Update on Our Summer…

For those of you who do not receive our newsletter or we have not been around recently, you more than likely do not know that Tim is in Uganda and I am in Auburn. The distance between us is NOT by choice, but otherwise I would not graduate when Tim does and that would delay us from finding a job outside of Auburn. Trust me, I would MUCH rather be where my husband is because that is HOME to me.

Tim and I finished up our spring semesters several weeks ago. I ended finals and class April 26 and Tim finished May 7. I am so thankful for the time we were able to spend together before he left for Uganda and I will be thankful for the time we will spend together when he gets back from his mission. 🙂

The week before he left we were able to spend in Gatlinburg, TN. This trip was supposed to be the annual Lakeview staff meeting, but due to certain things coming the meeting was cancelled. The Pugh’s had graciously offered one of their family member’s timeshares for us to use for the week free of charge and it had already been booked, so Bro. Al gave us the okay to go with the Pugh’s to spend our last week together! I had never been to Gatlinburg before and Tim’s family used to go every year so he was my very own travel guide for this trip. 🙂 God’s creation there was absolutely breath-taking! I am sure Tim got tired of me saying “Look here…Look there…Let’s take a picture with these mountains in the background!” Haha! We were able to just walk and look in shops and tour places. It was a time of great relaxation and fellowshipping with some wonderful friends!

When we got back we had to go straight to packing and making sure we had everything ready for Uganda. It was a sad time for me, but keeping my mind busy helped me to not shed as many tears as my eyes wanted to. I haven’t told Tim this next part yet, but I have been doing some thinking and realize that this is what the Lord had planned. The morning Tim left he woke up to go to the bathroom at about 5:30 AM and then immediately came to wake me up to tell me that the hot water heater had broke and was flooding the laundry room and kitchen. (Just great, right? This is EXACTLY how I wanted to spend my last morning with my husband!) I went and checked everything out while Tim was on the phone calling our dads to figure out how to turn the water heater off and calling the water company after we figured out the valve was broke and needed ALL of our water off. I then go and grab all the towels I can hold out of the linen closet and start trying to block in the water to where it would not go under the washer and dryer and enter the living room. It took the water company over 1 hour to get to our house to turn off the water.

I won’t go into the rest of the details, but we did get all the water off the floor and the plumber came two days later to put in the new water heater and to turn the water back on. I realize that the Lord had this all planned because I probably would have spent the entire morning sobbing and having a pity party for myself because Tim was leaving. God did not want me to waste my time doing those things and instead he kept me busy mopping the floors and pouring buckets of water out the back door. 🙂 And the next few days I had family and friends calling to check on me and my water situation, so I was able to not feel completely alone. God thought of this. He thought of me and planned this out. I was forced to rely on Him to provide a way for me to take showers and wash clothes. So, I am truly thankful that our hot water heater broke that day.

Anyways, Tim is safe in Uganda and doing some traveling this week into different villages and conducting surveys with some unreached, unengaged people groups. I am thankful for the times I am able to talk to him and for the times I am able to get a picture or FaceTime him. He is really enjoying his time there and the people he is working with. I will have to get him to blog about his time there when he gets back because he has some AWESOME stories to tell about God’s grace and sovereignty. 🙂

If you would like to receive pictures or updates on “exactly” what he is doing and how his time has been, please let me know and I will add you to my list. Please intercede for him during this time and the people he is sharing the gospel with for the very first time or for the 100th time!

 

Nearing the End

Well, the end of the semester is in sight for me. Praise be unto the Lord! I am still working on a few group projects, papers, and lesson plans, but there are no tests to study for until the last week of school. I do not have any finals during finals week, but mine are on the last day of class, which is April 25th. My life is going at a much slower pace now that I am now buried with mid-terms and group projects.

Tim, however, is not on the slow pace I am on. He is reading, studying Greek, and watching lectures 24/7 these days. He has class next week all day, every day. He even has class on Saturday. Boo! But I am extremely thankful he is learning about the Lord and His Word!

During my spring break (3/11-3/15) I was able to visit with some friends in Auburn, including my friend Joanne and her newborn Chinese beauty, Mia. She is so precious! I also got to visit with my family in Goodway (Monroe County) for a few days. On March 15, it marked one year since my grandmother had been with Lord rejoicing! I was so thankful that I got to be with my mom, aunts, and my Paw-Paw on that day. We went to a few arts and crafts festivals in Daphne and Fairhope, which is something my Gran-Gran would have LOVED to do and would have probably been doing that if she was still with us. So, it was a very good week for me and I also got to end the week by hanging out with my favorite person in the world, my husband! 🙂 Tim Mathis really is the bomb.com for those of you who don’t know.

The day before classes started back I started a 24 Day Challenge with AdvoCare. For those of you who don’t know what AdvoCare is, let me tell you. AdvoCare is a company that sells products to enhance energy, help make your workouts great, and help you lose weight and inches. The products are just vitamins and supplements to enhance your diet and make you healthy. I heard about AdvoCare back sometime last year, but I had only heard of Spark, which is the energy drink. People loved Spark and I didn’t know what the big deal was about. Then, I heard of other friends doing the 24 Day Challenge and getting AWESOME results. The average loss is 10 lbs and 10 inches! AdvoCare gives you a daily meal plan to follow while you’re on the challenge and just jump starts your weight loss and helps you get on the right track eating the right things every day.

I thought it was great and I just kept hearing more and more people talk about how awesome it was. I have been trying to get Tim and I eating the “organic foods” for a while now and stop drinking so much coke/soda. So, I saved up some money and signed up as a distributor under a former college roommate to get the 20% discount. The discount happens automatically when you sign up and you can earn up to 40% off all the products if you sell enough products. The first 10 days of the challenge is called the cleanse phase and days 11-24 is called the max (results) phase. I found out what I could and couldn’t eat and I have stuck to it. Also, it helps that you have to pay for the products to not cheat because you’ve made an investment into eating healthy.

I started the challenge 12 days ago and I have already had great results. The Spark energy drink has helped me have energy to work out and have such a good attitude about everything throughout the day. The food I am eating is helping me just feel better. Not having junk food and coke in my body has helped me to not feel so sluggish and weighed down. This Saturday will be 3 weeks without coke in body! Whoop Whoop! I thought I would have horrible, no good headaches without coke, but I have not had any! I am so excited to be half-way through this challenge and to feel this great!

If you want to know more about my results or how the products can help you, please let us know and I would love to find a way that AdvoCare can help you. My AdvoCare website is: www.advocare.com/130320520.

 

Life is but a blur…

Since Christmas our weekends have been booked to the max and last weekend was our first weekend at home since we took our anniversary trip to Black. Needless to say it was beyond needed and relaxing for us both.

The month of January Tim was either at Lakeview, a conference, or a class all but 2 days! It was definitely a crazy month for the Mathii, and February did not disappoint us either in that aspect. He is really looking forward to getting into his classes and learning more about systematic theology and Greek. Tim is actually in class right now and was yesterday, too.

My (MaeLee) school schedule has been OUT. OF. CONTROL. It really has been super crazy and stressful. Right now I am a part of 5 different group projects and I have taken 3 midterms with two more to go. I am placed at 3 different schools, which I am at 4 times per week outside of 17 hours of class I am taking. The highlight of this semester has most definitely been being in the schools so much! I am loving my times with different students and learning how to be the best teacher I can be. The teachers that I get the opportunity to work with are outstanding and there are many characteristics of theirs that I hope to take on and possess.

What I am most thankful for this semester is that I am in only education classes that relate to what I am majoring in and that is SUCH a blessing. It is a blessing because I am finally focusing everything on my major, Elementary Education, and because of that I am doing really well in all of my classes, which is GREAT! I am really hoping and striving for all As this semester and as of right now that is what I have in all of my classes..hoping it stays that way too!

Places we have been recently: Abbeville (For D-NOW), Monroeville, Mobile (with my family to take Tim to Mardi Gras for the first time), Panama City Beach (for marriage retreat), and Eufaula (for Tim’s Paw-Paw’s surprise birthday party).

Here are a couple of pictures to recap a couple of our trips:

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543515_4792271757286_1849371449_nThis is at Mardi Gras in Mobile with Tim and my Daddy.

This picture is just for you all to see the cutest 3 year olds that there ever was. 🙂

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New Year, New Schedules

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and new year with your family and friends. We enjoyed our time together with our families over the the holiday season. We went to Black, AL, where Tim’s dad’s side of the family meets every summer for family reunions, for a few days of being alone together. From there we went to Eufaula, AL to spend time with Tim’s mom’s side of the family for a few days. We had our Christmas celebration with them and got to spend some sweet time with our wonderful niece, Alexis. 🙂

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From Eufaula we went to spend Christmas Eve night in Goodway, AL. This was the first time I(MaeLee) have been home for Christmas in 3 years. Needless to say, my parents were thrilled to have me and Tim there for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. We spent a few days there and got to spend the night and hang out with my Paw-Paw. You guys do not even know how much we love my Paw-Paw. He is always the highlight of our trips to see my family, especially since we lost my Gran-Gran last March. We also got to see some more of our favorite people, the Dunns and Butlers, while in Goodway, which means we got to see our other favorite little girl, Lenora! 🙂

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We came back to Auburn for a few days of rest before hitting the road again. We celebrated in the New Year with some more of our favorite people, the Taylors! It was a night full of games and laughter! We left New Year’s Day for Louisville, KY with the Wimberlys. Kaleb and Tim took a Greek review class for free while Lindsay and I slept in at the hotel and hung out around Louisville. We were able to meet with some of the Wimberlys’ friends and have dinner with one of Tim’s professors and his family. I was so excited to go see Louisville and SBTS, where Tim is a student. We (mainly just me) enjoyed the cold weather to the fullest. We were all really hoping for snow, but it had melted by the time we arrived. (Such a Debbie Downer!) Other than getting stuck in traffic for a couple of hours on the way there, a good time was had by all of us!

Since our return from Kentucky, we both hit the ground running with responsibilities for work and school. Tim has been at Lakeview every day since we go back with some type of responsibility. We have had Week of Prayer, David Platt, Harry Reeder, and many other things happening at Lakeview. This past weekend we were leaders for FUEL! Fuel is a weekend for the youth to grow deeper in their relationships with the Lord and have an overload of fellowship with each other. Tim had 8th grade boys and I had 9th grade girls. It was definitely a weekend of renewal and exhaustion! We are both so thankful for opportunities to work with youth and use our gifts for the Lord in that manner since we both have a desire to work with them after graduation.

I am placed at three different schools this semester for my education program and I am SO excited about it! Reading, math, and P.E. for me this semester and all of these subjects require me to come up with my own lesson plans. Making lesson plans for the first time is a rather frightening thought to me, but I am up for the challenge!

So, this is our little update on the Mathii. Hope you have a great rest of the week and weekend! Love you guys!

A Year of Lessons

A year ago today I woke up at the crack of dawn to take the first shower in house full of 11 girls PLUS my parents. I had nine bridesmaids that stayed the night with me plus another friend the night before my wedding day. I was so nervous and wanted to make sure everything went “just right” that it was very hard for me to go to sleep, so when my alarm went off at 5:45 to take a shower I felt like I had just fallen asleep. Then, the race was off to fix my hair and make-up and help my bridesmaids with their hair and make-up. It was a fun and eventful morning, but I was still very nervous about everything.

We left to go to the church to get pictures taken. I felt like I did a lot of sitting alone in the bridal room while everyone was taking pictures with my handsome groom because we did not see each other before the ceremony. My flower girls kept coming in and out of the bridal room to look at my dress and kept saying “MaeLee, you’re so pretty and sparkly.” They are such precious girls, all FIVE of them! 🙂 I finally took one of my blood pressure pills to kill the nerves. It helped some, but not near enough. Haha!

Finally, the time came for the ceremony!! I didn’t think it would ever get there! I remember looking down at the end of the aisle where my groom was patiently waiting for me with a smile on his face and tears in his eyes. We had a beautiful time of worship with our closest family and friends, exchanged vows and rings, and kissed to make it all official.

The reception was a blur to me, but we were filled with excitement of our marriage and future together. I know that we attempted to talk to everyone at the reception, got a bite of cake, and a glass of “Baptist wine” AKA punch and that was it..we left out the door to everyone blowing bubbles and jumped into my aunt’s convertible mustang.

We were blessed by family members with a honeymoon in Gulf Shores. It was a nice getaway and a great way to start our married life together.

 

Everyone says that “your first year of marriage is the roughest..the worst…blah blah blah”. While I do not doubt that some people’s marriages can start that way, Tim and I agree that our first year has not been bad at all. It has not been all daisies and cupcakes all the time either, but if this is supposed to be “the worst” (as “they” say whoever “they” may be) then we are going to knock the rest of the years of marriage out of the ballpark!

This has been the best, sweetest, most incredible, and most encouraging year of my life thus far. Marriage is truly a gift from the Lord meant to be cherished and to give Him glory. I have learned so much about myself and Tim and grew in my faith this year. It has also flown by for the both of us.

God is always showing me just how faithful He truly is! He blesses us far too much and we are so undeserving! I have learned that I truly do have the most loving man in the world as my husband. He is showing me daily the love of Christ and how I need to love and trust the Lord more. The Lord also taught me how I can better love my husband and learn how to truly submit to him like a wife should do.

I want to thank all of you who pray for us, support us with encouragement and your monetary gifts, and frequently ask about us. A special thanks to those of you who are intentional in asking about our marriage and your concern in us spending enough time together. It is so encouraging to have family and friends like you. We are truly blessed beyond measure with your love and support!!

 

 

Half-Way Freedom.

So, I (MaeLee) am officially done with school for this semester! PRAISE THE LORD! I did not think this semester would ever come to an end. So, I am FREE!

Tim, on the other hand, is not done for the semester. He leaves for a J-term on Sunday and will return later in the week. He will be taking Herman-neutics in Louisville, KY. He also has two or three more finals on top of taking a week-long class.

My Daddy has the privilege of putting up the Christmas tree every year at the state capital. (Yes, this is a very big deal to my dad.) Today is the Christmas tree lighting and parade in Montgomery. So, we are meeting my parents in Montgomery for the parade and dinner and they will be coming to Auburn to spend the weekend with us.

I have a few pictures to share with you guys from over the time that I was not blogging as often.

 This is us at a pumpkin patch in Eufaula, AL in October. 🙂

This is my side of the family minus Tim and my brother Trey at my Paw-Paw’s 83rd birthday party.

This is my Paw-Paw and all of his granddaughters and two great-granddaughters. 🙂

This is me and our precious niece, Alexis at Thanksgiving! She is so much fun and has so much joy!

 This picture is the most recent and has to be included just because it is so beautiful. (You should check out the rest of downtown Auburn at night if you want to see something truly magical and beautiful.) 🙂

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you are preparing your hearts for one of favorite times of the year, Christmas! Please remember the reason we celebrate Christmas and how amazing it is to know that God sent His Son to come and live a perfect life for an example for us to follow. Jesus Christ also took on all of our sins to to die and be

Update on the Mathii

Well family and friends, if you have noticed our website has changed quite a bit since the last time we posted an update. We are still adding things to it as time progresses, but we are trying to get up to date with the cool website trends. 🙂

Some changes we have made include: separation between mine and Tim’s blog updates, seminary updates, video blogs, Tim’s sermons, and pictures of us (because we know how much you love looking at us). Ha! Also, the symbol on the left side of the page is “Mathii” in Greek. Tim has been learning Greek this semester and has been loving it!

This semester has been quite different from last semester for both us. We have been busier and it seems like we travel somewhere every weekend. So, let me get you up to date on what we have been doing since our late update…

I have been accepted into the Elementary Education major/cohort at Auburn University. I am one of the blessed 25 to be in the cohort starting next semester. I have to give all the credit to God for being accepted into the program because He is the ONLY reason of how I got accepted out of all the people that applied and interviewed. I will be taking 17 hours next semester and be in the schools more.

We have celebrated my Paw-Paw’s 83rd birthday, Tim and the other interns have met with the North American Mission Board president, Kevin Ezell, Tim has been in Nashville for a few days of class, and I have completed my hours in the school system for the semester. Tim is doing GREAT in Greek this semester!! (I have to brag on him.) 🙂 He has really enjoyed it and will be taking a second Greek class next semester.

This is my last full week of class for the semester so I am pretty pumped about that! And this Saturday will mark 11 months of marriage for the us!! Whoo hoo!! I cannot believe that it has been almost a year since all the madness of wedding planning was going on. Wow! I can speak for both of us when I say that we are so thankful we are not still engaged. Marriage is beautiful and God-given and engagement is stressful and busy. We thank the Lord for these 11 months of marriage.

With all this said, we hope to have more updates in the future for you guys who are actually interested in what is going on in our lives. 🙂 Enjoy our new site!

 

Around the House

So, I told you last week that I would post pictures of our house. I got pictures of most of it for you guys that are curious. If you are not curious then this post is not for you. Sorry. 🙂

This is a view of part of the kitchen into the living room.

This would be part of our kitchen..our baker’s rack and pantry.

This is our fridge. 🙂 It is featured with people we are reminded to pray for every day, sweet notes, and invitations to upcoming events.

This is part of our living room.

Entertainment center in the living room.

Living room.

This is mine and Tim’s bed…haha..not! This is the second bedroom/office. If you will notice our awesome map on the wall. This map indicates unreached people groups and unengaged people groups with prayer cards of people who are serving in those areas.

Part of the second bedroom.

The office area of the second bedroom.

This is our bed. And this was taken right after we moved in..you can the picture  on the side that is now hanging above our bed. I did not get to take pictures of our bedroom (as it is now), our bathroom, or laundry room. Those pictures will have to come later.

Thank you to all for the wonderful wall art, picture frames, and everything else we received as wedding gifts that we get to adorn our house with. 🙂