Nine Years….and counting

Nine years ago today, I asked the best and most beautiful girl to be my girlfriend–she said yes. Ever since I met her, she has been a major blessing. I love to be around her. She is so uplifting, and she encourages me to be a better person and grow closer to the Lord.

Over these past 9 years, we have gone through so much together. I have enjoyed dating her from day one. She makes me smile, and she make me laugh.

We got got engaged on December 21, 2007. And on November 27, 2010, I married that girl.

Lauren Paige Smith, I love! You mean the world to me. I am so glad that the Lord blessed me with you. I love you babe.

Engagement Photos

Bridal Photos

Wedding Photos

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A Little Thank You

I really appreciate those that have been there for both Paige and I over the past 5-6 months. We have been through a lot. Paige shared a summary of what has taken place up to in her blog post.

Thank you to those that have taken Paige to various appointments when I was in class, working, doing homework, working on projects for school, etc. It means a lot that you would take time to help me out.

I pray that God will truly bless each of you that have volunteered, been praying for us, and sent cards. You all have been a big blessing to us! Please continue that God will provide for us and that He will heal Paige from head to toe.

Thanks again and God Bless!

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
(Matthew 25:40 ESV)

Youth Ministry

I am thankful for the position God has place me in at Harvest Church. He has place me and my wife in a place where we can impact the lives of teenagers.

Over the past few years, God has taught me many things. He has often used certain people to teach me different lessons that he wants me to learn. I am thankful for those people. Just to list a few (in no particular order): Bill Baldwin, Harry Jones, Dwight Mabry, John Huneycutt, Jesse Herring, Daniel and Helen Seagraves, Ruby Benge, Karen Marthers, Robert and Wendy Britt, and Lonnie Bateman. These individuals have taught me what it means to be a youth leader.

Now, I get an opportunity to serve with my wife alongside Wilson and Tessa Moore and Jimmy and Laura Anderson. We have an awesome youth group that is growing in the Lord. Over the past year, these teens have come a long way. They learned so much about the Bible, loving and caring for others, worshipping the God of creation, and so much more!

It means so much to me to see these guys growing in faith. God is truly raising them up to be worshippers, disciples,  and servants. God is adding more and more youth to our group every month! It is so great to see visitors come into our weekly youth meeting.

God loves young people so much and He can really use them for the building of His kingdom. And it is an honor to be used by God to train these teens up in the love and power of Jesus’ name.

I love and care for each of the youth that I get to serve with!

Our Honeymoon

What better time to post pictures and a blog about our honeymoon than eight months after the wedding? We have been enjoying being married too much! But here goes…

We spent our 11 day/10 night honeymoon in Servierville, TN at the Great Smokies Lodge. The room was beautiful condo with a full kitchen, one bedroom, one bath, laundry, living room, and also a hot tub in the bedroom!

We arrived in Tennessee on Christmas Eve around 7pm. We were getting hungry and could could not find anywhere that was open (except one place). We ate at Gondoliers Pizza Italian Restaurant. The staff there was very nice. When the owner found out that we were on our honeymoon,
he made sure the waitress brought us a homemade strawberry cheesecake. It was very delicious. The pizza and the baklava was also very good! The leftover pizza and bread sticks went by to the room with us for Christmas lunch and supper.

After we ate supper, we went grocery shopping because we knew we would not find anything that was going to be open on Christmas day.  The only shopping place that we could find open that had food was Walgreen’s. So we purchase the overprice small amount of food that would get us by until the day after Christmas.

It snowed Christmas day and the next two days after Christmas.  It also snowed on New Years Day! It was so beautiful.

We drove out to Pigeon Forge to vist a few places. One of the places was the Apple Barn and Cider Mill. Such a great place to tour. It was built back in 1910. At the barn, they sale unique applewood smoked hams and bacon, apple butter, old-timey handmade candy from their Candy Factory, ice cream from “The Creamery” ice cream parlor, handmade crafts, fruit wines, and apple cider.

We also drove out to Gatlinburg to walk around and go in a lot of the shops there.

On our second to last day, we visited Cades Cove which is an 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the cove located in the Great Smokey mountains (as suggested by Pastor Dwight and Norma Mabry). We saw lots of beautiful scenery for sure! As you drive along the road, you see rolling hills, mountains, wildlife, old log cabins, and several old churches.

That’s not all of the pictures. Go to the gallery to see all of the pictures from the honeymoon.

Also, on one of the days that it was snowing, there was an accident that happened right in front of us…and we got it on video.

11.26.2010 | This video was shot while we were driving back to the resort in Sevierville, TN. Praise God no one was hurt and that we were not involved.


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What I Have Been Up To

This semester has been full of design projects, homework, quizzes, and tests. Trying to manage a work/school/life balance is not an easy task, but God has been with me every step of the way though (He always is).

I have been able to have some free time to relax and spend time with my wonderful wife.  I also was able to find time to go to see Soul Surfer; a movie about Bethany Hamilton and her inspiring story.

Easter is coming up this weekend! I cannot wait… Easter is the most important holiday we celebrate because it is about our Savior Jesus Christ and the atonement that He paid for our sins so that through Him we can have eternal life and not suffer the death that we deserve. Come join us on Easter Sunday at Harvest Church in Albemarle. Check out the Facebook event page. Easter is a great time to reflect on God’s grace and mercy and to spend time with family!

Also there are two other big events that I am looking forward to: April 30th, I will be helping out at the Kerri D Efird Memorial Scholarship Bike Run. And on May 7th is Stella Day at the Locust Town Center.

Have a blessed Easter!

Wedding Photos on Facebook

CLICK THE LINK…. Our wedding photos have now been posted to Facebook. Links to all 3 albums are listed below. Please help me get everyone tagged.

Wedding Album 1/3: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=106749&id=1267866566&l=145b4bfbf6

Wedding Album 2/3: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=106753&id=1267866566&l=e6a2c886b8

Wedding Album 3/3: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=106754&id=1267866566&l=dfa1c5a566

Wedding info: http://MatthewAndPaige.com/wedding

Upcoming Honeymoon

I am looking forward to our honeymoon. It has been almost a month since our wedding (which seems like just yesterday). After working and me finishing up classes and exams, we are so ready to get away.

We will be leaving Christmas Eve morning to go to Sevierville, TN [map], and we will not be coming back until next year!  We are seriously going to enjoy our 11 day getaway. Please pray that the Lord will watch over us as we travel.

We will post pictures after we return.

God Bless you all,

-Matthew

View information and pictures from our November 27th wedding @ http://matthewandpaige.com/wedding

Post-Wedding

I have been married (wedding information) now for a little over two weeks (it feels just like it was yesterday). Am I enjoying the married life? Yes, I am most definitely enjoying the new relationship! However, It does feel weired to call Paige my wife and me her husband.

Everything is going great. We are working on getting stuff setup in the house. The bedroom is almost complete, and we will start working on setting up stuff in the office room.

We have posted Paige’s bridal portraits online. You can view them in our gallery or on Facebook.

Wedding photos will be posted as soon as we receive them back from the photographer.  If you would like to be notified when the photos are posted, send me an email and let me know.

On Christmas Eve, we leave for a 9 day honeymoon in Sevierville, TN.  Please pray that we have a safe trip!

God Bless.