On My Way Back Home!

Hey, Siestas! I have to type fast because I don’t have long before we board! I am now sitting in the A Terminal at the Nashville Airport getting ready to head back to Houston. The wedding was fabulous! Rich was so handsome and Gretchen was gorgeous. So glad to be getting married. The sweetest faces looking at one another you’ve ever seen. Really tender wedding. Girlfriends, let me tell you that IN MY LIFE I have never heard a preacher bring an exhortation to a bride and groom like theirs did. His name is Reverend Carter Crenshaw and I’m telling you he was up in their stuff. Leaned into them and looked them dead center in the eye while he told them what faithfulness meant. Nothing pre-canned about it. It was fantastic. PROFOUND. And with such a sweet heart. I saw him pat on Rich’s arm over and over. I thought to myself that every married person in that room needed a copy of that message. He was so good that Travis, Paige (another good friend of ours who was singing with Travis) and I couldn’t even cut up during the service. Not that in a million years we ever would have. After all, our good friend, Ron, who does security at the events, was looking straight at us and that alone makes us behave.

There was one funny thing though. We were sitting on a side pew by the piano and there was a little piece of shag carpet right in front of us about the size of a welcome mat. It had some kind of hole under it with air puffing up through it. The church was gorgeous church so I know it had a really important acoustical purpose of some kind. I just wasn’t familiar with it. Like a magic carpet of some kind. With every sound from the microphone or loud chord from the piano, it rose (fairly dramatically) then dropped like it was breathing. You can imagine it nearly did a flip when Travis hit some of his notes. I’m not kidding you. It reminded me of that really hairy dude on The Addams Family. What was his name? “Cousin It”? (I have to tell y’all that AJ edited that sentence for me because I told her on the way home in the car that it had occurred to me on the plane that it was the Addams family instead of The Muensters. BUT then it took Moose Mama to tell me that I had mistaken a kind of cheese for The Munsters. Laughing my head off. Are you sure you’re not from Wisconsin?)

I know I’m jumping here but, again, I only have a second. I’m not after the Nobel Peace Prize here. I’m just trying to blog. The reception was so great. Travis sang a Harry Connick Jr. song while Rich and Gretchen danced and it was so romantic! Now, Gretchen, that girl can shake a leg. (If anything I’m saying means anything bad, I don’t know it so forgive me.) She’s the one that taught me the Cha Cha Slide.

As I live and breathe, the woman at the Continental counter just called for passenger “Shoestrang” (yes, strang) to check in at the desk. I sure hope I get to see that dude. He may be really skinny though.

We’re boarding! Gotta go! Oh, and all five Cottrells did pick me up! I had the best time at their house!

No time to proof. You know what comes next…so deal.




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  1. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Beth all I can it would be so much fun being your friend!!

  2. 52
    Kiki says:

    So glad to hear the wedding went well! I can see you and Travis doing the ChaCha slide….”now everybody clap your hands”…

  3. 53
    Kathy Pink Bicycle Arkansas says:

    WE are waiting with anticipation to hear more about Shoestrang!

    Perhaps it is the person who ran into our building that had the excuse: “My shoe string got stuck on the accelerator”

  4. 54
    Nesha says:

    The weekend sounds like a wonderful time for all! Weddings are so special and spending time with friends a blessing. Did you ever get an explanation on the carpet?
    I love your sense of humor! Tidbits can come anyday without proof. Around here, we never know when ‘Daddy’ is going to say or so something for all to have a good laugh.

  5. 55
    fuzzytop says:

    Shoestrang???? That is way too funny…. And I loved the bit about the breathing carpet – did you ever find out what it was for?

    Love and hugs,

  6. 56
    Heiress of God says:

    Mamma Beth:

    You are so funny and I needed something to laugh about this morning. Coming to see you in Dallas on Friday and can’t wait. Couple of us Siesta’s will be there supporting our favorite bible teacher…

    Loving you with all He has given me to Love with!

  7. 57
    Bobbie says:

    We need to see a “video” lesson on the cha-cha slide!! Sounds like fun! It’s always fun to read your blog first thing in the morning, right after my devotion!

    I’m curious about “Shoestrang”–sounds very interesting!

    Have a great week.

  8. 58
    Michelle V says:

    Beth, you are the best! The wedding sounds so beautiful! I will be wondering about the magic carpet though!


  9. 59
    Kristib says:

    Glad you had such a great time! Hope we get to see some pics! Would love to see you doing the Cha Cha slide!

    By the way, I loved the Adams family as a child. (and the Munsters too) Come to think of it, I loved them as an adult as well.

    Getting ready to facilitate our first night of Stepping Up this Wednesday at my church. Can’t wait!

    Praying for Tuesday night!

    Much love!
    Kristi B.

  10. 60
    Peagreene says:

    Girl! That rug was there so we wouldn’t freeze! :0) During the rehearsal Sat a.m. that vent was blowing an arctic blast so profound I couldn’t feel my feet up to my ankles. So Brooke brought it so we wouldn’t be little blocks of ice before our wedding moments! But it was so like the Cousin It! I couldn’t look at it or I’d get tickled…like when I poked Trav in the eye with my long skinny program. Almost lost it and had to think sad thoughts to regroup. So fun.
    Love, the other wedding singer.

  11. 61
    Annalou says:

    Oh my goodness, I just love you. You make me laugh about "no time to proof… so deal." I just love your transparency and honesty and for being real.

    It makes me think of something that happened last night. My daughter went to play with our music minister's daughter yesterday. When I went in to drop her, and a bunch of her baby dolls, off at their house I saw dust bunnies on the floor. I told Audra, (the mom), later that night as we were discussing the craziness of our lives that I wanted to send her a thank you card saying, "thank you for having dust bunnies!" It's so nice to know you aren't the only one who's not perfect. HA!

    Sounds like the wedding was wonderful. I'm glad it went well and congrat's to the happy couple!

    On a side note, could you please say a little prayer for my husband Mark. He's in Kenya right now on a mission trip. Taking out teeth and sharing the gospel. They had 60 decisions for Christ yesterday. May there be many more. 27 of them said they would attend church if one was planted there~so they are planting one there. Hallelujah! Mark will also be headed back to India with Bobbie Caldwell & Global Encounters over Christmas.


  12. 62
    gg2002 says:

    Thanks for sharing about the wedding you are so great at giving the details and making us see it through your eyes!!!


  13. 63
    Elizabeth Smillie says:

    Oh Beth, that was great to read! Somehow it is always a blessing to hear of another couple married in the Lord, especially when they get a great “wedding charge” in their ceremony. Enormous blessings to the new couple on their honeymoon (woot! how awesome are they?!) and thanks for updating us!!!

  14. 64
    Kim Safina says:

    The Journey Continues ~

    Oh “cha cha” Beth, Thank you for always sharing your gift of greetings to all of us! I bet you thought I was going to say “gift of gab” LOL
    Being a HDHD personality, I would have been watching the little fuzz piece of shag dancin the cha cha at the wedding too!
    do you have photos to share with us?

    Speaking of celebrations, I attended my 30 year class reunion. My husband and I walked in and the first thing I did was say hello to a person who’s name was different than I mentioned. I have to add that he did have on his sunglasses so I used that as the Oops! I think we had a “reunion crasher” too. I was the ASB President in the OLD days and knew pretty much everyone in our little country high school. Well, during the reunion, old classmates continued coming up to me and asking ” WHO IS THIS GUY ” and NO ONE knew him. He was not listed anywhere in our yearbook.
    I asked him point blank what he did in school and he told me he played basketball ~ No one remembers him playing basketball including the captain of the team and there are no photos in all 4 years of this guy. He wanted photos with taken with all of us through the evening too. He was the TALK of our Reunion.

    I have decided to take off some photos on my blog that show homes etc… I recommend to all the siesta’s that we need to always be alert and careful with what we say on our personal blogs and posts.
    Is that okay Beth, Amanda and Melissa to share? I just want us Siesta’s in JESUS CHRIST to have our armor on always!

    I look forward to reading all the LPM posts and feel as though Beth is our
    ASB ( Associated Siesta Body ) President and we are her committee! ๐Ÿ™‚

    With ” Heaven Bound ” blessings,

  15. 65
    Terri_in_Alabama says:

    You are so funny!

  16. 66
    Liz says:

    Oh, Beth! I am dealing with it and so blessed by it too. I love your posts, the joy that pours from your heart onto my computer screen! Thank you for the update. Thankful prayers for all of you!

    And seriously??? The carpet thing is wierd!

  17. 67
    JayCee says:

    You are so hilarious….how do you come up with these things? If the bible study teacher “thang” doesn’t work out for you, you could always get a job as a stand-up comedian!!! LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. 68
    Kelly says:

    Love you- truly. Your posts just make me smile… especially when you said if anything you said meant anything bad you didn’t mean it.

    I need that disclaimer to follow nearly everything that comes out of my mouth!

  19. 69
    Lisa says:

    When I lived in Nashville I attended Carter Crenshaw’s church and was fortunate enough to have my pre-marital counseling done through the church. My husband and I were taught by Cater from the importance of marriage and that children are a fruit of marriage. I am so glad to hear that he is still encouraging people in their marriage relationship and the benefits of a godly marriage. Thanks for sharing!

  20. 70
    Anonymous says:

    What a blessing to hear twice from you. You include all of us in so much of your staff’s lives. We love it. We think we know them personally. It will sure be a blessing when we can all be together!!
    Enjoy your week….hopefully it is not to stressful, but somehome I think you go 100 mph all the time.

    Blessings to all,
    Bible Bunny in No MI

  21. 71
    Anonymous says:

    I’m sure if I had seen the poofing shag carpet I would have cracked up. You know how you get laughing at something when you are trying not to and the more you think about it the funnier it gets! Glad you had a great time. God bless.
    Lynn in AB

  22. 72
    MITZI says:

    Beth, when are coming out with your cha-cha slide video and other important dances we should know while praising the Lord. I hope to get the chance to laugh and party with you one day! Most likely in heaven. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love you lots.

  23. 73
    connorcolesmom says:

    So funny that you should notice the “carpet” in the middle of the wedding
    That would have been neat to see :)So glad you had fun

  24. 74
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Beth,

    I’ve only commented on your blog once before, but have been reading for a while. These last couple of posts about a wedding ties in perfectly with the movie my husband and I went to see last night. Our church rented out the theater and gave away free tickets to those who aren’t regular attenders for the movie “FIREPROOF”. IT WAS THE BEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!! It’s about marriage. It has action for the guys and goofy guy humor. It has romance for the girls. But most importantly it’s about Jesus!! The gospel is presented very clearly. Ladies, take your husbands and go see this movie. Take all your friends and those who don’t yet know the Lord. Take everyone you know!!!! And you can watch the trailer on the website! Just google the movie name FIREPROOF and you’ll find it!!

  25. 75
    Chelle says:

    Not too long ago I stumbled onto your blog while I was looking at Jean Stockdale’s blog (another awesome bible study leader from Bellevue Baptist Church). I have really enjoyed reading about your family and the adventures y’all have had. Thank you for keeping up your blog.

    The first bible study I did was “A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place.” It was exactly what I needed at the time. Since then, every time my church does a Beth Moore study, I sign up as quickly as I can. Thank you for letting God use you in such awesome ways.

    Your siesta in Southaven, MS,

  26. 76
    Bridgette says:

    I just love it when you blog that way! Letting us in on the little things, talking with us as if we are sitting right there next to you, talking a hundred miles an hour about nothing. That is what I love about girlfriends! That is something men cannot do! They just look at you and you can tell they lost you about two words into the sentence! Oh, and you definitely cannot talk about more than one subject at a time!
    So thankful that Rich and Gretchen had a beautiful wedding. Sounds like we do need a copy of that message! Have a good day!

  27. 77
    jennyhope says:

    I called a lady named Mary Berry yesterday to invite her to sunday school…I sure hope she comes!! I told her I would never forget her name! I can’t believe you are not going for the Nobel Peace Prize.
    ps my man just came home from an early hunting trip to kansas and I scolded him when he got home because we did not EVEN get a back scratcher or jumbo pencil. Can someone from the great state of Kansas please mail me a back scratcher to add to my collection? Inside joke!

  28. 78
    pam b from sc says:

    Thanks, Siesta Beth. I love the updates!

  29. 79
    Katy says:

    I love it when pastors really BRING It at a wedding! Have you seen Fireproof? God is going to use it to stir some stuff up in this country!! I’m leading Living Beyond Yourself at our church, and we’ve just finished the first day of homework on “Love”…good stuff Beth! Keep bringing it!

  30. 80
    jenlovesthelord says:

    Thanks for sharing momma beth!!! The magic carpet cracked me up. That would’ve had me laughing so hard. LOVE YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. 81
    jenlovesthelord says:

    Thanks for sharing momma beth! The magic carpet would’ve had me laughing soooooo hard. LOVE YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. 82
    Our Family says:

    A Harry Connic Jr. song sung by Trav. how wonderful!
    Glad you are home. My mom, sis and aunt were in Billings and loved their time!
    Thank you!

  33. 83
    Anonymous says:

    I just love you so much!! You are a hoot!!Thank you for these fun and funny posts!

  34. 84
    Rachel in Louisiana says:

    All your inaccuracies flew right by me. Just loving that you found time to squeeze a few seconds in for us. Have a great week!

    P.S. I’m digging Believing God right now….so timely for me.

  35. 85
    Sharon Brumfield says:

    Thank you so much for that!
    I really needed a good laugh. Sometimes I take life waaaaaay too seriously. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love ya girl!

  36. 86
    Susan Murphy says:

    I’m so glad you had a wonderful time ! I love Weddings. I would love to get a copy of the sermon too. It was the Adamms Family and cousin it!

    Love Ya Too!

  37. 87
    cheryl says:

    Beth, my dear, you are a hoot!

  38. 88
    Keri says:

    Yes, I would have also giggled at the funny last name because, apparently, I’m still a little bit immature in that way! So glad the wedding went well….although I still don’t understand the purpose of the “magic carpet”. Surely we are more tecnichally advanced than to have to use a piece of carpet to keep all the audio going……

  39. 89
    SoonerAggieMom says:

    What a fun trip! Just another way God blesses us with fun…weddings with no planning on our part!

    Shoestrang….I understand that

  40. 90
    annette says:

    Cousin It was my favorite character on the Addams Family. Looking back, I am surprised I was allowed to watch it because my mother let me watch so little tv.

    Thanks for the wedding update.

  41. 91
    Susan Lowry says:

    Hey Bethie!! Just wanted to thank you for an incredible week of Bible study – our women’s group is 60 strong and on our 4th week of Believing God! Whoohoo God is awesome!

    -All my love

  42. 92
    Kristen says:

    Beth, I just love you. You absolutely crack me up. You are just cute as can be.

    I’m so glad the wedding went well and that you had a blast. Have a good week back on the homefront.


  43. 93
    Anonymous says:

    Sounds like a enjoyable “jam packed” 2 days reading both posts! Thanks for sharing. On a personal note, my bible study group is on the 3rd week of Breaking Free tonight from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. CST, so I will be seeing you then (on pre -recorded video-sometimes it’s good to laugh) Been listening to “Do you Know Jesus” to prepare for tonight. Take Care!

  44. 94
    Georgia Jan says:

    Beth: I love you – when you said the wedding was so good that you couldn’t even “cut up” I loved your vernacular! I so get it. And when you’re in a place that doesn’t lend itself to cutting up(like church or a wedding or even a funeral) it makes it all the harder NOT to cut up – at least for me. But I’m known for my cutting up ways…I love life and have a LARGE time most places!

    One of the times my sisters and I were holding back from cutting up was at a funeral. The preacher was telling everyone that our Aunt Sandy had put on “immorality” instead of “immortality!” The pew was shaking because we were trying so hard not to laugh…

    Did you ever get a chance to eyeball old “Shoestrang?” I’m thinking Barney Fife.

    You’re a delight!!!

    Georgia Jan

  45. 95
    Natalie says:

    laughing my head off!!!

  46. 96
    Darlene says:

    Yes… who was that masked “shoestrang??”

    also, I love a gal who can properly use the phrase “as I live and breathe.” Thanks for making me giggle.


  47. 97
    su says:

    Just read both of your airport blogs and loved them both. You put quite a few smiles on my face. I’m surprised that you got so much done in such a public place. I imagine women coming up to you constantly to hug your neck.

    Have a good week – especially tomorrow night!!

  48. 98
    Holly says:

    I’m not sure why, but last night I had a dream that your Keith and my Chris were talking guns in your living room. Keith opened the window and showed Chris that he had his own private range right from the comforts of your living room!

    Then some girl tried to take Jackson (he was a tiny baby in a baby carrier) away and I kicked her and took him back to Amanda. (I really don’t kick people!)

    What in the world could any of that mean? Perhaps, it was the mexican food we had last night with our church friends. And what would your neighbors think of a rifle range next door?

  49. 99
    Kristen says:

    I love these unedited blogs! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Muenster, Munster…LOL!

    Sounds like a wonderful wedding. I would have loved to hear the preacher!

    How appropriate that our Siesta Mama did the Cha Cha!

  50. 100
    Luv2Praise says:

    I love hearing about the LPM family and the wonderful news about Rich and Gretchen’s wedding. What a blessing for both of them. I hope some pictures of his beautiful day will be shared.
    He always is generous about sharing his gift with us. The beautiful moments he captures on film is extraordinary and I am so grateful to feel like we are a part of the LPM family.

    I am now going to share some of my family with you all! (Not that any of you asked!) My baby brother is getting married this weekend, October 4th, and although I am no Travis Cottrell, I will be singing at the wedding. I am singing The Covenant Song written by Dennis Jernigan. Although I have sung at many weddings I am nervous about singing at my brothers. I want this day to be a blessing for he and his beautiful bride. Please place us on your prayer list!!

    I can’t help but smile when I read your descriptions of things! I never knew waiting at the airport could be so fun!! I can’t wait till my next plane trip. Actually I can’t wait till October 17th when my fellow Siesta’s and I attend the New England Nights with Beth in Connecticut. So much going on!!! Busy Busy!

    Lots of love to you all. Please know that our Church over here in Little Old Rhode Island is still praying for all of you affected by Hurricane Ike. We have not forgotten you even amidst the political news. God Bless you all! Love, Lori

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