The Men Who Shaped Me

There are probably only a couple of people in my life who know my whole story of my past and what my childhood was like. The earliest memory that I have is the night my father left my mom, me and my brother. Father’s Day always makes me think about that night because it is a night I will never forget.
It was a very pivotal moment in my life. I will never forget the yelling, pushing, and fighting that I saw. I will never forget my PawPaw knocking on our door unexpectedly, yet thankfully, in midst of the chaos that was happening. I will never forget my Gran-Gran hurriedly walking me and my brother across the road to her house during all that so we wouldn’t watch the rest of it unfold. I will never forget waiting for my Mom to come to my grandparents’ house to make sure she was okay and telling me that my father had left for good.
I was just three years old when this happened but yet I remember it so well and it has shaped a lot of who I am today. My parents divorced later that year.
Thankfully my grandparents lived right across the road from us because after that night my Mom had to depend on them for a lot the next couple of years. My PawPaw was/is one of the best father figures that me and my brother could ever have. I’m so grateful that he stepped in like he did and loved us so well!
With divorces come visitation rights and weekend visits. Sometimes our visits went well and other times me and Ethan would sit out on the front porch waiting for someone who never came for us or our visits wouldn’t be good because of all that went on during our time there.Β It was unfortunate for sure.
Fast forward a couple of years later and my Mom met a wonderful man that had a little boy that was right between mine and Ethan’s ages. A few weeks before I turned 7 they married. I remember calling them as they were traveling to their honeymoon destination and asking “Mr. Craig” if I could call him “Daddy” now? And every day since then that’s what I have called him. I never refer to him as my “step-dad” and for good reason.
My Daddy has never felt like a step-dad to me. He has always treated and loved me as his own and never shown any differentiation in his love for me and Ethan versus Trey. I’m beyond grateful for that! God gave me an earthly father that has shown me the type of love that He has for me.
After I became a believer at the age of 9, I realized even more so how the Father loves His children and just how blessed I was to be a child of God! A good Father loves his children, disciplines his children, and teaches his children very important lessons. The same should go for our earthly fathers and I can truly say that I have had that with my Daddy. God is so good to have given me a grandfather and Daddy as such great earthly examples of the love that my Heavenly Father has for me!
So, fathers remember your children this Father’s Day. Think of the example you are setting for them. Think of the love you are showing them or should be showing them. Are your actions towards your wife and children pointing to your heavenly Father?

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Happy Father’s Day!

{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- 4 Months}

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What’s up 4 months?? Sorry to be fashionably late with my blog post, but I am busy man these days. I’m excited to be 4 months old now, though (closer to 5 months now). I am starting to really let my personality shine these days. And I have to say that I have a pretty awesome one at that! I smile and laugh a lot but I’m starting to become a little more stingy with those things. If you want a smile or laugh out of me you have to work for it.
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This month was another big one, but month 5 is going to be the biggest yet due to Thanksgiving and Christmas. (More on that next blog)
I am now 17.2 lbs and 25.75 inches long with my head measuring 45 cm. If you’re wondering what that means for me..it means I am one big ole’ boy and I’m proud of it! I am in the 80th percentile for weight, 60th percentile for height, and 95th percentile for my head measurement! The doctor has re-measured my head after the nurse did the initial measurement at my last two appointments. They say I have a “Mathis head”, but Mom says that I have a lot of brains and am the next genius! πŸ™‚
Some things that happened this past month are: me dressing up as a duck for the fall festival, going on my first trip with Dad and the youth for missions weekend, Gram and Pap visiting, PawPaw and Candi visiting, MawMaw and Grandpa Russell visiting too, and eating rice cereal, oatmeal, sweet potatoes and apples for the first time! I told you it was a big month!
These pictures document those things mentioned above.
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Silly Dad wearing my costume because it was too hot to keep on!
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Staying occupied while Mom took pictures of the youth working
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Meet Mr. Chuck..we have the same hairstyle! πŸ™‚
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Those youth girls sure are good at making me smile. πŸ™‚
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Gram and Pap sharing some love with me!
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Silly PawPaw was trying to get me to say his name. πŸ™‚
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I felt so comfortable with Candi, I spit up on every outfit she had. πŸ™‚
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MawMaw got to meet me for the first time!
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I may look like I don’t like sweet potatoes, but I LOVE them and I’m just sleepy here.
Some things that I love lately are: playing pat-a-cake, Mom running with me in the stroller, being outside, playing with Mom and Dad, taking a bath, and being in just my diaper.
Some things I dislike: THE CAR SEAT, THE CAR SEAT, and THE CAR SEAT!
Did I mention that I don’t like the car seat? If not, I really don’t like my car seat. Like I said earlier, I will mention more above traveling for the holidays in my next blog.
I pushed Mom on the verge of tears when we traveled alone to Abbeville for missions weekend. Needless to say, she asked someone to ride back with us to Jasper. I was happy to have Cara as my backseat buddy. Thanks again, Cara!
Well, see you guys on the blogosphere soon!
Grace & Peace-Cam

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! πŸ™‚ 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.