{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- 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

{Cam-Three Months}

I am now 3 months old! Whoa time is flying by and it especially has this month with how busy Mom and Dad have made me. This has been a good and fun month for me.
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We have made trips to Birmingham, been to Curry volleyball and football games, had visitors every week, and took a trip to MiMi and Poppa’s house in Eufaula.
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We stopped by AUM to see Uncle Ethan for a few minutes.
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Pap has came to visit a couple of times because he has been working in town. Poppa and NaeNae came to visit one weekend, too! They brought Dad a new grill so we had a fun time grilling and watching football together that weekend.
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Aunt Teara rocking me to sleep.
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Me and Alexis playing on the floor.
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Pap is having a good time with me.
My time in Eufaula was great! I got to meet my Uncle Tyler, Aunt Sam, and cousin Alexis. Alexis wasn’t too sure about me at first but she warned up to me and has a lot to teach me. We had a lot of fun hanging out and talking with everyone. I think everyone got a turn putting me to sleep for a nap. They all seemed okay to cuddle with me for a little while.
You may be wondering if I have become a better traveler for Mom and Dad. The answer that question is that it has gotten a little better but I’m a much better traveler at night because I get to sleep for the ride. πŸ™‚ And I really like my sleep!
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Tummy timing it like a boss.
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Dad taught me how to stick my tongue out.
I learned to roll over this month but have only done it twice. (I want to make it a big deal so I make sure there is enough time in between these big ordeals.) Oh and it probably doesn’t help matters that my parents started shouting and screaming the first time I did it either. They sure are some silly people. I also found my hands and like to put them in my mouth and suck on my fists. Mom sure watches me like a hawk and swoops in to grab my yummy hands out of mouth every stinkin’ time! Β What am I going to do with this woman?!
Speaking of Mom..she sure can get weepy every time I do something new these days. She keeps making comments about “stay little”, “stop growing up”, and “you’re too small to be doing this”. C’mon woman..a guy has got to grow and move onto other things!!
I can now sit in my Bumbo seat. I like to sit in there and look around the room. It gives me a whole new perspective of the room. Also, I only like to sit for just a little while because I would rather stand up. When people try to sit me in their laps I like to straighten my legs to where I can stand and to let them know I don’t want to sit right then. Also, I’ve been teething for a little while and it is my top incisors. I know, I know you people think that it’s “too early” for me to have teeth and you keep telling my parents that I’m “making room for another baby”. BUT let me tell you something..I have got to grow up sometime (which is what I keep telling Mom) and there ain’t gonna be no other baby around here for while if I have anything to do with it. I’m all Mom can handle for a while. πŸ™‚
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In other news, I think I’m allowed to say that I’m sleeping through the night since I have done it for a week straight now. I usually go to sleep betweenΒ 8:30-9:30Β and Mom “dreamfeeds” me around 10 orΒ 10:30Β and I sleep untilΒ 6:30(sometimes 6 and other times 7). I made the parentals pretty proud on that one! Because of how well I’m sleeping at night I usually wake up in super great moods but I cannot speak about the 2% of the times when I don’t wake up in a good mood. πŸ™‚
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Some things that I enjoy these days are: play time with Mom and Dad, bath time (I’m learning to splash Mommy and it’s a lot of fun), looking at myself in the mirror, looking out windows, being outside, and pulling people’s hair and Dad’s beard.
Some things I don’t enjoy quite as much: being left alone, put on the floor without anyone to play with, that dreadful car seat, and being without my Mommy. (Yes, I am a “Momma’s boy”. And Mom seems to be okay with that.)
Well I gotta go and do some more growing up before next month!
Grace and Peace- Cam
P.S.- I bought a house. It’s the one we have been living in since moving to Jasper but we closed on it this past Monday. Finally homeowners!!
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The End of Our Waiting…

Well as most of your know the wait for the Mathii is over! Praise be unto the Lord! He answered our prayers and your prayers in His time and in His great and mighty way! We are SO excited to be a part of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Jasper, AL! Tim is now the new student minister of Mt. Vernon.

For those of you who know our story, you know that we started putting in Tim’s resume and talking with churches in November of last year. That might seem early to some people because he didn’t graduate until mid-May, but looking back at things now we are glad we started the process so early and we are thankful that no other church worked out because it is God’s plan that we be at Mt. Vernon. In hindsight you can the Lord’s hand in every step of our lives in the past 7 months. We see now why God has chosen for us to be Mt. Vernon and we are thrilled about the work ahead of us at this awesome church!

We can finally tell everyone what this process of how Tim started the process with Mt. Vernon the first week of May. We found out about this church through me looking at the Alabama Baptist staffing website. We had been in the talks with several churches throughout the semester, but had not heard from any church the two weeks prior to May. So, being the planner I am I was curious to see what could possibly be out there for us and got to searching. (Ha!) Tim came home that day and I told him there were several full-time student pastor positions available and showed him their websites. He decided to go out on a limb and email the pastor of Mt. Vernon and send his resume. Tim didn’t think he would hear back from him because we hadn’t heard back from many other pastors/churches during this process of searching. BUT! Brother John emailed him back the next day and told him he would call him that week. And he did call him! (We are thankful during this whole process that Brother John actually did what he said he would do. You have no idea how encouraging that was to us!)

When Bro. John called Tim we were at our favorite restaurant, Chicken Salad Chick, to grab some lunch. Tim’s phone started ringing and we saw that it was a Jasper, AL number and I told him, “You gotta answer it! I’ll get our food.” I ended up eating lunch by myself that day because of the conversation they had and it was well worth me eating by myself that day. (Haha!) Bro. John told Tim that he would give his resume to the search committee and wanted to have lunch sometime the next week. Well, the next week Tim met him for lunch in Birmingham for a few hours. Within that conversation he found out the search committee would be calling his references that week and the ball started rolling for us at this point. By this point we were getting to mid-May and we were on Lakeview’s staff retreat when we found out the committee voted for us to come for a Wednesday to interview and for Tim to preach to and hang out with the youth group. We traveled to Jasper on June 11th and had a great day of getting to know the people of Mt. Vernon. The next day we drove around Jasper and Curry to see what the area had to offer and look at some possible homes and see the lake. It was during these 2 days that we grew in our affections for this church and community. We could see ourselves being a part of the ministry, church, and town.

It was one week later that Tim got the phone call that the committee voted for us to come for a weekend to meet with committees and for the church to vote on Tim to be new the student minister. Talk about a great phone call!! We were overjoyed to find out this information! Through every step of this process I could see the burden of having a job being lessened on my husband. Finally, we traveled once again to Jasper this past Friday to meet with a real estate agent to start looking at homes so that we could have some idea of what we wanted if the vote went through Sunday night. Saturday was full of meeting with various committees including the children, personnel, youth, and stewardship committees. We were able to meet more of the youth and some youth parents that night through an open gym and dinner night. In all of these meetings Tim was asked a lot of questions of what our ministry would like and what events we wanted to do with and through the youth. Sunday came around and we were introduced during both morning services and were a part of the young couples Sunday school class. We had lunch with the staff and their wives and were able to rest for a little bit that afternoon. Then, we met with the deacons for a meeting and then the youth for a question and answer time for them to get to know Tim better.

For the Sunday night service Tim shared his testimony, call to ministry, and what we desire to do for the Lord through ministry with the church body. After that we were sent to the library for the church to conduct a business meeting to vote on whether to call us to the church or not. It was an exciting, yet peaceful 35 minute wait. πŸ™‚ One of the search committee members came to get us and told what the vote was and we were brought before the church body and gladly accepted the position of minister of students!! Ahhh!! πŸ™‚ The works of Tim’s labor and diligence to the Lord finally came to fruition in that moment. Not only did it come to fruition for us, but it came to fruition for the search committee because they have been on the search for a student pastor for almost 2 years.

We spent Monday and Tuesday looking at more houses and ironing out some details of what things will be like until we close on a house. Our new church family has embraced us and are doing so much for us to make our transition as easy as possible, especially since we will have a newborn on our hands VERY SOON! We have a place to store our things and fully furnished to basement to live in until we can move into our own home. SO thankful!! Our plan is to move there as soon as our boy makes his grand arrival!

We want to thank you for your faithful prayers during this time of looking and searching for a church home. We thank you for your encouragement throughout the waiting. We are in great debt to our family and friends who have allowed us to stay in their homes since May because we have been quite the nomads the past 2 months. πŸ™‚ Again, thank you for everything!!

25 Weeks and Post-Graduation Update

Wow..25 weeks of being pregnant. This has probably been the fastest season of life I have ever been in. I am sure it seems faster because how crazy busy this semester of school/internship has been.

Our sweet boy is growing, growing, and growing daily! It has been so neat to be able to see him grow with each ultrasound and know he is growing by how strong his movements are becoming. I mean the boy has some muscles! When he has a lot of energy to move one kick/punch will shift one side of my abdomen! I’m sure that he is becoming crammed already due to my short torso, but he probably doesn’t realize he still has to stay in there a while longer. πŸ™‚

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Cam weighs about the same as a rutabaga this week, which is around 1.5 lbs. He is also about 13.5 inches long. From what we can tell from his ultrasounds, he is going to inherit his mom’s long legs. πŸ™‚ He also should have his very own set of fingerprints this week! He is still responding to my voice and music, which is awesome.

There are some very sweet ladies hosting our first baby shower this weekend and I’m really looking forward to it. I pray that these ladies will always have a role in Cam’s life as they have had a role in my life. πŸ™‚

 

Now on to my other fella..the bearded older one. πŸ™‚ Tim is graduating one month from TODAY! Wowzers! Speaking of things flying by..our 3 years at Lakeview has flown by as well.

We are still on the job search as things have fallen through multiple times now with other churches. BUT God is sovereign and seems to constantly open new doors for us. There has been 2 new developments for us in the past 2 days.

So, I ask that you pray with us and these churches’ search committees. Pray that they will find the right man of God for their position. Pray for us that we will continue to be patient and learn what God is trying to teach us through this process/season. We want to serve where the Lord wants us to serve. I also ask that you specifically pray for my precious, precious husband as he is the one carrying this burden for our household and that I may be an encouragement to him through all of this.Β 

Anticipation…

With my Spring Break coming to a close today I have been extremely thankful for my time off to spend with Tim and become reenergized for our final weeks in Auburn. I have been able to sleep in, exercise, watch TV, and spend time with friends all the while seeing Tim all throughout the day this week.

With all this week off Tim and I have been able to have a lot of good conversations of what life will/should look like after our season of life in Auburn is over. It will be so very bittersweet. We have learned immeasurable amounts of knowledge since being here and being in the Lakeview intern program. And our time here has flown by!

I have 4 weeks left of internship and less than 5 weeks until I graduate from Auburn! Tim has less than 7 weeks until his graduation! Our expected last Sunday at Lakeview is May 11th, which is also the day Tim will, Lord willing, be ordained.

The million dollar question of “What are you guys doing after graduation?” still remains unanswered as of right now. We know we will more than likely leave Auburn ASAP due to our support coming to a close and without an income we cannot sustain ourselves in Auburn. So, if there isn’t an immediate ministry opportunity available we will move in with family or friends until so. We especially hope to have a ministry to take part in before Cam makes his arrival. πŸ™‚

The next money question is “Are you excited for what lies ahead after May?” To answer that question we are excited about not having school responsibilities, but we would be head over heels excited once we have a job lined up and to look forward to. πŸ™‚

We anticipate with gladness this new season of life to come and unfold for us! We ask that you continue to pray for the door to be opened to us in God’s timing. Thank you to those who ask us/pray for us about the next stage of life because we know that you care about us.

The Million Dollar Question.

I cannot tell you all just HOW excited I am that my semester will pretty much be over on FRIDAY. This FRIDAY! With that said, I am going to miss my sweet and precious students like crazy. I have very much so became attached to these little guys, but I know it will be like this with each set of students I am blessed to teach.

I do not have class at all this week, which has its ups and downs to it, but all in all it is good. I have pretty much finished one of the last two projects I have left. Other than that, I have one final and orientation for internship when we get back from Thanksgiving break. Whoo hoo!!

Now that I’ve said all of this you might be wondering about the title of this post: “The Million Dollar Question”. Tim and I have been asked this question more and more as the semester has come to an end and THAT question is: What are you guys doing after you graduate?Β 

I am so glad that everyone is concerned and curious about our future, but the truth of the matter is that we have no answer to this question. We are just placing our trust in the Lord to tell us the ministry that we will work with next in His timing. Although the planner in me would like to know now, I trust God in and through this season of life. If you would like to pray for us during this time, we would very much appreciate your prayers.

And finally, I want to share a few pictures with you from our second anniversary picture session that our friend, Morgan Jones, did for us. 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!