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2014 Year in Review: Lambert Family

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It has been a busy and fulfilling year for our family and we’re very grateful for all our blessings as we come to the end of 2014. Here are some highlights of our year.

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In January, I decided to challenge myself physically by preparing for my first-ever triathlon. I signed up for the Salem Sprint triathlon at the end of May and began adding swimming and biking to my workout schedule. I even bought some of those Spanks skin-tight swim trunks, a pair of nice goggles and a wet suit. The triathlon was in Salem, Utah (near Payson) on Saturday, May 31. It began with an 800 meter swim, 12.5 mil bike ride and a 5K run. I enjoyed it so much that I signed up for and completed the Rock Cliff Olympic Triathlon two weeks later at the Jordanelle Reservoir. It was twice as far and twice as hard.

I also accomplished a goal of running (in stages) the entire 37-mile length of the Jordan River Parkway trail. What an amazing trail!

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In the fall, I was cast as con man Mike Tallman in the Lehi Arts Council’s production of “Wait Until Dark.” It was really fun to play a “bad guy” in this drama about a blind woman who is terrorized by a trio of thugs who are trying to locate a doll filled with heroine. Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin were the stars of the classic 1967 movie based on the original Broadway play. We had a great 8-night run in October and we scared our audiences with this show. Click here for pictures.

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Robin graduated with honors from the Interior Design Program at LDS Business College I’m so proud of all her hard work in school. The first six months of 2014 were among the most difficult our family has experienced because of Robin’s final projects, portfolio and internship. All the hard work paid off as Robin won a top award for her portfolio and landed a good job as an assistant designer at Peppertree Kitchen and Bath in West Jordan.

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Parley finished our his ninth grade year at Willowcreek Middle School with a 4.0 GPA and participated in the school musical as Grandpa George in “Willy Wonka Jr.” He spent the summer as a counselor at Maple Dell scout camp and attended the national competition for Future Business Leaders of America in Nashville. In the fall, he began playing percussion in the Lehi High School Band and recently got his driver permit. Yep, we’re entering a whole new stage of “teenagerhood.” He’s a great young man and we love him!

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Brianna went to girl’s camp at Bear Lake, snorkeled in the Bahamas, learned to play the guitar and improved her drawing and piano skills. She’s a talented young lady!

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Lily participated in two theater productions (“Peter Pan Jr. “and “High School Musical 2 Jr.”), sang in the school choir and began ballroom dance lessons. She also got her ears pierced and attended “Wicked” with her Brewer grandparents.

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James started learning to play the piano, lost some teeth and made us all smile with his surprising observations about life.

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We had some fun travel experiences in 2014 as well. In April, we took the kids on a 24-hour trip to Colorado (super low airfares) and visited Rocky Mountain National Park with Granny Vicki.

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In May, we had our Brewer family reunion at a huge cabin in Heber where we made this little music video: “What Does the Fox Say?”

In June, Robin and I had the chance to be “Ma and Pa” to a pioneer trek family on a trek in Wyoming sponsored by our stake. Parley participated in the memorable three-day trek with us as well.

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In July, we had our Lambert family reunion at Bear Lake which involved 37 people!

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Reunion

In August, we celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary on a cruise to the Bahamas with our older two kids. We departed out of Miami on the Norwegian Sky and visited Freeport, Nassau and Grand Stirrup Cay. We snorkeled, rode scooters and ate way too much good good. It was a wonderful trip!

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In the fall, we had a family photo shoot that turned out great. (We hadn’t had portraits done for four years, so our family had changed A LOT.

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As we look back over the year, we feel very blessed to have had so many wonderful experiences. Our lives are greatly enriched by the relationships with friends and family. Here’s to a wonderful 2015!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Year In Review

 

Lead Kindly Light

Over the past few months, I’ve been pondering the role that uncertainty plays in our lives. Why does God allow us (and sometimes require us) to walk in the dark? I believe it is because the Lord knows that we MUST learn to trust him. Light and darkness must co-exist, just like faith and doubt must co-exist. If we had a perfect knowledge of things, faith would not be necessary.

A few weeks ago, I was in a play at the Lehi Arts Center called “Wait Until Dark.” The main character of the show is a blind woman who is visited by a trio of thugs who take advantage of her blindness to deceive and manipulate her. The show made me extremely grateful for my sight — it is hard to imagine what it would be like to live in a world of complete darkness all the time. Not being able to see would be extremely frustrating and I think that many of us have gone through that metaphorical blindness at periods of time in our lives.

I am an avid runner and jog around my neighborhood every morning with my dog Buddy. As the days have been getting shorter, my morning jogs often start in the dark. I recently went on a trail run in the dark and forgot to bring my headlamp. I was afraid I might get lost or sprain my ankle on the rocky terrain. Then the words of the hymn “Lead Kindly Light” came into my mind:

“Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom;
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene–one step enough for me.”

The hymn’s author, John Henry Newman, wrote it as a prayer, pleading for the Lord to provide light and direction in a world filled with darkness. The writer doesn’t demand all the answers immediately — he simply implores the Lord for enough light to help him take the next step. This is especially important to remember as we seek for direction in our lives regarding relationship with a friend or family member, our career path, a Church assignment or a difficult trial we are facing.

The third verse continues the author’s prayer and expresses his confidence in the Lord’s power to give us the light and knowledge we so desperately need:

“So long thy pow’r hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone.
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!”

Jesus Christ is the Light which guides our path. He illuminates a darkened world. He heals our blindness and provides direction for us, if we are willing to seek for it. It is my hope that as we gaze upon the lights on our Christmas trees this season, that we will remember the kindly Light that dispels fear and uncertainty and fills us with love.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2014 in Spirituality