While Edouard Drops By Town

Hey, Siestas! While many of you are doing the usual thing, a lot of us in the Houston-Galveston area are holed up in our homes waiting for Tropical Storm Edouard to drop by town. (What was someone thinking? If it’s coming to Texas, it would be more aptly named Tropical Storm Bubba. If you must call it “Edouard,” please roll a very long “r.”) I was planning to take a much needed day off but I’d intended on doing it at the Galleria shopping with AJ while our darling Jackson was at Mother’s Day Out. As it turns out, most of the LPM staff has been instructed to stay home and only a few that live just down the street from the ministry are going to the office. It’s really not a day for getting your shopping bags to the parking lot of a large mall. It’s that kind of day when your umbrella turns inside out (I hate when that happens) and you nearly do the Mary Poppins.

So here we are at the Moore home, rain peppering against the windows: Keith, Amanda, Jackson, Beckham (very large sweet, sweet Golden Retriever), Queen Esther (AKA: Star – 3 month-old very happy, very active Border Collie), Angelina (AKA: Geli, Keith’s 2 month old German Shorthair – ADORABLE and has the cutest antics. She acts a lot like a bucking bronco at this point) and Little Fig (no trouble at all, mostly just causes AJ a few waves of nausea at this point). Curtis is speaking at a camp so he’s missing all the action. Amanda adds: Pics of the puppies are coming soon! They’re on my laptop but it’s at my house.

These are some highlights from the morning:
*Amanda very sweetly and patiently to Jackson at the breakfast table with his fruit cocktail: “Son, when you need to wipe off your hands, can we use a napkin instead of your hair?” (There’s not a bit of fresh fruit in the house. That’s why he had to have fruit cocktail. I hate having to feel guilty. And I hate fruit. Come to think of it, I do have cherries but Amanda swears they were the very things that caused the Great Diaper Blow-out of 2008.)

*It is 10:40 and AJ is on her third breakfast. Amanda adds: First my toast and canadian bacon, then Jackson’s uneaten toast, and finally some Cocoa Pebbles.

*The TV is messing up because of the storm so we’re watching Lion King. Jackson loves it. It only took Amanda a record 17 seconds to start crying. That “Circle of Love” opener gets her every time. Amanda adds: Um, that would be “Circle of Life.”

*I’ve given Jackson some multicolored stick notes to amuse himself and the room is well wallpapered in them. If you really squint, it kinda has that stained glass look. Now Jackson’s mad. A green one is stuck to his heel.

*I’m hungry but I can’t think of what I want to eat. Since Edouard decided to drop by at the very last minute, we just weren’t prepared with the great snacks I prefer for a long hold up. Most of what’s in the kitchen are the extra ingredients we didn’t need for our LPM lunch feast by Melissa last week. Today we can eat all the Ricotta Cheese and dill weed we want. (Don’t call CPS. We have plenty of Jackson food. It’s me I’m whining about.) Amanda adds: I’m not gonna lie. I got excited when I saw Spaghetti-O’s with meatballs in the pantry this morning. That’s what I’ll be having.

We love you. We hope you love us. Especially today. We need love.

UPDATES: (I know you are sitting on pins and needles.)
*Yes, Mr. Ed it is. Very good, Siestas. Very good indeed. I should have thought of that myself. I was late taking my vitamins this morning or I would have.

*Many rousing rounds of hide and seek. Oh, the joy Bibby brought Jackson when she hid in the dog crate.

*Keith went to the store! What a man!!! Groceries galore!! Fruit for the Mister: Grapes, nectarines, strawberries. Snacks for AJ and me: moon pies, stuff for queso. Real food for Keith to actually cook. Ick.

*AJ is eating spaghetti-o’s with meatballs.

Please, stay tuned. This is liable to be a nail biter.

*Yes, that’s exactly what we’ll do with the Ricotta. Almond flavoring and almonds. Yep. Great idea. Y’all are brilliant. I’m not doing that tomato thing though. That would require cooking. And my oven mitt is out on the bike seat.



3:00 PM. Amanda and Jackson still asleep. Watching Rachael Ray. (Why? Because I just baked a cake, didn’t I???) Did you know you can get Ecoli (sp?????) from your purse?

7:40 PM. 20 minutes before Jackson’s bedtime. All three dogs look like very happy drowned rats…and smell like them, too. Keith is watching the hunting channel acting like the rest of us aren’t here. He earned that right after making King Ranch Chicken for all of us for dinner. And used every pan in the kitchen. I’m sending those to Washington State, too. All of our hair looks like lightening struck the house and we were all holding golf clubs. Amanda and I are in the corner of the kitchen floor playing matchbox cars with a two and a half year old who does not appear to be in the remotest ballpark of sleepy. We knew we were descending into delirium when, a few minutes ago, we broke out in an impromtu duet of the 80’s version of “Pass It On” with our best Tiny Tim voices. To which Jackson yelled, “NOOOOOOOOOO!”

Oops. The matchbox car just broke.

Amanda’s having more cake.

It’s the circle of love.


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  1. 151
    Missy says:

    It only takes a spark…

    I LOVE “Pass it on”! Reminds me of our campfires at church, when I was little. I wish I had been there. (It’s not a fun song to sing by yourself.) Not, too long ago I was asking someone, “How come we never sing that song any more?” They looked at me like I had four heads. I still think it would make a good remix. Just kidding.

  2. 152
    Georgia Jan says:

    Hilarious – hilarious – hilarious! And I have a visual of the whole thing.

    I actually thought of y’all while watching the news and heard of Edouard…

    I can’t imagine being small enough to fit in a dog crate – amazing. Of course, I had a full-fledged panic attack while visting Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I was a young (and much smaller) woman. I am sooooooo claustrophobic – truly. Ruby Falls is underground. I had no idea – NONE – until we got on that blasted mine shaft and started going down – down – down – underground – my husband still wants to slap me over it! I embarrassed him when I grabbed the guide’s leg and begged her to take me back UP! (Yes, I was stretched out flat on my back and grabbed her ankle when she passed by…)

    Thanks for the play-by-play.

    Love y’all and can’t wait for the Siesta Fiesta – Ole –

    Georgia Jan

  3. 153
    Three Fold Cord says:

    Love it!! Love every boring minute of it!!! Good on Keith for the King Ranch Chicken. Maybe Melissa can tell this GA girl just how good that recipe is because it must be a Texan thang!
    I was hoping some of the wind off of Edouarrrrrrrrrrrrrrd would come here but no luck! Still hot as blue blazes.
    So glad you had one another on this stormy day!

  4. 154
    Michelle Bentham says:

    Okay… so I’m trying to get a visual on the hair! Everytime I do… I start to laugh and that is not good since my daughter is sleeping nearby. Glad to hear you weathered out the storm okay – I don’t know why, but that youth camp song… “With Jesus in your boat you can smile through the storm… smile through the storm… smile through the storm. With Jesus in your boat you can smile through the storm… When you’re sailing home.”

    My two girls can randomly break out into the basically nonverbal version of this song….
    “With (Point Finger UP) in your (Make a V with hand and push forward) you can (SMILE) through the (Blow two puffs out with big cheeks)…” (Repeat twice more and then the big finish) “With (Point Finger UP) in your (Make a V with hands and push forward) you can (SMILE) through the (Blow two puffs out with big cheeks) when you’re (Make a wavy arm across the front) (Make a house shape with your hands)…. TA DA!

    Okay, so with Jesus in your boat you were definitely smiling in your home —- and the Circle of Love helps so much doesn’t it!

    Glad you all survived – even if Keith did have to pretend you weren’t there for a while! ;O) My husband would have tuned out, too.


  5. 155
    Deanna says:

    We love you guys!! My husband and I had so much fun reading this!!! We were cracking up so much, so thanks so much for the entertainment!! Glad you are all safe.

  6. 156
    Kelly @ Love Well says:

    Edouard may have been a bust.

    But y’all are a certified terror when left to your own devices. And I mean that in the nicest way.

    Glad Amanda and Jackson (and Little Fig, of course) were there to help you make it through. Otherwise, you’d be stuck eating that chocolate cake all by your lonesome.

  7. 157
    Anonymous says:

    A outstanding way while going threw a storm.Does Jackson get a new car?ha hope you all made it threw the storme .God bless many blessings to you & yours till your in the Lords hands Victoria Reidsville NC

  8. 158
    Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife says:

    Okay darlin’ girls…

    With that stream of consciousness update, I’m convinced you need to Twitter.. It’s so fun!

    Glad Mr. Ed didn’t whinny too loudly – Come on sun!

    And I just realized this post reads like a haiku on crack.

    Geesh. Are you sure you wanna let me in the Fiesta?

  9. 159
    samantha says:

    So fun reading your day to day happenings. Y’all have such fun in the “dailiness” of things. God bless you!

  10. 160
    Beth says:

    I can only hope somebody had a camera! Pass It On is perfect for the occasion. Does my heart good when I hear of “religious” people acting like idiots together. Glad to be one. God has such a great sense of humor.

  11. 161
    Laura_Primus says:

    King Ranch Chicken??? Okay, with all the comments – I need the recipe . . . I must have missed it somewhere in the blog?? 🙂 I need a new chicken recipe (doesn’t everyone?).

  12. 162
    Shelly says:


    i want some of the cake!

  13. 163
    Melanie says:

    Oh my word, that was hilarious. I decided to check in while at work and I’m stifling my laughter as best I possibly can but you don’t make it easy. Thanks.

    Love ya lots

  14. 164
    Anonymous says:

    Serious question…what do you do when you pray for something that has to be answered and its not? I have had an amazing career so far, but lost my job when the company went over. I have trusted God to provide and open the correct door. I was at peace for the first month, second month, third month, now its six monts and every door keeps closing and the money is now gone. How do you not fall into to despair when you have tried to do everything right?

  15. 165
    Smiley says:

    Hey Beth!!

    I went to your Simulcast(?) Oh my goodness God has awesome timing about bringing things together. I just returned from a month in Taiwan, where I was part of an international team teaching English. God showed me very clearly that He wants me to go back. I come home and people on my missions committee are like yeah everyone says that and then they loose their fire and don’t go. Well sister I am hanging on to word that I KNOW He gave me!!!!

    {hugs} I am praying that you all come out of Mr.Ed’s visit unscathed .

  16. 166
    ArmyReserveWife says:

    Oh my gosh, I so needed that laugh!! I haven’t been able to do the bible study, ( we are moving in less than a week) so I knew this summer would be busy.

    Thank you Beth for being so very real and not some stuck up “Christian” woman who doesn’t live the real life. You are truly a blessing from God.

  17. 167
    Missy/Kaye says:

    Speaking of Bubba…
    Bubba goes to the revival and listens to the preacher.

    After awhile the preacher asks anyone with needs to be prayed over to come forward to the front at the altar.

    Bubba gets in line, and when it’s his turn the preacher asks: “Bubba, what do you want me to pray about for you?”

    Bubba replies:
    “Preacher, I need you to pray for my hearing.”

    The preacher puts one finger in Bubba’s ear, and he places the other hand on top of Bubba’s head and prays and prays.

    After a few minutes, the preacher removes his hands,
    Stands back and asks : “Bubba, how is your hearing now?”

    Bubba says,
    “‘I don’t know, Reverend, it ain’t until next Wednesday”.

  18. 168
    Anonymous says:

    Hello Queen Siesta and your wonderful Court! I think I heard that Mr. Ed has nearly if not completely subsided, but I have to chime in anyway. First: LOADS of love to all of you! And much more where it came from whenever you feel the need. For real; you’ve captured our hearts.
    * I’ve been on a Jane Austen/Charlotte Bronte/Elizabeth Gaskell reading kick, so I thought it was just the greatest thing to hear that Sir Edouard was knocking at your door! Why wouldn’t he pursue the attentions of you darling southern belles?! He’d be crazy not to.
    * I went to Disney World earlier this month with my BFF and saw a live production of the Lion King while there. When they sang the opening number, with all that pageantry and joy, my chest was almost heaving for crying at the vivid foretaste of worship and splendor that will someday be given our King when all creation bows down before Him. I told my friend afterward that it was so hard to keep from crying, and she sweetly asked, “Why?” — so I can’t tell you how great it was to read of Amanda’s tears at hearing “Circle of Life” [even if hers were ever so slightly enhanced by figgy hormones 🙂 ]
    * For some crazy reason I bought Spaghettios for our boys last week (I rarely do) and then decided to eat them myself in secret — so another LOL as I read your post. …But somehow I forgot I was going to eat them and found them in the microwave later that evening — kind of dried out. Ick.(My Mentor Siesta did tell me to leave the stove and oven OFF. I obeyed.)
    * I was living here in MN back in 1991 when we had a huge snowstorm over the Halloween weekend — about 30″ of snow in two days. Everything stopped. …One thing I love best about looking back at that storm was that many Minnesotans were also looking for something productive to do while snowed in — and exactly nine months later many of the maternity wards across the state were filled to overflowing. (Hee hee!)

    Love you ladies! Thanks for sharing your life with us!!!
    Linda in MN

  19. 169
    Anonymous says:

    Where can I buy the T-Shirts Beth sells at her events?

  20. 170
    Brenda says:

    LOL~you are such a hoot! 🙂 Thanks for passing on the love. 🙂

  21. 171
    Marti says:

    You girls are crazy. It’s why I like you.

    Takes one to know one, Amen?

  22. 172
    CarolinaCalling says:

    It’s been blazing hot here in NC the past few days and too dry. So you can imagine our shock when we headed off to the airport to send our son back to California for school and found out that the flight was cancelled. Why would all the flights going to Houston be cancelled? Oh yea! There’s a storm down there. Oh no! Amazingly he was able to get on the only flight still going there and made it back to Riverside as scheduled. Glad you had a great day enjoying fun and family.

  23. 173
    Anonymous says:

    I love it! I was babysitting my granddogs this weekend and my grandsons. Count them 5 dogs and two little boys, Oh My!!!! We had lots of food, on the floor, funiture and in our hair too (someone even ate some dog food). We laughed and chased and watched Honey I shrunk the baby for the
    15th time. It was great! Here’s to life, lived on purpose, while watching the weather as my daughter and son-in-law who just moved to Galveston experience their first hurricane-tropical storm. They were disappointed, I think they wanted more drama. Shalom to you all. Congrats AJ

  24. 174
    Heather Bug says:

    I think this is my favorite post! 🙂

  25. 175
    Wrinkled Shirt Ministries says:

    What a fun day you guys had! I landed in Houston at 6:30am and had to drive to Beaumont through Mr. Ed. It wasn't too bad. A bit windy but I made it in my usual 1.5 hours.
    Paula G. <><

  26. 176
    Robin says:

    thanks guys for making me laugh !! I can just picture it and smell the cake 🙂 blessings to you all.

  27. 177
    Robin says:

    Can I ask all my siestas to please pray for my daughter and her husband. they are struggling right now and need lifting up. i love all of ya’ll.

  28. 178
    mamabearmk says:

    sooo much fun! reminds me of snow days in the northwest…you know, when we get a skiff of snow (as we would say in the midwest) and life shuts down. It’s a blast.
    Tonight I made taco’s and we joked about it waking my oldest who was sleeping (taking a nap after going back to work after her concussion)– just like Beth waiting for Amanda and Jackson to wake up to homemade chocolate cake. Which would definitely wake me up!!
    So glad everyone was ok! Your blog was enjoyed by our whole family!

  29. 179
    cherryt7 says:

    Oh how fun a day… Oh and I had a craving for Spagetti-o’s with meatballs just last week… I was thinking I might be sick, I’m definitely not pregnant, but eithe rway, they were good and hit the spot!

  30. 180
    katiegfromtennessee says:

    Ya’ll are a hoot!! Too funny!:) I saw that Edouard was coming toward you, and prayed for the best:) Amanda and Jackson are cute!…the post-its made me laugh…stained glass:)…only your’re little frame could fit in a dog crate:)…so precious man Keith ventured forth to bring home sustenance?…I love chocolate, seriously, I had to pray about it and ask the Lord for self-control-it became an addiction:)…King Ranch Chicken! I made that recipe, it’s good stuff:)…(giggle) Luke, my man, is a hunter too and I have seen many a hunting video. Don’t you just love it when you hear the turkey call and then all of a sudden there’s a loud blast and the turkey’s head is just gone? (that was a bit traumatizing to me, I’ll have to admit)…delirium, yea, I understand, when I get around my whole fam and my older sis, we can get really silly and giggly:)…circle of love, you crack me up!:)

    Love in Christ,


  31. 181
    Anonymous says:

    I enjoyed reading the post. I pray you are all well and dry after the storm. I confess I personally love Spaghetti-O’ and meatballs. YUM!!! On of my favorite after work comfort foods. “Red and Warm” out of a can that’s what our family calls it. Beefaroni,too! Praise God for simple joys! In Jesus’ Love Kathy Knoblock

  32. 182
    One day closer to His coming says:

    have a nice day!

  33. 183
    Jen H. says:

    You all make me laugh! Thanks for cheering me up today! It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one stuck at home with little ones sometimes! It’s been so HOT here in Arizona that I can’t bear to take the kids out unless absolutely necessary!

    Love you girls!

  34. 184
    Anonymous says:

    Hello from Conway, SC
    I really, really enjoyed the simulcast on the weekend. God blessed me to be able to be present and speak to me. I won’t be forgetting to Treasure the Wonder of the Word! Seems I have been more drawn to it these last few days. Our God is a great God and mighty to save. Thank you for giving yourself to Him and allowing Him to be revealed through your ministry. I will NOT be forgetting this!
    In Christ,

  35. 185
    Anonymous says:

    I have tried several times to leave a comment and it never shows up, so I am doing something wrong. Am just trying again to see if I can figure it out. It is smarter than me!

  36. 186
    Kristy says:

    Down here in New Orleans, I’m glad when any storm goes away from us, but sorry it went your way too. Thankfully it wasn’t much of anything – was it? Anyway, Beth, I have to know this – HOW DO YOU STAY SO THIN? You don’t like fruit, I think I remembr you saying you don’t like to exercise, and you eat stuff like queso and choc. cake. So, tell us your secret! You look beautiful!

  37. 187
    Amy T says:

    That was so funny! Glad y’all got to spend the day together waiting out the storm. By the way, I’m not sure if this is the right place or not (if not, please let me know), but we have some tickets available for San Antonio (About 10 or so last I heard). They are at Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Longview, Texas. Call the church and the secretary will know about them. Or go to http://www.whbchurch.com for contact information. Thanks!

  38. 188
    Tonya says:

    Oh Beth…Bless your hearts! I so needed all those giggles today! Just the pictures in my head are cracking me up! You are hilarious! God bless you and your sweet (growing) family! Getting ready to start a new womens bible study and cant wait to find out which Beth Moore it is!

  39. 189
    Anonymous says:

    my first blog written (ever) i hit publish and it vanished.

  40. 190
    Anonymous says:

    I’m new to the blog.(and IM, I know it’s pathetic in this day and age).I’m lovin reading about all the happenings thats going on with Beth.Really!Everyday life!It’s an encouragement to me.Hey, why do people love driving around in a hurricane? We live in the ocala Forest and when the hurricane storms kick up around here it looks like the first day of hunting season with all the 4-wheel drive trucks out and about. Beth,Saturday you looked like a beautiful porcelain doll! I’m doin the 7 steps I am jumpin out of my boots with excitement!I’m gripping my word and want PMS :)Jeannie FL

  41. 191
    G Force =Trish says:

    How did you get bored with kids and dogs in the house! LOL

    Oh.. Did I mention my husband is a Louisiana “Bubba” that is what the whole community calls him.
    Most people in the area look confused when I call him Rodney instead of Bubba.


    PS. Colton said to give Star a kiss for him.

  42. 192
    Shannon Pate says:

    Ya’ll are soooooo loved!!!!!!!! And soooo entertaining!!!!

  43. 193
    He Knows My Name says:

    dear beth and amanda, i’m always a day late and a dollar short when it comes to leaving my comments but i just have to say you guys just crack me up!!!! you are both the bomb!!! hugs. janel

  44. 194
    Marion says:

    Yall are halarious! You remind me so much of my family it’s not even funny! I think I’m going to have to stop by my mom’s house today…maybe it will rain and me and my youngins can take a nap and wake up to the sweet smell of homeade chocolate cake!

  45. 195
    salli says:

    Ha, ha, ha. You all make me LOL! We DO love you…all of you. Thanks for sharing the day with us. 🙂

  46. 196
    Kecia says:

    Oh to be a fly on the wall in the Moore home! 🙂

  47. 197
    *~*Pilgrim*~* says:

    Please send some of that rain up to Dallas, God!

    I want some cake! My husband is the cake baker in our family because he has all these special recipes he uses. But he takes his cake to work to share with his friends and leaves me only a piece or two!

    Ever heard of Red Waldorf cake or Nieman Marcus Cake? Those are his specialties.

  48. 198
    Miranda says:

    Awwl Y’all are so cute! Mrs.Beth you’re awesome! Ha!

  49. 199
    Sharon says:

    Oh my gosh! You crack me up…always! I have the best mental picture of you waiting out the storm! Love your NOG video and the new pics! I simply must remember to read the blog more often! Just ordered tickets for Memphis in ’09…can you tell we don’t want to be left out again??? Memphis is my home town, but I think my church is going to try to get a block of rooms at the Peabody!!! THe Lord is still doing wonders with the teaching from Louisville. I am a biblical counselor and I have used your “cover your heart” so many times as well as “Jesus loves me this I know…”. My first timer friend bought her ticket for Memphis about as soon as we got home! The Lord really worked in her heart.
    Thank you again for your steadfast obedience to our Lord! Love you bunches and bunches!
    Sharon in Huntsville

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    Little Steps Of Faith says:

    We are dealing with T.S Fay…I understand the boredom..I have done whatever wednesday on Mandy’s site pretty much all day…SO BORED!!!

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