Amanda’s Siesta Fiesta Recap

Here are the username and password so y’all can see Rich’s pictures until we get the slideshow up and running. Thanks!
username: siesta
password: fiesta

Rich just sent me this panoramic he made of all the Siestas together.

Hi Siestas!
I have a couple of links for you today. First, for those of you who attended the Siesta Fiesta, go here to download the group pictures that Rich Kalonick took for us. They are full resolution and printable. Use the username and password you were given on Saturday and make sure they are typed in lowercase letters.

Second, if you have written a Siesta Fiesta recap on your blog, you can put a link to your post on the LifeWay All Access Blog or on Kim and Patty’s Siesta Fiesta Blog. It’s been really neat to read all the posts about the weekend and see pictures.

I honestly don’t know where to begin when it comes to my own recap of our big weekend together. I could not have imagined how fun it was going to be to meet all of you in person. What a thrill! I left with a big smile on my face and an ache in my heart for MORE TIME.

So here’s my play-by-play. Mom and I flew into San Antonio and immediately met up with Melissa. We went to lunch at J. Alexander’s at the Alamo Quarry Market (such a neat place!). After that, Rich and Ron drove us to the Alamodome for Mom’s sound check and prayer time over the arena. When we walked in the dome, I honestly got dizzy and nearly fell over because of how massive the place was. Luckily the team had set up the event in one end of the dome and because of some giant curtains, it seemed like the appropriate size. I can’t even imagine that place filled to capacity.

A few minutes later we checked into our hotel room. We happened to run into Melanie/Big Mama while we were unloading the car. She is so much fun. We had a little problem with my mom’s room because, hello, the people wouldn’t check out of her room! (And it was well past checkout time.) So she had to hang out with Melissa and me for a while. This was not a good thing because she needed some solitude to prepare for that night. Melissa needed a nap (having not slept at all the night before), so I called Melanie and asked if I could come hang out in her room for a while. We got to chat for a while about everything from how potty training is the great equalizer to her husband’s and my dad’s love of Texas Trophy Hunters magazine. I enjoyed it so much.

Then it was time to get ready and head over to the Siesta Fiesta check-in! It was so exciting to walk up and see everyone in action. I got to meet Patty, whom I have corresponded with for about six years, for the very first time. How fun! I loved getting to meet so many Siestas as they checked in. What a joy to connect a face with a screen name! It seemed like just the blink of an eye before I was whisked away to dinner. Y’all know Pregnant Girl can’t skip a meal. I have to feed the fig/lemon/Nutter Butter/apple/baby!

The conference began at 7:00. I have to say that the praise team was so anointed the entire weekend. Wow. I asked Travis at the end of the conference, “If y’all can sing like that, what must God sound like when He sings?” They led us right to the throne to worship the Lord.

Mom taught on the theme of Inheritance. There are so many things she said that I can’t stop thinking about. It was a feast of the Word and personally, I left the conference feeling so loved by God.

After the third session concluded, our family got to have a very quick lunch and prepare to meet with our Siestas. The Alamodome catering staff served us THE best quesadillas I’ve ever had in my life. Seriously. What is sad is that I can never go to a restaurant and find these quesadillas again. Travis was sitting next to me while I went on and on about their goodness and he said, “I am witnessing a blogable moment right now.” Truly. Travis, I hope I did not disappoint.

The clock struck one before we knew it and it was time to begin! We went out into the arena floor where the Siestas had already gathered. They were arranged in smallish groups and Mom, Melissa and I just jumped in to each one while Rich did his magic with the camera.

For the rest of the time, the Siestas sat in a section of seats and Mom, Melissa and I sat on three chairs on a platform. We gave away some door prizes and in the process met a Siesta who had flown in from Tokyo(!!!), a Siesta who had been married 58 years, a Siesta with eleven children, a Siesta with my same due date, a Siesta who got engaged on Thursday night to a great guy on the Event Team, two Siestas who had road-tripped from Wyoming with “Miesta Moose,” a newlywed Siesta, and several Siestas who celebrated birthdays that weekend. We also got to meet three Siestas whose hard work, creativity, and leadership made the weekend all that it could be. We spent the rest of our time doing a Q&A session. I don’t know what it was like to listen to from the Siestas’ end, but we had a lot of fun doing it. And I will always remember that Baby Jones #2 received his or her first gift at the Siesta Fiesta. It is a very soft and very precious blanket with little giraffes on the four corners. It is monogrammed to say, “Shh… I’m taking a Siesta.” How fun is that? I will treasure it forever.

Before we knew it, our time was up. We had to get in the minivan and head to the airport. The Four Original Moores talked all the way home about the great weekend God had given us. He was so faithful! Thank You, Lord!

Huge thanks to our ministry director Sabrina and to all of our co-workers who helped us through the registration process amidst my transition to working part time. Thanks to everyone at LifeWay who put many extra hours of work into planning and executing the Siesta Fiesta. You girls (and guys) were incredible. Thanks to Holly for making the amazing cookbooks that contain tons of recipes from this blog and that will help drill a water well through Life Outreach International. Last but certainly not least, thank you, thank you, thank you to Kim and Patty and their team of volunteers who did everything in their power to help the Siestas make the most of their weekend together. T-shirts, tote bags, lunch, a riverboat cruise, sign-in, name tags, the pajama party…oh my word! We Siestas are so blessed by you! We appreciate the untold hours of planning, work, and prayer you invested in our weekend.

And thank YOU, Siestas near and far, those we’ve met and those we haven’t yet, for enriching our lives so much. We love all of you to pieces!

P.S. I just spoke to my mom and she sends all her love. She says she keeps picturing your sweet faces!


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  1. 1
    Jennifer Lavin says:

    I was incredibly blessed and encouraged by this past weekend!
    Could you post the prayer/blessing that Beth had us give each other?
    Thank you for all you did to make this such a wonderful event… praise the Lord for choosing us as His inheritance!
    love from Jennifer

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    Staceystace says:

    My first day back to school today was a DOOZY…I laughed at myself and thought about how “not boring” this life is! As I walked through the door with water streaming off me (lots of rain), water squishing out of my shoes and soaked hair, clothes, etc. it seemed like everyone in the library took a look over. I shook a little water off and said, “Next time I lose my umbrella I will pick a sunny day!” I then went forward to one disaster and then another…NOT BORING.

  3. 3
    Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife says:

    I’m still trying to recover…Can’t wait to look at all the group pictures!

    Love you girls!

  4. 4
    Amanda says:

    Hi ladies! We are no longer posting the commissioning statements online because they recap messages that Beth may want to expound on down the line. We actually don’t have the San Antonio commissioning at the moment anyway since Beth is out of town. So sorry about that! Have a blessed day!

  5. 5
    Amanda says:

    Also, I have no idea why all the comments disappeared from the recap video post. Weird!

  6. 6
    Groovewoman says:

    I was wondering what happened, because my comment on the recap video post isn’t there!!

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    Anonymous says:


    We had such a great weekend. My friend Keiko was taken aback with the welcome she received from your mom. She is a new Christian and was so overwhelmed on Friday night. She felt inadequate due to the language/cultural barriers. We went back to the room and prayed that God would translate everything into Japanese in her spirit and he did! She so enjoyed it all. Thank you for all your hard work and for making her feel special.

    I might have just missed it but I don’t remember getting a password for the pictures. We were in the yellow group (first one) so maybe I just missed it. Can you help?

    Again, thank you for all you do and thank you, your mom, Travis and all of LPM for the fabulous weekend. We love you.

    Forever His,

    Lawan Rivera
    Phil 4:8

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    Kelli says:

    Oh it sounds like y’all had such a blessed weekend!! I SO wish I could have been there and HOPE so much that this is able to happen again in the future!! πŸ™‚

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    jennyhope says:

    oh how I loved every minute of Texas. The back scratcher went over well…my child claimed it as her own as soon as I picked it up. She thinks it is a large fork. I still need to give some hair awards out. Especially to the cutest little thing ever…Sabrina’s daughter. ADORABLE! Loved you all!

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    Tammy M. says:

    So much fun. I loved every minute in San Antonio, it was amazing. How God must love us to give us such a blessing as your mom to lead us into His word with such passion. The Siesta Fiesta forum after was so much fun, we loved the fun and crazy women who we met and are so glad that we now have all of Melissa’s hair styling routine. God has used Mrs. Supperman in so many ways, I hope she is enjoying her break.

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    Melinda says:

    I can’t tell you how special this weekend was. I know I’m not alone when I say that I can’t stop thinking about ALL of it – the WORD, the MUSIC, the SIESTAS. Amazing, amazing time!

    If I had been passed the microphone at the Fiesta, this is what I would’ve said:


    Thank you for doing the work to stay broken and surrendered before God. I know that’s the only way you could possibly be used for such influence without being destroyed in the process. You’ve mentioned that the enormity of your ministry is not what you asked for, but you keep stepping forth, obediently, and thousands upon thousands of us are walking deeper and truer because of it.

    I want you to know that I’m praying for you regularly, that God would continue to hold you up and pour into you His strength to press on – and that the rest of us could manage to follow your example. I love you sweet sister.


    Thank you for starting and maintaining this blog community that has become a family to so many of us. Your sweet spirit and quiet, steadfast faith shines through every part of it.


    I love your contributions to the blog. They make me think, often long after I read them, and almost always send me running to! I love that! You have a fierceness to your faith that I really admire. And my husband wanted me to thank you for the really great recipes! :o)

    Thanks again for the time you spent with us on Saturday – AND, by the way – what password info for the pictures? If we were told I missed it!

    Love to you all,

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    HisTreasuredPossession says:

    oh, I am so excited for you all! I get a lump in my chest knowing I missed you all but am praying another Fiesta will be set for next year!! How amazing it will be to be all together in Heaven forever…thanks for the recap! And praise God for doing His amazing thing last weekend – he is NOT capable of anything less! with much love for each of you, rachel

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    AnnieBlogs says:

    What an awesome weekend. Thank y’all so much. πŸ™‚

  14. 14
    ocean mommy says:

    This was such a sweet weekend. From the moment I met my first siesta at baggage claim on Thursday..all the way to wiping tears as we said goodbye in the airport on Sunday, God was speaking to me. Even in those moments when we were laughing! And let me tell you…when you room with Jennyhope…you LAUGH! I love that girl. πŸ™‚ You Siesta’s make me want to love Jesus more!


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    Kim says:

    It sounds like such a wonderful and truly blessed weekend. So glad everyone had a great time! God is so good! Have a great night all….

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    Kristib says:

    I had an amazing time! I was wondering if you, Melissa, and your mom received the willow tree gifts? I saw them sitting all in one area in the store and thought of each of you.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Much love!
    Kristi B.

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    Perky says:

    Oh my gosh how much fun we had this weekend. Ten of us from our Sunday School class went together and it was fun to talk about what each one of us took away from the teaching. God's Word is so rich that the same teaching can hit each of us in such a unique way. My favorite statement Beth made was when she said that our inheritance of the Holy Spirit trumps ANYthing else we may have inherited. That was so great for anyone carrying baggage around. The Holy Spirit inside of us trumps any of that baggage. I just loved that.

    Now, Melissa, you and I talked about wedding pictures. I was going to take a siesta poll during the Q&A, but we ran out of time, so I'm just reminding you that there are some of us who are voyeurs at heart and want to see pictures of the newlyweds, etc!

    It was so fun. Thank you Moore girls for taking the time, after what I'm sure is an emotionally exhausting event, to hang with us for awhile.

    Rest well, girls, because I'm sure you'll hit the ground running when Mama Siesta gets home.


  18. 18
    Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous! says:

    Love the recap! It was SUCH an amazing weekend…

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    Michelle V says:

    Amanda, you and your Mom and Melissa are every bit as precious in person as I always knew you were! (Of course I’ve always heard nothing but nice things from your Aunt Mary!) It was the most amazing weekend! It was a tremendous blessing that I will never forget! I hope your Mom is getting some good rest because she does deserve it!


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    Kristen says:

    I am so happy for all the gals who go to go! I too pray that there will be another Siesta Fiesta in the future! If God wants it to happen – it will!

    Thank you for sharing your treasured weekend!

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    Toknowhim says:

    What a great recap for those of us who missed it…Blessings, and get some well needed rest πŸ™‚

  22. 22
    Amanda says:

    If you attended the event and need the password, please email us at [email protected].

  23. 23
    The Sullivans says:

    Thanks for a wonderfully God-centered weekend. I really enjoyed it. God bless you all in your ministry teaching His Word!

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    Emmy says:

    Oh thank you so much Amanda! This weekend was incredible! I loved getting to meet and hug you! You are beautiful both inside and out! Just precious! Thank you for being so gracious to all of us!

    Hope you get some much needed rest too!

    God Bless! Emmy : )

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    su says:

    What a wonderful recap for those of us who missed out!! Thank you.

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    Mocha with Linda says:

    It was such a great weekend. I was disappointed I didn’t get a chance to meet Amanda or Melissa. Maybe next time….

    Beth’s teaching was wonderful as always! And being able to meet the other bloggers was absolutely the icing on the cake!

    Thanks for doing this!

  27. 27
    Vicki Courtney says:

    Well goodness, guess who wasn’t listening when you announced that user name and password? I hate to be a bother, but can someone just comment on my blog w/ it and I won’t post the comment! Promise!

  28. 28
    Fran says:

    Do you know how much we miss everybody already??? I truly have some heart felt, deep friendships now. And, honestly, I’ve never laughed that hard in ALL MY LIFE!

    “Thank you Jesus for an amazing weekend with friends, with You, and for the vessel of Beth Moore and team. Bless them deeply as they rest and refresh. May you continue to be the thrill and love of their life.”

  29. 29
    Marina says:

    it was so much fun seeing you and your mom I love it!! can’t wait for the pictures, marina

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    Rachel - Heart Assessment says:

    What a sweet time it was! I'll go check out the pictures! I just thought you all should know (and I may post about this later) that right after Beth led all 10,000 in the prayer of salvation, I walked out into a hall where I saw a young worker. I though that it would be so like God to answer Beth's prayer by allowing all those attendees have a relationship with Him, but to also call a dear Alamodome worker to come home to HIM! So, I approached her and asked if she prayed what Beth had led us in or if she was in a relationship with Jesus. This is already too long, I'll have to post. But, I am now praying for her and emailing her! PTL
    R <><

  31. 31
    Dawn says:

    I am a first time blogger, and a rejoicing attender of LPL this weekend in San Antonio. It was wonderful – Please pass on to Beth – Just a huge affirmation from the Lord as I had a dream last night about “my land”, and “squatters” on it that I need to ask to leave. As a Bible study teacher as well, always trying to listen for “That word” from the Lord – I wanted to thank her for listening so closely for His heart. He had things to say -about our inheritance, our boundaries, and our land. God is good and His Lines ARE in pleasant places for us. May the Giver of our eternal and beautiful inheritance He be glorified.

  32. 32
    Laura Smith says:

    Oh how I wish I could have made it to Texas!!! It sounds like so much fun! I hope there will be another Siesta Fiesta soon! North Carolina is beautiful in the Fall…or in winter, spring or summer! (smile)

    Laura Smith
    NC hopeful

  33. 33
    Gayle @ thewestiecrew says:

    We had such a GREAT time this weekend!!

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    Holly says:

    I was speechless by your kind “more than a token” gift! I have never, ever been to a spa. I cannot wait to go!

    A written thanks will follow soon! My WORD! No, really, HIS WORD! It really spoke to me this weekend.

    I have a host of posts to write, but today is Sydney’s 2nd birthday, so I better go make some cupcakes. On Friday we’re having a big party for her and I’m making Angela Cottrell’s famous Strawberry cake from the cookbook–my first time to use the recipes from it!

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to you all!

  35. 35
    hisfivefooter says:

    Oh missy-
    What a great time me and Angela (puzzlepiece sista) had with you and your mama and sister! You and your sister are both so much fun! I told my girls about the sin of being “boring!” They are 17, 12, and 10. They just laughed like we did! Came away feeling like some of the “people” in my inheritance are you three. Enjoyed seeing the family dynamics! How did you and your father ever stand it? God bless you both! Honestly, it was so much fun! Your mom sure brought a timely word. She could have done an entire 8-11 week bible study on the topic she spoke on! And she did have her “funny” on! I am praying even harder for her because as I was looking at her, I felt she was being “poured out like a drink offering” in the words of Paul. I love you all! Much love also to Sabrina! It was such a joy for me to meet her finally. Only wished I could have hugged the entire staff! God bless you all!
    Love, Lisa in Kirkland, WA
    P.S. Do you know it’s a long plane ride back to the Seattle area?

  36. 36
    Sydney says:

    I was sorry to have to miss the Siesta Fiesta, but I am so thankful I got to go to Living Proof Live. (Satan tried really hard to keep me from going.) God spoke to me this weekend!

    And while I am sad to have missed the Siesta Fiesta, I’m glad for your sake that I did since I was diagnosed with a contagious throat infection this morning! I would hate for one of y’all to catch this thing!

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    Kathleen in TX says:

    The Siesta Fiesta was a lot of fun! Thank you and the LPM staff for putting it together! The conference itself was of course wonderful, I got it! Travis and the praise team are awesome! I’m glad your Mom and Dad get to take a vacation and hope you will get some rest too. I loved meeting all you Siestas too!

  38. 38
    Bobbie says:

    I’m really missing all the hugs, laughter and squeals! This was an incredible weekend and I’m completely over feeling guilty leaving my husband during a very important week in his life–his retirement! From all the blessings I received while there, he will feel them in due time!

    Beth, you really opened my eyes to an “insecurity” issue that I’ve had for years! Thank you and keep praying for all of us. You’re such a doggone fun Lady to be around!

    Amanda, you have a beautiful heart! Thank you for all you do to keep this “little-bit-of-home” blog for us all to meet and visit.
    The Shh-h-I’m taking a siesta blanket is absolutely adorable!!

    Melissa, Thank you for your “thought provoking” posts! You are causing me to use the noggin’ God gave me! I love that I can dig deeper and receive so much!

    Keith, Thank you for sharing the three beautiful women in your life! Not only are they physically beautiful, their hearts are also! I haven’t gotten all the way through the cookbook, but maybe you should share some of your yummy food with us! SupperMan must have some pretty tasty dishes:0)

    I’m so thankful that I’m an heiress of our awesome God!

  39. 39
    Brenda says:

    Amanda, I am wondering about the cookbooks you had put together that were sold at the Siesta Fiesta. Is there any way of getting one if you weren’t there? Sounds like you all had an awesome weekend! Love , Brenda

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    Kristen says:

    Awesome recap! It was so amazing to spend some time with you guys! The Fiesta was even greater than my mom and I anticipated!
    Now, I’m off to check out the pics….Thanks Rich!

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    Heidi in Austin says:

    Amen! Amen! Amen!
    Go blue stripe group! Last but certainly not least!

    My mom, sis and I had so much fun. Amanda, your and Melissa’s bickering made my mom feel so blessed that her daughters were just the same as Beth’s!

    What an amazing inheritance God gave us a peek at this weekend, meeting such a hero of faith- If they wrote a new Hebrews, Beth would be in it!

    My husband, w/o even knowing about it, told me he brought me a DOUBLE PORTION OF CHOCOLATE CAKE from a birthday party on Sunday! God is so FUN!

    We love y’all so much and thank you ALL for this blessed memory!

  42. 42
    rusty'swife says:

    This weekend was so special I am still trying to soak it in.

    One of the things that really touched me, was the 3,000 cars in the parking lot, that on Friday we somehow managed to get out of one lot with two exits with no hurt feelings or cars and no assistance from San Antonio’s finest. Now is God good are what?


  43. 43
    Linda says:

    A perfect recap Amanda. It was more than I dreamed it would be. I’m still trying to absorb it all. The thing I loved the most is the obvious love for Jesus by everyone involved.

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    Cathy Davis says:

    I was so tickled to meet y’all and I still can’t get over how tiny each of you are!!! And, I know y’all eat! But y’all are so precious πŸ™‚

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    Kristen says:

    Just wanted to let Beth know I busted out my CeCe in honor of her when I got home πŸ™‚ I got my praise on! Love me some CeCe too!

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    Chris says:

    I was incredibly blessed to be there…I still can’t take it all in. Three things are bubbling up for me:

    1. I woke up this morning and PRAISED HIM that I am an heiress of God. Out on my back porch, with the early sun rising, head bowed, I said that and my whole body had chills! Beth…thank you for this fresh and PRICELESS truth!

    2. I’m so deeply thankful to Melissa, Amanda and Beth for taking extra time to be with us. You were all so dang fun, and we were all so dang blessed!

    3. I love all three of you. BETH–well, enough said, I love you to pieces. MELISSA–you are brilliant and so funny, I’m in awe of you. I hope my youngest daughter grows up to be just like Beth’s youngest daughter! But my big take away was AMANDA–you were the quietest of the three, and because of that and because I identify most with you, as a young mother, I fell in love with you. We’ve seen glimpses of your gifts in your blog posts, but in person, I saw how beautiful in every way that you are. You have the sweetest, most precious and tender heart. I can’t really put this into words, but you were so touching to me. I pray that my “BEAUTIFUL INHERITANCE” includes being your close friend in heaven.

    All my love to all of my Siestas.
    xo Chris

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    I have to say that being on the Siesta side of the evening was a blessing.
    Thanks for letting your ‘hair down’ with us. It was so good to be real with ya’ll.
    I too was blessed abundantly by the Inheritance word we received. I can honestly say that it changed my life – HE does hold my lot…

    May GOD richly bless ya’ll!

    Mistie Woods – Abilene
    aka foggy forest – if I can ever get this blog thing mastered! LORD JESUS help me! I know HE will…..

  48. 48
    bethany says:

    Amanda…oh, how we love you! Thank you so much for the play by play for those of us siestas who were not able to attend!
    I am so planning on attending next year (Lord willing!). Maybe it can be in Ca?! That would be fabulous! I’d be delighted to take you anywhere you want to go in Ca!!!! I live pretty close to Yosemite National Park…hmmmmmm, pretty enticing, don’t you think?!
    All joking aside…I am so glad that everyone had a great time! God is so good and He blesses us in such wonderful ways!

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    Constance says:

    What an incredible blessing this weekend was for my best friend Brenda and myself! I don’t think I realized before how badly I needed to hear Beth’s message. I am humbled by the amount of work and love that all of you put into an event like this. You blessed my socks off. From now on, I’m telling the devil to
    Love you all SO very much!

    Connie Hopkins
    Denton Texas

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    jaycee says:

    What an incredible weekend! Did anyone else see the rainbow on Saturday morning? What a blessing from God!

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