Andrew & Amanda LeJeune

Growing Undivided Hearts of Love for our Savior

Party Over Here, Party Over There May 16, 2011

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This month has been CELEBRATIONS galore. I partied with girlfriends, we celebrated Easter, we celebrated Mother’s Day, I partied with my sister & Josh and Kyndall & Keith (and Carsen!) in Dallas, and we’ve been planning Reynen’s big 1st birthday!

Almost 1! Enjoying the Splash Park!

Reynen just recently turned 11 months, which means only 1 more month to go before his BIG day! I’m so excited to CELEBRATE him and to throw him a party!  We’re planning on it being at Hensel Park, right across campus. It has a playground and lots of picnic tables, so I think it’s going to be fun. 🙂

I’m excited to make  the infamous Martha Stewart tissue balls and a homemade pennant flag banner for him, as well as making the cupcakes and Reynen’s smash cake! I’m also really trying to think of something special to do for Reynen to honor him.  I’ll fill you all in after the big bash on what we finally chose to do.  It’s gonna be so much fun!

Hannah & Jaclyn

I also road tripped it up with my homegirls from HG, CELEBRATING our friendships. We spent all day Saturday in downtown Houston looking through Anthropolgie & Pottery Barn, grabbing Starbucks, sharing our likes/dislikes on decor, sharing our lives and issues, eating at Panera Bread, sharing a shoulder to cry on, and eating some AMAZING chocolate cake at The Chocolate Bar.  My in-laws were awesome to come grab Reynen and play with him all day while I hung with the ladies. We had an awesome time!

Me & Andi

We’ve also been hanging out with our homegroup CELEBRATING the end of the semester. Last week we had a family movie night and watched Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.  It was hysterical! We were laughing the whole time. Super funny movie.  We’re about to launch our planning time this week for our summer with HG. Really seeking God on what he’d have us do together this summer.

being a boy - playing in the dirt

This last month we also went out to Lake Sommerville to go fishing to CELEBRATE Andrew being finally done with his student teaching. He’s officially a teacher now! Woohoo. I’m so proud of him. Oh, and just a word of caution. Fishing with a baby in tow is not that easy.  Or let me rephrase, trying to fish TOGETHER with a baby is difficult. We tried the pack-n-play, but he wanted out and to be walking around, so one of us had to be holding, feeding, loving, entertaining him at all times. But even still, we caught some fish! 🙂 At the end of the day, Reynen just sat down and threw dirt all over himself….what a boy.

We’ve seen both sides of the family this month too. We got to see my parents and littlest brother, Joel, on their way back from registering for classes at Ouachita Baptist in Arkansas.  Then last weekend we saw Andrew’s parents and sister at her last dance show.  We also CELEBRATED Katey’s 18th birthday.

I’ve also helped Allison & Josh CELEBRATE his new job by house hunting in Granbury with Allison. Josh watched the kiddos for us all day (what a tropper!) and we drove around all day, hanging out as sisters. It was such a good time together. I also saw the Dollars while I was there, which was the cherry on top!

I also CELEBRATED my 1st Mother’s Day. Reynen gave me a hug! Andrew wrote me a sweet note, we ate with our friends at Pei Wei and had good conversation, and then I got a frappuccino!  The day was a reminder of how truly blessed I am to be a mother. I’m so grateful.

We also CELEBRATED Chirst rising from the grave this month. If he hadn’t been raised from the dead, all hope would be lost.  So I am thankful that he did and that he offers me hope through his resurrected life.

So as you can see, we have been CELEBRATING A LOT over here and have even more to do with graduations and birthdays coming up in a few weeks!

 

It’s Begining to Look A Lot Like Christmas December 20, 2010

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Thought I’d share what our little home looks like this Christmas.

home for the holidays

 

The Living Room/Nursery

our tree

I had fun trying to wrap some gifts all pretty like

the reason for the season

our dining room (with my beautiful Poinsetta flowers that Andrew bought me) 🙂

So there’s a little Christmasy cottage for ya.  I love being at home.  It’s a blessing to have the tree and decorations.  Funny enough we actually like our home better WITH the crib in it than without.  In addition to our festive decor, here’s a few other pictures of things that make me smile:

cutie cousins

my wonderful family!

my sweet sister teaching me how to make these cool magazine christmas trees

i love her!

Reynen loves being outdoors!

So many things to be greatly thankful for! Love to you all this Christmas!

 

Spring Break, Men’s Retreat & Easter Weekend April 6, 2010

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SPRING BREAK

The whole family out at Tyler State Park

Picking up from the last blog post! We spent Spring Break with my family the first part of the week in Tyler, staying with Allison & Josh.  It was a blast to be all together again since Christmas! We went out to Lake Tyler and had a fun time fishing, canoeing, and taking a long nature hike.  We got Andy’s Frozen Custard while we were there. It was delicious stuff man! I’ve never had custard before, but it was a yummy new experience.  We also saw Josh and the pine cove guys play and win a local softball game, went to Cheddars, went shopping all over Tyler’s baby outlets and consignment shops, watched Hoodwinked, talked about questions of faith and life, and got Einstein’s bagels.  We had a blast being together.  It was so much fun.

We got a chance to hang out with Joseph & Courtney Patty that Thursday night and eat dinner together, which was also fun.  We’ll be missing them come August when they head out for seminary 😦

Then that next weekend of Spring break we went over to the little bitty town of Hornbeck, LA to visit Andrew’s grandfather Lewis and his girlfriend Gloria. They were full of so much humor and hospitality.  Gloria cooked great meals for us and her sons were funny.  We got to plant watermelon for Gloria’s son who owns land behind her house.  That was fun! I had never done any serious hand planting before but it was great.  It made me feel like the days when workers would be out in the fields singing old gospel songs.  So of course I started singing a little bit 🙂 Lewis and Gloria took us out to a catfish joint where Andrew tried fried alligator for the first time.  It’s actually pretty good.  Time with them was restful and we were really glad to have seen them.

Andrew's grandfather Lewis and his girlfriend Gloria

Us at Gloria's house

MEN’S RETREAT

Andrew was gone on the Men’s Retreat this weekend at Bastrop State Park. The theme this year was “Radical Men of God.”  He had a really great time and was affirmed by men in our body in a meaningful way.  I was so thankful just to listen to him talk about all that God had encouraged him with and through whom. I love listening to him talk.  I am so thankful for our men’s times. I know it’s so essential for them and their growth and strengthening as they seek to be Godly men, heads of their homes, and leaders in the church.  Praise God for our wonderful guys!

While he was away,  I got some good girl time in. Friday I got to meet up with Neva at Sweets for some disclipeship time where we took a Lies We Battle survey and then discussed our top lies.  It’s not easy for me to assess my deep rooted untruths sometimes and I pray for enlightenment into the places that I do struggle, because I KNOW I do.

Saturday I hung out with Laura Ritchie, who is just newly engaged to Chris Edwards, and got to hear her engagement story.  Saturday afternoon I got to have tea party time with Fellowship church married/soon to be married women at Neva’s home.  Always a fun time.  Then meet up with Rachel Holland and Faith and had some good chat time at Sweets.

Sunday I was privileged to speak with Neva for the morning service on a hard thing God has asked me to do.  I spoke about modesty and tried to encourage our women (and a few guys not on men’s retreat 😉 ) to remember God will enable us to obey his commands through his powerful spirit within us.  He won’t ask us to do something his power won’t enable us to do. And also to seek God’s heart on each issue that is toughest.  We will often see his love and sweetness in the command and then our hearts will be softened towards obedience.  It was a blessing to be up there with Neva.  And praise the Lord! A girl from a HG went to her leader and asked if she’d go through her clothing with her sometime.  And another lady came up and thanked me for bringing out the issue of having a modest heart.  You know, you don’t always hear how the Lord will use you, but it’s cool when you get to see how’s he’s spoken to people through what he’s laid on your heart. I was thankful for God speaking and encouraging the women of our body.

PLACENTA UPDATE

Praise God, my doctor says I don’t need to worry about my placenta placement any longer. It moved up as it needed to! Thanks for the prayers.  Our little guy has been kicking up a storm and it feels pretty strange.  I love him so much already and can’t wait to meet him soon!

EASTER WEEKEND

This past weekend we went to Andrew’s dad’s house. Andrew & I had a date morning on Friday drawing each other collages of items/images/symbols that represented the other person. We made blueberry french toast and had a relaxing time together. On our way to Houston we stopped and took blue bonnet pictures!

Darrel & Susan took us out to eat at Gringos Mexican restaurant on Friday evening. On Saturday Susan and I grabbed Einstein’s Bros. bagels and coffee and then later we met up with my Nana at a tea room in League City. That was fun! Tearooms are so dainty 🙂 We shopped around a little bit and then went home.  I got to watch some HGTV this weekend. I really enjoy watching those shows and since we don’t have any kind of cable TV it’s always a special treat for me. Darrel & Andrew went fishing and only caught a crab 😦 and Darrel caught a sunburn.  We grilled steaks that night and then Andrew & I got to go together and look at Babies R’ Us strollers.

Sunday we went to Gateway Community church. The message was really good. He spoke on the “what if.” What is Jesus had never been raised from the dead? Our lives would look SO HUGELY different. We would be hopeless and selfishness would be the greatest virtue if all we have is this life. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 that if we hope in a Christ who wasn’t raised at all we are to be pitied the most of all people! So thankful that Jesus wasn’t a liar and did everything he said he would. My prayer is that I will live remembering he has defeated death and sin each day. We had a relaxing time on Sunday followed by a yummy Eater feast made by Susan.

In light of Easter and reading an article on it’s roots, Andrew & I have been talking about what we’d like to do as a family to celebrate Easter. Our friend Elaine brought up a great idea. Rather than doing a traditional egg hunt, doing a TREASURE HUNT and focusing on the theme that Jesus is the pearl of great price/buried treasure! Cool huh?! We think so.  It’s been good to talk through things like this in light of our upcoming baby boy to raise!

 

Look what’s been cooking at our place October 1, 2009

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Wanted to share some photos of interesting little things we’ve been doing around our place.  We….

  • made an ottoman cover for the fishy one we have (complete with manly ruffle)
  • cleaned up our entry way cork board
  • made Velcro fabric doors for around our storage/supplies/catch all shelving
  • organized our photos in a cool way on our living room wall
  • put the shelf we had on the one big wall to above the couch
  • created a supplies tray to be at arms reach without having to dig around to find them
  • created a card holder with custom made dividers (this is one of my favorite things!)
  • made a  sorting setup for things to file/hold/to be looked at and a receipt bin/old Kleenex box turned useful!
  • changed out my wreath decor for fall
  • bought an on sale box of  Yankee “Autumn Wreath” popporui and Yankee “Cranberry Chutney” candle for fall! I love it when our home smells delicious.

I’m pretty satisfied with how things turned out.  Look and see!

P.S. > I put some pictures up of new wallets I made.  They’re fun.

 

Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea? July 21, 2009

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We had a sweet time in Galveston visiting Nana and being with Joseph and Courtney.  We learned a lot about each other thanks to Andrew’s many get to know you questions like, “Tell me the thing you most appreciate about your spouse and what is one of your fondest memories since you’ve been married?”

On our way there we had a little fiasco.  Right as we got into Houston we pulled over to let Honey go potty.  Once we thought she tinkled and all and set off again. Courtney was holding her in the car and all of sudden said, “What is on my hand?”  She looked down and saw some brown liquid.  Then it started smelling like poo.  EKK….Courtney got a little nauseous.  I was telling Andrew to pull over as soon as possible.  When I looked at Honey’s behind there was poo matted in her fur.  Yuck.  So we pull into this dealership and I run her into the bathroom and stick her under the sink to wash her off.  Then I’m looking around for some paper towels to dry her off.  None.  What they did have was an automatic sensor hand dryer.  SO there we are,  sticking Honey’s behind under a hand dryer back and forth.  Courtney and I started to crack up.  What was also hilarious was that as I was walking in with the puppy, Joseph saw a couple looking at me a little funny and I  heard him say, “Puppy emergency.” haha.  Gotta love it. 🙂

We went to the beach on Saturday and the guys made a sand castle.

Picture 175

the proud sculptors

the proud sculptors

We had a good 4 hours on the beach before it started raining on us.There were several thunderstorms this weekend.  In fact, we got hail and 65 mph winds in CS this weekend!! AND yesterday too.  Andrew and I ended up trying to go to my work last night and right as we got out on the road there were tornado watches, heavy rains and winds.  Scary. But cool at the same time.  Anyways…back to this weekend.  We had to give Honey to Nana.  She loved her! I was sad that we had to leave her though.  Maybe someday I can get a Honey Bear too.

We ate dinner on the Galveston Bay on Saturday night which was fun. Sunday we went to the beach and Joseph lead us in worship.  That was great.  The waves are so loud and it’s neat to be out in nature singing praises to God.  As we drove away from Nana’s I sad about leaving Honey and wishing we could take her home with us.   I told Andrew, “I’m sad…can we get Starbucks?!”  He laughed and agreed.  So we all stopped in and then decided since we didn’t have anywhere to be that evening and Ikea was so close and Courtney had never been that we’d stop by…..2 hrs later! we got in our car to finish our commute home.  haha.  Courtney and I had fun walking through and our men were awesome.  They made up a game to entertain themselves (the would each guess how many lights were on in each room and then whoever was closest won) the whole time and didn’t raze us for our desire to look and stop and ooo and awww over things.  🙂 Love you fellas!!

look at that beautiful smile and cute pupsters!

look at that beautiful smile and cute pupsters!

Picture 170

Picture 184

Picture 185

 

Everyone Needs A Little…. July 16, 2009

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Sunshine! Summer goodness comin’ right up!

Lemonade

I am thankful and grateful to the Lord this morning and am listening to Kari Jobe’s new CD.  LOVE IT!! It’s so good and is ministering to me.   I was just listening to the song “Everyone Needs A Little” which just puts you in a good mood and I wanted to shower you with some sunshine through my cute glass pitcher filled with yummy homemade lemonade, brought to you by Andrew “the sweetest hubs in the world” LeJeune.  🙂

Thank you to everyone praying for Andrew’s interview.  He felt like he did really well on his part.   He felt like he answered the questions well.  Judging the interviewers response was a little hard, but we’ll see.  They are looking to hire someone pretty soon so the next interview if he gets one will be tomorrow or Monday.  I’m praying they call him today!  God’s will be done.

We are going to GALVESTON this weekend!!! whoop! The best part is that we’re going with Courtney and Joseph!!! They are such a blessing to us.  Their friendship is a treat.  So we’re going to hang out on the beach. That is if we don’t get rained out.  Weather.com says we’re supossed to have 30-40% chances of rain this weekend.  I won’t be too upset though; either we can play in the rain. YIPPEE. or we just thank God that he’s brought what so many people are needing.  Actually we could do both. Not sure what I am thinking there.  So we’ll be chillin’ and hanging with my Nana in G-town and with Joseph and Courtney.

This means we are giving back our precious little Honey Bear.  She’s getting more hilarious.  She’s barking a lot more, playing with her food, and doing an impersonation of a lion on the prowl for something to pounce on…namely a sock in this instance.  She just pounces away and growls at it and then hops over to the next thing 🙂  Such a fluffy little bunny of a dog we have!

 

Puppy Love July 7, 2009

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This past week was rough for us but God provided a bundle of sunshine and spunk for us last Wednesday night! We went to the mall to grab an American Cookie Company delicious double doozie cookie to share (which is a must for me whenever I go to the mall. Good thing I don’t go that often;).  We also wanted to lift our spirits by visiting the Puppy Store.  Andrew and I always visit the puppy store when we’re there because it just makes us happy to look at all the cute dogs.  We ended up at the Puppy Store first.  At the front window was the cutest little Shih Tzu/Bison Frise mixed puppy.  I asked if I could hold her.  She was so sweet and we remembered that this was the type of dog my Nana had been talking about wanting.  So we decided to call her and tell her that we found a sweet cute puppy for her.  We weren’t really telling her to get it, just that we found one that she would enjoy.  But she said, “Well, buy her for me!”  So we did just that.  An hour later we were walking out with a fluffy puff of joy and sweetness.  We were so giddy and excited.  God had sent us home with a sweet gift during a very difficult time for us.

puppy

This precious little one is named Honey.  And since she’s what’s called a “Teddy Bear” mix we gave her the middle name, Bear.  So Honey Bear. We haven’t received the best of nights’ sleep these few days, BUT she’s a treat.  We’re getting a good dose of what children MIGHT be like.  She cries at night and we’ve had to try our best to keep her awake so she sleeps through the night.  She just started to eat solid food and isn’t potty trained yet.  We’ll be giving her over to Nana next weekend when we go with Courtney and Joseph to Galveston. I’m way excited about that trip too. Honey likes to bite your toes and play tug-o-war. Picture 135

Not only did we get this sweetie, but Allison came to visit us this past weekend and it was so fun and relaxing.  We worked on wedding stuff, watched fireworks, watched Braveheart (Allison’s choice since it’s about Freedom), ate at Pepe’s for the first time, and did First Fridays in downtown Bryan (they have live jazz, old soda shop, and showed Casablanca on the outdoor theatre).

I’m really excited about this weekend and getting to hang out with some great sisters in Dallas.  Girl time is so good and needed!  I appreciate my friends dearly.

In other news, Andrew’s still plugging away at looking for a job.  We haven’t heard back any news at all regarding a few jobs that we were very positive and hopeful for, which is always hard.  But I know God is faithful to provide.  He will provide in our exact time of desperate need.  Please continue to lift Andrew up and for a job.  It seems God has had a purpose for Andrew still working as a bus washer/now waxer.  He’s been able to share Truth with guys while cleaning and has had some really good conversations.  So praise God for that!

I’ve started doing a short morning arms/shoulders/back toning routine.  It takes about 8-20 minutes, depending on if you have a little ball of fluff trying to bite your toes and your PJs 😉 It’s been a good way to wake up and makes me feel good knowing I’m being strengthened.

Here’s a verse that I’ve been remembering with me: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. ” Psalm 55:22