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. 101
    Sandi Krakowski says:

    You are such a blessing to me. In 2004 I decided to BELIEVE GOD because of your study and the Lord becoming real and alive to me.. it was at that time they gave me a death sentence with several diseases… 14 to be exact. Well- I believed God anyways and this Thanksgiving we rejoiced because Momma is 80 lbs lighter, totally healed and alive and well- and she is STILL BELIEVING GOD and so is the rest of the family! We believed God this year as He led us away from ‘home’ to a new state after 18 mons of unemployment.. we believe God as He moved my oldest, 19, to the mountains of CA to become a media developer for a Christian company, we believed God as He let us get out of 6 figures of medical debt and finally become debt free…. and to find this blog today was a gift… a real gift.. I had never seen it before. Well- into 2008 I am believing GOD for bigger things than most would ask and I believe HE will show up for many this year in a way they never dreamed possible! Much love to you my sister… much love.

    Sandi Krakowski

  2. 102
    Karen says:

    Aren’t families a wonderful thing. And for me, holidays give that warm fuzzy feeling that helps to overlook some of our more annoying traits. I wonder if that’s the true purpose of holidays sometimes. To remind me of how blessed I am and how silly I behave.

    Enjoy the time together!

  3. 103
    Anonymous says:

    Love the tukey master pice , now can we please have the recipe of the whole thing.Looks so good & sounds so good. I loved the pictures & seeing the snow to.Its great that all your familley could get together, what a blessing.It’s a blessing you all got there safe, had great blessed time & food.I pray you get home safe.ok till us about the new man.I love your Christmas CD,& have order 6 in all for gifts,I am blessed so much but one of my many blessings is you in my live very blessed for that.Now you have a blessed Christmas & rest of the year. God bless love sister in Christ Victoria from NCps it’sour40th anv today PTL

  4. 104
    Little Steps Of Faith says:

    I am saying a sleepy hello…after Thanksgiving stuff…ugh, SO much and I KNOW Jenny Hope and other siestas in retail know this!

    I remember the blog in the beginning that it didn’t catch on at first…and NOW>>>>WOW:)

    I am so glad you enjoyed your Thanksgiving…I was non-existant for mine…woke up 6:30pm and stuffed some food down and went to work til 5am….

    But I did hear my favorite(Okay, ONE of my favorite) Avalon songs
    ” Angels we have heard on high..”
    ( I LOVE their rockin-gospel version):)

    ” Don’t save it all for Christmas day” either:)

    Be Blessed:)


  5. 105
    Anonymous says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well. I am reminded this year how many things I have to truly be thankful for. I check your blog daily but haven’t commented that often. You always make everyone feel as though they are part of your family and I love that. This blog is a way for me to be among like-minded women that empower me to stay focused in God’s Word every day. It is a huge blessing!

    Beth, you have changed my life more than I could describe and I cannot thank you enough for that.

    Many blessings,
    Anne in MO

  6. 106
    Jill_in_AL says:

    Thanks, Beth. I’m so happy to see and share in your great Thanksgiving….had a very blessed day with my bunch as well. AJ, I thought about you when your team beat Texas last night. Not sure what A & M fans say but my team says WAR EAGLE so I’m off today to watch Auburn beat Alabama (I hope and pray). Heading in a while to “God’s country” as we call it! May we be filled with thankfulness everyday for His bountiful blessings in Christ! Jill

  7. 107
    Little Steps Of Faith says:

    Oh and God used blogland these last 6 months or so to help me adjust to my busy life of school, work, and church…
    I don’t have time for just hanging out anymore, so I love spending a few moments or so to write to my siestas, and check in on their life:)
    I have imaginary friends 🙂
    I would give you a link list, but you all probably know them anyway, I just LOVE them:)
    I love you too Beth and Amanda, God puts his healing hands on this blog before any of us ever reach the page:)DAILY:)

    P.S: ” Loving, LOVING, LOVINGGGG…’Stepping up’:) Go get it ladies:)

    ” You aren’t good enough to mess God up.” – Beth Moore:)

  8. 108
    Andrea says:

    Actually, that turkey is brilliant!! Thank you so much for sharing your family with us. Amanda – you have done a very good thing in creating this blog! Everytime I come here, I can feel the love and warmth (how do y’all do that?!?), I smile and I always leave with an encouraging word. What more could one ask for? We are all blessed to be a part of this community and I’m prayin’ God provides for me and my daughter to join you all next August!

  9. 109
    Kendra says:

    I get giddy when I’m the first one up in the Vaughn house and have a few precious moments to sip coffee, read the Word (or work on my Daniel study that I’m doing with a group right now!!), and just enjoy all my sweet ones sleeping. What a beautiful Thanksgiving time you guys are having here!
    Blessings –

  10. 110
    DeDe says:

    How fun… hanging out in your jammies. Watching the sun rise! God is GOOD! I would LOVE to have a morning where I talked ‘Greek’ with someone! There are times I get so stinkin excited over some treasure I found in my Complete Word Study Dictionary of the N.T. while in deep study, but all my freinds eyes seem to glaze over, so I quietly do a jig and write about it in a weekly online devotion I write. Yes, I am one of those, who goes to bed with a good commentary! Thank you for your heart, and willingness to share it with us.

  11. 111
    Mindy Banks says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Beth and Family!I’ve only commented once or twice before, but I’ve read the blog for a while now and have been blessed by it.  So, I want you all at Living Proof to know that on this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for you all and for the blog.Additionally, Thank you for that verse from Psalms.  I was crying out to God in prayere yesterday and trying to come up with words to express how thankful I am for all He’s blessed me and my family with.  I know He knows my heart, but that verse is certainly more eloquent than I was/am.  It is perfect to express my sentiment.  It will most definitely have to go on an index card!Thank you for all you do and may the sweet Lord above continue to bless your ministry, your family and you!Mindy Jo

  12. 112
    Anonymous says:

    Dear Moores and Jones,

    Thank you so much for sharing your Thanksgiving with us. Also, thank you for the encourangement about family. I know Christ affirms us and I really needed to be reminded of that. Also, what great advice to laugh the little things off.

    I would love to have the recipe of the casserole, looks yummy.

    God is so good to us, we have so much to be thankful for.

    I love you,
    Laura, Raleigh girl

  13. 113
    Anonymous says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Thanks for sharing your Holiday with us. I am a short drive from the other side of Yellowstone and I get to see the Big Horns and Beartooths but there’s nothing quite like coming around that curve when the Tetons first come into view. Literally breathtaking. Living Proof along with this blog is on my list of things to thank God for. I’m on week 7 of A Woman’s Heart with a group of ladies from a neighboring community AND going to start Wising Up at my home on Monday. I previewed it by myself and couldn’t wait to share it with others. I just “left sucessfully” but painfully a church I was with for 9 years. Thank you for being a vessel God uses to speak to us. You and your family along with the rest of the Siestas are such a blessing.

  14. 114
    Charis says:

    Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving Beth. I hope you got to take a deep breath and kick back for a few days, But then I am reminded of a few of my vacations where I actually needed to go back to work to get some rest. I’m sure we can all relate. I’m Thankful to God for soooo many things. But without any reservation at all, I can say that one of those things has been LPM. Thanks to you and your staff. I am trying to go through every CD, DVD, and every book you have ever written. With my headset on I can’t tell you the number of places I’ve taken you!
    You and our God of such mercy and
    grace and created a fire in me that is out of control!

    Keep stoking the Fire.

    Love and Blessing
    From Georgia!

  15. 115
    Anonymous says:

    Dearest Beth and Family,
    Thanks for being in touch! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! What a blessing that there is no distance too great to keep siestas from being in touch.
    Enjoyed the pictures!
    I love you.

  16. 116
    ruflossin says:

    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”.

    Oh Ms. Beth,how I needed to hear those words. Thank-you for sharing God’s word in this blog. Although I read this blog weekly, this is the first time I have ever commented. I am so thankful to have another avenue to remember that God’s way is the perfect way. Especially in this imperfect world. Thank-you for the spirit of courage that you have embraced in following God’s will for your life. My prayer for you is that when you finally reach the glory of heaven that God will show you how many people were touched by HIS word through you. I can promise you that my name would be among them.

    Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

  17. 117
    Wells says:

    So thankful for God’s creation. We also hiked earlier in the week. 18 miles backpacking on the OT in Arkansas. Our 6yr. old Abi even carried her pack the whole time this trip. When she got tired I gave her my shuffle and she listened to 3rd day. New song to me; something about a Rockstar. She sang it at the top of her lungs!!! I think we scared the hunters and deer off.

    Can’t think of a better way to spend the holiday than on the couch with MOM watching the best movie of all time “Steel Magnolias”. Blessings from a MS girl now in TX.

  18. 118
    Ashton says:

    Happy Thanksgiving too! It’s Saturday but hey!

    Enjoyed a nice dinner at the Omni Hotel with sweet friends. I too am greatful for the blog! I love seeing the pictures of the family, the beautiful scenes of the mountains and homes you and Amanda share. When I first got on back in June of 2006 it filled a place that I needed at the time. And it keeps filling me up to get to read and share. From this blog I’ve met a few woman and created my own blog and that was fun to do, too. (Melissa and Colin….mmmmmmm)

    Yesterday was a wonderful day for me. My friend and I went to see Bella, sweet movie, than to Starbucks (of course!) and as we shared we touched hands and prayed. Then went to the guitar store and ran into two sweet guys that my friend knows and started playing songs we knew, playing on a very expensive guitar. That was neat!! Then we all 4 went to 2nd Baptist prayer room and prayed. My friend Margie has a key because she is a prayer wrarrior there. We all prayed for each other one at a time, what a load that was lifted from my shoulders! YEPPE! Thankful. But it already started at Starbucks when Margie touched my hand.
    I think of how Peter said, “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk…” Also I think of Elijah, a man of like passion yet he prayed bowing his head between his knees and it did not rain for 7 years. One man! He believed and prayed. Peter offered what he had…Dunamous power…The Holy Spirit and the man got up leaping and praising GOD! One man with the DUNAMOUS-POWER! Wow that is awesome. sorry for getting carried away here…Be careful on your travels home! Love, Allison

  19. 119
    Dana Nichols says:

    I’m a little late with this post but I just had to tell you something. I cried when I read these words:

    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.

    We had family in on Wednesday and Thursday for the holiday and both days family members had such attitudes that I almost decided to quit having them over for holidays ever again! And then I read these words and I know that the Lord had me read this for a reason. (This happens so often) I just wish that I had found the time to read them sooner!! You have no idea how I thank God for you and your good words. He has spoken to my heart through you and holidays will go on in this house because of it!!

  20. 120
    Anonymous says:


    Praise God from whom all blessings flow.. I absolutely adore you sharing the photos. Thanksgiving was blessed by all on your side as well as ours. My sweet mother, Mary and I arise the day after Thanksgiving and “shop until we drop” as a tradition every year. Grammy M is 68 and we hit Starbucks and then all the great deals at Walmart, Michael’s, etc.
    It is great. Christmas season is here. blessings!
    With “Heaven Bound” blessings,
    Kim Safina

  21. 121
    sheila jp says:

    One of my dreams is to have a mountain home. Thank you for letting me enjoy that experience through your experience. Thank you also for the reminder to let people off the hook easily. That is a perfect reminder for this time of year since we are around family and friends a more. I loved the pictures.
    Sheila JP

  22. 122
    HIS daughter says:

    Thank you Beth, Keith, AJ, Melissa, Curtis and Jackson for sharing your life with us Siestas that you may never even see.

    I pray that GOD will continue to bless all of you including whoever Melissa’s new guy is!

    I pray that my Father will restore my family back to spiritual healing after a season of prodigal living.

    In the meantime, some of us sad and lonely Mom’s can live it vicariously through you guys as we wait “patiently on the LORD”.

    Love and Blessings from a VA Siesta,

  23. 123
    atHisrighthand says:

    Thank you for sharing your day with us! Looks like your family had a very blessed day!

    I have just come across your blog, am very new to this. Just started a blog to keep family and friends updated on our most recent adoption journey.

    Well thank you for allowing God to use you in many ways!

    Many blessings,

  24. 124
    Me says:

    Beth, Amanda and Melissa,

    Thank you all so much for all of your prayers and joy over all of your siestas! We thank our Heavenly Father, so much for each one of you and your family.

    Our Women’s Ministry is planning to make your visit to Boise next May into our annual Women’s retreat. What a blessing it will be to all of our sweet ladies to be blessed by a sweet lady.

    In His Service,

  25. 125
    the*4*of*us says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! That tortilla turkey is too cute!!
    Beth, I was so excited that your Jesus devotional was on sale at Lifeway for $10 on Friday! I grabbled plenty for gifts, and one for myself!
    Have a great time at the cabin!

  26. 126
    fAiThFuL cHiCk says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! I count this blog as one of the things I am thankful for this year. It inspired me to start my own blog.

    Be safe and blessed!

    faithful chick

  27. 127
    Jenn says:

    go to my site for a wonderful king ranch recipe that is waaaaaaay easy and d-lish-shusssss! make ya say, “ooooh papa mow mow”!!!

  28. 128
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving moments. I laughed about how many times you have watched “Steel Magnolia’s”,since my girls and I have probably watched it that many times as well. I can recite the script from anywhere in the house,while its
    on. I have always thought the characters were casted perfectly.

  29. 129
    K says:

    Thank you for the reminder of God’s thoughts being ever toward us. I am in the midst of missing my eldest daughter right now and I think of her alot and I know that God must think of us and miss us the same way when we have chosen to make the distance between His house and ours too large. I am thankful too for His arms that reach so far and wide and that hold all of us to His side. Thank you for your post and words of encouragement.

  30. 130
    Shelly says:

    This community of crazy siestas loves you too!

    I’m about to die laughing over the decorative turkey…and I must confess, I took the 3 day break from Greek for my taxed brain! Finals? Already in 2 weeks! Aah!

    Love the pictures! Bless your family, extended hike times, pj girl times with Steel Magolias, and laughs 🙂

  31. 131
    Chelsie says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to the Moore’s and the Jones’.
    Those pictures of the montains are absolutely breathtaking. I must say I am slightly envious. I am just convinced that one can think and breath better at that altitude.

    Well, my husband and I chose to feed the homeless of downtown Ft. Worth this Turkey Day. This was a new experience for us. It was amazing, emotional, rewarding, hard, and life-changing all in the same. I am still thinknig of many of their faces. What went throught my mind over and over again was our God’s ability and capacity to love. He loves and meets all of us where we are. I am so greatful for this.
    What a blessing it was to be the hand of Jesus to these people. What a reminder of the inconveniences that Jesus’ went through to make sure I was encountered by Him.

  32. 132
    Cindy H. says:

    Thank you for sharing your life with us! I’m a faithful blog reader in North Carolina, however I think this is my first post.

    Thank you for telling us that you have a memory verse. Its a great reminder that I should have one, too.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  33. 133
    Stacy says:

    Glad you had a great Thanksgiving with the family. It’s my favorite time of year.

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful mountain pictures…beautiful and breath-taking in person I’m sure.

  34. 134
    Jackie Sue says:

    Like you, Miss Beth, I am BLOWN away by God’s grace in my life. It still amazes me that not only did He bless me with 3 children biologically, He also brought me full circle when He blessed our family with two little girls from China (its a long story). Me, a southern, well, really a redneck girl, with no hope, but for His grace. He picked me out of a lost family and made me His own when I was only 11 and I’ve loved Him ever since. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday cause I love to stand amazed by Him. He is awesome! (I was almost envious of your snow 🙂

  35. 135
    Mary Watkins says:

    Hi, again.
    Beth, I loved the pics and your sweet note. I would suggest next time you are out hiking in the mountains that you run a little faster…that moose nearly bit your head off. 🙂

    Seriously, I am thankful for this blog. It is an instrument of unity God is using to bless each of our hearts. I was moved to tears as I read our Siesta Stephanie’s words posted at 12:10 am, November 23. If some of you have not read her post, please take a look.

    AJ, thank you for keeping us connected.

  36. 136
    Anonymous says:

    I love you all.
    What I want most is a family that enjoys being together, like yours.
    But, my family is being torn apart right now,and it is breaking my heart. It makes me cry to hear of your good times, I am jealous FOR that.

  37. 137
    Anonymous says:

    Hey Beth and Family,

    Thanks for sharing with us-those pics said it all! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!! That casserole with the tortilla turkey looked fabulous-could you post that recipe?

    Katieg from tennessee

  38. 138
    nana2silas says:

    After having said good-bye to my out-of-town children (daughter, son-in-law, and my precious 4-1/2 month old grandson, Silas) I was excited to go online and read about the Moore/Jones Thanksgiving celebration. We too enjoyed a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving and even had beautiful snow here in WEST TEXAS on Thanksgiving day. My husband and son-in-law built a six foot snowman. He has now shrunk to about 24 inches!! November has been an interesting month in our family. On Nov. 1st our son was injured in a very bad car wreck but is now recovering well, then just this past Monday, Nov. 19, I was told I have uterine cancer. Though the diagnosis will require surgery, the prognosis is excellent. The important thing is that in these last few days, none of that bad stuff has mattered. We lived in the moment and the moments were wonderful! How great is our God. Enjoy all of this holiday season, dear Siestas!

  39. 139
    UL Cards Fan says:

    I loved the desciptive words and pictures of your Thanksgiving celebration. I am an only child and my daughter is an only child so our celebration was small(my parents, husband,daughter,and aunt PLUS three visiting pups)but abundant in blessings. I am especially thankful for my 80 year old parents who did all the cooking and entertaining, my aunt who underwent surgery for breast cancer 5 weeks ago but was able to be with us and especially my daughter Brittany who was in a horrific car accident Oct. 21st but walked away with only minor injuries thanks to God’s unending grace.Can’t forget my wonderful husband who loves us all. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gifts. That cetainly includes you Beth and LPM. Love, LINDA

  40. 140
    Three Fold Cord says:

    LOVE IT!!!! I love it all- the stories, the family time, the joy that I just hear through you about how elated you are to be away with your precious family, but most of all the tortilla turkey is crackin’ me up.

    I thank God for this community of Siestas-

  41. 141
    Susan says:

    Hello Sisters,
    It was so great to read Beth’s Thanksgiving blog. Seeing the pictures of the Tetons and the snow made me miss Wyoming so much. I lived there for 5 years and got to see the Tetons and Yellowstone when I was 10 years old. I pray that one day I will be able to take my children there. It is so awesomely beautiful.
    We live on a Marine Corps base and there are a lot of families that are going through the holidays with a loved one deployed. Please join me in lifting them up in prayer.
    I pray that we will all get to know God in a more personal and awesome way through this season.
    I am thankful for this blog and for Living Proof Ministries. Keep up the good work, ladies.
    Much love, Susan, Camp Pendleton CA

  42. 142
    Sherry in Oklahoma says:


    The turkey was brilliant! So glad you could get away for a wonderful time with your family. What a beautiful place to spend some time together. No wonder you go there to write! The pics show some of God’s exceptional handiwork. I love the mountains, too.

    Love ya Siesta,

  43. 143
    Healed By His Grace says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Moores and Joneses! I loved seeing y’all at the cabin in the mountains. Our sweet daughter lives overlooking the Tetons and they are breathtakingly, beautifully majestic.

    My daughter and I flew to Phoenix to see Beth and for the Women in Faith. Beth, you were on fire! You chose as your Scripture lesson the verse which will be on my gravestone: II Corinthians 12:9. God is so faithful and the only reason I can get out of the bed in the morning is because of His grace. I was thrilled you chose this particular verse. Little did I know how relevant it would be during the day.

    In the middle of lunch on Friday, I got a phone call from my husband telling me that he woke up blind in his left eye and had a detached retina. Surgery would be at 7:00 AM on Monday. While I was outside weeping because I was 3,000 miles away and my mind was already back on the east coast, our daughter was changing our plane reservations from Monday to Saturday. Needless to say, we walked back inside for Beth’s third talk and I heard next to nothing. However, I know and believe deep in my heart, and I tell people when I pray for them, that God loves them more than they can imagine and He wants total healing and restoration for them.

    Then all of a sudden, Beth had just read the Scripture from Ephesians 3:14-21 and you said, Beth, “Someone needs to hear this today. God loves you more than you can imagine and He can do more than you can think to ask or hope for. I know someone needs to hear this today.” Thank you, Sweet Beth. I did need to hear this message again…to be reminded that the Lord walks beside us in our trials, and allows us to give Him the glory in our victory. Praise God for His faithfulness! I heard nothing else in the third segment of your talk and so I have no notes (for which I am sad).

    Surgery was successful, but the recovery will be long and slow with many restrictions for the first 6 weeks. My husband has to hold his head down (look at the floor), sleep with his head face down in a medical apparatus, can’t read or watch t.v.! He is a type A personality! To God goes the glory, for I am claiming total healing and restoration of sight!

    So thank you, Beth, for the message from God…best birthday present I could have received! I love all of you siestas!!! Blessings for a wonderful holiday season!

  44. 144
    Anonymous says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Moore Family!!

    I think that you guys are great. Melissa’s in love!! Speaking for all of us in Siestaland – we are so happy for her!!

    It’s amazing that you ended your blog asking us to remember to be thankful for all things in our life both big & small. I lifted that very prayer up to our Lord on Thanksgiving morning. In fact, many people shared that same exact prayer with me that THEY had sent up to our Lord!

    Be blessed, Beth. We love you.

    Fairfield Ohio

  45. 145
    Letty says:

    Aren’t the Tetons magnificent? God is such a fantastic artist! Wow! Wolf footprints. The outfit does come with some kind of protective item, right? “Shoo” just doesn’t work sometimes. Glad your Thanksgiving is wonderful. Mine was one where it would have been nice if my favorite culinary colors were dark brown and black. That’s what happens when one tries to mix cooking and football games on t.v. Letty in WA

  46. 146
    Heidi says:


    Love the pictures of Thanksgiving! I love the snow, too – your blog is always an encouragement and a source of accountability for me.

    Blessings to you and your family!


  47. 147
    Amy says:

    This post was such a blessing, thank you, dear! It encouraged my soul right down to my toes!

    And I am VERY impressed by the tortilla turkey! You are quite the artists!

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    NC Gal for Christ!! says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I love Thanksgiving because we too are with our family members…this time there were 25 of us. We had an awesome day together!
    Looks like y’all do it up right, too! Thanks for the pics…the snow looked like so much fun. That’s something we do not see much of here in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.


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    Melinda says:

    I was just looking at this post again, and had to say that I think that last picture of Jackson in the snow needs to go on your Christmas card…precious!

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    Anonymous says:

    Thank you Beth.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    Love, Tabitha

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