Wrap Up

After our “safari” we loaded into the van, it was apparent we were going to need to eat before the four hour drive home. That was the final surprise. Our special dinner was planned for Lambert’s Cafe, home of the Throwed Rolls. It took a half hour to drive there, and when I saw the overflow parking filled with vehicles and people milling around the front waiting, I thought it would be a long time until we got in. But, John checked, and there was only an hour wait when often it is two to three hours. Some of us went to a nearby store, and then we stayed near the vans chatting. The temperatures were still pleasant, and another storm was coming closer. Lambert’s were true to their word, and in less than an hour, they called over the loudspeakers for us. We walked past the crowded waiting area into the almost festive atmosphere. You have to be there to experience it, but yes, they actually do throw your rolls to you. A young man with red suspenders and bow-tie and an old-fashioned metal cart filled with pans of hot dinner rolls walks through every five or so minutes and calls out with a perfect twang, “Hot rolls!” He’ll repeat it a few more times, and fingers and hands go up throughout the room, trying to catch his attention for a roll. People pause from eating and watch. The guy was amazingly accurate with his throws, and then it was just the question if you could catch it or if he had to throw another one.

It’s a down-home style place, and servers go around with “pass-alongs” and offer you sides such as fried okra, onions and potatoes, molasses/sorgum for your rolls, and other items.

We managed to squeeze into a booth made for 10. And when I say squeeze, I truly mean it. But we were all together. It was a wonderful end to the surprises! I praise the Lord for such a godly father. It was truly a blessing to bless him.


Abby and her mommy waiting.


I took Dad's picture looking into the mirror, and Dad then grabbed my camera to do a reverse pic.

"Nice catch, Nate!"

The whole group (Joseph is taking the picture).

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalms 133:1).

9 thoughts on “Wrap Up”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing about your wonderful birthday celebration. I have been on bedrest with twins most of the summer and they were born a week ago at 32 weeks so now I spend days in the NICU. It was fun to enjoy a beautiful day out “with” your family. 🙂
    Praise the Lord for the twins. It will seem like a long time while you wait to take them home. Hopefully soon.

  2. We have eaten there many, many times! Everytime we travel anywhere near there, we stop and eat! We love to eat there, and my kids love hearing “hot rolls”! I am so glad you got to go there for your dad’s birthday! What a treat!
    Thanks for your encouraging blog!
    PS When is the your mom’s new book coming out? Can’t wait.
    First or second week in September.

  3. They really throw rolls for you to catch? Amazing. I never seen that before at NJ or NYC.

    Glad your father and your family had a terrific time together.

    My father’s and my husband their birthdays is around the corner also.

  4. I’m glad your dad took your picture, Sarah.

    We have a restaraunt here that throws hot rolls too! We’ve eaten there only once, and besides they served frog legs! Ya, I know it tastes like chicken, but it’s not!

    Dad loves fried okra! Mom made him some for his birthday, and he liked it. We’re growing it in our vegetable garden.

    God bless! Rebecca K.

  5. Thank you for sharing Sarah!! It is so encouraging to read your blog posts!! I’m so glad u were able to surprise your dad! God bless u & the rest of your family!!


  6. That sounds like a fun place! Wonderful that you all had such a good time together! Godly fathers are a blessing!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing these posts about your Dad’s birthday surprise. That restaurant sounds like a fun place (and those rolls sound delicious!). 🙂 That last picture is so cute of you all (and Abby and Bethany are growing so fast, it seems!). ~ May the Lord continue to bless your family as you serve Him.
    Love, Patti M. 🙂

  8. I have never been this this resturant, but I have read about. Fun!! I love fried okra, I hope one of you triecd it an can tell me it was delicious:)

    You all planned a perfectly fun surprise for your husband/dad/grandad. I can’t imagine a better weekend spent with family. Thank you so much for sharing the pictures, and good to see Sarah in some too, although now missing Joseph.

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  9. So glad you all enjoyed Lambert’s Cafe. Never been to the one in Missouri, but they have one in Foley, Alabama. We go over there every once and while. It is such a fun place.

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