Busy Last Year of Seminary

It has been far too long since we las updated you on our lives. It is crazy to believe that we over half way through our last fall semester in Auburn. I have already registered  for my internship next semester!

We are truly trying to make the most of our last few months here by spending time with people here and the Lord has truly crafted our time, especially weekends, to allow that to happen by keeping us busy with school and ministry activities. We want to build relationships here in Auburn that will last and when we leave Auburn we want to look back with happy memories. So, we are trying to be active in our newlywed SS class and spend time with other couples in the same stage of life as us. We have been blessed to form friendships with the Pugh, Wimberly, Werk, Taylor, McAdam, and Barber families.

Tim has been working with missions and administration this fall, while I have been working with 3rd graders. We have been busier than we have ever been before. I am taking 16 hours of school while being in the schools 21 hours per week PLUS homework. I am most definitely looking forward to next semester when all I have to focus on is my wonderful internship!!

My sweet husband has been working hard with his classes as we close to the end of the craziest month ever for us! He has had tons of classes, missions festival, and a conference this month, which has made it busy and very good! The fast pace life is good, but it is also good to slow down and enjoy life. We are in great need of a date night soon. 🙂

This semester I have been incredibly blessed to be mentored by a great friend and fellow Lakeview staff wife, Shannon. She is probably one of the greatest people I have ever known. She is mentoring and keeping me accountable to become a better wife to my husband. While I love Shannon..I love her daughter, Promise, just as much. I am learning more about Shannon and Michael’s adoption process in bring Promise home since that is something Tim and I greatly desire to do.

Also, this semester I have been able to meet weekly with my friend, Margaret. This has been a time of accountablilty for Margaret and where we get to share life together and study God’s Word.  Margaret is from China and so I have been able to try moon cakes and learn a few Chinese words through her. 🙂 It has been a joy to be able to grow in our friendship and as sisters in Christ.

On a final note, I would like to blog more frequently and I am looking for a way to do that. Would you like to suggest something I could blog about weekly? I do have a list of freezer meals I have thought about posting since I have recently gotten into that, but I am thinking of coming up with a question I can answer weekly…

Have a fabulous weekend! 🙂

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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!

Half-Way Freedom.

So, I (MaeLee) am officially done with school for this semester! PRAISE THE LORD! I did not think this semester would ever come to an end. So, I am FREE!

Tim, on the other hand, is not done for the semester. He leaves for a J-term on Sunday and will return later in the week. He will be taking Herman-neutics in Louisville, KY. He also has two or three more finals on top of taking a week-long class.

My Daddy has the privilege of putting up the Christmas tree every year at the state capital. (Yes, this is a very big deal to my dad.) Today is the Christmas tree lighting and parade in Montgomery. So, we are meeting my parents in Montgomery for the parade and dinner and they will be coming to Auburn to spend the weekend with us.

I have a few pictures to share with you guys from over the time that I was not blogging as often.

 This is us at a pumpkin patch in Eufaula, AL in October. 🙂

This is my side of the family minus Tim and my brother Trey at my Paw-Paw’s 83rd birthday party.

This is my Paw-Paw and all of his granddaughters and two great-granddaughters. 🙂

This is me and our precious niece, Alexis at Thanksgiving! She is so much fun and has so much joy!

 This picture is the most recent and has to be included just because it is so beautiful. (You should check out the rest of downtown Auburn at night if you want to see something truly magical and beautiful.) 🙂

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you are preparing your hearts for one of favorite times of the year, Christmas! Please remember the reason we celebrate Christmas and how amazing it is to know that God sent His Son to come and live a perfect life for an example for us to follow. Jesus Christ also took on all of our sins to to die and be