The following is an excerpt from a phone conversation between my mom and me on Friday night.

B: Hey, sweet darlin’!

AJ: Hey, Mama! How’s it going in Atlanta?

B: Well, you know Sandi Patty is here and…

AJ, interrupting/yelling: WHAT?!?! Sandi Patty is there? I’m dying! Did you talk to her?

B: Yes, I got to hug her neck and…

AJ: Did you tell her we listened to “The Friendship Company” like every day?

B: No, but…

AJ, still yelling: Were you freaking out?

B: Yes, and she and Travis sang together.

AJ, astonished that she wasn’t there: WHAT?!?! Did they sing “Another Time, Another Place”? Because if so, I’ll just die!

B: No, honey, they sang…

AJ: Mother! Love in any language, straight from the heart, pulls us all together. Never apart! And once we learn to speak it, all the world will hear…love in any language, fluently spoken here!

I didn’t die, but it has taken me a few days to recover from not being in Atlanta to hear Sandi Patty and Travis sing together! 🙂


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  1. 51
    Shellie Paparazzo says:

    Oh, how cute!

  2. 52
    Anonymous says:

    LOL Kids are great. My kid would sort of do the same thing when they were small to my mom. Beth, maybe he will get in a chatty mood later today and chat your ear off.

    Have great fun this weekend. I love fresh starts. There is something just so fun about them. Praying for you. Kim B. in AZ

  3. 53
    Cindy says:

    That is Hilarious. Beth’s comment priceless!! Amanda I hope she does not find that wooden spoon, she may just pay you a visit. I am praying for the Conference this weekend…


  4. 54
    Jackie Sue says:

    Poor Bibby! I bet Mommy thought it was too funny though….kids…(and I don’t mean Jackson!!!) 🙂

  5. 55
    Big Mama says:

    Oh sure. The grandparents always take the side of the person who’s not even 3 feet tall.

  6. 56
    Evangelism Chick says:


    LOL! Boy, I needed that today.

    May I ask for prayers…

    Tonight, the women’s ministry at our church is hosting a large-scale outreach event called Chick Night. It’s an high-energy, free event for women college age and up that we host twice a year. I oversee these events and for the first time tonight I am delivering a short gospel presentation in front of an audience. (I’m shaking already and the event is not for another five hours.)

    Would you please pray…
    1. Pray for Future Christians to attend (all obstacles, seen and unseen, would be removed).

    2. Pray for all the logistics to come together and the weather would be good.

    3. Pray that God shows up in a Mighty Way and uses the worship/speakers to open the hearts of the chicks.

    4. Pray for the invitation that the Holy Spirit draw Future Christians to invite Christ to be their Lord and Savior.

    And….B E L I E V E! Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

    Join me in prayer that this Leap Day will be a LEAP-OF-JOY DAY we’ll not soon forget in Jacksonville and with Beth, LPM and Travis in Vancouver!

    Thank you very much.

    Until All Have Heard,

    P.S. You are in my poor prayers for Vancouver AND (yeah!! grin) upcoming Jacksonville LP event.

  7. 57
    Nikki says:

    That is tooo funny and cute!!!

  8. 58
    Heather says:

    That’s funny! Sometimes Ryan will want to talk to his Jojo and by the time I get her on the phone he clams up and will not talk. Make me looks like a liar. Then there are the sweet conversations between the two … so sweet.

  9. 59
    Anonymous says:

    Bibby and spanking doesn’t seem to fit in the same sentence 😉 That Jackson is just too cute. Thanks for sharing!

  10. 60
    Healed By His Grace says:

    I cannot wait for this experience! So special! God bless!

  11. 61
    Hillaby Family says:

    Love it. Love even more that Beth commented also.

  12. 62
    Cathy Davis says:

    ha ha ha ha ha

    I can’t imagine that sweet child doing anything that would require Bibby to give him a spanking!!!

    I love when they get on the phone and there’s just total silence!!

    This is for sure a ROFLLLLLLLL :)!

  13. 63
    Emmy : ) says:

    So cute! : ) Typical huh! : )
    God Bless! Emmy : )

  14. 64
    Anonymous says:

    Bibby Bethie – I like the sound of it!

    Smilin’ up here,
    Warm in Alaska.

  15. 65
    Teri says:

    So. Stinkin. Cute!

  16. 66
    connorcolesmom says:

    That is so funny!
    Poor Bibby was all excited to talk to Jackson and he left her hangin!

  17. 67
    gigetgirl says:

    Cutest story ever told!

    i cannot wait til I have an adorable little grand-baby .
    I want to dress them and raspberry all over that cute little tummy babies have.
    oyeshhh…. All those cute words babies use~precious!

    Bibby~cutest grand-mommy name

    Love this litte conversation.

  18. 68
    Sister In Christ in Fort Smith says:

    My just-turned-four grandson calls me “Gra” and I love it when he talks to me on the phone. Never for very long though because he is extremely busy! I just read an article in a magazine that reminded me of you Beth. It says:
    “Before Starbucks, coffee was mostly tepid swill sipped solo at 7 a.m. by bleary-eyed customers clutching Styrofoam cups. But now, coffee has become a social custom that demands an unspoken compliance. We dress for Coffee. We meet people, groomed and enthusiastic, in coffee shops. Now, getting a cup of coffee is an event we anticipate and savor.” Sounds just right, doesn’t it! Thank you for all you do.
    We all love you dearly!!

  19. 69
    Terry says:

    My first little granddaughter is still much too small to be in need of a spanking, but I can’t even wrap my mind around having to be the one to do it.

  20. 70
    Bobbie says:

    Too Cute! Your conversations sound like the ones between my daughter & I! Those long silences from the grandgirls and g-boys will soon grow into LONG conversations. Our grandgirls are now 14 and 9 and I love hearing about their days! Ups AND downs!

    I know Beth would never use her wooden spoon even if she found it!! 😉 And I do remember having to go get my own switch, and I walked ever so slow back to the house! I don’t think my Mama ever really used one, but I knew she meant business and I didn’t want to push her!

    Thanks for sharing and travel safe!
    Blessings from Mukilteo, WA!

  21. 71
    Amy B says:

    Amanda, I have a daughter who’s 4 and sometimes I think she would rather be with her “goggie” than me! I never had a grandma who made such a fuss over me so I LOVE that they are two peas in a pod when they are together. My mom (who lives 22 hours away) will be here a week and I won’t get a hug or kiss or nothing from my baby girl unless I seek it out! Somehow I’m swept out of sight for a while, which allows me to sit back and watch my moma love on my baby girl the way she used to love on me! I am so thankful for that!

  22. 72
    valerie says:

    Bibby would never!!!
    I can’t imagine Amanda ever getting a spanking when she was growing up. She seems like she was an angel.
    How funny and typical that Jackson wouldn’t talk to Bibby when given the chance.
    I’m in prayer this weekend while you’re at your conference.
    Love ya,

  23. 73
    Amy T says:

    that was so funny! Amanda, you are so bad! 🙂

  24. 74
    Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing! Reminds me of my young man, almost 12!, when he was a little guy. Beth, rest assured, he still loves his Grandma very much. Now, he calls some days when he gets off the bus. They have a very special relationship (1st grandchild too). I pray Jackson and Beth have the same kind of relationship. It is a blessing from God to have such a great relationship with a grandparent.

    Your MN siesta,
    Mary Ann

  25. 75
    Amy T says:

    I just read Beth’s comment. Amanda, you better wear lots of padding in your jeans! 🙂 How funny!

  26. 76
    jennyhope says:

    my child does this all of the time with her mimi and then we get on the phone and she goes blank. Good laugh!

  27. 77
    cheryl says:

    I MISS MY GRANDBABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    this is so cute and so real.
    love ya’ll

  28. 78
    Anonymous says:

    Okay, why do our children always “perform” such adorable acts…. until we try and share them with others???? Thanks for sharing and bringing a smile to our faces!

    Have a great weekend!

  29. 79
    Indy-Lindy says:

    CUTE! My almost 3 year old daughter is the same way. She’ll talk very excitedly ABOUT Mimi, but won’t talk TO HER over the phone!

  30. 80
    Kathy In Arkansas says:

    Too cute! Thanks for sharing a sweet story after a long day!

  31. 81
    Katy says:

    Jackson is SO cute. I’ll bet his cuteness will aide him in charming his way out of future spankings perhaps? I tried that as a cute young child. I ran away from from my dad who had let me know I needed a spanking. Had him chasing me around the backyard in circles laughing and having a great time. Wouldn’t you know it…I still got the spanking after he caught me!

    You Siestas have an awesome blessed weekend!

  32. 82
    ForHisGlory says:


  33. 83
    Melanie says:

    You guys crack me up. I bet he was smiling at the phone though.

  34. 84
    su says:

    How fun! I don’t think I’ve ever noticed a comment from Beth before. Is that a first? I think that means you are in big trouble, Amanda!

    I didn’t realize there was a LPL conference this weekend! I’m glad to know now so I can be a part of it by praying.

  35. 85
    Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog says:

    ha ha! Too cute.

  36. 86
    tracy l. says:

    I call my mom every morning too! I’m almost 36 and she is almost 65!!!

  37. 87
    Mommy Dot Com says:

    Beth, I left a late reply to you naming me “cusomer of the week” on your “Glad I’m a Woman” post. I didn’t want you to miss it b/c I thought it would make you laugh… or at least chuckle.

  38. 88
    Lindsee says:

    That is hilarious!

    Don’t you love how they get silent the minute you put them on the phone, or on the spot! 🙂 Priceless.

  39. 89
    Anonymous says:

    I am glad to hear that “sweet, sensitive” Amanda can have a sneaky little humorous side. I have to admit…this sounds like Melissa more than Amanda!

    Thanks for sharing!

  40. 90
    HisTreasuredPossession says:

    too funny! Praying for your mama this weekend!

  41. 91
    Laura says:

    You just make me smile! I can even hear your sweet little twang in my mind! Isn’t it crazy? You and your precious family have blessed mine in so many ways. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dear Beth.

  42. 92
    redheadcsm says:

    That is too cute! My 2 little girls “talk” to Nana and Papa on the phone too. Which usually amounts to the grandparent asking all sorts of inane questions and the little ones either nodding at the phone or trying to push the buttons or just staring at it like it’s some sort of foreign object. Soon enough I won’t be able to get them to quit talking on the phone! Thanks for sharing!

  43. 93
    Michelle Bentham says:

    TOO Funny! Ya’ll are just crazy precious! I can literally see her face.


  44. 94
    Annalou says:

    You all are so funny! Thanks for the laugh.

    I’ve had a stomach bug all week and needed a pick-me-up. :o)


    Thanks for the throw back to when my kiddos were small and would just breath heavy and listen when they were supposed to “talk” on the phone. I can just see Jackson’s eyes looking around as he listened to Bibby talk.

    Cracks me up.


  45. 95
    sammie says:

    Only your mom could be that cool right before she steps in front of thousands of women.

  46. 96
    Donna says:

    I’m sure it’s much the same in your family, but I’m convinced my mil gives my kids “nanny crack” to make them want her… my 2 y/o comes home and cries the entire evening, “Nanny, come back!!!” I can’t wait to be a grand-ma (nana is what they’ll call me… I’m sure of it)!

  47. 97
    MrsJoeB says:

    Isn’t that the way i always goes?!?!? Sweet. I think.
    Have a blessed weekend!
    In His Graces~Pamela

  48. 98
    Momma 2 5 says:

    You Guys crack me up!

    Looking forward to the report of LPL!

    Have a great weekend!
    Amanda in SC

  49. 99
    Sooz says:

    Lol! Are you sure this wasn’t my own mother and I?

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    Jabber Jaws says:

    My Dad looks each of my children in the eyes when we leave their house and solemnly says, “I am sorry we must send you home with the Warden. I promise to make it up it you.” My kids roll on the grass and giggle with delight every single time and now they sing nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen….. It is quite the routine! My eldest daughter calls him The Blessing! It cracks me up!

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