After A Long Silence-

After a long silence, I’m trying to fit in time to update my blog.

Seasons are passing so quickly for me these days. (Don’t they always?)

The new baby (my precious Toby), is now three months old.

Courtney is in a courtship. He has been with us each day, the entire last month. I like him a whole lot. He has seen the good, the bad and the ugly. He pitches in where he sees a need. He is quickly becoming a welcome addition to our home.

Two children are working on a driver’s license.

Two children are working on finishing high school.

Two children are potty training.

The grand boy just turned a year old.

One child is looking for work while there are three in my home working jobs of their own.

Joshua’s business is continuing to grow. He and Kylie will soon celebrate their second year of marriage.

We are seeing a beloved friend off to a new state. (Which has caused some sadness around our home in recent weeks.)

Two children are learning to read.

Four children are beginning to study for their amateur radio license.

We are continuing to memorize scripture. We are working on John 1:1-5 right now.

We started a little business selling bread and soap. I’ve been amazed to see the Lord bless our efforts to sell items we have made, while also making them for our own family.

We continue to visit my precious grandmother and I’m ever grateful for the days the Lord has allowed her to remain with me. She doesn’t often recognize most of us, but she remains a blessing to my family and I.

It fascinates me to snuggle my littles, and read books, and nurse my baby while I watch my older children growing into lives of their own. I see a glimmer of their future lives and it makes these moments ever so sweet.

It is a joyful season, for the most part. (I think every season brings it’s own pain in some areas- aren’t those the places that grow us the most?)

Book Review: I Can Learn to Pray

Do you find yourself praying through the day? I have noticed it is a habit I have formed in recent years.

I’ve also tried to start making it a habit to pray immediately with my children when they come to me with a problem. I want to make sure they know that the first place we should turn when we are having troubles, or even when we are just thankful is straight to the Lord.

Part of my book shipment from Tommy Nelson this month was “I Can Learn to Pray”.

I was excited to receive this book since it gave me such an opportunity to share some simple ideas for prayer life with my children.

We are on week 3 now. It happens that the Lord is already using this book in my life and the life of my children.

At the time of this writing, I am 10 days overdue with my 14th baby. In classic Lambert style, he is taking his time arriving to the outside world.

I have tried to fill my days will lots of things to help prepare for the baby. We’ve cleaned, cooked, sewn and gardened.

I also wanted to have all our doctor and dental visits done so we would have none lingering while we had a new baby.

Yesterday didn’t start so well.

We arrived at the dentist to be told we were 30 minutes late. We were actually early according to my planner and to the reminder email we had gotten from the dentist. The office staff was not terribly happy and I did later send them a copy of the reminder email
so they would know we weren’t actually late.

When we first arrived, they weren’t sure they could fit everyone in that morning but as they worked through the children (who were incredibly cooperative yesterday), they made the time. In the end, we had NO cavities and were complimented on their dental hygiene (which actually shocked me since I feel like I have to remind them all day to take care of their teeth sometimes, lol!). We did have one child who needed sealants and one
Who had permanent teeth come in too close a baby tooth so she needed that one pulled.

Normally, they would make us reschedule visits like those but again, they worked with us and finished both procedures in a short amount of time.

On the way home, our car “check engine” light came on.

I was wondering if I was going to make it home without having to pull over, thankfully, nothing was over-heating. I drove straight to our mechanic who told me he would look at
it, but felt like it wasn’t going to be a big deal, at all.

When I arrived home, I phoned the pediatrician’s office. Again normally, we would be waiting a day or two to be seen (Owen had been telling me one of his ears hurt), but this time they were able to fit us in within the next couple of hours. When we arrived, there was very little wait and we were seen immediately.

It turns out, Owen had balled up a piece of paper and stuffed it in his ear. It had gotten pretty infected.

The pediatrician was able to get it out in just a minute or two and we picked up his antibiotic on the way home.

The biggest thing that happened was that Paul had received a phone call from his job earlier in the day telling him that because of rain, the trip he has been on was going to be delayed a day which would have him working on our baby birth day. I was so upset.

He phoned them and explained that was just not going to work. To date, they’ve not been so easy to work with on things like this and have cancelled his scheduled vacation before so we were surprised when they said they would work it out.

I was already upset since I had a rather important doctor appointment this week that he was going to have to miss.

I had been praying about the entire situation and trying not to worry.

In the end, the company decided that since he was going to miss the game day he was scheduled to work, there was no reason to keep him in that city any longer. As I type, he is flying home and will make it just in time for the doctor appointment I had for today.

That is how God works!

So, last night, I opened our copy of “I Can Learn to Pray”. It happened that entry was on being thankful. Just perfect for the day we had!

I’m really looking forward to continuing to work through the book with my family.

Some basic features of this book:

  • 52 Devotions about talking to God
  • Dedication page suitable for gifting
  • Weeks broken into categories such as “Help!” Prayers, How to Listen, “I’m Sorry!” Prayers

From the back of the book:

“The more we talk with God in prayer-bringing Him thanks, praise, joys, hurts, confessions, and requests- the stronger our faith becomes. We’re not always sure how to pray…but Jesus says that prayer is something to be learned. And what better time to learn how to pray than during childhood, when hurts that will last a lifetime are formed?

This fifty-two-week experience is a terrific guide for families to understand prayer. From “Wow!” and “Thank You” prayers to “I’m sorry” and “Help” prayers, children will learn what it means to draw near to God and to be changed by Him. Holly Hawkins Shivers, a mother gifted at connecting with kids, makes every discussion engaging and relatable, and helps young believers grow leaps and bounds in their faith.

Give your child a gift that will stay with them forever- the power of prayer.”

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Book Review: Really Woolly Good Night, God

I adore these Really Woolly characters! I’ve reviewed a book for them before, and was excited to receive another this month: Really Woolly Good Night, God.

As I read through the pages, each selection echoed what I have been sharing with my own children- it’s important to look around you all the time, and realize you have much for which to be thankful. The Lord gives good gifts!

One way we can avoid ever being depressed is by learning to be thankful for all He gives.

Features of this book:

  • Each entry features a Bible verse and a closing thought for the day
  • Each entry also features a reminder of something we can be thankful for:
  • Rounded Edges
  • Padded Cover
  • Board book, perfect for little hands
  • Features sweet Really Woolly characters
  • From the back of the book:

    “The sweetest sleep begins with a good night prayer and gentle reminders of God’s goodness. These sweet rhymes show a child the many reasons to be thankful for all God gives and all He is- safety, peace, strength, and love.

    Cuddle up with the lovable friends of Really Woolly, and let the love of God be the wonderful promise that nestles your little ones in for a cozy night of sleep.”

    This was truly a sweet book. I’m adding it to the book basket for my little ones. I think it would also make a very sweet baby gift for a new little blessing.

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    Book Review: Night Night, Daddy and Night Night, Mommy

    As I prepare for the newest member of our family to arrive in just a little over a week, I’ve been contemplating how to spend my recovery time. Bedtime reading is a particularly relaxing and sweet part of the day since the business of the day is over and we are preparing to rest.

    While nursing and snuggling a tiny little one, it also makes a great time for reading to some of my older children and working through the books we keep in our home. Those quiet times reading to the youngest Lamberts on the sofa are special to me. I take a lot of time thinking about our bedtime books.

    This month, Tommy Nelson sent me two new board books to read with my children.

    I’m really looking forward to sharing these. I think they will make sweet bedtime stories but are well-made so they will be safe for my children to read on their own, as well!

    Features of this book:

    • Soft, sweet illustrations
    • Padded, rounded cover
    • Board book
    • Each book is 20 pages long

    My favorite was actually Night Night, Daddy.

    “As we look up at the moon.
    You explain God’s awesome power:
    How He hung each shining star,
    How He painted every flower.”

    What a sweet and meaningful way to end an evening- pointing your children back to God and sharing His stories with them.

    When we learn to look at everything around us and know He made each and every one, it also teaches us to be thankful for His many gifts.

    From the back of the book:

    “Tuck your little ones in for night night with an adorable reminder of a daddy’s love.”

    I would love to gift you a set of these books! The first person to leave a comment on my post telling me your favorite bedtime books with your little one wins!

    Book Review: Pitchin A Fit

    I have been a fan of Israel and Brook Wayne for some time.

    Though we have never met, I have watched across the internet as they teach parents to examine their actions and realign them with a Biblical worldview. It has really caused me to question so many decisions and actions in my own life. How do they measure against the Word of God? Am I acting on a Biblical worldview, or from the way I have been conditioned by the world.

    It has been challenging to re-think through so much of my parenting, and actually my life, in general. ¬¬¬It is these types of questions that cause us to grow as Christians.

    When I received the opportunity to review Israel and Brook’s new book, Pitchin’ A Fit, I was excited!

    Pitchin A Fit is a paperback book (with 159 pages).

    This book was full of down-to-earth parenting advice- no fancy words, just plain wisdom and scripture to lead you to less anger, and more productive parenting. I especially liked Brook’s personal stories of dealing with her children and learning to develop self-discipline with her children.

    The 12 chapters include:

    • Stressed Out and Overwhelmed
    • Is It Wrong to Get Angry?
    • What Causes Anger?
    • Provoking Our Children to Wrath
    • Trigger Happy- What Sets You Off?
    • Yelling Moms, Hollering Dads
    • “But I’m Not Patient!”
    • What Patience Is and Isn’t
    • Nurture in the Heart of Correcting
    • The Power of Affirmation
    • Creating Peace in the Home
    • Accountability

    Passages that really spoke to me:

    From the chapter “What Causes Anger?”
    “Envy or jealousy is ultimately rooted in dissatisfaction with God. It is an implicit accusation against God’s justice. It suggests that God has not been fair in His dealings with us. Harboring an accusation against God is a grave and dangerous sin of presumption.”

    From the chapter “Yelling Moms, Hollering Dads”
    “We get so used to talking to our families that we can forget the tremendous weight the Lord puts on what comes out of our mouths. If there is anger coming out of our mouths, the Bible indicates this is a heart problem. Oftentimes, we think it is our children who need to be corrected, but sometimes, we need it even more! That reminds me of something Jesus said about a log and a speck in one’s eye (see Luke 6:42).”

    “Even when our children walk in ways that incite our anger, we must be looking for ways to bring a healthy healing light, a path of hope, a hand toward walking in righteousness. This is presenting the gospel of grace- there is hope for the wayward sinner! An in offering this kind of love and patience, something happens in our hearts. We’re softened. Not toward sin, but toward the sinner.”

    What I most took from this book (which I knew, but it definitely confirmed in my heart that I have work to do!), is that though I do need to continuously work on my children and discipline in my home, I have MUCH more work to do on my own habits and heart.

    From the back of the book:

    Parenting comes with stresses that can make the most laid-back among us feel irritable, frustrated, and angry. Even parents who sincerely love their children sometimes use the wrong methods of anger an frustration in an attempt to control their children. But angry
    Parenting doesn’t just weaken relationships between parents and their children; it can, over time, destroy them. Few parents set out to become yelling meanies who no longer enjoy their children. Yet many feel stuck, unable to pull themselves out of their ugly habits. This book:

    Provides practical and biblical solutions to get to the other side of the issue

    Gives hope and freedom from the tyranny of stressed-out and angry parenting

    Offers solutions that are ideal for any family

    If anger is in your home- even in small ways- this book is for you. It is time to replace that anger with something more powerful: patience and peace. Israel and Brook share candidly from their experience as parents.

    Book Review: Good Night, Little Love!

    February is always a sweet month around our house.

    Valentine’s Day just lends itself to teaching my children about love, and especially about God’s love. We try to do things that focus on love all month. It is always my desire that it would plant seeds in the hearts of my children that would one day sprout and grow, as they have and raise their own children.

    This month’s Tommy Nelson shipment had two books. The first was Good Night, Little Love.

    Here are some quick details on this book:

    • The cover has the sweetest, glittered embellishments. One of my oldest children actually made a comment about it when she was walking through the room where I opened the package.
    • The book is 24 pages in length
    • It’s a shaped, board book so it’s easy and safe for little hands. The shaped edges make it interesting for little ones.
    • This book (like so many others from Tommy Nelson) directs children to say “thank you” to God as they wind down their day.

    I can’t wait to read this book to my own children.

    There is something about the end of the day that is just so sweet. Little ones in their jammies, crowd around for night kisses and cuddles. It is a time to reflect on the day and to look forward to the next. Good Night, Little Love is a perfect little ending to a day.

    From the back of the book:

    “It’s time to put on pajamas, snuggle up, and look forward to all the happy adventures and togetherness that God will bring tomorrow. Help your child wind down with this imaginative lullaby with whimsical illustrations, and then drift off to sleep reassured of your unconditional love and affection.”

    Book Review: I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook

    Each night we gather together for family devotions, (or at least we try!) and a time of prayer.

    These things are part of our evening routine.

    While we do read from our Bible, I enjoy having a devotional book to follow with my children.
    Honestly, while Paul has no problems leading our family time, I find it challenging sometimes. It is nice to have a book to read through with the children. It gives me some direction and structure for teaching our family.

    This month, Tommy Nelson sent me a copy of the I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook.

    I’ve enjoyed reading through it. The narrations are sweet and the layout of the book makes it interesting and engaging to read.

    I especially like the sections written from Judah and Chelsea where they share how that particular passage has been meaningful in their own lives.

    Features:

    • Hardcover Book
    • Cover has interesting artwork with both flat and glossy images
    • Presentation Page (suitable for gifting!)
    • Satin Ribbon Bookmark
    • Stories broken into Old Testament and New Testament Selections
    • 198 pages

    From the back of the book:

    “What does it mean to follow Jesus?

    “In this beautiful book, bestselling author Judah Smith and his wife, Chelsea, have shared the gospel message simply and in a way that children can fully understand- so they can grow and develop their
    faith now and be inspired to follow Jesus for the rest of their lives.

    Kids will learn about God and about Jesus’ life and purpose on earth through Bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments. The Bible stories are also accompanied by personal stories from Judah and Chelsea that will help children see who Jesus is in their life today, right where they are- and how much Jesus loves them and wants them to follow Him.”

    Joshua- Bibb County Prays

    This video was taken last night at our local Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.

    Joshua was asked to be the speaker and to share his latest community project, ject, Bibb County Prays.

    Paul and I could not be more proud of the work he and his wife are doing in our county. We are thankful to the Lord for His leading in Joshua’s life, and we are thankful that the Lord has given him a vision for ministry and outreach in our county.

    May the Lord continue to bless this effort!

    4H Animal Science Quiz Bowl/Skill-A-Thon 2016

    It has been MONTHS since I’ve had time to do much blogging.

    Paul’s new job position, the holidays, baby preparations, and LOTS of illness in our home in recent months have made it almost impossible to sit down to catch up on our family blog.

    I’m going to try and catch things up a little at a time.

    One of the things I’ve been working toward with our “middlers” has been to compete in our state Quizbowl/Skill-a-Thon for animal sciences.

    It was a huge undertaking. The focus is primarily on cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. I thought the experience would be beneficial to them.

    They have studied for months.

    They have attended practices each week since October.

    We have quizzed at home. We have quizzed in the car. We have attended seminars on pig processing procedures and industry. We have attended a class at a local grocery in the meat department to learn to identify various cuts and quality of meat.

    It has been a long and difficult process for my children, but they have pushed forward.

    (Do let me mention we have been blessed with a very energetic and excited county leader. He had made this process fun for all the children in our county.)

    This past weekend was the event.

    It is out county’s first experience with this contest so we were really expecting to just attend and not walk away with anything, but the entire team did a FANTASTIC job.

    We walked away with each child having received several awards and our county placing third overall! It was exciting and fun. (In all, our family received 25 award ribbons for the weekend!)

    Aside from the awards, I’m learning 4H can provide so many additional opportunities:

    • It was a chance for my children to learn to test in a formal setting (something they aren’t terribly familiar with since we homeschool), and they learned to use scantron sheets.
    • They made a ton of new friends. I made a few, too!
    • We enjoyed a simple and humble devotion that left my children and I with discussion all the way home from the camp.
    • The older children were able to stretch their leadership skills.

    Ben and Tim also found some unexpected talent as their team won first place for cake decorating in their division (it was based on how much fun the teams seemed to be having as they decorated their cakes!):

    Emma’s team also won first in her division!

    They were each awarded a new spatula.

    Matthew and Jessica’s team cake:

    We all spent the weekend being asked about the size of our family. Jessica had one girl who wanted to know why I hadn’t gotten “fixed” like her mom. She and several other girls wanted to know if it was hard to live in a home with so many children and if they all fought like they do with their siblings.

    Jessica had fun with those questions.

    My older children were also asked quite a bit about why they don’t date. Apparently, one discussion grew quite a crowd. Matthew‘s comment was my favorite when he asked how those dating would explain their past to the person they finally find that is “the one”….

    ”What are you going to say to her? Congratulations, sweetheart, you are number 67. That is bound to make any girl feel special.” He made his point. I’m told there was silence and then they all went back to their rooms.

    This was the first time my children have been so directly questioned about our beliefs. I’m glad I was there to watch them handle each situation. It was amazing to hear how patient they were, and the words they had to share with the others participating in the event.

    It was a sweet time of sharing our life, and our Lord, through the way we live as a family.

    We are all looking forward to going again next year!

    Book Review: Jesus Calling

    Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presencewas another of my selections this month for Tommy Nelson.

    I received both the original book and the companion devotional meant for children:

    Both books are beautifully hardbound. With a dedication page and satin bookmark, they would make a lovely gift.

    Each book is divided by days and contains one short reading (short enough to be completed in just a few minutes), for each day of the year.

    I particularly loved the art and cover for the children’s book- it had a retro- “worn-in” feel.

    As I read through these books, I was particularly struck by the commonality I have with the author and her experience as she watched her mother struggle and eventually pass with cancer. I understand how you learn to cling to the Lord in a way you many not have had to do before. I do appreciate the author’s thoughts behind her writing and believe her heart to be in a good place with these books, however, I was somewhat troubled by them being written from the point of view of Christ, himself.

    From January 15th:

    “I know that you sometimes worry about what’s ahead. The future can be frightening- like gigantic waves just waiting to crash down on you. Trust in Me. I already know the future. By the time those gigantic waves get to you¬¬, I will have struck them down to a size you can face. And I am always beside you, helping you. The closer you are to Me, the safer you will be.”

    Each reading has an accompanying Bible verse along with additional suggested Bible reading.

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    Book Review: Grace for the Moment

    I grew up reading Max Lucado books. My children now own some of his children’s books, (You Are Special (Max Lucado’s Wemmicks) is a particular favorite!).

    This month, the Grace for the Moment: Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Yeardevotional collection was part of my December book shipment. One is meant for adults, and the other for children.

    These books are a compilation of devotions (365- one for every day of the year!) to encourage you to spend time in the Word each day. Each reading only takes a few minutes.

    They begin with a meaningful Bible verse and then a thoughtful inspiration for your day.

    The children’s book also includes a practical application section that suggests ways to incorporate scripture into their day and apply it in their own lives.

    They are both suitable for gifting, and include beautiful binding and a satin bookmark for keeping your place as you read.

    I have enjoyed reading through each of these books and have already thought of some additional ways I might like to use the short devotions for my family!