Christmas Break Traveling and Reflection of Undergrad

Classes are over. Projects are turned in. Finally! (At least for me they are.) Tim is still working hard on papers to turn in by the end of next week and then he will be done.

Life is slowed down a lot for the both of us in the past few days and it has been really nice. I have really enjoyed this whole being a “housewife” this week. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love staying busy at home cooking and cleaning and doing things with and for others. Although this week has been very chill, next week will start the month of traveling for the Mathii!

I leave on Tuesday to go to Livingston for a week to keep the Hooper kids. Their parents will be on an anniversary trip and we are very close to this family. The Hoopers are the most servant-hearted and giving people we have EVER met!! They came into my life freshman year of college when they had just had their second child. The first time I kept Mae and Archie was for Melissa’s (the mom) ย birthday. From that day until I got married I was in their sweet home weekly visiting, eating dinner, or keeping their 3 kids. They are now making preparations to be full-time missionaries in Honduras. Their move will take place in the next few months.

Tim will join me later in the week when he is finished with classes. Then, we will come back to Auburn for 1 day to wash clothes and re-pack to leave for NYC!! This is our gift in return for taking care of the Hooper family. It is an all-expense paid trip that we have been totally blessed with for our 2nd anniversary!! We will be able to party it up for 5 days in NYC! We are SO excited about this vacay and just being able to explore the city with no required agenda.

When we arrive back in Auburn from that trip we will then start making our family rounds for Christmas!! We will go to Tim’s mom’s side first, then my family, go to Abbeville for Tim to preach, and finally to Black to be with Tim’s dad and step-mom.

As soon as we get back from there my internship will start up!! I cannot believe that is all I have left before graduation. You would think 6 years of undergrad wouldn’t have flown by so fast…haha! But at the same time it has drug by as many different events and things have changed and grown me during my college experience….such as: moving, college classes, nursing school, having a tumor removed from my throat, serving in Vancouver for a summer, changing my major, courtship, engagement, MARRIAGE, moving, transferring schools twice, being a part of a cohort, and serving in many schools! Major things have happened to me in 6 years. I have grown so much as a person and in my walk with the Lord. I am so thankful for all the people I have made friends with over my time in college and at the schools I have attended.

Anyways, I will end there. We have a busy month to say the least, but we are excited about that and the new year to come. With the new year comes new experiences and new goals to meet. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Million Dollar Question.

I cannot tell you all just HOW excited I am that my semester will pretty much be over on FRIDAY. This FRIDAY! With that said, I am going to miss my sweet and precious students like crazy. I have very much so became attached to these little guys, but I know it will be like this with each set of students I am blessed to teach.

I do not have class at all this week, which has its ups and downs to it, but all in all it is good. I have pretty much finished one of the last two projects I have left. Other than that, I have one final and orientation for internship when we get back from Thanksgiving break. Whoo hoo!!

Now that I’ve said all of this you might be wondering about the title of this post: “The Million Dollar Question”. Tim and I have been asked this question more and more as the semester has come to an end and THAT question is: What are you guys doing after you graduate?ย 

I am so glad that everyone is concerned and curious about our future, but the truth of the matter is that we have no answer to this question. We are just placing our trust in the Lord to tell us the ministry that we will work with next in His timing. Although the planner in me would like to know now, I trust God in and through this season of life. If you would like to pray for us during this time, we would very much appreciate your prayers.

And finally, I want to share a few pictures with you from our second anniversary picture session that our friend, Morgan Jones, did for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!ย 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!!