the storm (well wind and rain (darnit)) we went to go get dinner when we saw the owner and the neighbor a house down trying to figure out how to take it down we decided to stay and help.  Marce, her mom and her boy came out and told us that she saw the trampoline go over the fence roll a few times and then flew into the tree.  We are so glad that it didn’t hit anyone’s car or house.  The owner kept apologizing and we kept telling him that it is okay no harm was done.
The corn, squash, and the cucumbers blew >> that way and if the tomatoes weren’t in the metal tomato holders they would have blown that way also.  Saturday the corn start standing up straight again until a few nights ago now they are blown the other way lol.

We’ve gotten lots of green beans a few squash, okra, a few cucumbers and radishes (we planted more last month) from it a few days ago.  I even noticed we have little green tomatoes and 2 ears of corn.

I have decided to start making birthday cards for my nephews/niece for the birthday. Little Braxton was the first for me to do it.  I’m am so glad he loved it!  I made one for Marce’s little boy and now I’m starting one for little Thomas.
Here is the one for Marce’s little boy, his name goes under “happy birthday”.

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Its been awhile.

Its been awhile since I’ve updated our blog! Sorry!!

I’ll update everyone!
In February we found out that Brandon and Stephanie was pregnant with twins.  I was super happy for them, but I was mad with Heavenly Father.   I had the thoughts to yell and scream and cry at him, but I didn’t.  (We heard about it Sunday Night). Monday I called my mom and talked her about what I was feeling.  She told me that she’d pray for me that I wouldn’t get pregnant but that I would get an answer to my prayers.  Tuesday I called my dad and talked to him about it.  He told me that my life right now was like Job (in the Bible) and how he had everything he ever wanted then he lost it, everyone told him to curse God.  He never did!  He was blessed 10 fold because of it.  My dad went on saying that if I curse God for our situation we wouldn’t be blessed.  I was like “Dad I won’t curse Him, I just wanted to yell.”  He went on telling me that yelling at Him is just like cursing him, he told me that I will be blessed 20 fold if I do what the Lord wants me to do. I had been praying in my mind and heart that I would know I would be a mother in this life, its in my patriarchal blessing that I would be a mother. I finally broke down and ask J for a blessing Wednesday night before we went to bed.  At the end of the blessing J paused and said “Motherhood is part of the plan He has for you.”  I started crying.  I knew that was an answer to my many, many prayers.

In May my parents made a trip up here to visit.  My dad’s first time ever visiting in the 8 years that we’ve lived here and my mom’s 3rd full visit.  (My mom has been up here twice before but only for 1 full day.)  They were going to bring up my organ that my grandmother gave me but we all felt that it would have be another trip and they’d just bring my mom’s car.  They came Sunday May 17 and we tried to cram a lot of fun activities in the few days they had here.  That night we went and showed them the boat dock and the walking path a few blocks from our house. 

Tempe sure did love having them come and visit!

Monday we went to the Buffalo Bill Museum.  It was amazing!  My first time ever going!  We have decided that when we don’t have the cat anymore we are going to try to get everyone to come up here and go all together since my brother in laws would love the gun area and my nephews would love the animal area.   

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IMG_5921 The eyes on this drawing looked like it followed you it was crazy!

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For dinner we took them to Shiki’s its a Japanese restaurant in Cody.  Many of you know I am not a fan of seafood at all, well I only like certain things.  BUT I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their sushi!


She did figure out how to use the chopsticks after awhile :D.

IMG_6006King Crab Roll, California Roll, Yellowstone Roll and some Asparagus roll.

The next day we had our awesome neighbor/friend and her little boy come over for lunch and play.  After that we started dinner in the crockpot and went up the mountain.

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We came back down put the funeral potatoes in the oven while J went and to see if he could get our tire fixed.  (The sucky thing about that is that a few months before we went to Laramie to see our friends daughter get baptized and we had to replace all 4 tires).  They wouldn’t be able to replace it till Thursday so we used my parents car the rest of the time they were here.  That night we went over to Brandon and Stephanie’s house for dinner so my parents could meet Stephanie and Cecily.  We had ham and funeral potatoes, YUMMY!

Wednesday Justin had a dentist apt the next day in Cody so we got in their car and went to Cody again.  We dropped J off and my parents and I walked down main-street and may or may not have bought lots of stuff.  A few hours later J texted to let me know he was ready to be picked up.  After picking him up we went to Walmart to get his prescription filled and get a deadbolt for our back door.  While waiting for his prescription we (Justin didn’t eat anything, he wasn’t hungry) ate Subway.  When we got home we had the Jolley’s come over and visit for a few hours!  So Glad my parents got to meet them.

The next day they left.  It was hard on me, I wanted them to stay longer.
Friday night after J got off work we set out to go to Utah to visit with my sister and her family for the weekend.

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IMG_6047 We got to meet my newest nephew Bennett :D.  He’s such a cutie!

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He’s going to be such a great father!

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This this is actually super high (and knowing me I am afraid of hights) I went almost to the top.  Got to the 4th section (right before the top) and had enough.  I told myself to just keep going since I am almost there but I was freaking myself out so I had to get down.

The following Sunday we left.  We had to go a different route because the Wind River Canyon was closed due to rock, mud slides.  We didn’t get home till super late that night.

I’ll update more later!

Bring on the new year!!

Yes I know this is 3 months late, but better late then never right?!?

January came and went.  I’m starting to think that the months are flying by super fast now.  I’m not the primary chorister anymore.  After a few months of doing it, it didn’t get any easier for me to stand up in front of the kids.  I prayed and prayed for help, I knew He called me there for a reason and I feel bad that my nerves got the  best of me, and after talking to the bishop about it he released me.  But I gotta say I love my new callings!!  They kept me in primary as the 9-11 year olds teacher and the primary activity day leader.  For the activity day there is another lady who is also there that has some really fun ideas for the girls.  I’m excited to see how the year goes.

February came and went just about as fast as January.  We learned that Brandon and Stephanie are pregnant again but with twins!  We are excited for them and know they will do great and that Cecily will be an awesome big sister.  I have been praying out loud, in my heart, mind that I would know that I would be a mother.  I know in my Patriartical blessing it says I will.  After a few days of hearing Brandon and Stephanies news I asked J for a blessing and I got my answer.  “Motherhood is part of the plan He has for you.”  I cried.   I was so thankful for that answer, I was so thankful for Him hearing my crys, hearing my paryers and listening to my heart and answering.  I also know we aren’t the only ones praying for us.  My family is, J’s family is, close friends are.  We feel those prayers and we are so thankful for them.  Those prayers are what gets us through the rough times.   I know without a doubt that I will be a mother, when, I don’t know but I’m not going to worry about it anymore.  I’m going to try to do the best I can to do what the Lord has asked of me, try to be good at my callings, try to be a better wife.  I want the blessings of motherhood, so I’m going to do what I can to get that blessing!

A few weeks ago at Church the bishop got up and said that if every Temple Recommend holder went up to the Temple once a month they would have to build us a new Temple here.   Last week I told J that we needed to go to Billings and he said “to the Temple”.  I was like “uhm, if you want to.” He goes “you don’t have to if you don’t want to.”  I then asked him if he wanted to and without hesitation he said “Yes”.  I knew we needed to go it had been quite awhile since the last time we had gone.  I texted Meredith and asked if she and Cliff would want to go.  She said she would.  That whole week satan worked on me HARD!!  My ear started to hurt again like it was infected, I would get bad headaches, I would get nauseated, my stomach/back hurt.  On top of all that, that week we were busy busy busy!!   Sunday Justin went home teaching to 1 family, Monday we had the Jolly’s over, Tuesday Stephanie and Cecily came over to help me make suckers and dinner for our neighbor, Justin also went home teaching to the other family. Wednesday we were able to rest, Thursday I went over to sister Petersons home to figure out the year for activity days, for dinner we had the Eardly’s over.  Friday they dropped their little dog off so we could watch her for the weekend.  I liked being busy.  I got a blessing Thursday night because I knew I needed to go to the Temple but satan was working overtime on me.  Saturday morning came and I didn’t get much sleep since the dog we are watching was walking around since it was a new place.  I also woke up with a super bad sore throat, but I prayed that it would go away because I knew I needed to go today.  We went to go pick Meredith up and got to the Temple 1 hour early.

I have to say that I’m so glad we went.  While in the Celestial room I remembered something my dad said in a blessing when my grandmother died.  “She will be waiting for you with open arms.” I imagined what it would be like in Heaven.  Everyone dressed in white and hugging each other.  I could see in my mind my grandma with open arms, I got teary eyed.  I’m so glad we went!  All the stresses from that week, all my burdens, all my worries seemed to be gone.  Of course as soon as I stepped out of the Temple I could feel them again, but they were lighter.

I’m ready for this year to get started to see what is in store for us!  Maybe this year we will be a little closer to having our family grow!  We’ll just have to wait and see!!

 

Christmas, Road trip, Baby blessing, and more…

Its been a crazy few months.  I don’t mind it being crazy!  We learned in November that Stacey and Jace were going to bless their little one the weekend after Christmas.  We tried and tried to think of a way to go down so that way we could be part of it.  But we couldn’t come up with the funds.  We had already made a trip down for the 4th of July and used up most of J’s vacation.  I called my dad to let him know that we wouldn’t make it down.  He asked to talk to Justin and talked to him for awhile, when they got done my dad told me that J had something to tell me.  I hang up the phone with my dad and J goes on to tell me that my parents were willing to pay our way down because it needed to happen.  Everyone needed to be there.  I called Stacey up and told her that we had a change of plans and that we would be able to go.  She was super excited.

Noon on Christmas day we went over to his parents house to open gifts and eat lunch.  It had snowed so much that Brandon and Stephanie (Justin’s brother and sister in law) got snowed in so we were unable to see them and say goodbye to them and Cecily.  We said our goodbyes, came back home packed the car, got Tempe and started our way down to Arizona.  30 minutes after starting to drive it started snowing and it didn’t ever stop until we hit Albuquerque New Mexico.  The roads were horrible going down, but I know without a doubt that we were watched over.  It took us so much longer to get to my parents house but we finally did.  We arrived at 7:30 the following night and we were so done with being in the car, even Tempe (who loves to go for drives) was done.  I’m glad we were able to go down as well because then I was able to give my grandma her scrapbook that I had made.  SHE LOVED IT!!  Even made her and other people cry.

The next day Myself (Kim Korth) and her family came over and we got to hang out with them for a few hours.  I finally got to meet her cute little girls!  We went to lunch and then the duckponds.   After an hour or so we had to go back to my parents house to get ready to go take family pictures.  IMG_5488

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Sunday was the baby blessing and we went to the central church where we would always have the Martin Thanksgiving.  It was a beautiful blessing and I’m so glad we were able to make it!

Monday came and we had to leave.  We weren’t ready to be in the car again but Justin had to be back on Wednesday.  The roads weren’t as bad as they were coming back and I’m glad it didn’t take as long to get home.

Help us find our miracle!

As many of you know we are trying to adopt.  We aren’t going through LDS services anymore, but we are still trying to adopt.   We won’t get our name out there unless you help us! SO PLEASE HELP!

We’ve been praying hard and my knees have bruises.  My heart aches to be a mother and to have Justin be a father, he’ll make the best dad!  I see him with our nephews, nieces, cousins and kids that I babysit and I want him to be a father.

Christmas

For Christmas this year I thought I’d do something special for my grandmother. Shh!! Don’t tell 😀  I wanted to do something for her that was from the heart and that was from everyone.  I’ve been getting into the digital scrap booking and I love it!  I love how much stuff you can get for free!!

So early June I messaged everyone and told them what I was doing and that I’d love for them to send pictures so I can make them all a couple of pages.  Last week we finished printing them and bought a book and sheet protectors and I gotta say I’m super excited about this.  I left extra sheet protectors in there also because I know the family isn’t done growing.

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Justin’s grandfather!

A few months ago we learned that Justin’s grandpa had face cancer again, it was hard on everyone.  A week after that Justin’s uncle Mal and cousin Lush came down and got to spend the weekend.  I’m so glad they did because Oct. 31 we lost him.  The funeral was so beautiful and I feel honored that I was able to know him for as long as I did.   Every year he’d grow these beautiful flowers.IMG_5365

 

 

 

Our visit with some family and Arizona

We were so excited to have my mom, Kristen and Stacey be able to come up and stay with us.   They got here June 23 in the evening and I was so excited to see them!  Braxton, Trevon and I went out back so that way they could bring stuff in.  While the boys were playing with the stuffed animals and having fun Kristen told us some exciting news!!! SHE’S PREGNANT! yippy!! 😀  Later that night Kristen noticed that Braxtons eyes were starting to swell up.  J took her to Rons/Shopko to see if they were still open to get some benadryl.  Alas they weren’t so they made a trip to Cody.  We weren’t sure at that point what was doing it to him, we all felt so bad!  The next morning it was worse, I called J’s mom to see what doctor was working and she made an appointment for Braxton.  Thats when we found out he is highly allergic to cats :(, poor kid!  When they got back Kristen, Braxton and Stacey took a nap, I played go fish with Trevon and my mom made me some curtains out of material from my Grandma Martin.  At lunch Justin and his brother Brandon gave Braxton and blessing.  I love having family around!  Kristen traded rooms with my mom so that way the cat wouldn’t go in the room and make it worse.  That night was hard for him and her.    Kristen told Michael and he said “Come home now!”, I wanted to be selfish and have them stay longer because I was having fun with them visiting.  But watching my nephew trying to breathe was hard on me.  They left that morning and it was hard to see them go!

We were so blessed to be able to come down to Arizona and spend a 1 1/2 week with my family.  We left home on the 2nd and got to my parents house midmorning on the 3rd.  That night we went out as a family to eat at Casa its a family favorite! When my mom called to make a reservation we all counted 19 people, of course we didn’t have everyone here we were missing Nick and Maverick.  The next day we all got ready to go to Bylas to shoot off fireworks.  While playing a dice game with Trevon, Brooklyn, Zack and Meghan we hear screaming.  We learned that a little girl was attacked by bee’s, she was lucky she didn’t get stung.  My dad and Jordan was shooing them away while Meghan’s sister picked the little girl up went away from the bee’s.  My dad left go to and set up for another show, I asked him if he’d like some help since he was the only one doing that show, he said no that I needed to be with family.  We had to cover all the fireworks because there was a nasty wind that came through and it was spitting a little.  I went to go help with that since they needed more hands.  After we got all of them covered I went to go help with dinner and helped pass around the sandwiches.  All the kids seemed to be having fun!

Nick came up to where all of us girls were (except Meghan’s sister) and said that the show wouldn’t be at 8:30 it was pushed back till 9.  The firework show was amazing, I’m always happy when I can see all the hard work, dedication going into setting up a show and then seeing them being lit up.

Saturday we had a baby shower for Stacey, the decorations, food, company, games was all so amazing and fun.
Sunday Bethanie, and Kristen and their families left since Kristen had to be in Mesa that night for a family reunion.
Monday morning Stacey and Jace left.
Wednesday J and I drove up to Mesa to hang with them before we left.  We got there and Bethanie, Kristen and Brooklyn were painting Brooklyns room.  I loved it! I wish I got a picture of it all being done but alas I didn’t.
Thursday we were gonna leave early in the morning so that way we could see our cousin who we hadn’t seen in years.  But I had noticed my eyes were started to swell up and so I had to wait till J and Nick got back from fishing to see if they had any medicine I could take.  When they got back around 5:30am I had J look at it and ask Nick if they had any medicine, he came and looked at it he then asked what I did.  I told him I didn’t know, but then I remembered I used some Aveeno make up remover the Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  I now know I can’t use anything Aveeno :(.  He gave me some benadryl and tylenol.  I was out till I heard the boys up a few hours later.  I felt bad for only staying 1 night.  J looked at me and said “take a nap, we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon”.  It was nice because we both got to spend more time with the everyone.  We weren’t able to see my cousin this trip but I’m hoping that the next time we go down (or I go down) we are able to see her.
Friday we did laundry and were able to go out to lunch with my mom and a really good friend of mind.  This was J’s first time joining us, I was happy he came along!  That night we took my parents and Jordan and Meghan out for dinner which was nice to be able to say goodbye to them.
Saturday we packed up our car and started driving.  That night we would be stopping in Lovell to stay at a friends house for some rest.  We didn’t get there till 4:30 am but we did get there without any accidents so that was a plus!  We woke up around 9-9:30, had breakfast and got to catch up with them since it had been 2 years since we last saw them.  I was so glad that we were able to do that!
We got home Sunday night around 7pm.  It was so nice to be able to sleep in our own bed and in our nice cool house!
All in all I think it was a good trip, yes there was a few hiccups along the way but other then that it was a good trip.

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Mom making curtains for our kitchen.

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Playing Zombies

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Tman being cute

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Nap Time

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In Arizona

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Setting up fireworks for the 4th of July

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12 inch firework

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Stacey’s Babyshower!!

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Staying with Bethanie and Nick for a night

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Our Home 2!

Its been really nice having our own place now.  I can’t believe its been almost 1 month since we moved in.  We met our neighbors (J already knew 1 of them because she used to work at the bank where he works).  The other neighbor we try to go walking whenever we can.  There is a big park a few blocks away from our home and a walkway behind it that goes from one end of town to the other (a total of 4 miles + walking home).  We finally got internet today and so I’m taking full advantage of it before I start cleaning for our company this week.  I have noticed a big change in Cali since we moved in, she is happier! She purrs more.  Tempe isn’t used to living in town yet haha, so every little thing she barks at.

My mom, Kristen and her two little boys, Stacey and peanut (the cute baby boy in her tummy) are coming today to visit till Friday. We will be spending the 4th of July with my family!  I’m super excited because we haven’t done a 4th of July with my family since Jordan and Meghan were dating.  We are so super excited to have company!

Here is more pictures!!

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