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. 101
    Bobbie says:

    Happy Birthday, Amanda!

    Have a great get-away with your Mom, it will be very special. Hope you find lots of great “stuff”.

    Can’t wait to start Esther, I feel like a child waiting for Christmas morning!!


  2. 102
    Kathy Pink Bicycle Arkansas says:


    I msut have been on when the blogger went down because it’s back to normal this morning. Just had to test it…

    Have a happy weekend

  3. 103
    Anonymous says:

    The blog is back to “normal”. Thanks for checking it out!

    Have a great weekend!


  4. 104
    Christal says:

    Thanks for the pics. My mom makes cupcakes for my brother and I each year for our birthday, some with pink frosting and some with whatever color my brother chooses…for some reason these are the better than any store bought….enjoy your birthday shopping spree…and I am right there with you with the dangerously close to more than a gentle glow. I turned 29 this past July….

  5. 105
    Anonymous says:

    Luv the cake it looks like my kind of decorating LOVE INSPIRED!Have fun together shopping hope you find lots of deals.Looking forward to Esther.

  6. 106
    Shanda says:

    I’m loving the cover, can’t wait to dive into it…

  7. 107
    Kristen says:

    I tried to post yesterday when blogger was down, so I am not sure if my post was received… so here goes!

    My first comment/question was…
    Will your mom and dad adopt me? Love the cake and what a birthday present!!! Woo Hoo… have fun shopping!

    Secondly… I cannot wait for Esther to be released. How I have enjoyed the blog posts this past year regarding the filming preparation etc. I feel like we have all been a part of it and walked right along w/ all of you as you “birth” this what I am sure will be wonderful study!

    Happy Birthday Amanda! Have fun shopping w/ Siesta Mama!

  8. 108
    Abbasgirl says:

    Happy Birthday Amanda. May your next year be filled with blessings from heaven.

  9. 109
    theweaver says:

    I am so excited about Esther!!! We’re at a new church and I’d love to have Esther be their first EVER women’s Bible Study!

    Happy Birthday, too! a girl’s weekend sounds just right for a birthday celebration! Have fun.

  10. 110
    Sooz says:

    What great time for the Esther book. Its funny how God and the delivery men work together.
    I love homemade cakes. They are so much more special than something store bought.
    Happy shopping!

  11. 111
    Anonymous says:

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Thank you for sharing the arrival of Esther with us! Seeing the cover made my heart stand still in awe of God’s faithfulness to all of you who labored over creating that study, and to each of us who will get an even greater glimpse and dose of God through the pages and videos. I can’t wait to see more of God’s power and glory through it (and Beth!). I’ve already invited a non-believing friend to join our group for Esther in January, and she’s considering coming. I’m excited!

    And BTW, those two cakes are just oozing warmth and love. I can feel it way up here. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Linda in MN

  12. 112
    laytonfamily says:

    I have to thank you – Beth – because of your television show the other evening. Stepping out of our comfort zone – which was a complete confirmation for me becoming a permanent teacher in our preschool ministry – for 2 yr olds. I am so excited to see God in a mighty way work thru me – thank you for the confirmation!
    Stef Layton
    Orlando, FL

  13. 113
    Katherine Page says:

    haha. That is awesome!! Happy Bday! I so ordered Esther can’t wait to get my copy! HAPPY BOSSES DAY as well!

  14. 114
    Tiffany says:

    Oh my gosh cracking up about the cake. I love it. You gals crack me up.

    Hope you had a great time. Now you will have to do a fashion show with all the goods you bought for your birthday. Oh, you don’t do that? You mean only my family makes me do that? LOL.

    Have a great weekend!

  15. 115
    Bridget Turner says:

    Happy Birthday Amanda! My birthday is tomorrow and I can’t wait to see what kind of cake hubby and the kids make. It’s always so funny and very yummy.

    Esther-the anticipation of my bible study group here in Metro Atlanta is hysterical! We range in age from 33-73, but seriously it’s like a pack of 3 year olds that cannot wait. So we’re having an Esther pre-party in December. We’ll start the study in January after the kids return to school. We just finished “Can We Talk” by Priscilla Shirer, so I’m challenging them to read Esther and use the steps we’ve learned to see what God teaches them before we start! Oh I’m getting excited just thinking about it. Enjoy your shopping day.

  16. 116
    Andreea says:

    Oh my goodness, how exciting! I squealed for joy when I saw the new book. LOL!I know it’s going to be amazing. Can’t wait!!

    Happy Birthday, Amanda. And happy shopping!

  17. 117
    cherrilynn bisbano says:

    Happy Birthday Amanda!

  18. 118
    Heather says:

    The cakes are so sweet and you are SO blessed to have such a wonderful mother! I know you are a great daughter, too!

  19. 119
    Heather says:

    P.S. I absolutely CANNOT WAIT for Esther!

  20. 120
    Anonymous says:

    The cover of Esther looks interesting and I’m sure the pages are filled with all kinds of treasures. The cake also looks interesting and I’m sure it was scrumptious!! Never judge a “cake” by it’s cover. Happy B-Day!! Congrats on Esther!!

    Love, Tisha

  21. 121
    Christina L says:

    Happy Shopping!!! Try to spend it on yourself and not your precious little ones. It is so hard as a parent to not shop for them, but every once and awhile we need to take time for ourselves.

  22. 122
    Tracy says:

    How exciting to receive the Esther study on such a celebratory day! Can’t wait to dig into that one!

    Happy belated birthday Amanda! I must say I’m impressed with your Momma’s beautiful cake for you! Her cake decorating skills have certainly grown since last year…wow! (Is there anything she can’t do!?!)

    What an awesome birthday gift! No doubt you guys will have a blast shopping together! Hope we see photos of your finds! = )


  23. 123
    Jennifer @ Taking My Time says:

    I am laughing at those cakes because that is my exact skill level and I’m so glad to be in good company. I make tasty ones too, just not too crafty.

    Absolutely adorable.
    Thanks for sharing!

  24. 124
    Jennifer @ Taking My Time says:

    I am laughing at those cakes because that is my exact skill level and I’m so glad to be in good company. I make tasty ones too, just not too crafty.

    Absolutely adorable.
    Thanks for sharing!

  25. 125
    connorcolesmom says:

    So excited about the Ester study!
    And the cake looks yummy
    That icing is hard to use and I have stopped trying
    At least mom got more letters on the cake this yr – hehe
    Enjoy your weekend
    Love ya

  26. 126
    connorcolesmom says:

    So excited about the Ester study!
    And the cake looks yummy
    That icing is hard to use and I have stopped trying
    At least mom got more letters on the cake this yr – hehe
    Enjoy your weekend
    Love ya

  27. 127
    Luanne says:

    I see tremendous growth in the cake decorating! Next year’s cake should be breathtaking!! Such a wonderful illustration of progressive sanctification!!!!! God bless!

  28. 128
    TwilaB says:

    We lutheran women at my church are so excited about Ester! I was just in Lifeway yesterday asking about when it would be out. We love the way you teach us Beth.

  29. 129
    Sara Re-nae says:

    Hey Beth and girls, I have to say that I’m fairly new to the Siestas, but I’ve been lurking for some time now, and finally feel that my time has come… I’m posting a comment. Now I feel pressured to say something profound. Nothing much, except to say, Beth, you CRACK me up. I can relate with your spastickness (is this a word? red line underneath says no) and I love it! God bless your day!

  30. 130
    Courtney says:

    A new Beth Moore study – awesome – I am so excited – can’t wait to get my hands on it!


  31. 131
    jennyhope says:

    I worked the Esther sample online which is like dangling a carrot in my face…i can’t wait to get my hands on it. i will cry when i get it…call me drama queen…but i cry every time I get one and when it is done. My husband can’t figure out why yet…but I just anticipate the journey so much. YOU ARE ALL ROCKSTARS!! =)

  32. 132
    justusseven says:

    Happy B-D to you! I always try to get my “cake shots” from a distance. And a little to the side. And in poor lighting. It helps =)

    I have a blog award for you here:
    Thanks to YOU ALL for being such an inspiration!

  33. 133
    judy says:

    In our church we sing;
    Happy Birthday to you
    Only one will not do,
    Born again in Christ Jesus,
    Happy Birthday to you.

    And then we’re asked:
    ‘Are you born again?’ And of course the answer is YES!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can’t wait for ‘Esther’! That will be our next Bible study.

    God bless you……and yes that cake is special, to say the least! To think, that momma of yours can decorate cakes too!

  34. 134
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing the cover of Esther. Our womens group is looking forward to beginning this new journey in God’s Word!

  35. 135
    creative gal says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMANDA!!! I can’t wait for Esther!!

  36. 136
    Anonymous says:

    I love homemade birthday cakes. In fact, I always make my kids one too for their birthdays. My youngest is home this weekend, from college, and we’ll be having his (Spice cake with cream chese frosting)on Sunday.
    Love the look of the Esther cover. I’m sure our ladies Sunday School class will enjoy studying it..

    Pat in Kansas

  37. 137
    katiegfromtennessee says:

    Yay, Esther!:) That is exciting! Soo glad for you all:) I hope Beth and Sabrina had a blessed Bosses Day:) Oh, yes, the cakes are beautiful:)~made with love:) I hope your shopping is the best!:) Shopping days are sooo much fun:)

    Psalm 46:5 (AMP)
    “God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her right early [at the dawn of the morning].”

  38. 138
    Joni says:

    Oh, I’m so excited about Esther! Can’t wait to recommend it to my church although the lady in charge of choosing our Bible studies usually goes with the latest Beth Moore study. We’re doing Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed right now.

    Happy Belated Birthday, Amanda! My youngest son is 29. Can’t believe it! (Neither can he.) Enjoy your shopping spree!

  39. 139
    Carla says:

    Happy Birthday Amanda! I think it is great that you guys can get together and go SHOPPING! How cool is that? Have a wonderful time.
    Carla Lee

  40. 140
    Kelly @ Love Well says:

    I’m pretty sure I saw Duff make that second cake on the first season of “Ace of Cakes.”

    Happy (belated) birthday, Amanda. I’m praying RIGHT NOW that God is granting you many shopping mercies.

  41. 141
    Mary Anne from Colorado Springs says:

    Happy Birthday Amanda! As a cake decorator for 20 years that cake was beautiful. The key to the writting is don’t stop. And it was beautiful.

    Can’t wait to take a peek a Esther. I haven’t done a Bible Study in awhile so I’m pretty excited about it. Have a great day. Love ya’ll, Mary Anne fromo Colorado Springs, CO

  42. 142
    Georgia Jan says:

    Hello All: Just got back in from my weekend with my “mother and two sisters” and had to check in. I hope Amanda’s shopping trip went better!!!

    Regarding my weekend, as the Moore women say…”IT WAS NOT A BLESSING.” We were delayed 3 hours in the backwoods of nowhere and had to sit in my mom’s car while downed power lines were repaired due to trees that snapped and fell during a bad windstorm and rain…had to get out of the car and walk into the woods twice to “tinkle” and pray to the Lord that no one could see me.

    By this time there were 23 cars lined up waiting to get through. Tempers flaring, crazy people, funny people, scary people! One man got mad and tried to drive his truck through the blockade and he was wearing all camoflauge, I got a little wigged out, so we decided to roll up the windows. Prayed, got a little stuffy in the car, so we rolled them back down.

    Then a sweet old man stopped and told me all about how he got through the blockade on a 4-wheeler so he could get his blood pressure pills…never had seen that man in my life…decided to roll the window back up.

    Got to my sister’s lake house to discover no electricity…NOT A BLESSING when we were hoping to play games and watch movies all night. So we all went to bed and prayed the power would come on…it was COLD near that lake.

    Got up this morning and the power came on around 7:00…just in time for coffee…now that WAS A BLESSING!

    We planned our Thanksgiving menu and talked about drawing names for Christmas this year (as the family grows) which my mother the matriarch did not like…long story…NOT A BLESSING.

    Then headed home – had to re-route due to some big parade in the little town nearby…NOT A BLESSING, finally figured out a detour, then got caught in traffic and waited in Macon for an hour due to a wreck (no one hurt – A BLESSING).

    Krispy Kreme donuts for the trip…$9.99

    Gasoline to get there…$55.00

    Time with sisters…PRICELESS!

    Love y’all,
    Georgia Jan

  43. 143
    A happy heart at home says:

    Happy birthday, Amanda!


  44. 144
    Lynette says:

    Those cakes are too funny. You should submit the pictures to the Cake Wreck website!

  45. 145
    Kerin says:

    I am 44 and have only baked one cake in my life. Those look awesome to me!!!

  46. 146
    I'm a blessed girl... says:

    Happy Birthday sweet Amanda!

  47. 147
    Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife says:

    How awesome…I hope you girls had a fabulous shopping weekend!

    Happy B-day again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. 148
    Mitzi says:

    Hey y'all,

    I hope this is okay to add, and I'm not sure this is the best place to add this, but don't know where else to "put" it. My husband is a district manager for a company in the Houston area, as well as several other cities in the south. He is looking for a couple sales people in Houston who are independent workers, honest, dependable and have solid sales experience, preferably in payroll. It is for a solid company with a long standing history, not commission only or anything like that. It is a legitimate career, with a decent salary (not great, but respectable, plus commission), medical benefits & etc.

    I am only posting it here because God laid it on my heart last night to do so. There must be someone out there in siesta land that is looking for a job or has a spouse or family member or something that would fit this bill, because I normally would never say anything like this, but I was really prompted to, so there it is. If you need more details, contact me.

  49. 149
    Anonymous says:

    Amanda, Happy Birthday!!

    Beth and Sabrina, Happy Boss’s Day!

    Looking forward to digging deeper into Esther! Great to catch a glimpse of the workbook! Wonderful and amazing things happen everytime we go deeper into God’s word!

    Hugs to all the siestas!

    –Michelle in Lakeland

  50. 150
    Jackie says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Amanda! Nice cake Siesta Mama! And Congratulations to all (and especially SM) on the Esther debut! These are all exclamation mark events in my book. :O) Much love, Jax

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