Andrew & Amanda LeJeune

Growing Undivided Hearts of Love for our Savior

FC Women’s Retreat & Camping March 11, 2010

Filed under: Baby,General,Travel — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 2:21 pm

Some of things that have gone on since the last blog:

Me, Fallon, Neva, Jaclyn, Courtney

  • Fellowship Church Women’s Retreat: February 19-21 we had our women’s retreat we do once every two years.  It was awesome! God really moved and really moved me.  I love time away where older women are free to laugh and share life with us. They are such super busy amazing women with families that it’s wonderful when their husbands let them come away and I love talking hold of that special time with them.  Some highlights of the trip for me were:
  • Time getting to know Jaclyn and Courtney better (the two girls from our HG that came).
  • Being outdoors in nature and spending time alone with Jesus there.
  • A long walk with Joelle! I loved this time.  Since moving to a new HG, we haven’t had a lot of time to catch up and this was definitely an encouraging time for me in hearing how much she’s grown and now doing discipleship with girls.
  • Hearing/Seeing Sarah Brown reveal God’s heart to us. She imparts the Lord’s love so tangibly and sweetly and cries all the time while doing it. I was blessed by her message on Saturday night.
  • Prayer Teams: getting ministered to through prayer on Saturday night. For me I came and asked for any prayers but shared that God had already begun working hard on the issue of pride in my life.  He sweetly sent me a picture through Sarah’s prayer of a house with all it’s walls broken down but only the foundation remaining.  She said, the walls of pride are down through your confession before G0d/others and now he is going to build a house of humility! Amen! The vision made me remember that the verse I had read not long before: Proverbs 14:1 ” A wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. ”  The wise woman is a humble one, not prideful.  I was thankful for the  correlating image that he gave me.  The other big thing during that prayer time was Sarah praying over jealousy/envy as roots of pride and said, “Thank you Lord that you don’t desire that Amanda has anyone else’s life. ” WOW! When you say it out loud it sounds so “duh!” but it hit my heart really freshly on how silly the thought that I should have someone else’s life, as if God were sad that he’s failed or given me something that he regrets. G0d doesn’t mess up.  He’s purposeful and he has given me the life I have FOR A REASON. I am who I am FOR A REASON.
  • Singing “None But Jesus!”
  • Confessions! WOW! God really moved and convicted in AMAZING ways to HIS glory and praise.
  • Intimacy in relationships through openness about struggles/trials
  • First Bradley Class: We had fun! Learned some exercises that I’m encouraged to do to get my body ready for this ATHLETIC EVENT called birth.  We’ve been to 2 so far and have learned really valuable information about nutrition and breastfeeding.  MY FAVORITE PART is that I’m REQUIRED to practice relaxing. Each night I’ve been falling asleep to Andrew massaging me down and talking to me to where I’m completely relaxed.  Can we do this even after pregnancy?!

  • Camping with Homegroup: We went camping this past weekend with our HG at Lake Somerville. It was relaxing and full of conversation.  We cooked awesome meals like Shish Kabobs, Mountain Man breakfast casserole, french fries, maple bacon, etc. Andrew was bummed we didn’t catch any fish; we were hoping to do a big fish fry for everyone on Saturday night, but had to use our backup: hot dogs.  A couple checking out our church joined in with us on Saturday and taught us how to make “dough boys.” These are biscuits that you flatten out and smush onto the end of a thick dowel rod thingy. You roast them till they slide off and then they have a hole in the middle in which you put butter and brown sugar. OH YEAH, they were so delicious! Even though we were sad we didn’t catch anything, we had a relaxing time and enjoyed being outside around a campfire together.
  • Making French Fries!

    Fishing....no luck

  • Second big Ultrasound: I had to go back in after the last big ultrasound that revealed the sex of our baby due to my placenta sitting low on my cervix.  They wanted to check back after 6 weeks to see if it had grown up to the top.  The U/S tech can’t/didn’t tell me any specifics, but I was grateful to see her point an arrow and type “placenta” on the top of my uterus next to the baby’s feet that are in the air.  I could be wrong, but I think that it did grow up to the top.  We’ll see the official results this week though.
 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

Oh Baby! December 1, 2009

Filed under: Baby,Family — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 7:02 pm

If you haven’t heard yet, and most of you probably have,  Andrew and I are pregnant!

We’re a little over 12 weeks now and excited about our baby.  It’s been a  good pregnancy so far for me. Not too much morning sickness or problems. I’ve had some, but nothing too severe.

We were thinking it would be fun not to find out the sex, but I think these days with how good the ultrasounds are, we’re going to end up knowing.  However, I really like neutrals anyways and will go with those instead of your traditional pink & blue everything.  I’ve been starting to make a wish list of baby things, which is fun for me!

My sister Allison is also pregnant, and only about 2 weeks ahead of me!…so here come the cousins right around the same time 🙂  It’s been fun for our family and for me to have my sister and I pregnant at the same time.  It will be one busy summer for our family!

I’m just so excited to see what he/she will look like and be like…that probably excites me the absolute most right now.  I can’t wait to be holding that little bundle! Andrew is really excited too.  He’s going to be a great daddy; I know it.

Pray for us as we prepare.  All this is so new and kinda scary.  Pregnancy is one of those new experiences that I have no idea what it will be like.  BUT I’m praying I will know and believe God will not leave me, even in the hospital as I give birth.  He will be there with me through it all.  And so will Andrew.  So I’m praying through my fears and asking the Lord to help me not fret or fear.  He loves me and our little baby.

Also, keep Andrew in your prayers as he continually is applying for many new jobs and waiting on his provision, however it comes.

Love you all!

 

New Life on the Scene! September 23, 2009

Filed under: Baby,Family — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 7:49 pm

Josh and Allison are expecting a wee little one come late May/early June time!! AHH! I’m so excited for them.  I can’t wait to spoil their new little child when I get to meet him/her.  I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head on cute things to sew and how to help her decorate her nursery (that’s if she wants me to help of course!).  I’m going to be an aunt!

We’ve had so many new babies popping on the scene in our church and this last Sunday a couple from our homegroup told us they were 7 weeks pregnant!  They are so excited.  Fallon can’t wait to be a mommy.

Children are a blessing.  They are so precious.  Yay, sister’s going to have a baby!