All About Baby Mathis

Well, most of you have already heard our EXCITING news!! Baby Mathis should make his/her appearance around the end of July (maybe the middle due to me being high-risk).

We found out this news the Monday after Thanksgiving and by that point I was almost 6 weeks pregnant. We decided to wait to tell family at Christmas to make it special and to where all the family found out about the same time.

We made our families a special DVD that we told them was full of pictures from our two years of marriage. (We had just celebrated our 2nd anniversary the week before..so we went with that.) The DVD was actually a movie trailer Tim put together of pictures and video and at the end there was a picture of the pregnancy test. 🙂

Tim’s family was the first to find out because we visited them first. They were all surprised and didn’t see it coming. Tim’s mom saw it first and woke everyone up in the house to tell them the news. We were so glad to start telling people because we were about to burst with the news. Tim is the reason we waited until after Thanksgiving to take the test because he said if we were pregnant he would tell everyone at Thanksgiving; therefore, we waited. 🙂

On Christmas Eve night we got to my family’s house and gave my parents the DVD to watch with the same story. I think they were truly caught off guard because they thought we were announcing where we were moving to after May. It was a great Christmas to say the least!!

Also, at this point I am 9 weeks pregnant and we made them promise to not put anything on social media or tell people who might pass the news around before we were ready. We wanted to make it to the 12 week mark and have an ultrasound before posting it on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

We knew it was a lot to ask and some people who we consider close friends found out before posting it on social media, but that is because we knew they would be praying for me and the baby. We are still asking for people to keep me and Baby Mathis in your prayers as I am high-risk because of my blood pressure and heart condition. I am praying against having to be on bed rest at any point, especially during my internship.

So, we have obviously made it past the 12 week mark and ultrasound because this is now public knowledge. 🙂

I am now going to answer some questions that we have been asked a lot so far:

Have you been sick? Boy, have I! I started feeling nauseous around week 7 and started getting sick while we were in NYC for our anniversary trip. Ever since then it has been pretty much every morning and every night with some sickness thrown in randomly in the middle of the day/afternoon. And I have tried every home remedy that everyone has told me and nothing has worked. The doctor gave me medicine and it doesn’t work every time.

Have you thought of names? Yes we have them picked out and ready to go just as soon as find out the gender of this sweet life. 🙂 If it is a girl her name will be EmmaLee-Tyler Jean Mathis and we will call her EmmaLee-Tyler. If it is a boy his name will be Charles Allen Mathis and we will call him Cam by his initials.

Where do these names come from? I have always liked the name Emily but I wanted it to be spelled like my name because I am names after some special people. The “Lee” in my name comes from my great-grandmother Allie Lee Boatwright. “Tyler” comes from Tim’s brother and we like it for a girl’s name. “Jean” comes from my grandmother, Marian Jean Boatwright, and she was extremely special in my life.

The boy name comes from two of the most important men in my life. “Charles” is from Charles Boatwright, who is the greatest grandfather in this world! And “Allen” comes from Craig Allen Hayles, who is the best dad in this world!

Have you had any cravings? Up until yesterday I would have said no to this question, but I saw Nesquik Strawberry powder last night and HAD to have it along with cucumbers. So for dinner last night I had a cup of strawberry milk and a cucumber! And that hit the spot like no other!! 🙂 And it wasn’t just last night that I started wanting these things..I noticed earlier this week when I saw some students drinking strawberry milk at lunch…I asked them if they thought it was good and they said yes and I almost went back to the lunchroom to get me some but decided not to. Ha!

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

Psalm 127:3-5

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.

 

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!