Jessica’s “After”

This is Miss Jessica after her rag roll experiment. She was so much fun to watch bouncing around the house! You could tell that she thought her hair was pretty…it so sweet to listen to her giggling!!

We had a great Father’s Day. We basically did nothing. If you have been reading long, you realize how odd this is for us. Now, we did cook my hubby’s favorite meal and we gave him each a homemade card or gift, but we basically did nothing. It was a very nice change in the Lambert home and it was his wish for celebrating this special day.

This week, we’re starting back half days of home schooling. Grammar, math, phonics, handwriting and spelling will top our day’s list. My children are all pretty excited. They all actually like school! When I was younger, I loved the first day of school but my excitement died VERY quickly. My teachers were all fairly nice but I do not ever remember developing the love for learning that I have now, or that my children seem to have. This has certainly been one the biggest benefits of home schooling. I hope their desire for learning never ends. Our entire lives are a learning process…that’s why it’s O.K. to make mistakes…it’s all just part of the process.

Prayer Requests

For our school year to be very productive!

My husband’s Aunt Linda will be having cataract surgery on her eyes later this month. She was also just put on medication for some lung ailments that she has been having.

I have to make a phone call to our local post office this morning because we are not receiving our mail properly! I hate these kinds of phone calls. Please pray that I will be able to find out what the problem is and get it resolved.

Today, I’m Thankful For

Being up in the 4 o’clock hour…I’ve been able to already get some laundry done, see my hubby off to work with his lunch and an extra set of clothes, check E-bay for the serger that I would like to have, and get my things (almost) done on the computer. That’s a lot! I always get more done in my day the earlier I start!

The chances for rain in my area this week! We really, really need it!

Getting to chat with my hubby’s Aunt Linda over the phone. I am blessed with wonderful in-laws.

I found some great frames at Old Time Pottery for very little cost over the weekend (these are for the pictures of Emma that my friend Kimberly shot for me last week). I can’t wait to get photos in them and get them up on the wall!

I had a huge realization this weekend. I’ve been planning to prepare a few days of extra meals for my family to eat following having my wisdom teeth taken out (Everyone keeps telling me that it’s no big deal but I’m not buying it! It hurts for me to have my teeth cleaned!!). I have not wanted to even have to think about food. I was feeling a little stressed because I’ve not been able to make the time for this that I would like and my hubby reminded my in the store on Saturday that it was no big deal because three of my children can cook. Between those three, remind me why I cook at all any more?? : ) I’m very thankful to be at a place in my life, and to have taught my children enough, so if I get sick or have to be away for some reason, my family will still eat!

Tracy’s Task

We’ve worked on de-cluttering our homes, now we’re going to work on de-cluttering the outside of our homes. For me, this will mean straightening the deck, trimming hedges and pulling weeds here and there in the front yard…the back yard is another story! We’re going to be transplanting some garden plants back there soon. It has some much needed work to be done before it is ready!

What I’m Learning

I’m tired of low rise jeans. I’m tired of these little low cut shirts and tank top things that women are wearing right now. I’m ready to have a T-shirt printed, I’m ready to have a bumper sticker printed, I’m ready to scream it from the roof tops. I feel as if I’ve just entered the local gym’s locker room every time I walk into my local Walmart. I would think, when bent over, women would begin to feel a breeze in places that aren’t usually covered and want to pull their pants up, but alas, there is no extra fabric, anywhere, to pull from. Ugh.

I’m sorry, I know that I’ve mentioned this before, but I get so angry on this issue. We have to realize how far reaching these styles are. Some might say that grown women have the right to wear what they want, but don’t we as a society have an obligation to others? It doesn’t take much, in fact, just a glimpse over to the little girls department, to see that the same clothing designers making women’s clothing are apparently following in the little girl lines.

We get so angry when we hear on the news that another child has been molested and yet we have no problems parading them out in front of whomever in little skimpy bikinis, or dance leotards that you can see through (I saw this a month or so back in the Walmart!), or my friend was sharing with me that last week at VBS a little forth grade girl in her class was wearing a T-shirt that said “If you want to know what is under my shirt…ask your boyfriend!”. What kind of person would buy this for a child??? Is that really cute?

Ooohhh, I’m learning a harsh reality. For years, I heard and bought into messages that women should not be looked at like sex images but I have realized as I’ve gotten older that though the men could choose to look away, women are really the ones at fault. We put on these clothes, we dress our children this way, we buy magazines that portray women this way, we support the movie makers that would have all women look like pin-ups.

I’m done. Just don’t be surprised if you see me in the Walmart wearing the shirt that says “PLEASE! Put some clothes on!”. 🙂

Today’s Scripture Meditation

1 Tim 4:11-16

“Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

Happy Monday!

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