Christmas Letter + Bonus Pics from 2015

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Big 10 Martinez Memories of 2015

  1. Mike Celebrated 10 Years at his Job

On November 14, 2005, Mike began working in the operations center. Ten years later Mike is a Senior Nerd InfoSec Analyst, and CEO of our Digital Marketing Co, illuvint. {Hey, like us on Facebook, would ya?}

  1. Learning to Slow Down

Distraction + walking down stairs = A dangerous combo. Lisa took a tumble down the condo’s outdoor stairs, landing on top her foot, resulting in a severe midfoot sprain. Impeccably timed, our move was pushed back since this happened the week before. 3 Doctors and 2 PT’s later, she’s still in Physical Therapy, with hopes to be back to 100% soon!

  1. On the Road Again

Almost all our travel was in Texas this year. There were San Antonio weekend trips to see both Sanchez + Martinez families. Many Austin house-hunting trips from March through May – thanks to the generosity of our friend + cousins in housing us then. In June, we went to our nephew’s, Dustin, high-school graduation in San Benito and smuggled him back to Dallas. In early September, Lisa was in Alabama for the Delaune’s wedding, Mike was in Austin when his Tio Americo passed, and then back together in S. Tx for the funeral.

  1. Fixer Upper {And gratitude for the help of family and friends.}

Our condo needed some TLC before renting it. From the bathroom renovation, to adventures in plumbing, painting, repairs, and kitchen refresh – there were long and laughable moments.

  1. Redeeming Mother’s Day

After 3 offers on 3 homes and 3 “NOs”, our house-hunting began to feel like a beat down. A wild turn of events led us to a lovely 2-story home in North Austin. We made our offer on Mother’s Day (we were 1 of 3.) Late on May 11th, our Realtor + cousin Myrna Garcia, congratulated us on our new home!

  1. Not Saying Goodbye

We haven’t had to say goodbye to Dallas, especially since Mike travels weekly to work in the office a few days, w’re grateful for the Kahlich’s generosity in housing him. Lisa’s visited the D a couple of times too.

  1. From Porch to Plot o’ Land

We moved on up from a cement slab porch to a big, green backyard. Still adjusting from watering 2 plants outside the door to having 5 flower beds, a garden, compost, covered porch, and lots of grass. Living on a Cul-de-Sac, with a dead end street and open land behind us, it’s a peaceful place of beauty. We love it!

  1. New Ventures

In November, Lisa opened Little With Great Love, an online Etsy shop to feature our handmade goods – currently Mom Martinez’s crochet. She’s also been working with her partner, and their Mentor, on a new initiative to serve religious organizations that will officially launch in 2016.

  1. Settling In

Mike’s wanted to live in Austin for many years. We’re learning the Austinite ways + making new friends!

  1. Visitors to Our New Home!

What joy to have our friends + family visit our new home. We had Lisa’s brother, Paul, and nephews, Dustin and Jacob, during move-in weekend. In July we hosted the Florida Sanchezes, and had our House Blessing + Warming then. The Martinezes have come to stay a few times. Weekenders with friends have been great!

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