It’s Been a While…Adoption Update

At the Post Office mailing off our final paperwork

Friends, it has been a while. And by a while I mean a year since I have posted here. Ha! I am way more active on Instagram and Facebook with our more up-to-date life happenings. But let’s catch you up on what all has happened since my last post here…

We have experienced a lot of growth- personal, spiritual, adoption, and our kids! Cam and EmmaLee-Tyler have grown in every way imaginable. They are very much alike and very much different from one another. Their personalities are polar opposites and we are seeing that more and more each day. They amaze me with how much they are learning and how they listen to us more than I think so-ha! Cam’s hair is shorter now and Em’s has grown SO MUCH. I feel like I’m constantly having to change out clothes sizes and buy more shoes. Whew! And they are more than ready to add Casper to our family and talk about him all throughout the day!

My business is growing and it is something I am truly proud of! I am honored and love to educate my team that the Lord has entrusted to me to take care of. I never thought that I would have a business, but I love learning and sharing my passion of wellness with others. It’s a true blessing!

And we decided to take a leap of faith in October. We know, trust, and believe that adoption is what the Lord has called us to. We have been fundraising for over a year now and although we didn’t have all the money we needed we knew we needed to move forward and step out on faith. We put in our application with Faithful Adoption Consultants (FAC) and started our home study process! It turned into a whirlwind of couple of days of fundraising and the Lord providing minute by minute and hour by hour for the funds we needed. There were a lot of tears of joy and gratitude shed that weekend. God was so faithful to us raising the money for our contract and more!

After being approved by FAC, we finished up our home study and our social worker, Sara, was (and still has been) absolutely amazing! She has also adopted with FAC so she knew how to prepare us with our home study for the paperwork needed for FAC, too! We were home study approved in mid-November! Major praise for that!!

After becoming home study approved, we dove into applying for grants and more fundraising. We are still waiting to hear from grants on if we have been awarded any yet. Praying that we will receive several and we would love for you pray for that alongside of us. (Please and thank you!) And in mid-January we sent in our final paperwork to FAC to become an active family.

Tim traveled to New Orleans for 2 weeks in January for his last 2 classes of his doctoral program and that put a bit of a snag in things because of still needing to finish our clearances for Texas. But we got that done and were approved for Texas earlier this week (this doesn’t mean that we will travel or get our baby from Texas but we are ready to go there and get him if we are matched there!) and are currently waiting to be assigned a consultant to go ACTIVE! Whooooo!!!

One step of faith has led us to this point. It was hard to do, but I am SO thankful we were obedient because it’s led us to this point. God has gone before us and prepared our way…we need only to obey and follow Him. I’ll try my best to keep our blog updated with everything in the process moving forward.

β€’Cam- 2 Years Oldβ€’

I know I’m overdue on an update on Cam, but life with kids and in ministry is always busy and when I have down time I want to spend it with Tim and the kiddos.

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But this is an update on our TWO YEAR OLD little boy! Did I really just say that? How it possible that 2 years have already flown by with him?

He’s our little ball of energy and I’m sure most 2 year olds are! Cam is our “Mr. Personality” as I like to call him. When he walks into a room, rides in a grocery cart, or sees anyone he tells them “Heyyy!” Or “Byeee!” with a huge smile across his sweet face. He loves people and playing with all the big kids! He’s also quick to give high fives and fist bumps to anyone who’s willing to receive them. He loves to make us laugh and is the king on making his little sister laugh when no one else can.

Cammy Cam has a head full of beautiful blonde curls! I love his hair and we like to keep it a little long. He’s had 3 haircuts since he was 18 months old and each time his hair only gets curlier and thicker. πŸ™‚

He also ALL BOY! He’s rough and likes to wrestle with me and his Daddy. He loves all things cars, trucks, trains, and anything else with wheels! He loves to “race” and “run” around the house and down the hallway with us!

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He is learning so much and is SO smart! He’s smarter than we give him credit for too. He knows all his primary colors and recognizes the difference between letters and numbers. He can say his name but refuses to the majority of the time. He also says it with a British accent so that’s pretty funny!

He still has a deep love for Toy Story and I’m guessing he always will at this point. Ha! Cam also enjoys watching Cars, Planes, Mickey Mouse, and Winnie the Pooh currently.

As far as his growth, this kid is going to be so tall and have ginormous feet!! His head circumference was greater than 99% at his 2 year checkup. He has LOTS of brains!! And he was in the 90-something percentiles for weight and height. He wears a 10-10.5 size shoe! You guys..we cannot keep the boy in shoes! He wears 2T-3T clothes now.

We are so thankful that God blessed us with silly and sweet son of ours!

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Blessed with Blessings

Earlier this week I was driving down the road with my littles in the backseat and started thinking about how truly blessed I am. This train of thought started as I replaying in my mind how Cam has started with all kinds of imaginative play throughout his days. He makes Buzz Lightyear fly around our living room, drives cars all down our hallway/entryway and over any wall near him, and likes to pretend he is a bear and scare people with his loud roar! It seriously is one of the best things to watch your child learn and grow and just wonder what is going through their precious mind. It is a true and complete blessing to be able to mother such wonderful children!

Then, I went further down that train of thought and became overwhelmed with just how wonderful it is to be a mother and get to experience life in a completely different way than I would if I wasn’t a mother. My second little, EmmaLee-Tyler, is just starting out in this world at 7 weeks old and I get to watch hit all the milestones Cam has already reached. I get to experience her rolling over, babbling, talking, crawling, and walking within this next year. It is always so fun and exciting to see my littles grow developmentally!

Life is so much more fun to me as a mom. Life is also more tiring and scary as I think about what my children will face in their lifetime. As a mother you wonder what type of personalities your children will have..will they be quiet and reserved or loud and outgoing? Will they be interested in science and math or take an interest in working with their hands? Will they want to be a preacher and a teacher or a doctor and a lawyer? Who knows except for the Lord! Also as a mother you don’t want your littles to have to face heartache or any danger. I pray that as long as they are in mine and my husband’s care that they will look to the Lord and us in times of uncertainty as that one of the blessings of being their parent.

I love being a mom and getting to watch my “blessings” grow and learn each day. I love getting to hear Cam learn new words, how to count, and how to color. I love getting to watch EmmaLee-Tyler smile, laugh, and roll over. I love having this feeling of being truly blessed my what the Lord has given me and two of my greatest blessings are most definitely my children!

Children are a blessing

 

Disney Trip 2016

We recently took a trip to Disney World and we had a blast! When we went last year, it was Tim’s very first time to go and experience all of the magic that Disney has! Ever since we left Disney World in 2015 he has been wanting to go back and so we quickly started planning when we would go again and saving all of our Disney Rewards. Tim’s mom, stepdad, and sister were able to go with us this time and it was his stepdad and sister’s first time to go to Disney World.

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Although Cam is still too young to remember his first 2 trips to Disney World we will remember his trips and how his face lit up seeing all of his favorite characters and watching the wonderful parades. During our last trip we didn’t get to watch the parades due to riding rides or not being in the park while they were going on, but this time we were able to catch a daytime and nighttime parade and Cam absolutely LOVED them! He got so excited to see the characters he knew!

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Cam also rode a few rides last time but this time he rode a lot of rides that he was big enough for in Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. We would walk by a ride and he would start saying, “Ride! Ride! Ride!” We rode the tea cups, carousel, Dumbo, Magic Carpets, and It’s a Small World with him. I think there might have been a few more he rode but some of the ones he rode multiple times due to no waiting times and fast passes!

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During our day in Magic Kingdom we obviously wore Cam out before lunch because as we were waiting to order our food at Be Our Guest he fell asleep and slept through our entire lunch in my arms. Speaking of Be Our Guest…this was something that was on my bucket list. πŸ™‚ I tried and tried to get us reservations to eat there last time but wasn’t able to get them. BUT this time as soon as I could make reservations for restaurants I made them for Be Our Guest. Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my all-time favorite Disney movies and I wanted to eat in the castle! It was a great experience and great food! It was a definitely a dream come true/wish fulfilled!

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Another wish fulfilled for me was getting to satisfy my pregnancy cravings with multiple Dole whips! You guys…Dole whips are heavenly! I haven’t met anyone that has had one that hasn’t liked them!

The night after our day at Magic Kingdom was quite eventful and resulted with about 2 hours of sleep for me. We had a family suite that had multiple rooms for all of us to sleep. We put Cam to bed as normal in our room and about 2 hours later I hear “Momma, Momma! Momma, Momma!” coming from our room. I walk in the bedroom to Cam laying in the middle of the bed with vomit covering and surrounding my sweet little boy! {Sidenote: Cam has only thrown up one other time and it was in the car as I was driving down the road.}

Tim was in the shower and Cam was still half asleep and not crying about the situation at all. As Tim’s mom started stripping the bed, I take Cam to the bathroom and strip him and put him in the shower with Tim to wash him off and wash his hair. (This was quite an experience!)

We get new sheets on the bed and pillows and Cam continues to throw up every 30 minutes to 1 hour throughout the night until 5 AM. It was a rough night to say the least, but we made the best of it.

The next day was our Animal Kingdom day. We had already paid for tickets and had reservations for meals so I sent everyone else to Animal Kingdom until I knew for sure Cam could hold down food and wasn’t feeling too bad to ride in the stroller. We (Cam and I) joined everyone else around 10 AM that day after he had another bath, ate some breakfast, and had some gatorade to rehydrate him.

Cam was a little puny that day as he later had other stomach issues happen to him in the middle of meeting Mickey Mouse. (Yikes!)

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Our (Cam & I) Β favorite part of that day was our safari ride and seeing all of the animals! Tim really enjoyed the roller coaster, Expedition Everest, from Animal Kingdom. We ate at Rainforest Cafe that night, which was one of our favorites from our last trip and Cam liked seeing all the “ah-ah”s (monkeys) when the rain would come in the restaurant.

Well, that about sums up our trip..other than the fact that everyone else got the stomach bug Cam had except Tim and his mom as we traveled home. (Lucky them!) Even with sickness going on we had an awesome time!

Until next time…

The Blessing of Our Baby Girl

It has been quite a while since I have last blogged, but life has gotten the best of me and I have a busy TODDLER to attend to during my days. There is a lot to catch up on since last June.

We now have an 18 month old little fella who is a ball of energy and so smart! It amazes me of what all he is learning right now. He tries to repeat back pretty much any word or phrase we ask him to. Most of the time though he still has his own little language going on. On of his favorite phrases to say is, “Let’s go!!” He is putting together three word phrases more and more and I know he will be speaking in full sentences before I know it! He loves to run and play outside, swing on the swings at the park, watch Toy Story (all 3 of them) and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, throw balls, look at any kind of pictures, watch videos of himself, throw things away for us in the trash can, and ride on things.

Cam has done so much growing since he turned one and I can’t believe his 2nd birthday is already closer than his 1st birthday!

Speaking of his 1st birthday, we found out we were expecting baby #2 the day before his birthday party! We are SO excited to welcome this new baby into our little family in March! Children are a BLESSING from the Lord and deserve to be celebrated like the blessing that they are!

We told all of our family and friends at Cam’s birthday party and let him be the one to share the news with everyone by him wearing a Big Brother shirt under his Woody western shirt.

The first trimester was rougher than it was with Cam as far as sickness goes. Cam made me super sick but EmmaLee-Tyler made me even more sick! Since I entered the second trimester in September of last year things have gotten much better. Tim was the real MVP during our first trimester as far as cleaning the house and helping even more with Cam, especially at night when I was utterly exhausted!

In October we found out that EmmaLee-Tyler was EmmaLee-Tyler! We both thought for sure we were having another boy because of my pregnancies being so similar to each other, but we were gloriously surprised to find out that there was a sweet little girl inside of me!

We have made sure to include Cam into everything during this pregnancy and want him to be as involved as he can be. He loves to kiss and pat my belly and talk to the baby. He likes to go into her room and go through Em’s things. He has been dying to open up her giraffe Wubanub (paci). Also, recently Cam thinks its so funny to walk around sticking his tummy out as far as he can as a way to be like me. πŸ™‚

We are now anxiously awaiting her arrival next month and she truly is an added blessing to our family! We cannot wait to get to know her and see her personality shine. Her room is practically finished and I have her clothes washed and ready to go. Now, we just need a little girl to add to the fun in our house!

Here a few pictures to recap the past few months:

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Cam- {10 Months}

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Of course I’m late on posting my blog again for you folks. But what else can you expect from a busy, on-the-go 10 month old?! And boy, am I a busy boy!!

I am on the move and have to busy moving and going somewhere!! I also have {7} teeth now!! I am going to town on some food these days! I am talking A LOT these past few weeks. And when I talk, I talk with my hands for the most part. I guess I picked it up from Daddy and Mommy and how they talk with their hands when they are not holding me.

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This month I learned a lot about softball because we spent 2 days cheering on the girls at the AHSSA championship games! I cheered and clapped and cheered and clapped and in between all of that I took naps even with the noisy fans going on and on! Mom and Dad said I was MVP again. I’m looking forward to being the girls ball boy next year. πŸ™‚

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Mother’s Day also happened this month and Dad and I got Mommy some chacos she was wanting and some pretty sweet cards. I picked my card out for Mommy and I kinda got it for me too because it has Mickey Mouse on it and he is my favorite these days. I love watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!

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Some of my favorite foods this month are: strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, spaghetti, and chicken. Things I enjoy doing: reading books. climbing stairs, crawling, standing, playing with the youth group {especially the girls}, watching sports live or on TV, and still watching Toy Story 3.

Well, only a little longer until I turn {1} YEAR OLD! Do not tell Mommy though because she’s liable to break into tears about that subject. πŸ˜‰

Grace & Peace- Cam

{Cam- 9 Months}

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Time is flying these days or at least that’s what Mom and Dad are saying a lot. I listen to them most of the time. The rest of the time I’m not listening to them I am hearing them but still choose to do the thing I want to do but am not necessarily supposed to be doing. I am trying to learn my boundaries around this place and see what buttons I can push, literally.

I am still hearing “no-no” a lot. I am pulling up and standing more and more each day. I am still a fan of opening drawers and pulling things off shelves. I can crawl at a super fast speed if I am in a hurry to get somewhere. I am standing for a few more seconds without holding onto anything. Mom says I am just getting way too big for her liking. But I’m like, ” Mom, c’mon I can’t stay little forever!”

I can make all kinds of sounds, but I am still not saying “Mama”. You could say that I’m saving that one up for a special occasion. (Maybe I will say it to Mom on Mother’s Day as her gift.) I have also started dancing when I hear some music I like. It’s actually more like bouncing up and down, but I got some moves! πŸ™‚

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This month I experienced my 2nd Resurrection Sunday, this being the first outside of the womb. It was a good weekend celebrating Jesus’ life! I had fun at MVBC’s Easter egg hunt. I liked playing with all the plastic eggs I found and seeing the other kids running around and playing.

I have also been going to baseball and softball games to see some different friends of ours from Curry. I love being outside so much so this has been a lot of fun!!

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Ready for swim class!

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Part of our planted garden! I just love being outside!

Lastly, Mom signed me up for a water babies swim class and it was awesome! Two days per week Mom and I got in the water to learn some fun stuff! I learned different cues on how I am supposed to enter the water. I learned how to kick right after I hit the water, splash, and how to close my eyes and mouth when I go underwater!! My teacher said I was an excellent student and I made the parents proud!

Until next time…

{Cam- 8 Months}

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Can you believe that I am 2/3rds of a year old?!? Mom and Dad certainly cannot begin to fathom that these days. I keep telling them that is what I do..I just grow, grow, grow! Sue me! πŸ™‚

I have been able to do a lot of new things these days! I can clap my hands to say “yay!” and when Mom and Dad sing “pat-a-cake”. Mom thinks it is so cool that I have been watching her do it for 7 months now and I can do it myself without being told to clap. I crawl around on my belly and get where I want to go. I also move at lightning speed in my walker these days!

Also, I can say “hey!” and “Dada” and I have even put those two words together. Mom is “patiently” waiting for me to say her name. Looks like she will have to wait just a little longer for that to happen.

I mentioned in my last blog that I would fill you guys in on my trip to Disney. Well, as you all may know I love watching Toy Story 3 in the car while we ride places. (It is supposedly the ONLY way I ride calmly.) I really love Woody and I laugh and smile when he is on the iPad screen. And I got to MEET WOODY in the Magic Kingdom! How cool is that?! Mom and Dad were afraid that I might get scared and cry when I met him, but nope..not me! I told him to “Reach for the sky!” and he did. We gave each other high-fives and he touched my face. We even took a picture together to remember the moment. It was really cool to finally meet him!

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Dad ran a 1/2 marathon the morning of the day we went to Magic Kingdom. He is my hero! He ran 13.1 miles in 3:04..talk about a stud! Mom and Dad said I was the real MVP of the trip, though! I handled Disney and Universal Studios like a boss!

The day after we got back from Disney it snowed like 7 inches at my house! How “cool” is that?! I loved being out in the snow. I liked that cold, wet stuff hitting my face as it was falling from the sky. Dad built a snow man and Mom made snow cream! The snow stuck around for a few days and it was fun while it lasted.

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This month Dad had 2 big events going on for the youth..D-Now and Acts 1:8 Missions weekend. It was fun to see our friends from Abbeville and get to hear some of Dad’s close friends preach.

In other news, Mom says I’m rarely still these days. What can I say..I like to move, woman! I’m also being told “no-no” with a shaking finger a lot, too. I’m a curious boy and like to pull everything down to my level and open drawers and cabinets so I can inspect it. πŸ™‚ Mom has to do a lot of “redirecting my attention” now. I’m just trying to spice up her job as Mom a little.

See ya when I’m 3/4ths of a year old!

Cam- {6 & 7 Months}

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Man, have I been busy or what?! Sorry for not updating you like I was supposed to last month but the parents have kept me super busy here lately with so many activities and fun things to do. Plus, I have gotten my 2 bottom teeth and we all know how much work that takes, right?

Christmas came and it was a lot of fun tearing into gifts and eating tissue and wrapping paper. I would get kinda upset every time Mom would take a piece away from my mouth because I was more concerned about it than the toy/book/clothing that was in it, but I recovered. I have had so many good times already playing with and wearing all my new things everyone got me. I sure am loved by some pretty special folks!

Next on the agenda was the youth winter trip! We had a great time together on that trip in Woodland, GA! Mom and I skipped the Six Flags part of the trip though. They say I’m too little to ride and Mom’s heart and blood pressure cannot handle the rides anymore. So we came home a few hours earlier than everyone else. Dad made it back in time to give Mom a New Year’s kiss, though! As for me…I rang in the new year by sleeping. πŸ™‚

The whole month of January is kind of a blur! Lots of church activities going on and it has only gotten busier since then. As far as the church nursery though, I give all the ladies a hard time on Sunday mornings. I somewhat refuse to nap for them and scream and cry instead. Mom has had to come put me to sleep for them a couple of times or just take me with her wherever she goes. You could say I am attached to her or a Momma’s boy, but she doesn’t mind one little bit. πŸ™‚

Mom and Dad usually keep me in the service each Sunday through the music and then take me to the nursery. I love listening to the music and looking around at everyone. They all say I’m very curious and attentive and I guess those are good things. In the weeks and months to come, I will hopefully stay in the service longer and longer to hear Bro. John preach the good Word! The only reason I don’t stay in longer right now is because I like to “help” Bro. John preach. πŸ˜‰

February has been a good month for me too! I just got back from Disney World this week and I had a blast! I will have to tell you all about it in my next update, though. The week has been the best week ever, basically. It is very unlikely I will ever get a repeat of this week. We came home from Disney World and the next day it snowed about 8 inches! I laughed the whole time we were outside because the snow kept getting me in the face while it was falling!

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Dad and Mom bought me a new carseat and it has been a lot better riding places with them thus far. I can see out the window and out the back glass of the car now. It makes riding more enjoyable as I can see where we are going and I’m not trying to sit up the whole time because I’m already sitting up! The ride to Disney was a lot better than anticipated, but says it is because she praying during my MOTN feedings for me to ride better. πŸ™‚

Some things I am doing now: scooting on my belly in circles and backwards, grabbing all things, sitting up for longer periods of time, and making jungle noises. It sounds like I say “bye-bye” these days, but I don’t think I can claim it as word just yet. My favorite sounds to make are “ba”, “ah”, and squeals!

Things I love: playing with Daddy and Mommy, reading books, playing in the tub, rolling away from Mom and Dad as they try to change my diaper or dress me, watching Toy Story 3 in the car, jumping in my exersaucer, and being in the walker.

Hopefully next month’s update won’t be quite as late, but it is another busy month for us Mathii. πŸ™‚

P.S.- If you want to keep up with me more often, I have an Instagram account with the username: cammathis.

P.P.S- My mom is photographing her first wedding next weekend, so if you are needing a photographer you should check her out because she takes all of my pics. πŸ™‚

{Cam-5 Months}

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I am 5 whole months old! Mom and Dad are starting to wig out a bit because that means I am almost 1/2 year old. Crazy people. Crazy stuff.

My fifth month did not disappoint like the rest of my months in this ole’ world. It was quite eventful as it kicked off 5 days worth of traveling for Thanksgiving week. I made the parents question all kinds of things those 5 days..like ever getting in the car again or having another child. (Ha!) I mentioned in my last post that I truly hate the car seat. And it’s true that I do and I REALLY let them know my feelings on that blasted thing called the car seat. I screamed and screamed and cried and cried most of all of rides in the car that week. What can I say, I like to be home.

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Happy Turkey Day!
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I have to keep my eye on this guy.

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I sure do love my cousin Alexis. And MiMi too!

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Me and Huckabee are tight.

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Me and my two namesakes. They are something else.

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I got a lesson on the piano from Pap.

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Gram likes to sing to me.

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When the riding got bad, I decided to do some driving. (Not really.)

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Five generations strong of the Little’s. (Dad, MiMi, MamMaw, Me, and PawPaw)

I was happy to see family that week, but I was a completely different (and normal again) baby once we arrived back home. But because my crazy parents did all that traveling it really messed up the schedule Mom had me on and I decided to stop sleeping through the night. (Muahahaha!…My evil plan of revenge on them!) I also decided that every time they “thought” it was nap time to throw a grand fit. (Once again..muahahaha!) The parents loved it..not! Getting up one to three times a night for a few weeks was great. I had lots of play time in the bed.

Speaking of beds…my parents decided to not let me sleep in my beloved swing anymore after they caught my legs dangling off the end of it in the middle of the night. Needless to say, this definitely didn’t help my sleeping arrangements. (I also was going through the 4 month sleep regression.) Lots of changes this month. Mom and Dad decided to lay the law down on sleeping on my back/side by placing me in the pack-n-play, but that typically only last a few hours at the most and then I sneak into bed with them because they love their sleep so much and cuddling with me. Word on the street is though that Dad is going to REALLY lay the law down on that and put me back to sleep in the pack-n-play every time I wake up this month. (We shall see how that goes.)

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Me and my BFF, Issac, having some play time. He’s a lot of fun

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I get around pretty good in this thing until I get stuck in a corner.

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Mom thinks I am just the cutest child ever. (And it’s true!)

I got my first cold this month and shared it with Mom. How thoughtful of me, right? I guess I inherited her sinus issues. I have really grown to hate that darn suction bulb. When I see it coming my way, I roll away from her as fast as I can. By the way, I am doing a LOT of rolling over these days. You won’t find me in the same place if you leave the room for 30 seconds. I am learning to pick my legs up and scoot around on my belly. Lifting up this belly of mine is driving kinda hard to do, but when you weigh 18.10 lbs you would find it hard to do too.

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The parents’ friend Ashley took some nice pictures of me for the Christmas card.

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Me and Uncle Ethan..he thinks it’s fun to put his hat on me and I don’t mind.

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Me and my stud of a dad (Mom dresses us nicely)

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I make some pretty cute faces these days.

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Our first Jasper Christmas parade (C’mon Dad..even I can look at the camera!)

I have really grown this month. I went from 17.2 to 18.10 and I’m over 27 inches now. My legs are proving to look like Mom’s..long. I am in size 3 diapers now or medium in cloth diapers. And I am in mostly 9 months clothes now. I am a growing boy for sure.

Things I love at the moment: pat-a-cake, Toy Story, my walker, Mom doing crazy dances, playing and sometimes pulling on Dad’s beard, sweet potatoes, biting shoulders, and of course bath time.

Things I don’t like so much: car seat (given), the evil suction bulb,Β sour peas (Mom calls them sweet peas, but there’s nothing sweet about them), avocado, and being left alone in the room.

See you when I hit the 1/2 year mark, Lord willing.

 

Grace and Peace- Cam