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. πŸ˜€

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? πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜€

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.


Be still my <3


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! :) )