Happy 26th Anniversary

My, how I love this man.

April 4, 2017 marked our 26th year of marriage.

I met him when I was just 14 and to this day, he remains my best friend.

This year, Paul took me to dinner at a nice place in Hoover and then we went up to Vulcan. It was absolutely beautiful and I could have stayed next to my man forever right in that place, I think.

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His smile still takes my breath and puts butterflies in my stomach. <3

 

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I’m thankful for him.  I would be so blessed to spend another 26 years with him.

 


April 17, 2017

Hello, old friends.

It’s been quite a long time.

Life has taken so many twists and turns in recent months. Each morning has brought challenges and blessings (of course, those challenges are blessings if you believe that all things happen for the good of those who love Him!).

I have a new grand-boy. We’re knee deep in our little soap business while we plot our future hopes and plans.

Some days are harsh and fast,  most are soft and just flow from one minute to the next. I love my babies, my husband and my home. There is absolutely no other place I would rather be on this earth.

My littles are growing like little weeds! In just a couple of days, and in what seems like just a blink, my tiny Toby has turned 1, and Owen is 3.

In the middle of their birthdays was celebrating my precious grandmother’s birthday. Oh, how the Lord has been so good to allow her to stay with me in these recent years. I never dreamed I would have her longer than my mama but what a sweet blessing she is to me.

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I won’t be away so long this time. I just really wanted to drop in and say hello for a bit.

May the Lord bless each of you who drop by to visit this evening. Say hello and tell me your latest happenings.

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With my love,

Tracy


Book Review: Win a Copy of Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible

This month, Tommy Nelson sent me a copy of a new Bible, for review.

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From the moment the package arrived in the mail, my 9 year old son has been itching to get his hands on my copy!!

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I have done some other Bible reviews before but this one has really captured his interest. I was amused to walk into a local Christian bookstore this morning and see a display for these new Bibles with other children flipping through the pages. Apparently, my little guy isn’t the only one who is excited about this book.

The Airship Genesis Study Bible is guided by a group of fictional children named the Genesis Exploration Squad. Cameron, Gabi, Logan, Emma, Wyatt, Rupert, and Joules make up this team of adventurers. They each have their own specialty in exploration they share to help a child remember the stories they read.

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In addition, the Airship Genesis Bible comes with free access to online Bible Adventure audio stories including David and Goliath, The Garden of Eden, Noah and the Great Flood, Daniel and the Lions’ Den, and more.

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Features of the Airship Genesis Study Bible (as listed on the back of this Bible):

  • Forward to Airship Genesis from David Jeremiah
  • Introduction to the Bible
  • 66 Mission Overviews explore the main theme and purpose of each book in the Bible
  • What is the Bible All About?
  • 100 Rupert Reports offer interesting Bible story facts
  • 66 LOGOS Discovery articles retell exciting stories and adventures found in the Bible
  • 13 full-color maps
  • 75 Power Force sidebars help kids learn and apply Bible truths
  • 50 Bible Heroes segments reveal the life and faith of memorable men and women in the Bible
  • 100 bible Blasts highlight Scripture memory passages
  • Concordance
  • The trustworthy New King James Version
  • Full color throughout the Bible pages
  • 32 vibrant, full-page Bible character illustrations
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Mission Overview in Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible

 

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From the back of the Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible:

“With a new generation rising up, we have the chance to leave a legacy of great inheritance.
Airship Genesis: Legendary Bible Adventure means giving our children the truth of God’s Word with the creative content and quality they deserve.” – David Jeremiah

“The Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible is an exciting adventure through God’s Word in the trustworthy New King James Version. Designed for children ages 7-11, the Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible brings Bible stories to life and helps kids discover vital truths from Scripture, finding real-life applications for children living in today’s world. Study features for the Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible are based on the characters of the Airship Genesis: Legendary Bible Adventure brand from David Jeremiah and the Turning Point for God Ministry.

In Airship Genesis: Legendary Bible Adventure, the Genesis Exploration Squad is commissioned to embark on a series of adventures that takes them throughout the Bible. Each mission is a learning experience, both in biblical understanding as well as character building.”

You can visit the Airship Genesis site here.

This is not a Bible I would send with my child to church but for personal Bible study, it seems to have a whole lot of information presented in a way that will interest young readers.

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Giveaway Winner

Winner of Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible

If you are looking for some other book suggestions and reviews for children, try one of these from Tommy Nelson :

Night Night, Daddy and Night Night Mommy

I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook

Good Good Father


Exodus 20

Exodus 20 is our latest scripture memory passages.

A number of months back, our pastor was teaching through this section. Each week, someone would volunteer to recite this section of scripture.

My older children knew The 10 Commandments. Some of my middle kiddos had to work a bit on it and my littles were learning just from listening to the older folks reciting. Jessica took on the project of practicing with them each morning and they have done great! Even Owen at age 2 can recite big portions.

I love to take every opportunity to hide The Word in the hearts of my children!

This is Meredith (age 7) reciting The 10 Commandments. (She was a little bit nervous but she did just great!!)

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Children can learn so much! They are like a little sponge. The more you feed them, the more they will absorb.

Do you help your children to learn scripture? Do you have favorite resources? I would love to hear from you!!


We Have a Winner! – Good Good Father

We have a winner for Good Good Father!

Good Good Father Book Winner

Congratulations, Marcy! 😀

Good Good Father Cover Photo, book review, Chris Tomlin

I hope you will enjoy your copy of Good Good Father.

In my original post, I mentioned I had not heard this song. I have noticed since reading this book I’m hearing the song more when I’m out and listening to the radio.

Great book and wonderful song!

Thank you to everyone who entered. Your entries mean I can have more books to giveaway!

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Tobias at 5 Months

Yep. It always goes by so fast. Toby is already 5 months old.

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These months with a little baby are so different than they were when I was a younger mama. In those days, it seemed endless…lots of sleepless nights. Diapers, diapers and more diapers.

Now the days go by so fast. They seem to grow overnight. (He looked like http://www.linesfromthevine.com/2016/07/26/after-a-long-silence/ just yesterday!)

I’m thankful for ALL of my blessings. I hope they read my journal here one day, and know how incredibly blessed I AM for being their mom.

So, here is “Toobie”. (That’s how it sounds when Owen calls his name. Owen tells me nearly every single day that “Toobie” is his friend. :D)

These days, Toby is sleeping through most nights. (I enjoy every single moment of my snuggle time with him when he’s not…)

He is teething. Oh, how this poor little one is teething. He chews on everything. His clothes stay soaked. His gums are so, so swollen.

He is SO close to sitting on his own. He will stay propped for several minutes and even balance for a little bit before he topples over.

He is on a pretty good schedule each day. Most of that time is in someone’s arms- I have several children who ask for “their” time with him, if we are off schedule for some reason. He is a cherished little one.

This world around me seems so dark sometimes. I look at him, and at my other children and I wonder what on earth could possess someone to hurt one of these sweet babies. So many throw away the lives they have been given. I’m so thankful for each one in my home. We would not be the same if we were missing even one.

Tonight, I will hold my baby once again and thank the Lord above for another precious day. I will speak blessings over him and tell him all the things I expect and hope of him.

*I love you, Toby*

They aren’t perfect, but what sweet days I’m living. <3

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Book Review- Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin

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Based on the song, “Good Good Father”, this week, I’m reviewing Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett, published by Tommy Nelson.

 

I had not heard this song before this week. I am realizing I must have had my head stuck in the sand, or something.

Everyone except me seems to be familiar with it- I can understand . I have found myself listening to it through the recent weeks while I’ve been thinking about this blog post. It is a beautiful, worshipful song. Turning it into a book for children is an amazing idea. I’m excited to add this book to our home library!

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Want to see the “official” book trailer for Good Good Father? (It’s all official, and stuff…  :D)

FROM THE FRONT OF GOOD GOOD FATHER:

A Good Good Father
protects you.
A Good Good Father
teaches you.
A Good Good Father
makes you feel better.
A Good Good Father
gives you what you need.
A Good Good Father
fills life with music and laughter.
And most of all,

A Good Good Father
loves you!

This book follows a little bear named Tucker through his journey to meet the king and ask him for help with the problems he sees his friends experiencing. He wants to present him with the perfect gift when he goes to ask for help.

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He travels through his town as he seeks ideas and meets many wonderful new friends. They each suggest a different gift- and each shares an applicable attribute of the king.

Upon meeting him, he realizes the king is all he needs.

…just like, THE king is all we need. :)

*I love stories that plant seeds of my faith to my children.*

SOME QUICK DETAILS ABOUT THIS BOOK:

  • Hardback
  • Illustrated by Lorna Hussey
  • 34 pages
  • Page included in front for gifting
  • Beautiful illustrations full of friendly characters

FROM THE BACK OF GOOD GOOD FATHER:

“You’ve heard a thousand stories of what the good King is like. Now discover His great love for your child!

Grammy Award-Winning music artist Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett (Housefires), team up to tell the story of a little bear named Tucker whose life and townspeople are forever changed when they learn how great the King’s love is for them. When Tucker’s friends need help, he goes on a journey to see the King who lives in a castle where the door is always open.

With whimsical art created by Lorna Hussay, this precious story will leave children, young and old, reassured that God is a good, good Father, and they are loved by Him.”

About Christ Tomlin:

“With 10 albums, 13 #1 radio singles, a Grammy Award, 21 Dove Awards, and two platinum and four gold albums to his credit,  Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in music. His songs include “How Great Is Our God”, “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”, “Our God”, and most recently “Good Good Father”, to name a few. It is estimated that each week 20-30 million people sing one of Tomlin’s songs in worship. More than anything, Chris loves being a husband to Lauren and a daddy to Ashlyn and Madison. “

About Pat Barrett:

“Pat Barrett is a husband, father, songwriter, and worship leader based out of Atlanta. Georgia. He is the worship pastor of Grace Midtown Church and cowriter of the #1 song “Good Good Father”. Pat also travels with Housefires, a worship expression based out of the Atlanta area.”

About Lorna Hussey:

“Lorna Hussey is a children’s book author and illustrator, with a particular focus on character emotion and posture. She lives in the countryside of Wales, United Kingdom. With her husband, Andy, their three teenage children, three dogs, three chickens, and three horses, one of whom aspires to be a racehorse.”

(I’m guessing there is a story behind that last sentence, lol!)

Tommy Nelson has  also provided some fantastic, FREE resources to go along with this book. You can download the experience kit. It is full of coloring pages, memory verse flashcards, and family conversation starters.

Would you like to win a copy of Chris Tomlin’s Good Good Father for your home? I would love to gift one to you!!

(Hint!… this would make a sweet Christmas gift- the holidays are sneeking up, you know!)

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me the name of the book you read to your children the most. I also need you to fill out that Rafflecopter form.

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NKJV Color Code Bible

This month, I received the NKJV Color Code Bible for review through the Tommy Mommies program!

This was a different review for me- while I liked many parts and features of this Bible, there were some that didn’t make sense to me, at all.

The parts I liked- the color coded sections are very similar to the coding I do for Bible study with my Good Morning Girls group. It has been an effective method of Bible study for me and I believe it would also be helpful for my children.

I also liked the general information on Bibles and Bible study in the front of the book.

The Bible is colorful visually. The print is large enough to be easily read (I’ve never understood why so many children’s Bibles have such small print!).

I didn’t understand the “Bible Journaling” section in the back, AT ALL.

There is a very fine line in making Christianity understandable for children and remembering that the Bible is a holy book.

The back sections of the NKJV Color Code Bible make it seem like “just another book”. While there is a page for prayer requests and Bible notes, there are also options for favorite pets, foods, television shows and movies.

They just don’t seem to fit. In my opinion, these would have been best left out.

Features of the NKJV Color Code Bible:

  • Hardback
  • Satin Ribbon bookmark for place holding
  • “What is the Bible?” section explaining exactly what a Bible is, and how it is broken out by chapters. It explains the Old Testament and the New Testament. It breaks each into the books of law, history, poetry, prophecy, gospels, history, and letters.
  • Explanation of the different sections of the Bible
  • Why should you read the Bible
  • An explanation of the Color Coding in this publishing of the Bible
  • Why did God send us the Bible?
  • There is an explanation about the New King James Version of the Bible
  • A suggested reading plan
  • 365 Topical Scripture Readings
  • A color coded Scripture index
  • Full color maps in the back
  • 2 pages for notes (this seemed impractical for real Bible notes- maybe it could be used for some other type of notetaking?)
  • Pages for recording Prayer Requests (again, this seemed impractical for real, long-term use because of space limitations)
  • Place in the back for recording your favorite games, movies, TV shows, pets, and foods (I’m really not sure why these pages are in this Bible. I’ve never thought my Bible as a place for recording these types of things.)
  • Pages for recording favorite Bible stories, hymns and songs and Bible verses
  • Pages for recording information about your family

From the back of NKJV Color Code Bible:

“The New King James Version Color Code Bible for kids in full color

With full NKJV text and bright colors throughout, the Color Code Bible highlights more than 1,600 passages to show kids key Bible verses about important topics.

As the first Bible of its kind just for kids, the Color Code Bible uses a simple method that relates to how children learn. Seven topics are arranged by color to teach kids foundational Scripture concepts and encourage them to apply God’s Word to their daily faith walk:

Gold: God
Navy: sin, evil
Red: Jesus
Orange: washed clean from sin, new life
Green: growth in your new life as a Christian and your faith walk
Blue: prayer, praise
Purple: heaven

A 62-page section explains the color-coding system as well as other expanded study help features especially for a child’s creative and imaginative mind. Also included is a “My Bible Journal” section for kids to record prayers, favorite verses, and much more.”

Would you like to win a copy of this Bible for a child you know? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think your favorite feature of this Bible would be.

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The Look and Tell Bible

This month I received a copy of The Look and Tell Bible from Tommy Nelson.

The title is a little misleading. This isn’t a Bible. This is a book of Bible stories that have been simplified for little ones.

I adore adding new board books to our collection. At various times through the day, it’s just helpful to have a basket of books to pull out to keep my little ones occupied while we are busy in other places in the house.

I like that the publisher is using pictures for words. It has been fun to work with my preschoolers and this book. They have helped to “read” the words as I read along with the story. It was a great introduction to associating pictures with words.

The illustrations are friendly and bright for little folks.

Features of The Look and Tell Bible:

  • Illustrated by Dawn Machell
  • The cover is detailed with shiny areas as well as some raised. Toddlers love to run their fingers across the cover of this book!
  • Rounded edges
  • Hardback, board book
  • Pages illustrated with traditional flat images, as well as those finished with a shiny surface. Really cute!
  • The illustrations are simple drawings that represent words in the story- this is a great book for children who are not of age to read since they can see the picture associated with each word and “help” you read the story
  • 11 stories in the book- each covered in a two page spread
  • 23 pages long

From the back of The Look and Tell Bible:

“A charming collection of Bible stories illustrated with key words to encourage children as they read.

Simple text and beautiful illustrations make these stories perfect for adults and children to enjoy together.”


I Believe in Jesus

I Believe in Jesus (Leading Your Child to Christ), arrived at my home this month.

It happens that we are busy preparing for our new homeschooling year.

Paul and I usually tweak schedules, and create a list of goals and expectations we have for our family.

Always, our goal is to continue to teach faith to our children. We want them to know the stories of hte Bible. We want them to dig deep into God’s word. We want them understand the things they are being taught and how to use them in their lives.

We want them to be able to defend the faith.

This book from the Tommy Mommies program this month was interesting to me. I have found myself picking through the pages. John MacArthur has done a fantastic job explaining the very basics of faith.

Features of I Believe in Jesus:

  • Hardback
  • 32 full color pages
  • Bite-sized, easy to understand theology
  • Each page features a truth found in the Word of God (using simple language) and gives supporting scripture references

From the back of I Believe in Jesus:

“Help a Child You Love Start a Lifetime of Faith

It’s the most important thing we can share with the children in our lives: God’s amazing love and gift of salvation. But finding just the right words isn’t always easy.

In I Believe in Jesus, John MacArthur presents the timeless story of salvation- from creation to eternity- in words that children can understand. They’ll learn how much God loves them, what it means to be saved, and, when they are ready, how they can express faith in Jesus.

Share the gospel with a child using this beautiful picture book… and allow God to use you to change their lives forever!”


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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