Happy Thanksgiving, Siestas!

Happy Thanksgiving, my Beloved Siestas! The Moores and Joneses greet you from our mountain hideaway where the cabin is more stuffed than the turkey and the fellowship is sweeter than the Texas sheet cake disappearing in my kitchen. Between the time change, the altitude, a twenty-one-month-old and the fear of missing a single moment together, mornings start early around here. The Lord, however, put a spirit of slumber on the cabin and allowed me to have a few quiet moments with Him. I could hear the familiar sound of my man sawing logs and of my grandson starting to stir. Melissa was sound asleep in my bed and somehow looked about five years old. We are a fiery family of folks who rarely keep an opinion to ourselves but we are so crazy about each other. I was overcome with gratitude for the kindness and redemption of our God. One of my memory verses right now was perfectly fit for today. I have to peek because I don’t have it down yet. It’s Psalm 40:5.
“Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” (NKJV)

Among the thanks I give my God through Jesus Christ today, I thank Him for you, our cherished online community. Recently my ministry director, Sabrina, and I were preparing our annual employee reviews. As we discussed AJ, Sabrina said to me, “Beth, I can’t think of any addition that has been made to the ministry that has had a greater impact than the blog. That community has become maybe the single most important thing that happens on our website. What Amanda has done is huge.” She is so right. I know I’ve told you this before but, just in case you weren’t part of our community at the time, God has used you to provide something in my ministry life that I needed so badly. So many of you have become familiar friends and sisters in Christ to me and I look tremendously forward to your input. I also notice when someone signs on with a screen name that is new to us and I rejoice in a new connection. As silly as this seems, I just love this. Thank you so much for being part of it.

AJ has helped me include a few picture highlights from our holiday week together and here are a few random things that have gone on in our house this Thanksgiving Day:

*Jackson and I had our milk and coffee together early this morning and watched the sun come up, played cars, and pestered PawPaw until he finally rolled up. We also danced our legs off when our favorite program came on Noggin. I was a little sore from the gosh-awful-est hike several of us took in the snow yesterday so I needed the stretch. (We hiked for over two hours and, when we made it back to the trail head, Keith was waiting there with his hands on his hips and looking stern like we’d better not scare him like that again. I told Melissa he’d think we were gone too long. We nearly got in bad trouble but he decided to get over it pretty quick AND we were mighty thankful not to have to walk the last quarter mile to the house. FWI: we were so happy not to have to worry about bears then, lo and behold, we saw wolf prints – first I’ve ever seen them – that I measured from the tip of my thumb to the tip of my little finger as wide as I could get my hand stretched. So freaky!)

*Keith made a King Ranch casserole to take to our lunch down at the ranch where we’ll celebrate with many good friends. He was asked to bring a native Texas dish of some kind so there you go. Melissa’s love, Colin (we love him, too, and, yes, it’s serious), and I cut a turkey out of a corn tortilla and used a red pepper from the salsa for his waddle. We laughed our heads off and thought we were brilliant.

*Melissa, Curt, and I quizzed each other (AKA: competed) in Greek for a solid hour then got into a good theological discussion. A blast to the three of us and a bore to everyone else.

*Amanda and I are watching Steel Magnolias for the umpteenth jillionth time and have hooted a ton and already cried. It’s a holiday must. Curt even sat down and got interested in it. He’s trying to act like he’s reading something but I know he’s watching the movie.

Well, everybody else is showered and looking darling and I’m still in my jammies and looking – well, like a woman who needs to get ready. Siestas, Happy Thanksgiving!! May God remind all of us all day long of even the little things we forget to thank Him for. Like a family enjoying each other so much that they’re liable to wake up the baby. Remember this holiday when “together” seems like “too-much-gether” to let people off the hook easily because you’re not dependent upon them to affirm you. Christ does that for you. Make a choice to laugh things off instead of taking an offense. Have a blast because God is good. Show Him how grateful you are with your joy. I dearly love you.

Sunrise at the cabin.

A closer view of the Tetons.

Bibby is in the mountain spirit.

Melissa and Beth in the kitchen.

King Ranch Chicken Casserole with a decorative tortilla turkey.

Jackson and his daddy going down the driveway on a makeshift sled.

Jackson is loving the snow.


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  1. 1
    valerie says:

    Thank you so much for writing. I’ve been checking in every day!
    It’s good to hear that you and your family are having such a wonderful time together. (Amanda….thanks for the pics)
    I love the turkey on the casserole!
    How creative…and I was thinking maybe Keith should share this recipe. It looks mighty good.
    and…Colin 🙂 …..Glad to hear Melissa has someone serious in her life and can’t wait to hear more. She’s so beautiful. The picture of you two is so sweet.
    Quickly….our family has grown so and we’ve spread out a little in different locations so we don’t ALL get together real often any more. Yesterday we were all going to be at my sister’s house. She called me while we were driving and told me that her husband asked a man from church to eat with us. He had nobody (his son died about 6 mo. ago and his mom is in a nursing home) and was going to be alone. We had 17 from our family and then this man. It was a blessing to have him join us.
    Beth, this blog has meant so much to me too. It has drawn all of us so much closer to you and your family and each other as Sisters in Christ. I love it and appreciate all you, Amanda and Melissa do. Thanks again for sharing Jesus and his love! We’ll talk again soon.

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    Anonymous says:

    And I know I speak for many women out there that we are thankful for YOU Beth Moore and your two delightful daughters and your whole family. Thank you so much for being willing to share your real self with all of us. I thought we’d all have to wait to be with Jesus to fellowship with you, but I’ll take this. We really appreciate you and all that the Living Proof staff do to make the ministry such a tremendous tool for the Lord Jesus to minister to hurting people. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy “tuning in” each time there is a new blog entry and sitting down with my coffee to visit with either you, or Amanda and occasionally Melissa. You are 3 women that are such a treat to have in the body of Christ. Bless you all and may God continue to RICHLY bless you and all your loved ones.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Heidi in Georgia

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    Ginger@From The Cocoon says:

    You have got to love the casserole AND the turkey…great job guys! I am so thankful for you and your family, you’ve made a huge impact on mine…challenging me to go deeper. I love it. As for Thanksgiving…we spent it at home, just my man (recently home from an 18 month deployment to Iraq) and our 2 children…I cooked the turkey and all the fixins’, we played games, watched movies, and talked about how thankful we are to be together this holiday since we weren’t the past several. Hope you guys have a wonderful time in the mountains. Enjoy the SNOW!!

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    Anonymous says:

    It sounds like your Thanksgiving celebration was picture perfect! Thanks for sharing the little tidbit about Melissa’s sweetie … I was wondering about her! 🙂

    I don’t know if you’ll read this, but had to share something just for fun. I am a writer and recently had an article published in a Lifeway publication (actually it’s in the Jan. 08 edition). It’s an article on Perfectionism in Journey magazine. My husband joked that I must be likethis with Beth Moore now! I’ve been a writer for years, but am trying to break into some Christian markets. It takes a whole different level of dependence on God to do this! I understand even better now how you say it is all about Him and not us. I am learning how I get nowhere on my own knowledge and wisdom, but when I tap into His and humbly ask Him, He is faithful to fill that frustrating blank computer screen!

    Your words about not being dependent on others to affirm us was timely … It’s a reminder I need often.

    Glad you had a wonderful holiday!

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    Yolanda Rogers [email protected] says:

    Beth, AJ, and community….this blogging is so new to me. But I have to take a moment and let you know how THANKFUL I am for each of you. God placed this on my heart earlier this week and I wanted to share it with you. Love and blessings from SW Kansas.

    2007 by Yolanda Rogers


    Do you know of The One living in Heaven?

    Perhaps, you have lost a loved one,
    or better yet, you have a new little one!

    Have you known love deeply,
    or find yourself weeping because life is costly?

    Are you in a pit?
    Finding yourself throwing a fit?

    If so, dear heart…..
    Jesus Christ wants to play a part.

    He so desires to be first in your day to day life,
    will you allow Him to take the strife?

    He is the answer to your quest,
    for His interest is for your best!

    Please allow Him to change your fate,
    before the arrival of 2008

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    kerry says:

    I too am thankful for this blog and so grateful to Amanda for the connection I am able to feel, the wisdom I am able to glean and the laughs I am able to get all from reading this sweet, sweet blog. In this season of my life, I get my “Beth Moore” fix from the blog and Life today and am forever grateful. Thank you for sharing your love of Jesus, your life and your family with me.

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    Anonymous says:

    How precious! Thanks for sharing! You are so special to us all! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Love, Sarah TN

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    Bonnie says:

    Awesome! Thanks for reminding me, Beth, to laugh things off. I tend to get stressed when I have 12 people over for dinner, even if it is mostly family. It was great celebrating my grandson’s first Thanksgiving. We are so thankfull for all of God’s blessings. Loved the pictures, and the tortilla turkey.

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    karen says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all too. Thank you Beth for sharing your life with us – it truly is a blessing. And what a beautiful place you have out there. My husband has been looking for land for us out west for years – just waiting for the right spot. God Bless you all.


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    Anonymous says:

    Hi Beth! I’m a newbie here!! I’ve done several of your studies…God has blessed me through you!! Thank you!! I was leading the Daniel study.. we just finished it this past Tuesday!! WOW!! I have NEVER had a study hit me like this one did!! Our God is INCREDIBLE!! During our study when we were in the firey furnace, one of my dear friends lost her 22 year old daughter in a car accident. She has continued in the study and is such a precious sweet quiet spirit of witness for our Lord!! This was such a timely lesson for all of us! During that same week, our town, (very small population about 14000) had a tragedy of a house fire and 4 children and a mom were lost! Talk about a firey furnace! One of my friends is the pricipal at the school where some of the children attended. When she went to the funerals she found out that the mom had just accepted Christ about a month before. So gracious is our God!!! Thank you for your ministry!! God bless you and your family! linda gibbons ps Steel Magnolias is one of my favorite movies too…lost track of how many times I’ve seen it! 🙂

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    Doreen T. says:

    The photos are priceless! (Especially loved the turkey on the King Ranch Casserole.) And, Beth, once again you have touched my heart and sent it soaring toward the God who made us, loved us and saved us. We have so much for which to be thankful!

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    Anonymous says:

    Happy Thanksgiving…I recently celebrated my 37th birthday and decided this year to list 37 things for which I am grateful. You and your ministry were one of them. Thank you for being faithful to the call and always pointing the glory to Christ, through whom we have recieved all of our blessings.

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    Susan B. says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all! What fun you must have had. We ate more than we needed and napped and then slept in this morning. God has indeed blessed all of us. Would love to have the King Ranch casserole recipe. Many prayers, hugs and much love are sent your way today!

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    Shonda says:

    Looks like a wonderful time. I love the snow and mountains and pine trees!

    May you continue to have a wonderful weekend filled with many memories!

    Blessings in Christ–

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    Gena - MI says:

    Beth, I am thanking the Lord for giving you all wonderful family time together! We are in the process of remodeling a cabin in the nothern part of MI (no mountains to gaze upon, just a lake out my front door – want to go fishing? Wait, I don’t bait my own hook…we’ll have to take the men). I am looking forward to the time when it’s finished & we can all gather there. May you all continue to have a wonderful time together! Thankful that Jackson is much happier in his winter garb too! What’s all in Keith’s casserole? Looks yummy!

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    Kel says:

    Love the tortilla turkey!:) Glad you had a wonderful family Thanksgiving. What a blessing!

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    fuzzytop says:

    This year I was reminded that I have so much to be thankful for; it just staggers me….

    I too am so grateful for this blog and the sense of community that is evident in the posts and the comments…. What a beautiful thing it is to be part of such a group of (mostly) women, pursuing Christ with such passion, humor, and energy. Love it!

    I loved the photos Beth! They’re precious!

    Blessing to y’all


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    from the inside out says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Mine was spent with family and friends at a nearby Cracker Barrel. Don’t feel bad…We loved it. $8.99 including drink… and I would have paid that much alone to not have to clean up the mess that was under my 1 year old’s highchair!

    Your ability and desire to be brutally and painfully honest and transparent has been so freeing and enjoyable. In your family is a wealth of wisdom and fun that without your blog would be impossible to share with so many. This Thanksgiving, blogging (overall) has been something I am thankful for. I am hoping it is renewing some dormant brain cells too!

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    Marti says:

    I love that you all love Steel Magnolias! I gave my testimony at church Wednesday Night and I ALMOST used that line that Truvy says to Clairee about Annelle’s past. You know, where Clairee says, “She can’t be more’n 18, she hasn’t had time to have a paaast.” And then Truvy replies, “Oh, get with it, Clairee. This is the 80’s. If you can achieve puberty, you can achive a past. ” I love it! Because I’m ONLY 30 and I was talking to a room full of..well, folks older then 30…I thought it might be appropriate. But, after further thought, I really didn’t want to say puberty at the pulpit and maybe people don’t love Steel Magnolias like me? How in the world they couldn’t I’ll never ever know.

    Happy Thanksgiving from the Sullivans in North Carolina…

    Marti Sullivan

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    Catherine in Orlando says:

    Recipe! We need Mr. Keith to share the recipe for his Texas casserole!

    One of the many blessings I thanked our Lord for this season was Living Proof Ministries. There just aren’t words to express my gratitude to y’all for this blog, for the teachings, for the CDs that I could not do without in the car, for everything you do for Him. Your faithfulness has totally transformed my walk with my Jesus. You are mightily used by Him, and I’m so, so grateful.

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    Missy says:

    What a BIG difference in the before Thanksgiving picture and during Thanksgiving picture of Jacks! The joy of your Holiday was appearant through the pictures.
    So thankful that AJ added the blog…the “daily” experiences keep us all God-centered and draw our hearts even closer to each other and the One and Only.
    Praise the Lord!!!

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    Marc and Charity says:

    Thanks for sharing your photos!

    We are home for 2 weeks vacation from the mission field- not long enough, but still having a blast! I’m getting my fill of Tex-Mex while I can! 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving to y’all!

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    Amanda Geidl says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I am glad yours was lovely. I envy that snow…altough it is as cold in OK as it has ever been. It was 21 this morning when just three days ago it was 80!!! The Lord sure has a sense of humor when it comes to weather!

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    KrisPT says:

    Thank you for putting things in perspective for me. I read this as I got to work on Friday and was feeling incredibly resentful that I had to be here. You helped me realize that I have a ton to be thankful for, including a job that provides for me and my family. God is good, even when I’m grumpy!

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    roxanne says:

    That is so wonderful! What a beautiful time and a beautiful place! And what BEAUTIFUL people – inside and out!

    I love you all!

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    roxanne says:

    That is so wonderful! What a beautiful time and a beautiful place! And what BEAUTIFUL people – inside and out!

    I love you all!

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    kat says:

    Thanks for the great pictures. I love snow and sledding but here in the south don’t get to experience it much…what a fun treat for ya’ll… but we did get some much needed rain, and outside I went to clap and praise Him for it.

    And then to enjoy a quiet Thanksgiving with my family. God is good and deserving of our thanksgiving.

    Sounds like you guys are having a blast and a time of refreshing…good, good, good!!

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    wendymom says:

    How much fun and what precious memories. I am so thankful you and your ministry and what it has done to my spiritual walk and relationship with my Savior!!! Thanks be to God for Living Proof Ministries!!! My house is filled with excitement as the kids enjoy a day to actually “play” and take a day off from our busy schedule. Video games, hide and seek, and dress up are the sounds I hear right now in the background. The excitement of Christmas is in the air as we are heading to the tree farm to select a two trees!!!

    These are the days!!!

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    carol says:

    This is my first time to leave a comment. We had a wonderful T-day. God is good and blessed me so much. May your time in the mountains be all God desires it to be. Happy Thanksgiving from West Tennessee.

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    DigiNee says:

    This was just too much girls! Here in the yes, COLD Houston (but snow – ha!) my heart was warmed as I checked to just see if possibly there was a post —- prayed for you all yesterday —- sounds like a fun day and that you got to have extra fixings because you took a two hour walk – in the snow no less – my little 9 mile bike ride does not even compare . . .

    So thankful for LPM and all of you Moore girls – this blog helps we siestas to understand that we are all in this together – keeps us grounded in God reality if you will – it is always a good thing – being in fellowship and community – even if it is on-line. This is real!!!!!!

    Continue in the joy – thanks for the pictures of real snow – bring some back for the Tuesday night siestas to enjoy —– do you think it will still look like snow in January if you do????

    King Ranch gobble – gobble to you all! No leftovers here, but there are hot chocolate makings —- and with the temps dropping into the 40’s tomorrow (so not cold to most of the rest of the siestas we Texans know!)and lots of rain coming, gonna need it! Off to get the leaves picked up – again – and again – and again . . . job security my man says . . . smiling day to the mountain crowd and all the rest of my blog siestas – looking forward to August in San Antonio.

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    Toknowhim says:

    First of all, I love the King Casserole with your turkey, ADORABLE! The casserole looks so good..do you think we could get the recipe? (Or is it a family secret?)

    Thank you for the affirmation about how the “siestas” are a blessing to you and the ministry. I have said this many times, but we (the community) are connected by God in a special way through your studies and your ministry, and it just warms my heart every time I read a post about you (Beth), your family, or LPM. My heart rejoices as I see your family having a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoying each other to the utmost 🙂

    I can’t pray enough blessings to you and your family, and LPM. You pour out your lives for so many so that we can find the freedom that God wants us to experience. I am sure that is not always an easy job, but I know that you draw your strength from Jesus, and then you able to do what He has called you to do.

    Blessings and so much love to you all…

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    Shawna says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! It looks like y’all are having a wonderful time. We had our first Thanksgiving in our new house and it was wonderful—God is so good!

    My King Ranch Chicken looks like a different recipe than yours. Can we have the recipe or is it top secret?!

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    Anonymous says:

    It’s fun to hear and see your Thanksgiving stories. I am so
    thankful that the Lord has used you to help me love His word and
    desire to hear His voice more than
    I have ever before!!

    Praising & thanking God for your ministry.


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    km says:

    I’ll be one of those new users. I just found the website a week ago. And I’ve added you to my bloglines. I’m really trying to rebalance my perspective right now…and new that I could take encouragement from here. I love the together/too-much-gether thought. I’ll hold on to that throughout this holiday season.

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    Misti says:

    Love the tortilla turkey!! You are so creative!! 🙂 Would it be possible to share the recipe for your King Ranch Chicken Casserole? Sounds yummy! Love the pictures of Jackson, he is such a cutey!! I just want to reach through my screen and give him a squeeze!! Sounds like a wonderful time with family and the scenery is gorgeous! Being in Kansas City, there isn’t any scenery….kind of a bummer! We had our little thanksgiving here at the house with just the 4 of us. We don’t get a lot of time together since my husband works long hours. I even have 32 place settings of china that have never been used! We don’t have any family here and I’m not a very formal person. This year I decided to wash some of it up and use it!! My kids were ecstatic! My daughter said this was the best Thanksgiving we’ve ever had! (she’s 7). Thanks for sharing your lives with us! God Bless!

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    life through my lens... says:

    Precious! Thanks for sharing your adventures and “thankfuls” with us!

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    jen says:

    Thank you for shaing with us dear Beth. It sounds like your Thanksgiving was wonderful and blessed beyond measure. You are great!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all. Much Love to you and your family.

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    Lindsey in Louisiana says:

    Beth and Family,
    I can’t tell you how warm and fuzzy it makes me feel to be somewhat a part of your Thanksgiving celebration. As I was talking to the women in my family yesterday we came up with a brillant idea for Beth. Not that you don’t have enough projects on your plate (hope that you sense the sarcasm), we thought it would be ever so brilliant for you to have your own magazine. You know, like Oprah’s, but filled with the “real stuff” women need to read about and educate themselves on – the Word!! Just something I thought I’d throw out there. I sit here amazed how God has revealed himself to me in such a magnificent way through your work, Beth. Thanks for meaning so much to me.
    Lindsey in Louisiana

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    The Durbin Family says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Beth and Amanda! Beth, I am touched that this online community means so much to you, as it certainly means so much to us Siestas. I don’t comment often because there are so many comments already, but I do check the blog daily and always look forward to this connection. I did your Breaking Free study a few years ago and it changed my life. It came in the middle of a devastating time in my marriage (which God has healed and redeemed!!), and since then your studies and video messages and blog entries have become a spiritual mentorship that I’ve never had. My mother has early on-set alzheimer’s and I so miss her Godly wisdom and guidance as I am now a young mom of three. I think often of how I consider you, in a strange way, a spiritual momma of sorts, and I know that if I ever met you on this earth or even someday in heaven, you would shower me with hugs and love and encouragement from the Word–and that means so much. Thank you, sweet Beth, for sharing yourself with all of us! I am so thankful for your presence in my life.

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    Jen N says:

    I’m glad you and your family had such a nice Thanksgiving together. This year my family got to the “guts” of the holiday (not the turkey guts- although that was a feat in and of itself!). My husband is a pastor and he recently began a new ministry in a town about 2 hours away from where the children and I are patiently waiting for our house to sell. (Ok- not so patiently but I am trying). His new church has a tradition of a 7:00 a.m. worship service followed by a breakfast on Thanksgiving day. That meant, of course, that we went down the night before and stayed in a hotel. Thanksgiving morning I was up at 5:00 a.m. and responsible for getting three children, myself, my hubby and our little dog (couldn’t leave her behind) ready and checked out of the hotel by 6:15 a.m. Now, personally, I believe that anything that begins before Starbucks is open is a crime againt nature itself and surely NOT the way God intended things to be. Nonetheless, my brood and I were there bright and early (dark and early really because the sun had not risen yet) for the service. Needless to say my attitutde did not smell like roses. But as the sun rose over the lake and I saw all the faces of our new church family who have welcomed us and loved us during this transition time, I was truly thankful. I was reminded that what we are truly thankful for is not things (even Starbucks) or places (even our beds) but for the love of God made manifest in our lives. And with that thought the rest of the day was wonderful; even though we forgot the fruit salad and the gravy.

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    Rebecca says:

    Im so stkin thankful for all of you! Beth, you area blessing!

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    Anonymous says:

    Y’all are awesome. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!! LOVE the turkey on the casserole! Reminds me of a time my cousin and I made a pumpkin pie and wanted to be “martha stewart” and decorate it. We spent about an hour creating stencils out of cardstock. Then we carefully laid the stencils on the pie and sprinkled powdered sugar on the stencils. The powdered sugar turkey and fall leaves were breathtaking and we were so proud. However, we didn’t realize that hot pie melts powdered sugar like sun melts snow. Our masterpiece was gone. We didn’t even have time to take a picture. What a laugh and great memories!!
    Thanks for the blog. Love the funny stories every day.
    Robyn, Birmingham AL

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    Kristen says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. The pictures of the Tetons took my breath away. I can picture it in my head as the mountains are special to me. It was on a ski slope in Colorado, looking out over the rockies where God spoke such a word to me. It changed my life. For years I had struggled w/ infertility. It was high upon a mountain top that God healed my heart, filled a place that no child could ever fill. He taught me to not life my life on “what if’s” and told me “Child, I created you for far more than bearing children” That as over 5 years ago – I do not have children of my own… but oh the children the Lord has blessed me and my husband with. Nieces, nephews, Godchildren, friends children. My heart overflows with Thanksgiving for each one of them… for all the family that God has given me! I thank Him daily for who He is and what He has done for me – and I don’t waste a moment when I have the opportunity to tell someone! Enjoy the rest of your time together in the mountains! Shout it from the mountain tops! He is Lord of All!

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    Anonymous says:

    Thanks Beth for your greetings on Thanksgiving!!!

    It’s it fabulous that we get to start each Holiday Season by first expressing gratitude!!!!

    I concur that the Blog is a blessing and Amanda is a terrific administrator/leader for it!! It has a connectedness. I love the modeling and mentoring that the Moores and Jones show us – just by living ordinary lives. I love that I can laugh until I cry, and then turn around and weep in prayer for many Siestas!!

    I love that we can see God at work in all our town and cities that the conferences and bible studies reach – We pray, and we see His hand knitting our on-line community together and building up women through His Word!!

    I love the encouragement to reach this generation!! We are given courage to do the ordinary things in our neighborhoods (Like delivering the haystacks) that make an extraordinary different in the lives that we touch!!

    Full up with Gratitude for this community of Siesta!!!

    Terry Alexander in Tucson

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    Stephanie S says:

    Mama Beth… your whole family is among the many things I give thanks to God for everyday… My relationship with Christ and awareness of Him would be nothing without your guidance. Blessings to the Moore’s and Jones’ family this Thanksgiving and Christmas season!!!!

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    Lina says:

    I love love LOVE “Steel Magnolias”! I love it so much, I named my four year old yellow Lab after Julia Roberts’ character, Shelby. I also love it because I relate to Sally Fields’ portrayal of the mom of a willful diabetic daughter–my now-20 year old daughter was diagnosed with type I diabetes at age 10. And of course, it’s just deep-belly-laugh FUNNY. My daughter is home from college for Thanksgiving weekend so I think it’s time to bust out our own Steel DVD. Thank you Beth for sharing your precious family moments. I especially loved reading that you notice when new people post on the blog…I’ve been visiting and reading for some time but haven’t commented. Knowing you notice makes me want to take a moment and thank you for your giving heart and anointed teaching. I’m currently working on “The Patriarchs” independently using the audio DVDs and workbook. Your love of the Lord is infectious! Thank you, sister in Christ.

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    Kelly S. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, and thank you and AJ for the blog–it has been huge to me as well.
    We live in the mountains of ETN, (no hint of snow), and I have visited the Tetons…”wonderful works” for sure. I am constantly in awe of His creation. Your holiday sounds so wonderful, and I hope it continues to be.
    Our group has two more weeks in Living Beyond Yourself. We have loved it and learned so much, I’ll be sad when its over. Praise God and thank you!!!!

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    Kara says:

    oopps…I meant I liked the moose hat. Ha ha.

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    Shannie-K says:

    I’m Canadian, but I still like to celebrate American Thanksgiving too! Thanks for this post (and the photos bring the warm fuzzies to life!!).

    I’ve been having a difficult first pregnancy, but it really encouraged me today to think of building a family that obviously cares for one another, and loves God so deeply 🙂 I want to begin that kind of legacy…

    p.s. My brother lives in Colorado and he took a (Cdn) Thanksgiving classic dish to his wife’s clan dinner. I just love how we can all find a little bit of home among warm friends. God Bless & Thanks for this great “home” online!

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    Christi says:

    Looks like too much fun!!! Hope everyone had a great thanksgiving!!! I know those of u who stopped at starbucks on thanksgiving were very thankful!! I love serving people their coffee it seems 2 change their mood everytime. Take Care and God Bless. God Blessed GA with rain 4 thanksgiving and I ever so thanked him!! He is sooo good. Love 2 all my siestas

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