Good to Me

There are some weeks when I am utterly overwhelmed with thankfulness at all of the many blessings the Lord pours out over me.

Each day here lately seems to bring one unexpected blessing after another. The past couple of weeks have been very busy and long for me, but the Lord has been gracious to see me through and send some (as friend put it last night) amazing “hugs from God”.

Here’s one example. =]

I had written to a dear friend to ask for her to be praying over a situation I have been working through, and it was mentioned in the email that I was on the lookout for a decent banjo and a piano accordion (a 120 bass if possible!). I had been praying that the Lord would bring a good deal on the accordion especially, because when I was looking online, an accordion was not in my current price range. It is something that I had hoped to play for quite some time, but figured I would be waiting for a while to find one in good condition that fit the budget.

She emailed me back and said that she had an accordion in the closet they were looking to get rid of, and that she would bring it to church the next day for me to look at and see if I liked it.

I was absolutely shocked and amazed….and didn’t really sleep that night because I was **so** very excited. =]

When we opened it up there at church, I was amazed again- it was the very type of accordion I had been hoping to purchase, and it was absolutely gorgeous!

When we got home from church, you can guess what I started playing with right away…

Meet Stella:

Thought I’ve seen and heard an accordion being played and routinely listen to accordion polka music, I had no clue where to start. I got online and did a little research, and then I was able to start figuring out how to play VERY BASIC songs, mostly by ear. Thank you to whoever decided that the “C” button should be indented to help figure out where you are on the left side of the accordion. You are awesome.

Here’s a couple of clips (sorry in advance…just starting out here. :)):

(Make sure you click the video again to pause it after watching, otherwise, Instagram will have it playing in a loop.)

Learning around working today. :) This is going to be so much fun.

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Figuring out "It's A Small World". :)

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I can’t wait to start really learning the fingering patterns for the left hand side. I think this is going to be a grand adventure, and I am so excited to finally be getting started! =]

late-night practice session….learning the chicken dance. Thank you, YouTube. =])

As Time Goes By

Just taking a quick break from some ceiling repair to ask: How’s life been for all of you?

We’ve been busy, but are doing well. God is gracious, and life is good. =]

It’s tricky to figure out where to pick up here on the ole’ blog, seeing as how so much life happens in between each post! I decided to look through recent pictures and blog from those.

We were so excited that the Wissmann Family was able to come and play at our church again this year. The fellowship is always wonderful and the music is fantastic! Here are a few snapshots from the event:

I was so excited recently to be asked to help photograph the wedding of two dear friends. In many ways, they are like adopted siblings to our family. It was such a blessing to help capture their special day! Here are a few of my favorites:

We had several friends come and stay with us over the wedding week, and we took some of them up to do some good old-fashioned sightseeing in Birmingham before they went home.

Here are some photos I snapped at Vulcan Park. I think Vulcan is one of my favorite places ever. The view is incredible. Absolutely incredible. I love the view. I love how close it seems to the sky. I love climbing all of the stairs to get to the top…did I mention that Vulcan is one of my favorite places ever?

Hmm…what else have we been up to?

Music….music….music….my life seems to be wonderfully filled to the brim with it lately!

I have formed an online orchestra- the Super Symphonia! You can visit the homepage here to learn more. It has been so exciting to have the registrations start coming in! I would love to have you join us if you are interested. There is ALWAYS room for one more! :)

I’m working on the next piece to play with the folks at church…we’ve decided on “Tell Me the Story of Jesus”. It really seems to be lending itself well to being played on stringed instruments. I am really loving this whole playing-in-an-ensemble thing. It has been so very lovely! I’m hoping that it is a blessing to the folks at church and that we don’t sound super-squeaky. 😀 I’m hoping to have pics/video to share soon.

Other than that, a dear friend of mine suggested that I join another local orchestra who was looking for folks to sing in their community chorale group. I went to the first practice a couple of days ago, and it would seem that we will be singing the pieces in Russian.

I don’t know any Russian.

This is promising to be a very good kind of interesting.

If I don’t get kicked out.

I have also really enjoyed this whole singing-with-choral-groups-thing. I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience of singing together with other music enthusiasts! I wasn’t expecting to be singing in Russian, but the director spent quite a bit of time helping folks through the pronunciations, so it shouldn’t be *too* difficult. I suppose we’ll see!

Amongst the latest driving adventures, I took two siblings and myself up to see a movie that many, many friends of ours helped with: Beyond the Mask! We all thoroughly enjoyed it, and are looking forward to seeing it again in the future, Lord willing. :) It was really neat to see familiar names in the credits, and even more fun for me (but not fun for Jessica, because I kept poking her and whispering “I was standing there!” or “I was in that room!!”) was recognizing a few places I had seen or visited while on a trip north a couple of years ago. It was TOTALLY awesome! Going to see it was quite the adventure….it was pouring rain and was being shown at a theatre in one of the most crowded shopping districts in the area. I was really glad to get there and back safely!

I’ve also been doing a little experimenting in the bread baking department. I’m pretty thrilled with how it has been turning out!

The season is changing around the Lambert Estate. Here’s a few snapshots of the changing landscapes now that spring is upon us!

And in the meantime, we’ve had a lot of little things going on.

I finished up my latest Coursera course: “Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Veterinarian”. =] I’m pretty thrilled.

I’m still working:

And stealing Dad’s hat:

And having fun playing jokes on my siblings:

God is good. He is always working in thousands of ways we can’t see or fathom. I’m thankful for His leading in my life as I continue to explore the path He has placed before me. It’s always interesting to see what sort of twists and turns pop up as I go!

So for now, my friends, I will say “until later”. :) More to come soon! There’s still quite a few pictures I haven’t made it through yet. =]