A Journey to Texas

On our way to Texas we stopped at two families homes.  First the Hallbach’s in VA, and wouldn’t you know we didn’t take pictures!  Seriously, every time we are at their house we forget to take pictures!  Granted, this visit was a whirlwind, but we still love the Hallbach’s dearly!!! They are so wonderful and we had a great time.  Next pitstop was the Whiddon’s in GA. Since we were there a few more days we actually have a couple pictures 🙂

Then we arrived in our rental home in Farmersville, TX.  Where we kicked off our first sunday there with a GREAT little church full of adoptive families.  On the way to church, never a dull moment, we found puppies on the side of the highway. So what did we do? Stop of course!  Next thing we knew, a few days into Texas, and we’ve ended up with 3 puppies.  Turns out they were part pitbull, so we found them OTHER homes to live in. 🙂  But it was such a JOYOUS to rescue puppies and love on them for a few weeks.



And while in our rental, short lived as it was, we were able to see some GORGEOUS sunrises and sunsets.  Ahhhh big sky beauty of Texas!

Stay tuned for more of our Journey to Texas….. up next…. our new neighbors both furry & friendly 🙂



We are alive!!!! And we made it to Texas!

Ok- so this post was imagined about 20 times and it is FINALLY making it in print!

We are here! We are in Texas!!!! Wahoooooo

So, we moved into our rental.  Found a local church full of great like minded adoptive families, and then…… the septic blew -yuk- our landlord didnt want to replace a septic just to fit our family….so…. off to moving AGAIN.  yes again!

The story is crazy long, but suffice it to say that God TOTALLY took care of every detail in ways that no human ever could.  And a few short weeks later we were moving into our newly purchased home north of Dallas in a small country town called Van Alstyne, TX.

The house was vacant for over 3 years (God was just holding it for us) and in we moved- boxed and re-boxed, some organized and some, well, not….but the kids were great helpers!!! 🙂

We found a godly and trustworthy builder to help us with a few things on the house to make it move in ready so all we had to do was unbox.  That seemed like enough.

Now the holidays are here- wow- time flies.  Great events have taken place in our lives.  Wonderful new friends and neighbors.  Opportunities for our children and more.  We will post a new post every few days of our journey so you can catch all the juicy details.

Until then, have a WONDERFUL holiday!!!

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Organizing Life

I LOVE organizing and this big move to Texas has just fueled my love for that.  I admit that over the past years my basement has become an insane pile of stuff.  It gets under my skin.  So this move I was forced to tackle it and transport it into a new life of color coded bins with categorical labels…ahhhhh LOVE.

Here are some great links to FREE downloads to help organize your life.

Gift buying here great way to plan, budget, and keep track of a big family!!!

Thoroughness of chores list here.  THere are tons of chore programs (check out Titus 2 ministries) and lists out there, but this one is so easy for you to replicate or print out-  THOROUGHNESS– love it.

Giant Spring CLeaning checklist here this one is that HUGE whole house once a year type deal-  So good to use- divide between family members and you are done in no time!!!

LIttle kids Daily Independence check list here.  This is soooooo “do-able” I love it.

Enjoy!  Happy Organizing 🙂 From one “ducks in a row lover” to another 🙂




Texas here we come!!!!!

Can you believe it?  Well, neither can we!!! in just a few days we are heading to Texas!!!  God is so very amazing (as usual) and we can’t help but to share a small portion of this story with you.

Sean has accepted the opportunity to serve with OnLine For Life in Dallas, Texas.  He will be working with Christian Pregnancy Centers all over the US helping them to become confident, consistent and successful counselors for abortion-minded women.  Turning the hearts and minds of women across the country to love their children.  There’s nothing us Martins love more than talking about hard, awkward, uncomfortable questions that no one else wants to talk about…like abortion 🙂  So- bring it on!

In Titus 2:4 God tells us that we are to teach young women to “love their husbands, (and) to love their children”.  Now, if God put it in there and felt the need to spell it out so clearly, then He OBVIOUSLY knew that it was going to be needed 🙂  God knew that there would be women who wouldn’t love their children or wouldn’t know how.  That their fears would hold them back.  It is our responsibility as Christians to teach people the love of Christ and teach people God’s ways.  Loving your children is one of them.

If we can help women learn to identify their fears, accept the strength of God’s love in their life, and willingly take a risk to love their unborn child, then they see that child in a new light.  The see it as a blessing and not a burden.  Choosing life is very hard for some women and they need help.

We are over-joyed that God would allow us to be part of such a wonderful ministry.  The folks at Online For Life commit their all to this transformational ministry, and we can’t wait to join them!!!

Learn more about it:  On Line For Life  and here

And you can follow their blog (OFL blog) which shares new testimonies of women all the time.

Here’s one woman’s story you can watch here.

We head out in just a few short days. August 9th we hit the road with a “FEW” great stops along the way!

Our new home is located in the country outside of North Dallas at

3169 County Road 700

Farmersville, TX 75442

Our phone numbers and email stay the same 🙂

God has answered ALL of our prayers in a home– space for kids, open floor plan, space for family and lots of friends to visit, multiple shade trees (ahhhhh we are excited about that ’cause TX is HOT) and room for our goats 🙂  So, you are welcome ANYTIME!!!! We would LOVE to have you visit.  Don’t hesitate to just call us up and say “Hey we want to come to TX and visit”.