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. πŸ™‚ 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) Β 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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!

 

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

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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. πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚ 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!Β 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!!