Andrew & Amanda LeJeune

Growing Undivided Hearts of Love for our Savior

Baby Update January 29, 2010

Filed under: Baby — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 8:50 pm

This is me, loving being pregnant! I’m really enjoying my new figure and the knowledge that I’m sustaining a life inside me.  It’s so new & kinda weird to see my belly all big and poochy.  He’s kicking a lot and that feels like an alien inside of me because they are more like little flutters than actual knock out punches.  It will be fun when Andrew can feel them more in a few weeks.

We are still searching for names. When we do, maybe we’ll do a name game to see if you can figure it out with clues (something I saw a girl do once).

Starting at the end of next month we’ll be getting to attend a Bradley Method class together, where we’ll learn about the natural birthing process. Andrew will be taught on how to be my coach during labor and I will be taught on how to relax during the process and well both do some practices each week. They are big on repetition so you really learn it, and thus the day of labor you don’t freak out, but have it down on what you’re supposed to do when XYZ happens.  I’m excited to get some good knowledge and information that will enable us, Lord willing, to have an non-medicated birth.  I’m really looking forward to bonding with Andrew in this as we learn, and then as WE bring a life into the world, TOGETHER! I’m already so confident he’ll do great for me.  He’s a very calm and collected person most of the time, which I think will be beneficial to labor.  The class I hope reassures me that I can give birth naturally, as SO many women have, and to give me LOTS of help to push through the pain. My dad says, “You can do it! You’ve fought through pain before. You can do it!” That made me feel great!

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Teaching and Teachings January 26, 2010

Filed under: General,Spiritual — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 7:04 pm

The past two weeks have been great in many respects.  Andrew’s been hard at work each day and evening. He’s been working till about 6:30 or 7 every night preparing for the following day(s).  He’s enjoying teaching, which is a blessing! He’s been really firm and trying to stay consistent and not many students like that.  He’s had some unpleasant comments thrown his way from them.  But he’s tough these first weeks so they will understand he’s not a joke and so the rest of the semester will be smoother for all of them. Tough love.  That’s what it is.  He says he doesn’t enjoy doing it so he probably doing okay. 🙂 Kind of like parents. They hate to discipline us, but they do it because they love us.

Please pray for him as he tries to work hard at preparing well and for opportunities with the students to share Christ’s love.  Andrew needs a math teaching job for next fall lined up here within this next semester or summer to complete his teaching program.  Please pray for us to trust him with our need for this job and that the Lord would open a door for one.  God delivers at JUST the RIGHT TIME.  Andrew got this semester’s job the last day of the fall semester.  God swoops in to provide in his timing.

I’ve been really enjoying all the Lord is teaching me and what I’m reading in the word. Two weekends ago we went and joined up with Kyndall and her church in Dallas in Houston for TheCall’s prayer and march on abortion in our country.  That was new for me and really awakening to my spirit on how to pray for the end of abortion, the emphasis to pray now, the empowerment of remembering the God we pray to and his ability and power to shake down the horrible sacrifice of babies on the altar of our selfishness and rebellion.  One of the things I have never taken into my prayer life is the idea of begging God for mercy.  But we were petitioning God to be merciful on our nation’s behalf, not to give us what we deserve, but to ransom America from this wickedness, to turn our hearts back to him. We also owned up for our part as the church and prayed we would be the first face in the adoption movement in this country.  I have not petitioned the Lord for his mercy much in my life, but even saying the phrase arouses a reminder of his holiness and justice.  We need God’s mercy. We beg God to be merciful and end abortion in America. I was so thankful to be apart of God’s people that weekend in prayer, in weeping, in singing, and in SHOUTING & JUMPING OVER GOD’S VICTORY.

Andrew and I want to try to read through the Bible this year together.  We’re trying to stay in the same place but reading on our own as a way to help us connect spiritually and grow together. We’re reading in Matthew to start with and that’s been so intriguing again as I read it.  Jesus was a strange man! Some things seem so odd when you read them.  Like Jesus telling the man who said he would follow him, but he needed to go bury his father, “let the dead bury their own dead; follow me.”  Um, seems a little harsh don’t ya think? I mean, it’s not like he wasn’t going to come. He just wanted to take care of his father. And yet there’s holiness in everything Jesus says. He can’t be wrong or unloving. He must have said that because he knew what was in the man’s heart or tested him with something so meaningful as taking care of his father first to show him his heart.  But either way, Jesus healed people who asked, that didn’t ask, that acknowledged his authority and he said just powerful statements.

I’ve also enjoyed reading Richard Foster’s book “Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home.” I finished the chapter called “The Prayer of Rest.” It’s about the idea of not fighting or working so hard to pray and ask, but also not to sit around passively.  He says prayer is both something we act on and acts on us.  The part that really stands out to me is his section on how the Trinity is involved in our praying. The Spirit testifies and interprets on our behalf with groans that words can’t express. The Spirit takes all our prayers and turns them into those in accordance with God’s will. All our feeble attempts at praying or praying with mixed motives, the Spirit intercedes for us in accordance with God’s will. Then the Son, Jesus, is at the right hand interceding for us on our behalf, constantly praying for us even as we sleep. We are always prayed for. And then finally the mind-blowing thought that it is actually God in us that prays to God (himself). It is essentially a divine dialogue where the “two” that we perceive is really God in us speaking. How crazy a thought! And how cool.

There are many things to potentially be involved in this semester and it’s hard to know how to manage our time, and being married makes it harder it seems.  You can’t just go and do anything and everything you individually want without concern or thought to your relationship and the others needs.  On the other hand, we don’t want to withhold from serving, ministering, and growing through the body. I’m a little afraid life is only going to get busier and busier (with children and home) and will leave us foregoing things we’ve always wanted to do. SO please pray for God’s direction on activity this semester.  Please pray we trust him that if he impresses on our hearts a certain place to spend our time, he’ll help us maintain a solid marriage and the rest both our bodies need during this time.

 

It’s a Boy! January 15, 2010

Filed under: Baby — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 8:00 am

Yep.  We’re getting a little man come this June! At first I was a little taken back because all my hunches and inclinations were going straight to girl  that I was a little set back.  But the more I think about all of God’s plans and how he’s the giver of life and what that life will be in light of His Kingdom the more excited I am.  The Lord has given us a son and I rejoice in his wonderful gift!  Praise the Lord for life!

I can’t wait to dress my little guy and for him to grow up in the Lord.  My prayer is Psalm 1 over him right now.

Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

I pray our son grows up to be a man planted by streams of the LIVING WATER, Christ Jesus, and that his leaves never wither or fade.  Man, it’s so cool to be praying for a life that hasn’t even been lived outside of the womb yet!  We pray for his salvation and his love for God.  I pray we have a lot of fun together and we enjoy the man he becomes.  We’re also excited about doing a cool rights of passage thing involving the men in our church home when he gets to that point.

Now if only we had a name!  haha…we’ve had the hardest time thinking of ANY guy names that we really both like.  But don’t worry this child will have a name, and unfortunately you won’t know until he shows up on the scene. Our little secret 😉

Thanks for all the prayers and love from each of you.

 

Hollyday Cards & Valentines Baskets January 13, 2010

Filed under: General — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 7:25 pm

Check out my friend Holly’s homemade cards and gift baskets she’s making right now.  She does a really great job! Check her blog out at: hollydaycards.blogspot.com!

 

It’s been a while…but we’re here! January 6, 2010

Filed under: Baby,Family,Travel — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 5:31 pm

Happy New Year! Sorry I haven’t’ kept up with the blogster in a while.  It’s been a family filled and surprise filled month.

For starters we said good-bye to our sweet friends David and Julianna MacKenzie to Houston job offer. We were sad to see them go.  Then we celebrated our birthdays by going to Houston ourselves for the day on Saturday the 12th. Andrew took me to Ikea, then we went and walked around the Galleria, got massages their, and then lastly went to Bennihana for dinner. Wowweee, it was awesome.  If you’ve never been, it’s one of those places that cooks the food there in front of you.  It’s a nice and long relaxing meal and fun to be apart of.

That next week Andrew got a call on the last Thursday of the fall semester to come in and interview for an 8th grade math teaching position at Davila Middle School in Bryan! The next day he went in, had a lot of favor from the people who’d seen him sub there and was offered the job in about 15 min! Talk about God coming in at the PERFECT timing! He’s never late, but rarely early! haha.  He had us holding out, believing and asking for a job for a while, and he came through to provide this job on the last day! Sweet.  We are rejoicing in his provision and especially the wonder and awe of his timing.  Keep him in your prayers as all this is new and his students will be pretty hard to handle at times.

That weekend was spent at my Nana’s house for our Christmas with her. It was a quick trip to get back for worship practice, but it was so fun. Love my Nana to death! Then the next weekend was as you know, Christmas.  We went down to my parents this year for Christmas. Josh and Allison got to come down from Tyler, Memama and Gdaddy survived the blizzard conditions all day to get there, and Stephen was home from college. We had a blast. We did 2 puzzles, watched White Christmas, played Bible Trivia, Quelf, and Scene It.  We had lots of amazing food and we had a sweet time of prayer and worship as a family.  That’s one of my favorite parts –worshiping together.  We got lots of great gifts.  Mom even did a stocking for Baby Balthrop and Baby LeJeune!

During our stay, we got a call from Andrew’s dad that his Aunt Sharon’s husband was surprisingly killed Christmas Eve morning after a tree fell on their trailer.  She was laying right next to him and rolled over in time, but he got the blunt of it and died instantly.  We were all very shocked and saddened by the news.  My thoughts went immediately to where he was with the Lord.  Andrew and I don’t know where he stood.  It always awakens my heart to remember that death is final and eternal.  We have one life and one life to choose to follow or reject Christ.  I was concerned and afraid, asking if we’d ever shared with him.  My dad reminded me that he heard the gospel at our wedding.  He did hear the message of Christ and the wedding banquet of the Lamb and those that are written in the Book of Life.  It brought comfort to my heart that he did hear, but still we are unsure of where he stood.

After spending Christmas with my family, we spent some time the next week with Darrel and Susan and visited Andrew’s mom Tracy and her husband Craig.  This was also good time.  We played the Wii and played several Spades games that were intense!  I got really sore from bowling on the Wii! My forearm was sore after all that bowling and tennis action.

Our baby is growing! We are about 17 weeks right now and my uterus is hard to the touch if you poke on it.  Last Sunday was the first time I’m almost positive that I felt the baby move. It was like a small spasm in my muscle, like a small flutter.  🙂  That was really neat and special. And since then I’ve felt them a few more times.  We get to find out on the 13th whether it’s a boy or girl.  I’m excited to know and start planning on names for this little bundle.   I’ll let you all know when we know!

And as for preparing for this child, we were trying to move this month to be able to settle in to a new place and get it baby ready.  Well we asked the Lord if he wanted us to move now to open doors for an awesome place to come around that fit our needs.  We looked and got stressed looking and searching and driving here and there.  It was kind of hectic and a whirlwind.  But then yesterday we found out that our financial situation with Andrew’s job was going to be a little different than we had planned, and so after finding nothing that just blew us away and provided the price that we needed, we felt it was the last door closed and decided not to move right now, but to wait till April or May.

Now I really wanted to move to get things ready and have time to settle a new place before my world turns upside down, but I’m trusting in the Lord’s plan for us and his timing.  We are still asking God to open the door for a jewel of a place, as Kyndall said to me.   We want a jewel of a place that is comfortable, clean, closer to Andrew’s work, has 2 bedrooms, is in a safe part of town, and for the right price that we think is doable for us. Will you ask God for a gem of a place that exceeds our imaginations or expectations.  God is able.  He did that for us with our current place and we’ve been so blessed and so grateful for it.  So ask God for perfect timing, and smooth moving transition (I’ll really preggo and am not sure how I’ll be feeling) into a jewel of a place come April/May.