Just a dream

Time for another “lots of little random tidbits” update! :)

We’ve been rather busy lately. Lots to do, not so much time to get it all done.

I’ve been taking on some new responsibilities with my job, and between training for that stuff and actually working, that’s taking quite a bit of my time. I’m learning a ton, but it has definitely been different for that to be my primary focus every weekday. I’m also learning that I can get a whole lot done before 8:30am, which is when I officially clock in each day. I’ve been waking up most days before my alarm clock goes off at 6:00am, so that’s providing a pretty early start. I’m not a morning person, but the adjustment has went better than I thought it would.

When you get up early, you have time for extra things, like exercise

and target practice. :)

Of course, there are the more “normal” happenings going on as well. Working the election polls is something that I have really enjoyed doing for the past several elections, over the last 4 (nearly 5) years. Before you work, they have all of the poll workers come for a class up at the courthouse so that they can be trained for the jobs they will be filling that day.

I love our county courthouse. :)

We went ice skating with some friends. Everything was absolutely awesome EXCEPT for the music being played over the loudspeaker…. ’nuff said. :p I was really happy to NOT get injured this time. :D

We’ve been working on “prettifying” things and getting them all spruced up…

which has meant spending a lot of time in my little herb garden. <3


Just me, the pothole diggers, some great music and skeeters. Welcome to Bama. :)

Hanging laundry.

Going to Lowe’s, our home away from home.

Drinking coffee.

Dancing!! We are still very much enjoying attending the occasional dance class or ball. Joshua took this video of everyone dancing the Barn Dance at a recent fundraising ball we attended :) If you fast-forward to 1.22, the actual dancing has begun. The beginning of the video was everyone getting in the right place to get started. How many Lamberts can you spot? :D

We are having so much fun, and now, we are teaching my parents how to swing dance in preparation for Josh’s upcoming wedding/reception. :D

Oh, did I say wedding?

This happened:

It looks like I will be having a sister joining the family soon! Please keep both families in prayer as we sort through everything needing to be done to get the wedding planned. This is a first for both families, and we are learning quite a bit as we go.

Let’s see… we’ve been painting!!


clearly.

Art class…. always an adventure! My poor teacher says I strive for perfection too much and need to be more messy and freer (yes, he uses the word “free-r”). I showed up for class with the above-pictured paint covered hands, and that wasn’t messy. I’m a little bit scared to know what his idea of messy is! :S

Last week, we had the opportunity to meet someone we have only known thus far online. Well, Josh knew her, but I and the rest of my family hadn’t yet met her in person. We were able to have her, and the S family (some friends of ours) as well as Josh and his fiance, Kylie, over for game night this past Friday. It was so much fun to visit and get to know her better! (I know I said it already, but it was really great to meet you, K!) :)

We also noticed the first growing tomato in our garden this past week!

On a different note, I am so thankful that the Lord has brought closure to a situation that has been weighing on me for a while. Technically, it was resolved ages ago, but it was a burden that I have been continuing to carry, and the Lord saw fit to bring resolution and complete closure in the most unexpected of ways a few days back. I could literally feel this particular burden be lifted off of my shoulders, and the wonders of God’s grace and mercy pour over me. I am so thankful for His continued faithfulness. <3


Jess snapped this pic for me. I got like 5 feet of air that time!

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” - Lamentations 3:22-23

May the Lord open your eyes to His wonderful grace, and the many blessings that he pours into your life each and every day, both the seen and the unseen things alike. <3

~Miss C

Good to be alive

Back once more with another story of grand and unusual adventures! :)

3 weeks ago found me taking another road trip with a couple of girlfriends to go and visit the Pie Lab in Greensboro, AL. We’ve been planning to head down there now for some time, and finally got our schedules to coordinate so that we could go.

Welcome to Greensboro, the Catfish Capital of Alabama!

We took some time to drive around and see some of the beautiful old homes in the area.

Because this was a historic district, many of the homes are historical landmarks, and a few of them were actually under restoration/renovation when we drove by.

Greensboro. Land of the free, home of the….. dinosaurs?? Do you spy our dino friend in the pic below?

Some of the really cute sights of Downtown Historic Greensboro:


(I love horseshoes. :) )


And old buildings.


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Found in one of the little shops

We’re here! :)

It was such a cute place.

Lunch!


They serve their drinks in mason jars. <3 <3 <3

PIE!!


I ordered a piece of peanut butter chocolate pie- it was SO good!

The Pie Lab was really a neat place. It is a historical building that has been restored, and their goal is to bring more conversation and social life to Greensboro, all while serving delicious pie. It was a delight to visit, and I definitely hope to go back at some point.

After finishing our pie, we headed off to our next adventure….


Driving through miles of Alabama farmland

to Uniontown, AL, home of the closest stockyard to us.

This was my first time to visit a stockyard, and WOW was it interesting. We watched several cows and calves be sold, and then we went out on the catwalk overlooking the stock for sale or in the process of being sold.


Told y’all I’ve got a thing for horseshoes. :)

After staying at the stockyard for a while, we drove through miles and miles of Alabama farmland, checked out some more historic houses

And landed in Newberne, AL, home of Auburn University’s Rural Studio.

Rural Studio is an undergrad program offered by Auburn University for the architecture students there. One of the biggest projects they have been working on lately is something called the $20k houses. These are houses that can be built for $20,000, and all of them feature a built-in tornado shelter. They have a lot more information on their website here.

The next couple of pictures are of the housing that the students live in, called the “pods”.

As it would turn out, Rural Studio is responsible for quite a bit of renovations going on in downtown Newberne as well.

Here is a little peak at the inside of their classroom building, located on the main street that runs through Newberne:

I’ve always been super-interested in the study of architecture, so I really loved seeing all of the house models in the classroom there:

Afterwards, we wandered into the old-fashioned general store located next door, and I purchased an old-style vintage looking Sprite in a glass bottle. More on the Sprite later. :)

When we finished up, we drove miles and miles through Alabama farmland,

saw a rainbow,

and the Lord kept us safe through our return travels. Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

(More posts to come… still quite a bit behind! :) )

Space Oddity

I have deemed this year my year of big adventures.

My most favorite kind of adventure is the one that contains two words. ROAD TRIP! I reckon I’ve got a rather strong case of wanderlust at the moment, so I was super-excited to hear about this particular weekend plan.

Mama had purchased a couple of Groupon deals for some of us to go and see the Ave Maria Grotto, located up in Cullman, AL. We made our plans on a Friday night while we were coming home from a ball (more on that later), and left the next morning around 9:30. I was so excited to do all the driving…it added a lot to the adventure for me!


Jess took this photo of me on the way up. :)

If you’re not familiar with the Ave Maria Grotto, they have a website that explains what it is here.


We’re here!

The miniatures are all absolutely incredible. Here are some of my favorites:


Leaning Tower of Pisa


Montserrat


Looking on


Caught with a camera. :D


A statue of the man who built all of the miniatures – Joseph Zoettl


A view of several of the miniatures built into the side of the hill


Matt and Tim enjoying the day

and of course, there is the special chipmunk crossing area.

After we walked through the grotto, it was time for lunch!

Which was root beer, potato chips and a sandwich (not pictured). Random fact about me: I *LOVE* root beer. Especially the A&W brand. :D

When I went to the Ave Maria Grotto several years ago with my grandmother, we also visited the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament over in Hanceville, AL, as they are somewhat close in proximity and they are both sister-sites. I decided to take my group over to visit since we were already so close.

The castle on the grounds…. it’s a gift shop, but it looks pretty neat both inside and out.


Door handles


Josh with the door handles


Timothy!


Found my “knight in shining armor”! :D

(Back outside)


Jess and I on the grounds

They don’t allow photos inside the actual shrine at all, but I can share a funny story. We were walking around inside and just enjoying looking at the beautiful architecture, and we realized we had just walked up on a tour that was in progress. We all sort of looked at each other, and then decided to join the tour group. It was neat to get the back story on different things that were there, and we got to see a lot more than we would have been able to see otherwise, which was absolutely fantastic.

After all of that walking, we were pretty tuckered out. We knew we needed to be getting back so that we could help with church preparations, so homeward bound I headed. I noticed the fuel was starting to run a bit low, but thought there was plenty to make it back to our house. And then, I realized there was a Flying J right on the way home, so we probably should get some gasoline.

Josh teaching Jessica how to pump gas:

The real reason I picked the Flying J? The COFFEE.

I don’t have my frequent coffee drinker card for them for no reason. ;) All 6 of us were able to get huge cups of coffee for a total of $8.00. Sweeeet. I love Flying J.

I proceeded to drive barefoot all the way home. It was pure bliss!

All in all, it was a fabulous day spent with some of my very favorite people. <3

I would have never dreamed how many new things the Lord would bring into my life throughout the past couple of months. I had been praying for some very specific direction over what it is I should be working on and pursuing, and also that the Lord would bring new opportunities for learning and growth as the days go by. Last year was a year of trying to stay above the water as we were being hit with many, many difficult circumstances, and many of them all at once. This year feels so very decidedly different. Every single day seems to bring something new! There have been some challenges to be sure, but in general, it has been a wonderful year of learning and adventures thus far. I can’t wait to see what else the Lord does as He continues to show His hand at work.

(more updates to come! I’m super behind! :P)

~Court

Oh, oh these are beautiful times…

Owl City released a new song about a month ago, simply entitled “Beautiful Times”.

Some of the lyrics seemed to apply to different things we’ve been experiencing, or that I’ve been thinking or working through personally.

When did the sky turn black? / And when will the light come back? / We all suffer / But we recover
Just to discover life where we all are / I fought all through the night / Oh oh, but I made it alive
The sun’s startin’ to rise / Oh oh, these are beautiful times / This fight of my life is so hard, so hard, so hard / But I’m gonna survive / Oh oh, these are beautiful times…

Life is beautiful. The rough times, the good times. The difficult times. The easy times. Everything in between.

The Lord is bringing me out of what has been a very rough time in my life. I’m so thankful for the journey- for the learning experiences and growth that has happened as a result of what He has been doing.

Life is a highway

Wow, what an amazing past few weeks. The Lord has been faithful to guide us through more rough areas and happy events alike as we continue to traverse the crazy road of life.

Spring has changed to summer, as it always does about this time in Alabama. We had a day this past week where it was already in the upper 80s, and we hadn’t even made it to May yet! :D All of the sunshine has been a blessing for our growing flowers, and the extra rain has been a blessing as well.

The most exciting “happening” lately has been bringing home Baby Lambert #13, Owen Elias. <3 As a matter of fact, I happen to be holding the baby guy right now while I am typing out this post. He has been such a good baby. We are so enjoying the blessing that he already is in our home.

I truly believe he is one of the most precious gifts of healing that has ever been given to us. This past week marked the 1st anniversary of my grandmother’s passing away, and while it was still excruciatingly difficult, I think focusing on the fact that God had sent this perfect little baby boy to our home helped ease the pain. We were focused on the precious gift of life, and less on loss through death. The Lord is so very faithful. He knows exactly what we need when we need it. <3

The next latest happening is that my brother, Josh, found a house. Last week found us getting him moved and helping him start to settle in.

It’s been odd not to have him here. We had gotten in the habit of making our coffee at about the same time in the mornings, so we would often trade stories and jokes for a bit. We’ve always been really close, so it’s definitely been different not having him here at home. I’m very excited that he found a house, and that he is enjoying the area and making sure everything is just right, but I still miss him. Change is hard, but I’m confident that this particular change is for the better. :)

Getting Josh moved in meant stretching out of my comfort zone a bit… I’ve been learning how to do some haulin’, driving our trailer back and forth to different places this week as we have had a significant amount of things to move to different places.

Once we got Josh moved in, I had to go and pick up a filing cabinet at a semi-local auction house, and then, today, I took 740 pounds of junk to the local landfill, which is roughly 45 minutes away.

All was fine and good until I got home, and while I was backing the trailer up into the spot, I ran over a piece of glass and it put a hole in one of the trailer tires. Not my brightest moment. :p It has been a lot of fun to learn how to drive though, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to try something new.

Then there was our kitty, Lyle. Lyle got hit by a car this week, and unlike our other animals who have been hit before, he survived the hit. I called our favorite vet to ask for advice as to what to do, and he walked me through a few things. Lyle was meowing and meowing, but it wasn’t his normal meow. I assumed this was because he had been hit, so I wasn’t paying as much attention to that while I was trying to figure where all he was bleeding and if any bones were broken. While I was on the phone with the vet, I realized Lyle had bitten completely through his tongue, and that his tongue was actually stuck on his teeth. I pulled his tongue up and over his teeth, and he immediately stopped meowing. The next order of business was his left eye, as the pupil was significantly less dilated than the pupil in his right eye. Our vet told me it was most likely from head trauma, and that he thought we could wait and see how he did, since I couldn’t find anything broken and he was still completely responsive. We decided to follow the advice of the vet and put him in a laundry basket in our basement, and he pretty much slept through the entire first day. By that evening, his eye was completely normal, and by the next day, he was eating soft cat food and meowing to be let out of his box.

He has made an amazingly miraculous recovery! I think the Lord knew that we still needed him in our lives. You see, it will have been a year this next week since he first arrived at our house. Our other kitty, Graysie, was ran over by car and killed at this time last year, just days after my grandmother had passed away. We were incredibly upset. Within the next week, someone came and left Lyle and a bowl of water in our front yard. The Lord had sent us a new cat! He adopted us right away and has become a family pet. I’m so thankful that the Lord chose to allow him to live through being hit- it would have been really hard to lose him in the anniversary week of him coming to be with us! He is truly our little miracle kitty. :)

I think that is all for this post. I’m going to be blogging soon about our latest road trip! :) Many blessings to you, my dear friend.
~Court

A thought or two on Godly friendships

Blogging over at Meditations of His Love today! :)

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“For many, many years, I prayed that the Lord would send me Godly friends.

Over the past couple of years, the Lord has been so very gracious and answered my prayer in abundance. He has sent specific people into my life at the most perfect moments.

When it seemed as if my family and I were the only ones walking along a particular path, He sent a special group of friends to me that I “met” online. I’m still writing back and forth with several of those ladies, and each one of them hold a special place in my heart. There were many times when I would be having a particularly rough day, and I would have a letter or email from one of them in my mailbox or inbox. It literally brightened my whole day! These ladies have shown the love of Christ to me in incredible ways, and while many of them I haven’t yet had the privilege to meet in person, I pray the Lord will allow me to meet each one of them if it is His will.

Along with these special online friends, over the past year especially, He began to bring ladies into my life that I see in person quite often now. It is so wonderful to get together with them and simply fellowship, or if the situation arises, to stop and pray for one another. There have been a couple of girls in particular who have literally stopped what they are doing right then to pray for me, and making it a point to encourage me if I had been struggling with something. They have prayed faithfully and diligently for us as my family has walked through some rather difficult situations over the past year, many of them making themselves available to help with things as we have had needs arise.

It’s really made me think a lot about the blessing that the Lord has given us through Godly friendships, so I was excited to see that our topic for the month here at Meditations of His Love is “Godly Relationships”. I’m going to focus specifically on Godly friendships today.

In the scriptures, there is a lot of value placed upon having Godly relationships with others.” Click here to read more!

{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


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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.”

Click here to finish reading the post. :)

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