Friday, January 8, 2010

Our Wedding!

Our New Family

After much persistence from family and friends we are finally updating our blog. The year 2009 was extremely wonderful. Dreams came true for Evan and me. It all started May 28, 2009, although we had met prior to our first date through a singles activity, one in which I was convinced that Evan wanted nothing to do with me. I didn’t give up on him though, thank goodness. I don’t know who saw who first, but I was instantly attracted to him. We owe it all to Sis. Lewis, without her there might not have been a wedding on Oct. 23, 2009. She set us up. She called me saying that someone in the ward had been asking about me. When she said his name I was astonished, I was for sure he didn’t have any interest in me. Weeks later, even after I attended his ward, and still he didn’t talk to me, he called me that night and asked me out. I was literally jumping for joy. I instantly called my mom, we screamed through the phone together. Our first date was miniature golf. I was surprised at the comfortable atmosphere, it was like I was talking to someone I knew. Evan felt the same; we are both convinced and know that we were very close in the preexistence. Through the grace of God and His tender mercy, he has finally brought us together again. We were inseparable, always together from that point on.

Evan proposed July 29, 2009 in my apartment. I for sure thought I was going to know when it was coming, but wow did he surprise me. He proposed through a candy gram. The last sentence in the gram he said, “I thank God everyday for my good fortune (fortune cookie).” After reading it, he said “let’s read your fortune.” I opened it up and inside on a piece of paper, it said “Brittney will you marry me”!! After all the tears, which were tears of JOY I said yes. Just a side note of Evans good taste, he picked the ring out all by himself. It is BEAUTIFUL.

We met with my Bishop to start the cancelation of sealing, which if you don’t know can take anywhere from 1 month to years. Every case is different, we had no idea how long it would take for us. After talking with the Bishop I knew that we were to plan a date and let the Lord handle the rest. It took a lot of faith and trust in the Lord for both of us, which turned out to be all that the Lord wanted. We received a phone call from my Bishop saying we got clearance. You can only imagine our joy. We were sealed for time and all eternity on October 23, 2009 in the Boise, Idaho Temple. Automatically Evan became a dad to a beautiful 4 year old daughter Alia. She absolutely loves and adores Evan, and vice versa Evan loves her as well. We both finally have the family we have prayed many years for.

We had a wonderful Christmas, filled with love and happiness, despite Alia being with her dad in Chicago. We celebrated Christmas with all our loved ones. On December 27, 2009 we moved to Logan, Utah for school. Evan was accepted into USU in the mechanical engineering program. We are both excited to be here in Logan. Alia will return from her dads the end of January. We can’t wait to have her back in our home again. It is so hard on both of us to be without a member of our family whom we love and cherish.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Spring Fun

This spring has been crazy busy for me, but it’s been fun as well. I’m in my last quarter at TVCC, thank goodness. It’s nice to finally feel like I’m making some progress in school. As excited as I am to go to USU I’m sure I’ll miss Ontario a little, haha I never thought I’d say that. Anywho, aside from work and school there’s been a lot of other things happening at the Huff mini-farm. My parents decided to do away with the 1960’s mint green tile in the main bathroom and remodel it. As usual I became the general contractor for the job. I’m not sure why that seems to happen every time, but I’m cool with it. I contracted Dad to do all the plumbing, Mike for the electrical, paint, and trim, Mom and Sis for the meals, and I stood around and watched. Haha just kidding I put a lot of time into the project, partly because I had the most time to give and because I like doing that type of work. I’m sure Lowes and Home Depot loved us because we were in there nearly every day. As you can see from the before and after pics our Extreme Bathroom Makeover turned out pretty well.

About this same time our cow Rosie was dew to drop a calf. I’m sure it was in the back of my dad’s mind for weeks, but I really didn’t care much. That is until my dad woke me up at 4:30 in the morning and asked me to help him pull the calf. So I did. All he really needed me to do was hold the flashlight, so it was all good. Or so I thought. Now, I think I’m pretty tough guy. I hunt, I gut animals, I donate blood, and I shovel cow crap on occasion. But when that cow slid out and blood and fluid slopped all over my face, I gotta admit that was pretty freakin gross! I hope that’s not how it is when my kids are born. Anyways, the next day we discovered that the calf had some undeveloped front legs meaning he couldn’t straiten his legs out and therefore couldn’t stand or walk properly. On the range a calf like that would never survive and most cattlemen would just put it down because its not worth their time to try to help them, but dad and I knew that he could be helped so we determined to try. Dad got some suggestions from the vet and we brain stormed for a few days and finally decided to start by putting some braces on his ankles to help his hooves stay strait thus stretching his tendons while his muscles gained strength. After this we planned on putting braces on his knees to help straighten them, but after about a week and a half of wearing his ankle braces, he surprisingly looked really good. So we left well enough alone and now he runs and plays like a normal calf. Because he was a little handicapped and he had to wear braces for a while we named him Forrest, after Forrest Gump.

We got the bathroom done just before Easter weekend when we had a family Easter Egg Hunt which really should have been called The Stoddard Family Reunion 2009. We also refer to it as Redneck Weekend. There must have been 100 people here for the egg hunt and barbeque. It was crazy! We had about five times as many eggs as we did hiding places, so the kids were happy. And as it turned out there was a special egg for my cousin Renee which had and engagement ring in it. Congrats Barry and Renee! After the barbeque things got down right redneck. We threw open the gate to the pasture and it became a dirt track for four wheelers, motorcycles, and anything else that had a motor. For hours it was non-stop motorized, hick fun, complete with kids wrecking into fences and riding lawn mower races.

As fun as all this was, the height of my excitement this spring has to be the Eagles concert I got to go to with Jake and Lara and my parents. The Eagles are my favorite band and the concert was off the hook awesome!