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7/27/2014 6:00:00 AM
The balm after the storm
Twins' arrival a bright spot after bad break and battered car
J.C. AMBERLYN/Miner
From left are Matthew Delmonaco, Myles Embrey holding Nicholas Delmonaco, Isaac Delmonaco holding Jeremiah Delmonaco, and Desiree Star Embrey.
J.C. AMBERLYN/Miner
From left are Matthew Delmonaco, Myles Embrey holding Nicholas Delmonaco, Isaac Delmonaco holding Jeremiah Delmonaco, and Desiree Star Embrey.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
The back end of the family’s 2009 Pontiac shows the damage done to it by the falling tree. To provide assistance, especially a car, to the Kingman family, call (928) 753-3836 or email desireeembrey@hotmail.com.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
The back end of the family’s 2009 Pontiac shows the damage done to it by the falling tree. To provide assistance, especially a car, to the Kingman family, call (928) 753-3836 or email desireeembrey@hotmail.com.

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - The adage "When it rains, it pours" has held true the past two months for Desiree Star Embrey and her family.

Desiree, 25, and her fiancé, Matthew Delmonaco, 28, have seen their share of bad luck during that time. Embrey, who was expecting twins, was put on total bed rest after she began dilating early. During that time, Matthew's 1-year-old son, Isaac Delmonaco, broke his leg as he played on the slide at restaurant, and Matthew lost his job at Denny's because he had to stay home with both patients.

The family, including Myles Embrey, 7, was evicted and had to move in with Matthew's parents, Richard and Tina Delmonaco, who live in the 1700 block of Airfield Ave. And to top it off, the young couple's 2009 Pontiac G6, on which they still owe $4,000, was smashed when lightning struck a 65-feet-tall pine tree in the yard and it hit the back of the car during the July 14 storm that hammered Kingman.

Bad as that was, though, it could have been much, much worse.

"I was in that car five minutes before the lightning struck to grab some clothes out of it," said Desiree. "All we had on it was liability insurance, and his parents' homeowner policy won't cover this because it was a natural disaster. When I saw what happened, I thought 'Are you kidding? We've had the worst luck over the past two months and now this?'"

The storm let loose with just under an inch of rain, with the hardest his area between Stockton Hill Road and Andy Devine Avenue along Interstate 40, according to the National Weather Service. Radar showed torrential rain, strong winds, small hail and even the possibility of a microburst.

For the struggling family, the loss of the family car has been monumental.

Then the twins, Jeremiah and Nicholas Delmonaco, were born prematurely July 20 at Kingman Regional Medical Center.They will be there for several weeks as they gain weight, and Matthew and the two older boys walk back and forth to the hospital daily in the heat to see Desiree and the newborns.

Myles, meanwhile, starts school Aug. 7 at Hualapai Elementary and needs to be transported. And there will be doctor visits for Desiree, who needed a Cesarean section because the twins were tangled around each other, and for the babies after they get out of the hospital. For now, Desiree stays at KRMC with the twins to nourish them naturally between tube feedings.

The blessings of good medical care and two beautiful baby boys are bright spots the extended family clings to.

If not for that, Desiree notes, we'd "be totally out on our luck right now."

Matthew will remain home to help her with the children for at least a month after she and the babies are discharged. Trading income for a stay at home dad is just another step toward the family getting back on its feet.

"It's been really hard, but I'm just glad we weren't in the car when the tree fell," Desiree said.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: Lani Vaughn

This is certainly not news. But I do feel for them. Maybe they should do a Go fund me account? Stay strong kid's it does get better.

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Article comment by: Really Now

So this is whats worthy of front page news in kingman?! Take your charity case somewhere else! Or better yet.... Get a job!! Everyone has their struggles, that's life! Families are hurting all over the world but you don't see most of them airing their dirty laundry for the whole town to see. It's simply just classless and honestly kind of pathetic. Take pride in yourself and learn to deal with it and better yourself for you and your family.

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Article comment by: Kimberly Dunajski

Dezzy, my sweet best friend..... Let me just reassure you that the negative comments on here are cruel. Do not think ANY of it is true by any means. Keep your beautiful face held high and stay strong. You are an outstanding woman, the greatest best friend, and above all you are a fantastic mother. Stay positive!

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014
Article comment by: M a

@ yeah okay. Why do you have to post such heartless things. You dont know this family or what there going through. Keep your negative opinions to yourself. If you dont want to show them support then dont but you dont have to bash on them either.

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014
Article comment by: I'm Amazed

@ Yeah Okay,
Your comments are heartless. Many people end up in different situations for various reasons. Apparently you didn't understand the article. He had to leave his job to CARE for the mother of his children as she was bedridden due to the pregnancy, and to help care for the toddler with a broken leg! The twins were born recently, so at what time was he supposed to "Get another job"??
If I remember correctly this is a "community" and a community is only as strong as it's weakest part. Allow people to suffer and this community will never flourish.
Newspapers have written articles like this for as long as I can remember. Bigger cities have whole newspaper sections devoted to their communities. You are heartless.
If I was able, I would help this family out. But for now, I will wish them well. Beautiful family you have there! Things will get better!


Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014
Article comment by: karma is my name

I also agree with the other comment that why is this front page news?Everyone has personal struggles and you manage the you can.These people are no different than the annoying panhandlers outside Walmart that I am tempted to run over with my car.Why is the Miner supporting this?

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014
Article comment by: discusted and sickened

yeah okay and jj. you 2 make me sick you make me want to puke you should be ashamed of your selvs for the comments you posted ide use a fake name to if i were you. i feel bad for that young couple. stuff happens in life. and if you read the article you would have seen he did have a job and was fired because he had too stay home and help his family. i hope things get better for them and i hope them babies are okay. so what if they are not married. to yeah okay and jj losers. to the parents of those beautiful babies congradulations

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Article comment by: georgia Marsh

Please give my contact information to the family. I would like to help them. I leave the judgment part to the big guy. Freely I have been given, freely I shall give. Because HE loved me first.

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

@Yeah Okay
Where exactly does it say taxpayers are paying? Perhaps she has insurance? I hope you never have a family member that needs your assistance...I'm sure you wouldn't be there for them from your comments.

As to babies before marriage...oh please...go back to the 40's.

I have to say...I could get that car street legal for about $20. Wouldn't be pretty though.


Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Article comment by: tiffany poole

hi desiree I know u don't know me but seeing how your lil family is having a stream of bad luck and u have all boys I just wanted to offer u some free boys baby clothes if u would like them I can bring them to the hospital for u if youd like have a blessed day and I hope things get better for u and your family


Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Article comment by: Tammy Garrett/Rutherford

I would like to hold a fund Raising night/nights for this family. If someone that knows them would pass this along and they would want this please have them call us (928)377-1660 Thank you

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Article comment by: Yeah Okay

This is in the paper?? They are not married, he could get another job?? Tax payers are paying for these kids. We all have problems. Why is in the newspaper?

You should have never have gotten her pregnant to begin with. Take some responsibility. Cover it! I am so sick of taxpayers who are responsible having to pay for the pathetic, money grubbing, sympathy hoards who wont work like the rest of us. This had no business being in the news paper. Have issues? Reach out to the many special interest groups who can help. Start with your church or police department who can direct you. This has no business being in the news paper. Gee who did you know there? Figured, why work? Get sympathy money????? SO sick of this news paper, it's a joke.


Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Article comment by: J J

I guess this story slipped past the editor's desk. It has at least three misspelled words, words in the wrong context, and a few punctuation mistakes (and I'm only a mediocre writer myself).



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