{life} is beautiful

I keep forgetting how much has happened in the last several weeks until I really start to think about it. Each day has bled into the next as we have been running and twirling and walking and dancing on the crazy road of life.

My precious grandfather had to have heart surgery at the beginning of the month. He is making a wonderful recovery thus far, and is expected to bounce right back. We really weren’t expecting him to be having surgery, so that was definitely a surprise phone call when he called to let us know. Although I would have preferred that he didn’t need surgery, it was wonderful to spend time really getting to talk to him while he was up at the hospital, and now calling to check on him each day. I’m thankful the Lord allowed us this special time to get to know him better. <3


view of the hospital


interesting art sculpture of nuns on the hospital grounds

In the midst of the heart surgery, we caught what has to be the worst stomach virus of all time. It wiped all of us completely out! As soon as we seemed to be clear of that, just 3 days later, Mama and I got sick again with what I thought was just a simple cold. For me, it quickly escalated, and after days of trying to fight it both with herbal remedies and cough/cold medicine at home, my parents strongly encouraged me to go on and see a doctor. So, yesterday, for the first time in literally about 12 years, off to the doctor I went. It was a really good thing too….. the diagnosis? Walking Pneumonia and pink eye, both. :p Two shots, a breathing treatment, and three prescriptions later, and I am starting to feel much better. I had no idea it had gotten that bad. I really just thought it was a cold, and that the doctor’s office would tell me to get over it. :) I should have known something was up when it was so painful to breathe, but this is the first time I’ve ever had anything like this. I guess I’ll be a little faster in heading out to see the doctor next time, to be sure. That was miserable!


just waiting


prescription aftermath

Before the coming of the great sickness plague, we had a lot of fun attending a Scottish Country dance class. This is the first time we’ve ever tried any sort of country dancing, and what I was able to pick up was a lot of fun. The not-so-fun? Realizing that not easily remembering your lefts and rights is a HUGE problem when it comes to this sort of dance. I think I had 7-8 people yelling “go right!” or “go left!” and I would still mix it up. *sigh* Next time, I think I’m going to drink a nice cup of coffee beforehand and see if that helps. I’m always looking for a good excuse to drink coffee, and remembering lefts and rights sounds like a pretty good reason to me!

Then we had “the big flood”. We got literally 5-6 inches of rain overnight one night earlier this month. Our lake flooded about halfway up into our pasture area, and we realized later that our entire road had been blocked off on one end because the river close by had covered the road in about a foot of water. That’s a LOT of water, y’all!

Hmmm, what else?

I started school back with the littlest Lamberts. It’s been far too long since we have sat down and done preschool time! I was thankful to be able to get back to that.

We went and saw “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” with some friends. Can I just say that I absolutely loved the movie? It was perfect, with the exception of a bit of language. I think it gave me a bit of a traveling bug… now I’m wanting to go and do some exploring of my own!

Afterwards, we went and got some Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Hey, if you are less than 3 minutes away from Krispy Kreme, it’s just about mandatory that you stop and grab one. Or two. :)

I think that’s all of the past events. Today though, my friends, is a very special day. Today is the day I am getting a new baby sibling! :D Rest assured, there will be plenty of pictures to share when the new little one makes an appearance. In the meantime, please be keeping my mama and baby brother in your prayers during the exciting time.

Matthew and I dropped my parents off at the hospital this morning so that we could have the car while they are staying there, and then we were supposed to go to Aldi and the grocery store. Unfortunately, neither of those are open at 6:30 in the morning, which is what time it was. Matthew saw Vulcan in the distance, and asked if we might could get closer to see it. I figured we had plenty of time to kill, so off we went! We couldn’t get any closer than the parking lot, but he still was able to see it, and then, we were able to see the building for our favorite local weather and news station. That was awesome! I took a different way to get onto the interstate, so we ended up going through downtown Birmingham, a first for me. I’ve never driven through there! It ended up being easy. :) We got to drive through the new color tunnel they have put in, as well as see the outside of the newly built Region’s Field, which was really cool. I don’t drive very much off of the beaten path, so it was definitely a great new experience for me, and Matthew seemed to enjoy it as well.


Hello there, Vulcan!

I think that’s all the updates I’ve got for now. I’m going to try and make sure I blog a bit more often so I don’t fall so far behind! :)

Many blessings to you on this day!

~Miss Court

~He will wipe away every tear~

“Life oftentimes throws us “curve balls”. Unexpected circumstances seem to abound at times, swirling and whirling and tossing us about the waves of life until we feel like we are absolutely broken, crushed, and unable to even breathe.”

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Plant Life

♫ ♫ I’d rather waltz than just walk through the forest…the trees keep the tempo and they sway in time…♫ ♫

Life has been quite the journey over the past several weeks. We are continuing to work on falling into a routine before little Owen arrives, which will be just over 3 weeks from now. Time certainly flies!

We attended our final waltz class a couple of weeks back. Our teachers ran everyone back through the waltz, the foxtrot, and swing dancing. The waltz itself went much better this week, as I had a couple of really good partners, and I was more familiar with the dance itself. It’s so much more enjoyable when you know more what it is you are supposed to be doing! The foxtrot was comical though, as I had missed both foxtrot classes. I told my partner I didn’t know how to foxtrot, and he responded that he didn’t know how to do the foxtrot either, so we ended up waltzing through the foxtrot portion. It was rather funny! =] The swing dancing went the best, and it was my favorite dance of the night. Because I was more comfortable with the actual footwork, I was able to do more of the “fancy” steps, and that was so much fun! I’m very much looking forward to taking more classes or having the opportunity to dance again. We did attempt to do the “Electric Slide” at our last ladies’ fellowship. :)

As you can see, we still have quite a ways to go. =D

We’re in the process of teaching Joshua swing dancing right now, and are hoping to attend a few Scottish Country dance classes over the next several months as well. I’m so glad Mama encouraged us (ok, me. =] ) to go out on a limb and try something new! Dancing is definitely one of my favorite new pastimes.

If you live in or have visited the Sunny South over the past week or so, you’ve probably noticed the bright green grass beginning to grow, and all of the gorgeous flowers that are blooming EVERYWHERE.


Daffodils


Forsythia


The green green grass of home

And then, if you’ve visited our home, you’ve probably noticed the dishes being washed periodically throughout the day. Our dishwasher decided to croak several weeks back, so we’ve been washing quite a few dishes lately. There is something so relaxing about washing each dish, piece by piece, and then seeing all of them sparkling and shiny and clean, all laid out on the towel to dry.

Here’s a few pictures that capture some of our life experiences over the past couple of weeks:


washing laundry


visiting with friends


finding super-long potato chips in the chip bag


picking the absolute squeakiest cart in all of Walmart (I *always* pick the loudest cart! :P)


brightening the kitchen with the aforementioned flowers


sisters <3


doing some night driving


buying new shoes

Then there was my health food purchase from a couple of nights ago. I’m blaming the peppermint pattie purchase completely on a friend of mine ;) , but WOW were they good!! If you haven’t done it yet, go obtain a peppermint pattie, freeze it, then eat it. I promise you will not be disappointed! =D


Heading into the “health food” store


Oreos and peppermint patties. Can’t really go wrong with those! :-)

Oh, and how could I forget? We were so excited to look out the window this past week and see that our county’s pothole fixin’ division was out and doing some repairs on the major potholes down our road. That completely made our day!


The crew is out and at work!

Yesterday was a fun day spend out looking for a house for Joshua. Because he was recently elected to the Republican Executive Committee for our county, he is required to live in the county for the duration of his term. Josh and I, along with his special friend Kylie and her sister Lydia, went out all over the county to look for possible houses to rent or purchase. I couldn’t help but snap pictures throughout the day to photoblog our day (sorry to my instagram followers for blowing up your newsfeed! =]). It was so neat to see more of the county we call home! Here are some of my favorites from our travels:


Out exploring :)


Taking a picture at the first house


Lunch break!


Our county courthouse


Josh and Kylie taking a “selfie” outside of the courthouse


The whole group


Town square


Neat bits of history


Sawmeal Restaurant (we go here for our REC meeting every month. Some of the folks at the courthouse suggested checking the bulletin board here for house listings)


The chaperones! =]


We found our county’s radar-information-getter (I’m not sure what the technical term is)! :)


Frosty break

(At this point, we had the windows rolled down and the Beach Boys going full blast. I’m loving these upper 60′s low 70′s days! Absolutely perfect weather! =D)


Vegetable and plant stand closer to our end of town


Back on our end of the county <3

When we got home, there was the most gorgeous sunset. The sun was gently drifting down into the horizon- golden and shining and absolutely blissfully wonderful.

And with that, I’ll close for now. I pray that you have had a wonderful day thus far, and have a wonderful week to come. =]

~Miss Court

Ac-Cen-Tuate The Positive

We are all sitting around in the living room, and Jessica passed out some ice cream, so it seems like an absolutely perfect time to blog. Nothing helps more for inspiration than a nice, big, cup o’ ice cream! =]

I’m continuing to blog around snapshots taken with my phone. The good thing about phone photo blogging is that I typically have my phone with me more than my camera, so it does allow me to take photos I wouldn’t ordinarily get. On the flip side, the quality isn’t nearly as good. :( I’d really love to know what I did with that battery charger!

And life rolls on here at the Lambert Estate. We’ve had our share of good things and bad things alike happen over the past month or so. The Lord has been faithful, and even when times get rough, He is there, guiding us ever so gently through the sometimes tumultuous waves of life. We’re reminded to count our blessings, and as we do that, the “bad” things don’t seem nearly as bad as they were before. You’ve just got to “ac-cen-tuate the positive”, to quote a favorite song of mine. So, here goes! =]

We’ve celebrated some birthdays here lately. I took the following pictures of Timothy’s birthday cupcakes:


We made these cupcakes with fresh lemon zest!

I’m continuing to run, each day increasing my distance by just a bit.

The sights are so beautiful down there. =]

It is neat to finally be making some progress with that! I did decide not to run this past Friday, because we went ice skating with some friends and then had a waltz class that night.

(This video is a video I took of my younger brother, Benjamin, skating around the rink. He’s the little guy with blonde hair in the black t-shirt. My younger sister, Jessica, and her friend, Bailey, make an appearance towards the end as well. =])

Not running that day turned out to be a really good decision, because I ended up tripping and landing flat on my back while ice skating. I got a nice bruise going from my shoulder to my waist on my back, and skinned and scraped my elbows quite nicely to match! On recommendation from a fellow essential oils user, I came home and put lavendar essential oil on my elbows and bandaged them up to be ready for waltz class. I was hurting so bad! I’ve never fallen on my own ice skating before- this was a first! =p

Several of the folks who were ice skating with us were at the waltz class that night, so I got a lot of questions about my fall and the injuries sustained from it. Everyone was really careful not to bump my elbows, which were in the most pain that night. I made it through class, but today (Monday) is the first day that I have nearly my entire range of motion back. For the past couple of days, I could barely walk without being in a lot of pain, and sleeping at night was pretty much a no-go. I actually just finished telling a friend that my goal for this evening is sleeping through the whole night. =] I’m so thankful that my injuries weren’t any worse than they were! It was definitely a blessing, especially considering how far/hard I fell!

I’ve got another huge praise about that dance class though- that night, it was my first time to drive the van for a super-long distance (1 hour and 9 minutes), and in addition to it being really dark because it was at night, it rained on me the whole way there and nearly the whole way back. The Lord answered my prayer, and we had no problems whatsoever making it there and back safely. I’m really excited to have crossed another hurdle with the van driving! And of course, the dance class was fantastic as always.

Unfortunately, we’re still driving the van because Sinatra is still in the shop, and even worse, our beloved Blue Belle threw a rod. :(


(These pictures were taken the week before she broke)

We’re still trying to decide what to do with her. She has been such a great truck!

I took Jacob to work this past week on the way to piano lessons, and on the way back, I was able to stop and grab a picture of one of my favorite signs in the entire world. It lets us know that we are approaching our beloved homeland. =]

I’ve also been playing with doing some hand lettering… I’m hoping to reveal some of these projects very soon!

Our dear cat, Lyle, has also been trying to figure out every possible way to break into our house. Sneaky cat.

Well, I suppose that’s all the ramblin’ I’ll do for now. =]

May you have a blessed evening!
~Court

Bless the Lord…

I’m posting over at Meditations of His Love today. =]

Psalm 34:1

“Isn’t it a glorious thing to stop and simply praise the Lord for the wonderful things He has done for us? I am overwhelmed daily as I observe the many blessings He has given to us.

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” {Psalm 34:1-3}”

Click here to read more. =]

Sweet Home Alabama

(still taking photos with my cell phone. I really hope I find that camera charger soon! :/)

I’m listening to Meredith singing “Sweet Home Alabama” while she plays. All she knows from the song is “Sweet home Alabama, where the skies are so blue!”, and she is singing it over and over while she and Darby and pretending to drive to their make-believe destination.

It’s rather sweet. :)

Today the sky isn’t so blue, but Alabama does certainly remain our sweet home. I feel so blessed to live in such a beautiful state! =]

We’ve been up to all sorts of things lately. As Sinatra is *still* in the shop, I’ve been continuing to drive around the Snow Beast to do errands and our other activities.

And this is where you get to see how eclectically odd and eccentric I am. =D

For a long time, I had a really hard time parking correctly with any of our vehicles, so whenever I would park correctly in the spot, nice and even like everyone else in the parking lot, I would stop and take a picture. I’ve been doing that off-and-on now since I got my driver’s license a few years back.

I present *drum roll* the evidence:

Matthew and I were the chief errand runners this past Saturday. Our first stop was Staples, as opposed to paper clips, of course.

I forgot to take a picture of the parking job there. Oh well.

Next was Walmart! I forgot to take a picture of the front of Walmart, but since we all probably know what Walmart looks like anyway, I’ll just show you a picture of my parking job:

Perfectly in the spot! *gives myself a fist pump* (I guess that’s sort of odd, but parking correctly totally made my day! :) )

Then we went to Aldi’s. And I’m IN THE SPOT, Y’ALL!

I love Aldi’s. The manager knows us now and he asks how we’re doing or if there’s anything they can help with. They also lent us a quarter one week when we had forgotten one. Awesomundo, I tell you. =] We can go in there, get exactly what we need for less than we would pay nearly anywhere else, and get right back out extremely quickly. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I love Aldi’s. =]

But, now I’m off the point. Where were we? Oh yeah, my parking skills.

Matthew begged pleaded asked if we might be able to make a coffee stop on the way home. I decided to be responsible and go on home take his idea and off to the Flying J for Pilot coffee we went! I’ve got to use my frequent customer card sometime, y’all. ;)

We were playing the “how many Schneider trucks can you see” game on the way there since we have to go via interstate, and I was very excited, because turning into the Flying J, there were 11 Schneider trucks parked in a row. So excited in fact, that I forgot to take a picture of them all in a row. Or a picture of the parking job. Ah, well, such is life.

I did get a picture of the guilty parties though, and if anyone asks, it was Matthew’s fault we stopped for coffee since it was his idea in the first place. :)

A very happy Tuesday to all of y’all. May you feel the joy-filled and peaceful presence of the Lord with you immensely through the coming week. <3

~Court

Living life

{continuing to update with recent pictures…I’ve done something with the battery charger for my SLR, so the all of the photos taken in this post (with the exception of the photo of Josh and Kylie) were taken with my cell phone. That’s why they look a little unusual. :) }

It’s rather interesting. Looking towards this year from last year, I figured this year would be a more quiet year. I would never have imagined all of the things we would be doing, nor all of the events that have taken place thus far.

The most recent piece of news is that my brother, Josh, is courting a neighbor of ours and a dear friend of mine, Kylie. It has been incredible to see all the ways the Lord has worked already thus far through this process. Kylie and her family are truly like family to us. We are all excited to see where the Lord leads! =]

In the meantime, our normal life activities roll on. =]

We’re continuing to attend art class on Friday afternoons. Our art teacher, Mr Elam, has been teaching me to paint in watercolours. As I’ve shared before, watercolour painting holds a special place in my heart, and it has been a blessing to learn how to use them properly.

This is my most recent project:

I love these cute little snowmen. They have definitely made a great prop to practice my watercolour skills!

Of course, as life gets more full, the coffee mug does too, so this has been my mug of choice over the past couple of weeks:

no, it’s not completely full… =]
 

While we’re on the coffee subject, Sinatra, our Tahoe, has been in the shop for the past couple of weeks, so I’ve been driving the Snow Beast quite a bit more. In celebration of my first time to drive the Snow Beast on the interstate, I stopped for a coffee at Pilot. You know, celebration coffee.

And then there’s been music practice. Lots and lots of music practice! We were a bit concerned about the dust from the drywall getting inside of the piano and damaging it, so we moved the piano down to our new resource closet until the new family room is finished. Now I have a dedicated music room! ;)

I’ve been trying to be more diligent to practice violin this week as well. That’s always a lot of fun!

We’ve definitely enjoyed having the windows open over the past few days during the current “heat wave” we’re experiencing. =]

For personal goals, I’m working on finishing two books I started last year, All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot and The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul. Both books have been really good, and it has been wonderful to catch up on some of the reading goals I completely missed last year!

I’ve got my Goodreads goal counter set back up for this year, so hopefully, the Lord willing, there will be progress made on that over the coming months.

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Another new thing this year has been blogging for Meditations of His Love with the rest of the MOHL team! It has been a lot of fun to get to know the other gals, and I’m praying that the posts written over there by all of us are an encouragement to our readers. It has definitely been a learning experience for me, and a great exercise in keeping a regular writing schedule. =]

With our new activities, my veterinary scheduling job, and church work, I was having a hard time keeping track of what all needed to be done on specific days to keep up with my commitments. Mama found this great wipe-off board while she was out shopping one day, and it has proved itself to be incredibly valuable thus far! It has been so nice to see at a glance what all needs to be done each week. The calendar below the wipe-off board was given to us by the oral surgeon who did my wisdom teeth removal, and it has a more general glance of everything that needs to be done during the month.

Last, but certainly not least, I went out to do my run this morning and saw that our daffodils are blooming. I love daffodils. <3

And with that dear reader, I’ll close for now. I pray you have a blessed evening!
~Court

Ice in Dixie?

(Continuing to try and catch the blog up… I’ve taken several pictures but haven’t sat down to actually write about them yet. Hopefully I’ll be all caught up soon! =] )

We received quite a shock a few weeks back. We had a snowstorm come through, bringing us 4+ inches of snow and lots of ice where the snow had melted a bit and then froze completely solid. God’s hand was clearly at work, and at the end, we all ended up home safe and sound. My dad and brother, Matthew, were working in Mississippi, so they were able to stay there and work until the worst of it blew over here. My other brother, Jacob, was at work when the roads began to freeze over, and he slid off the road in Blue Belle, our 1987 Chevy Suburban. We knew we wouldn’t be able to go and get him, as we were iced in as well. The Lord was working in a major way, and we remembered that a friend of ours, Mr. J, lives in the same town Jacob works in, so Jacob was able to walk to his house and stay there. Mr. J graciously allowed him to stay the night and was able to bring him home the next day in his 4-wheel-drive vehicle. Blue Belle didn’t even have a scratch, and the town there towed it to a public lot, where we were able to bring it home. I am so thankful the Lord kept everyone safe in what could have been a major life-threatening situation.

Tim and I ran down to the local corner store when it first started for some extra gas for our generators. It was almost fairytale-ish seeing the stores with a bit of snow. =]

By the time we made it back, it was really coming down!

The dreaded ice!! :p

And of course, I couldn’t resist a snow picture with the boots. ;)

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the snow…. the ice? Not so much. I feel blessed that the Lord sent us some snow. I loved taking pictures of it, and eating snow cream, and looking at the way the clouds looked as the first snowflakes began to fall. Despite the hardships caused by it’s arrival, the snow was a blessing, to be sure. <3

Concert!

We were so excited to hear that the Wissmann family would be coming to Alabama earlier this year, back in January. I wrote to find out if they might come by and play at our church, and we set a date. :)

We thoroughly enjoyed sharing a meal before the concert and being able to fellowship for a bit. It’s always a blessing to fellowship with other like-minded folks!


Unpacking the envelope full of promotional materials for the concert


Our friend, Mr. J, had a banner made for outside of our church building to spread the news about the concert


The banner and I. =]


CONCERT DAY! We couldn’t have asked for better weather. After the ice/snowpocalypse of the previous few days, the sunshine was such a blessing!


They’re here!


Instruments being set out


CD table set up and ready to go!


It’s nearly time to start…


And here we go!

We so very blessed by their beautiful testimonies and music, and greatly enjoyed the fellowship before and after the concert. The Lord worked in some amazing ways while they were down here, and while I can’t share particulars, it was a blessing to my heart and really touched some family friends of ours in a very neat and amazing way that only the Lord could have orchestrated. It was incredible to be able to witness this particular situation! We are all looking forward to more fellowship in person and another concert next year, the Lord willing. Thank you again to the Wissmann family! =]