August, Already?

August already? Does anyone else ever seem to be taken off guard by the passing of time? Where do the days go? I wake up, and before I can blink the day is over. It’s incredible, and humbling, to know that I only have so many days and they pass so quickly.

I was so thankful we finished yesterday’s projects with the exception of our living room work (that is having to wait for this morning!)….and our list is already building for today.

I have noticed such a difference in my day when I actually begin with prayer, asking the Lord to make our day as efficient as possible, and to help us accomplish His work.

Today, we’re hoping to finish up another sewing project (I’ve not yet forgotten the rice socks!), finish cleaning our living room, home school and work on some other smaller projects. I also have to make a trip to the grocery store at some point.

Pictured today, is my painted mailbox! I promised a month back that I would post a picture when I finished painting it….it was a lot of fun to work on, and seems to be weathering O. K. I’m already planning what the next Lambert mailbox will look like! (Though, I hope that doesn’t happen anytime soon.)

Just an update on our gardening projects…these are pictures of the square foot gardens as of August 1st. They are doing very well. I can definitely tell where we are going to be improving our placement for the next planting but for the most part, everything seems to be doing well. I would encourage anyone thinking of doing this to start earlier in the year. We will have a short harvest season because we started so late.

The sunflowers are now drooping and dying back. This whole summer has been a learning experience for our family and one of the big lessons is that sunflowers need to be staked to protect them from storms (we learned this the hard way!). I’m looking forward to trying again next year. Until then, we are very much enjoying the herb garden, pumpkins and watermelon. Each day we walk outside something else has bloomed or grown larger. I giggled listening to Courtney reading a copy of Barn Dance! to Benjamin and Timothy yesterday afternoon because I thought of my plants and the secret lives they might live! We’ll never know : ), but it’s a lot of fun to see what these plants do while we sleep.

Prayer Requests

Please continue to pray for Roberta (see prayer request post from yesterday). She receives her test results on Monday.

Continue to pray for Nate, Nayda, and their baby. Paul called and spoke with them last evening. They are all home as a family. Please pray for the days ahead.

Pray for our family as we look towards making some financial decisions.

The Beutow family has a Dr. appointment for their daughter, Kara today. Pray that all goes well.

Today, I’m Thankful For

I stayed up late and I’ve almost gotten all my laundry washed and ready to hang to dry today. We were gone so much last week, I’ve been really behind.

The box of homeschooling supplies my hubby received from someone he works with!

Joshua enjoyed his time at a friend’s birthday party last night.

Finishing most of my “to-do” list yesterday.

A time of fellowship that my family enjoyed this past Sunday with some other homeschooling families.

Tracy’s Task

Today, I’m composing birthday wish lists (our birthdays mostly fall in the colder months). I keep them in my notebook and they are a great help for me when I’m out shopping…you never know when you’ll come across a great deal and it’s always best to start early.

We generally do not buy “junky” toys and if we do, they are not something for which we spend very much. We always try to stick to toys that require imagination, and not batteries, and things that will last knowing that even if we spend a little more, hopefully it will be able to be passed down to another child, a future grandchild, or a family in need.

What I’m Learning

It is at the exact moment that you meet new people, that a two year old will find a way to let you know he’s still in charge (or so he thinks!).

As mentioned before, we visited with some other homeschooling families over the weekend. We really had two issues come up.

The first is that I have realized when Benjamin doesn’t want to do something, he is as stubborn as any mule. When he was asked to sit up, or stand, or really anything that he didn’t want to do, he amazed us with what we’ll call “the noodle”. Amazingly enough, a little boy with the energy of a bouncing ball, upon the request to do something that he doesn’t want to do, can drop in a seconds notice and become so limp that you have to pick him up and place him where you want him –only to have him again go into noodle mode and slide down. Very frustrating, but remedied quickly by a Dad, who was determined that Benjamin would behave. Yeah Paul!!!

The second is more of a question than anything else. Why is it at two years old, little ones seem to find the only comfortable resting place for their fingers is straight up their nose? I don’t understand this, and I think that no more needs to be said on this subject…except that Purell, that I keep packing into my tote bag, has really been used quite a bit lately.

Today’s Scripture Meditation

Ps 33:6-12
“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.”
(NIV)

Wishing you a wonderful day,


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