Boss’s Day and a Birthday Party

Hello, friends! Look who arrived at our office on Monday, just in time for our Boss’s Day lunch celebration.

Our first copy of Esther is here! LifeWay always sends my mom the first one to roll off the press. It was such an exciting day! Mom brought her out while we were all there together, seated around our banqueting table and enjoying Nancy’s orange pineapple cake and Kimberly’s banana pudding. Then she had Nancy read the dedication page aloud to us. It was dedicated to my sister and me! What a surprise and what a special honor! What is so fun is that Melissa had just arrived from the airport a few minutes beforehand. It was perfect timing. (Esther’s estimated shelf date is November 15. But it could be a little earlier or a little later.)

All of us at LPM are incredibly blessed to have the WORLD’S BEST BOSSES! Beth and Sabrina, you lead us with such grace, wisdom, humility, and strength. We praise God for you!

The gift we gave our bosses was a donation made in their name to a family that has been severely affected by Hurricane Ike.

Changing topics now. Monday night our family had my birthday dinner. I had requested spaghetti and meatballs from my mom and she came through big time! It was so good! She also baked me a cake for the second year in a row. Now I’d like to rise up and call my mother blessed because look at this beauty. My mother loves me.

What? Do you not think my cake was exquisitely beautiful? The nerve! Maybe you need to see it in the gentle glow of my 29 candles. (I am getting dangerously close to more than a gentle glow.)

Still not doing it for you? Well maybe you’d like to take a look at my cake from last year.

Mom had a little icing malfunction and all she could squeeze out was “H B A,” which symbolized “Happy Birthday Amanda.” Do not be fooled by this cake’s appearance because it was the best cake of my life, only to be outdone by this year’s blue ribbon winner.

I got one present from my parents – a gift bag full of spending money which I plan to put into action this weekend. Mom is taking me on a little getaway and we are going to shop! Isn’t she the sweetest? Have a great day, girls!



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  1. 1
    Mommy Dot Com says:

    My hubby’s b-day was yesterday and the children and I made him a cake. We made a round one three layers high. We were going to go higher but we only had one round cake pan and three layers ended up taking about three hourse to make with the cooling time.

    Happy, Happy Birthyday Amanda!!! Have fun shopping! And don’t even think about keeping an eye out for more round cake pans for me. I’ll get my own on my birthday. Joking!!!

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    HisTreasuredPossession says:

    that’s is just wonderful!! Oh, how I hope you have a great time.

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    Anonymous says:

    Love the cake.

    How special to receive the FIRST workbook. My group will be doing it some time in 2009, for sure.
    My group is doing Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed right now and what comes to my mind looking at today’s pictures and the New England tour recap is from ATR, David’s prayer in 2 Samuel 7:18-29.

    Rejoicing with you all.
    Mitzi AKA Grandmamitz

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    Roselawyer says:

    A wise child always knows that her Mama’s cake IS THE BEST!

    I can’t wait to take a peek at Esther!

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    Patty says:

    I am so excited to see the workbook!!! Praise God!! I can’t wait to start this study!

    I loved your b’day cake. It is so special because your mom made it. How sweet to get a gift bag full of money and I pray that you have a blast spending it!! You do have a sweet mom and you two are going to have a fun getaway!!


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    Anonymous says:

    Oh my! I cannot WAIT till the Esther study hits the shelves! I have learned so much from you Beth! God Bless your ministry. Linda

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    The Boone Family Happenings ... says:

    Aren’t Moms the best??? They always know exactly how to make everything special. Hope your birthday was fabulous and your Mom-Time is even better!

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    kathy pink bicycle arkansas says:

    Sounds like a blast! I’d give anything to taste the world’s best cake.

    I see our comment page has changed….don’t change things on this computer challenged person!

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    daniella says:

    Ah! Can I be your adopted sister? Seriously, to teach and love the way your mom does AND decorate a cake like that? No where in the world would you find so much concuction of talent. Kudos for her…and you!

    Can’t wait to get the book!

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    Arielle says:

    I have been looking foward to Esther coming out for a while now. I’ll be looking for it in stores next month!

    The cake looks really good! Have fun on your getaway!


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    HeathahLee says:

    Happy belated birthday, Amanda! My mother made my favorite cake one year but let the homemade chocolate frosting cool too long and only got sort of a blobby coating onto the cake before it refused to spread any more. It made a hilarious picture. But it sure did taste good!

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    Inksstillwet says:

    My bible study girls and I are finishing Stepping Up next Tues and we are looking forward to beginning Esther! What a wonderful way to celebrate Boss’s Day together-presenting the first copy of a fresh work from God!
    I’ve given up on making the kid’s birthday cakes. Give your mom props for takin’ care of her firstborn lil darlin’! Have a great time on your shopping spree!

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    Libby says:

    Well Happy Birthday! Those are lovely cakes. The kind I grew up with, made in a 9×13 cake pan, with love and written on by mom, those are the best cakes! I just made one yesterday for my husband, Oct. 22nd, his was cherry chip with homemade almond flavored icing, tinted blue. Delicious if not overly attractive! Hope you have a wonderful, blessed getaway, have fun shopping too!

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    Andrea says:

    so excited about Esther!

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    Holly says:

    OH! I love when blessings upon blessings fall on you all!!! That makes me so happy! Praise God! And I LOVE your birthday cake and present–sounds like it will be so much fun to spend together.

    Praying for good health this weekend for all of you (including Baby Girl!).

    And the orange pineapple cake recipe from Nancy–will she share the recipe?? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kathie Thompson says:

    We already have the Esther Study on the Women’s Ministry Calendar!! Can’t wait!

    Happy Birthday, Amanda! Your cakes look like some I have made for my own Girls. Made with love and GREAT taste … who cares about the icing decor? Blessings to you all.

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    Janice says:

    Fun! Love the cover of Esther (but I’m sure I’ll looove what’s inside more) and the cake looks great! I know I wouldn’t be able to make the letters look like that. And I don’t care what people say, pink frosting tastes the best!

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    Anonymous says:

    I am always just as inspired by you and your sister. I am 29 and going to be 30 this April, and it is so nice to have the perspective of you and your sister because sometimes I wonder how you both deal with the world and being a follower of Christ.
    I hope you have a blessed birthday get-a-way and may the LORD bless you in your life and family.

    Love in HIM,
    Siesta OC

    PS: Beth, I think you should SERIOUSLY consider a career on the Food Network, you could speak a bible study and make Risotto at the same time.
    Multi-tasking at it’s best.

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    Anonymous says:

    I had just told myself while the blogsite was opening up, “Silly, you just were on it yesterday. Don’t be so greedy and let those sweet ladies rest”. Then “BANG” !! What a glorious surprise. I attended the Houston bible study on Esther and have been anticipating her debut. I can’t wait to start the study. Happy Bossiesta Day Beth and Sabrina and Happy Birthday to you Amanda. Your cake looked “divine” as I’m sure it was. Definitely made with love. Thanks for Esther and the smiles. JoAnn

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    Cindy in Ferndale says:

    Congrats on Esther! I just can’t wait to do the study.
    Thank you for all your posts. I fill like I am catching up with family!
    love you guys……Cindy

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    Kelly says:

    We ordered Esther a few weeks ago and have started showing the promo from the Lifeway website during our worship services. We have had an amazing response from the women in our church and can’t wait to start!

    Happy Belated Birthday!

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    Mitzi says:

    This is a test, I notice submitting a post is different. –Mitzi

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    Cheryl Barker says:

    Congrats on Esther! And that’s the first time I’ve ever seen shorthand on a birthday cake! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    ForHisGlory says:

    You made my day! how fun I was laughing so hard at the cake thing. I think it is beautiful! I love you girls! All three of you! Oh wait four of you! One’s cooking!Yaya! Have a great day and I hope you have a blast shopping. Tiff

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    Mandi says:

    Oh, my! Your mom’s cake decorating skills have improved so much since last year…way to go, Beth!

    I just can’t wait to do the Esther study!!!

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    Uncanny Colleen says:

    How exciting to see Esther ready for release! And it looks like you had a precious birthday. Have fun on your getaway weekend.

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    fuzzytop says:

    Whoa!!! Comment format has changed…. It’s gonna take an effort to adjust!

    Well, I heard this week that the ladies at my church are actually interested in starting a Bible study in January (they hate homework) and I’m going to be praying we can agree on ‘Esther’ – I just know it will be awesome! Can’t wait!!!!!

    Loved the photo of the cake Amanda – that is one sad looking cake!!! hee hee hee …

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    Amy Anderson says:

    i LOVE esther and i LOVE beth moore! this is PERFECT! and i think just like in people, God says not to judge a cake by its outward appearance, but by its… err… heart? or taste. either way. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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    Yolanda says:

    Oh man, that is just simply the best Mom ever! The best daughters ever, and we can’t wait for Esther to hit the shelves.

    Have a great time on your get away this weekend.

    Love to you,

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    hisfivefooter says:

    You are so funny! If you say the cake was exquisite, then we will take your word for it! Spaghetti and Meatballs, cakes, 29 count-em candles, Esther, and just getting back from New England! You are a wise woman to call your mom blessed! I am so glad she dedicated the study to you both! You are so dear to us and show such a godliness! For such a time as this, you are both here and the age you are. And, you are both beautiful stars! I can hardly wait to see if Bethie makes it to a layer cake next year! (30 IS BIG ONE). Please send pics of the shopping extravaganza and some “key wardrobe investments!” Also, could you post a new pic of you now, as the last time I saw you in San Antonio, you didn’t even look pregnant! I bet you are so beautiful! Love you sweetie!

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    Casey says:

    Our ladies group has already been planning the next study and we want ESTHER. We all started chatting about last week and everyone in my area seems super excited about it.

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    Anonymous says:

    that is awesome! HBA!!!! You have got to love your mom! So excited about what God is going to do through Esther! praying!

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    Three Fold Cord says:

    any openings on the LPM staff?/ What fun to have such a close knit group always supporting praying and celebrating each other.
    The book is great and what a great hand model…Wonder who that could be?? I am guessing it is the boss herself.
    Love you guys and pray for you whenever the Lord brings you on my heart. Your ministry to Mom’s like myself keeps me going on days when I feel like giving up…like today!

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    kctibs says:

    The Sterling Saints in Colorado are eagerly anticipating your Esther Bible Study. We just finished Steppin’ Up and are taking a book reading break. This group of gals are truly precious and love studying with you – even when it overwhelms them beyond their belief. In our group the ages are from 25 – 89. We are so excited!

    As for the BDay cake – WOW!!! I love it, I love it, I love it. Very creative, very well loved and very much a source of great memories. Good thing it tastes great! Very cute though – especially the fish and all those candles!!??!! Did you guys set off the fire alarm!? Hhahahaaha I amuse myself (if no one else!).

    Glad you had a great birthday celebration, here is to many more blessed birthdays with all who love you and we are really pumped for the new bible study!

    Take Care
    Kelli in Colorado

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    jennyhope says:

    yay!!!! I AM DYING and DESPERATE to get Esther. Lifeway near me is calling me the second it gets there so I won’t keep stalking the place. LOL. I even said I know you sometimes get it early…and they cracked up. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have a great day!!!

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    Cathy Davis says:

    (Amanda – Have you ever been over to the cakewrecks blog??? Your mom & I could enter a contest to see which of us would win! At least her cakes appear to have all sides to them. Sometimes, my looks like it was hit by an earthquake or something. Luckily, the taste is not affected by the looks.)

    I'm glad y'all have had a great (and really busy!!) week!!!

    *hugs to all of you*

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    Karen E says:

    It’s a beautiful cake, especially because of all the love baked into it! Homemade is the best. I bet it tasted great, too. Enjoy all that loving on you!

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    Cheri-Beri says:

    Ohhhhhhhhh! I get chills just looking at the workbook. My Bible study is going to do it this January – the leader already has the order in. I just can’t WAIT!!!

    Happy Birthday, Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚

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    christi28 says:

    happy happy birthday!!

    i love the cakes by the way! i bet they they tasted great and there is nothing better than a homemade cake made with love!

    blessings to all ~

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    HIS Child says:

    Thanks AJ for sharing in the much anticipated arrival of “Esther” I can’t wait to do this study. As for the gentle glow I am sure the cake can’t match the pregnancy radiance!!
    Have a wonderful time with your Mom as you shop to your hearts delight.
    God bless you dear sister’s
    In Him,

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    kara with a k says:

    I remember that cake from last year. I still get a kick out of it. Have a fun time shopping on your getaway this weekend!

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    Jill_in_AL says:

    Can’t wait to do Esther! It’s great to share in y’all celebrations and joy. Thanks =) Love the cake–if this LPM thing doesn’t pan out at least Mama Siesta has another vocation to try, right! We will always need her.

    PS. Last night’s Wednesday w/ Beth was great in Beth’s saying that “if God calls us to GO” it means we must be prepared to leave. That means much in my life based on the last 12 months.

    Blessings to all in Siestaland, Jill

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    laughing out loud says:

    I remember last years cake…fond memories of getting to know the real “there-is-no-way-you-could-fake-it” she is really that bad in the kitchen. Followed by the lovely kitchen gadget giveaway this summer…you gals always have me rolling. Happy Birthday Amanda…go spend that money well.

    Laughing Momma

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    Ashley Griffin says:

    very very sweet! and you can NEVER go wrong with the “green” gift. always the right size, always in season, and works in every store you go in!
    I can not WAIT to do Esther!!!

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    Heiress of God says:

    The cake is marvelous… done with the loving hands of a blessed woman and mother. How lucky are you to have homemade speghetti and cake for your birthday.. and who wouldn’t like a bag full of money?!!!! Blessed I tell you! Blessed!

    I am so excited about Esther, we drove down to Houston last year to the taping and it was bosses day. Well I was pleasently surprised that Beth prayed over all the bosses and one of them happened to be me. Totally made my day! And I went on the net and read the dedication… wow! How loved you too must feel! My heart is tender for the love you three share with one another.

    Thanks for the post and have a great time shopping… Do you see the galleria in your future?

    Love you all!

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    Laurie Ann says:

    Looking forward to the book! Can’t wait to read it. Glad a wonderful birthday celebration was had.

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    Anonymous says:

    That is so fun for you, Amanda! I’m glad your Mom treats you so well…as she should. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t know if anyone has asked this yet…but I’m just wondering what happened to the old blog format for comments? I miss seeing everyone’s pictures. ๐Ÿ™ Just wondering! Love Love Love you all!


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    Sherry says:

    Happy Birthday, Amanda!!! We share the same great day 10/14!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Amanda……Happy Belated Birthday to you!!!
    I was on Lifeway and saw Esther was available mid-November. Our Bible Bunny group plans on starting off the New Year right by doing the study then. We are so very excited!! While on the Lifeway site, I read a couple of pages…WHOOOHOOO!! It looks so awesome. Your Mom is indeed the best for you and Melissa as well as for us……we love you all!!
    Bible Bunny in No MI

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    Anonymous says:

    Hi Amanda,

    The cover of the Esther Study is so charming and she has a look and stance in her body of how many of we Siestas have felt a time or two or three. :o) Oh, and happy birthday. Forgot to say that to you on Tuesday night before LIT Class. Sorry but I was so excited to finally meet Jackson in person when he was having a few samples from your Mom’s tasty looking treat. Amanda, Curtis has been such a delight as our teacher. I come away with so much and I, of course, always let him know not only as feed back but also to encourage him because is a gifted young man. Way to go Curtis! As I told your Mom, I will always be an encourager to him. Melissa, it was so nice to also finally meet you as well. I can’t tell you what it means for you to come all the way in to Houston to co-teach with your Mom. What a blessing.
    Amanda, I know you all will have nothing short of a blast spending that cash and what a great gift!

    Much love and many, many blessings!!!!!

    Christine R.
    Houston Siesta

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