A Sunday Morning Mishap

Y’all are not going to believe the dumb thing I did yesterday. Curtis had the privilege of getting to preach the Sunday services at a local church that is currently in an interim period. (Hello, friends at Humble Area FBC!) Of course, we arrived early to get Curtis settled. While he did his thing, I took Jackson to the kids area (which was amazing) and let him play on their indoor playground until his class was ready to start. After I dropped him off in the “Happy Hippos” room (I kept saying “Hungry Hippos”) I made my way to the sanctuary to find my husband. He was doing something in the sound booth, so I walked to the front and looked to see if his stuff was sitting on a chair.

Indeed, I saw Curt’s blue Bible and his car keys sitting on a chair in the front row. There was no one else seated on the row at that time. So I sat down next to his stuff. Then I thought I would be a good wife and put his keys in my purse so he wouldn’t have to think about them. A couple minutes later a man came over and sat on the other side of Curt’s stuff. He looked at me curiously and then started messing with Curt’s stuff. So I said, “Oh, that’s my husband’s stuff.” Then he kindly told me that, no, that was his stuff! I was so horrified! Then I had to confess to him that I had even put his car keys in my purse! Oh, y’all, I was so embarrassed! He was super nice and laughed with me about it. (Hi, Mitch!) It’s just so nice to make a good first impression, isn’t it? Ha ha!

We loved getting to meet everyone at HAFBC. What a sweet congregation. I cannot say enough about how wonderful their kidzone is! Wow! We met some really neat people and Curt and I discussed on the way home that the number one benefit of being in ministry is simply getting to know people. Despite Jackson’s usual post-church restlessness, we enjoyed getting to have lunch with the Whitakers and hear about their family’s journey with the Lord. You just never know what God has done in another person’s life. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are such treasures and if we slow down long enough to hear one another’s stories, we will be so blessed and want to praise God for His works!

Well, it’s been a while since I updated you on Baby Girl. I am 22 weeks along now, which is just over half way there. Yesterday marked four months until my due date (Feb. 12). I am in that grace period between the first and third trimesters when I feel great and actually look pregnant, but not too pregnant. I’ve been seeing babies everywhere and I’m getting so excited to have this little one join us! She does have a name but (please don’t hate us) we are going to wait until she’s born to announce it. Or at least try. I just know I’m going to slip up!

Happy Columbus Day to all of you and, if you have the day off, I hope it’s a really good one! Blessings!


49 Responses to “A Sunday Morning Mishap”

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  1. 1
    Terri_in_Alabama says:

    Oh Amanda, I just love it. Sounds like something I would do! Hope you have a blessed day!

  2. 2
    R says:

    sounds like something i would’ve done!

    and aren’t indoor church play areas the best?! i wish ours had one.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Hmmmm….I’m getting a “Sophia” vibe.

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    kittyhox says:

    I’m so glad you’re going to wait to announce her name. It’s so fun to have a surprise.

    We’re due in six weeks and can’t decide on a name! So we definitely won’t be doing any big reveal until we are ready to leave the hospital. :_

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    Alexia says:

    Oh Amanda, you are so sweet and so cute. Haven’t we all done something that we thought was helping/serving and it seems to take a different turn. It was so cute to hear the cute humility in your response. Anyways I am so glad you and your family connected in a God connected way. Isn’t HE just the GREATEST. As a labor nurse I am really happy that things are going well for your pregnancy, ENJOY. I will continue to pray for you.
    Love ya

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    Chel - An Abiding Branch says:

    That is so funny. I have deli deluxe foot sandwiches myself. It is not enough to just put my foot in my mouth. lol Once I was teaching a class on the Names of God and I tried to say fill your hearts, well I said a word that rhymes, YES THAT ONE! I was horrified and nearly knocked my teeth out by slamming my hand over my mouth where that door is supposed to me. YIKES. I blame it on the first conference with my braces on. LOL!!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    bethany says:

    Sounds like a great weekend for you guys. Even with your little mishap! So glad to hear that you had time to sit and fellowship with other believers…I love that aspect of us being brothers and sisters in the Lord…we get to connect and share what the Lord is doing in our lives.
    Can’t wait till Baby Girl is here! I hope that you slip up and let us know what her name is!!!
    My niece, Kensley, is 1 month old now and is getting soooo big!

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Oh good. I’m having a “Ridiculous Day” so far myself. Glad to know I have company (although you have a good excuse being in your second trimester). I’m not pregnant – just being my normal little self.

    Hope everyone has a good day ~

    Warm in AK.

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    lori says:

    That reminds me of a time me and my then hubby visited a new church and sat in a pew a guess one lady was really used to sitting. She came and sat down next to my hubby, during prayer and kindly put her hand on his knee, He thought at first maybe she was praying for him, then the preacher said amen and she kept her hand there, even moving up a little, FINALLY she looked up to see that it was NOT HER HUSBAND….. Man I thought we were all going to fall out from laughter

  10. 10
    jennyhope says:

    I seriously laughed out loud about the keys in your purse!! Praying for Siesta Mama! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

  11. 11
    Amy says:

    That’s hilarious – something I would definitely do. Oh well, I’m sure it was somewhat of an ice breaker. I would love to hear you telling your mom that though:)

  12. 12
    Nichole says:

    Oh my word! That’s like the time I walked off with another lady’s cart at the grocery store. Her purse was in it for goodness sake! My children weren’t even with me so I could blame them!!! At least you can blame the baby…

  13. 13
    Kristen says:

    Impossible to hate you! I understand your desire to keep the name under wraps…we did the same thing with our baby girl. It was fun to have that surprise!

    You are just a doll, and your keys mishap sounds like something I would have done. Ha-ha!

    What a joy and a blessing you are to all of those you serve!


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    HeathahLee says:

    A friend of mine came up behind who she thought was her husband bent over the water foutain at church and opened up his side pocket to drop his keys in for him. She walked off and a couple of minutes later a friend of theirs walked up to her and dropped the keys on the table and announced to everyone standing there, “These are NOT mine!” Loretta was HORRIFIED! She has never lived that down with either her husband or their friend. : )

  15. 15
    Kelly says:


    I always enjoy reading your posts – you are so real, down to earth and fun. You always point us back to the Lord also.

    God bless that little baby growing in your belly!


  16. 16
    Christy says:

    Happy birthday tomorrow Amanda!!

    Love in Christ,

    Fayetteville, AR

  17. 17
    A&EMom says:

    You just keep that name all to yourself until the big day while I sit and admire your reserve!

    My favorite comment on my unborn baby’s name? “We loved that name so much that’s what we named our dog.”


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    Moose Mama says:

    You’re too funny! You know you lose brain cells with the birth of each child….sounds like you’re starting a little early.

    I’m glad you are keeping the name a secret. You and your family share so much with us…you should have some stuff that’s just yours.

    Love you all so!

    Melana in Wyoming

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    Toknowhim says:

    Laughing with you… I could totally see myself do something like that 🙂 Blessings and can’t wait to hear more about your baby girl 🙂

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    I can wait on the name….I’m just glad to know WHAT it is!!!

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    Of course you can keep her name a secret! There needs to be a grand announcement when she is born! Oh I can’t wait! Enjoy feeling that sweet girl swim in your belly. What I would give to feel that one more time!
    Bless you Amanda!

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    Sue in CA says:


    Wasn’t Jackson’s due date Feb. 12, too? My girl friends and I thought you might have him on Valentine’s Day, but it wasn’t to be; perhaps your baby girl will be. Can’t wait to hear what you name her. Are you going to work the name Wanda in there somehow?
    It’s interesting how God works it for your babies to be born near each other in the same month. Both my kids due dates were Cinco de Mayo (May 5) and were both born on Mother’s Day three years apart. God is so amazing.

    Happy Birthday tomorrow.


  23. 23
    Laura says:

    Oh my! Yesterday at church, the back seam of my dress slowly ripped, and then, all the way up to the zipper as I got into the Suburban!!

    Also, I sure hope you can keep Miss Baby Girl’s name under wraps until her Grand Arrival. We have not known the gender or name of our babies until their birth!! It was such fun!!!!!!

  24. 24
    Sherry says:

    In ten years you’ll have forgotten all about it.

    My grandson is due February 14. His parents live in Philadelphia and we live in Oregon, so it is fun to vicariously follow her pregnancy through others, you included!

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    God bless you Amanda!
    That sounds like something I would do!
    So happy for you and Curtis and the new little girl on the way! Can’t wait to hear the name and way to go on waiting to announce the name! So many these days give everything away early so way to go, although I hear ya on the letting it slip part. I am sure you are ecstatic.
    My brother and his wife are expecting on March 24, their first and they are waiting to find out until that day. I am dying to start buying blue or pink but I totally understand too. I did find an adorable sleeper that was white/khaki with a cute little bear on it, which read “Lit’l bear”. My husband and I are HUGE Chicago Bears/Cubs fans, so I have to encourage the youngster even from infancy!
    God bless you and your family!
    Lori in SW MO

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    Cathy Davis says:

    Happy Birthday (tomorrow) sweet Amanda!!

    This reminds me of the Oreo story where strangers were eating Oreos and one thought she was eating her own Oreos when in fact the Oreos belonged to the other person!

    I know you’re naming baby girl after me…right? Her name is CATHY!! WOO HOO!! *tee hee*

    Love you!

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    Kelli says:

    Oh my!! At least you didn’t leave with his keys!! I think it is so fun to keep the name a secret! We did that from everyone and didn’t find out the sex. It made it so sweet to introduce her as a HER and with her name. 🙂

    SOOO glad you are feeling great!

  28. 28
    Ashley Griffin says:

    enjoy your secret. we will just have to be patient.

  29. 29
    Siesta OC says:

    You are so much fun Amanda!!!
    I loved hearing the story. It is so nice that when we do something silly, but thoughtful, others find it funny too.

    God Bless you and yours,

  30. 30
    Dianne says:

    Oh Amanda,
    I can so relate! Many years ago, when my children were very young, my husband and I got a sitter and went to the movies. Scott stopped to get popcorn and I went to get us a seat.

    When I sat down, there was a couple in front of me and I recognized the man as someone I had worked with for several years. I hadn’t seen him in awhile, so I leaned forward and whispered, “Donald.” He didn’t answer, so I said a little louder, “Donald”. He turned around and said, “Pardon me?” I slapped him (lightly) on the back of his head and said, “Donald, don’t do that to me!” Immediately, the lady looked at me and said, “His name isn’t Donald!”

    OK, I’m turning red just telling that! Then, here comes Scott with the popcorn and he spotted the alias Donald and leaned forward to speak and I quickly stopped him, letting him know I had already hit the guy in the head and it wasn’t Donald!!!!

    Oh, those embarassing moments! It wasn’t a week later that the real Donald actually came into the office I worked in at the time and I was afraid to speak to him. We all had a good laugh about it!!!

    Love ya,

  31. 31
    Tara says:

    I couldn’t agree more: the best thing about ministry is meeting the people! Even when we take their car keys and put them in our purses…. hee hee. Blame it on the pregnancy brain.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    You know it is one thing to hear Texan spoken, but it is very, very irritating to read it time over time. Would really like it if you all would tone down the written “y’all” and other Texas way of speaking.

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    I wanted to share that I’m taking the revised version of “A Woman’s Heart-God’s Dwelling place” Bible study and we saw cute pictures of Jackson when he was born. I just think it is so awesome that God has given you another one at this time! Even if you don’t share her name! Cute about the keys though! You are all such a fun family. Wish I could know you in person.

  34. 34
    Joni says:

    Blessings back at you! And also on your little one.

  35. 35
    Michelle says:

    I think the key thing is so sweet! Without that, you might never have met that kind gentleman.
    An indoor play structure? That sounds fantastic!
    And I love hearing baby updates. I love hearing everything about anyone’s pregnancy and childbirth. It never ceases to amaze me! Thank you for sharing your journey! I’m praying for that baby girl!

  36. 36
    Jenny says:

    One Sunday, my Grandpa was asked to come forward and pray for part of the service. When he was finished he went and sat down… in the row in front of my Grandma, next to another woman… Grandma tapped him on the shoulder and when he turned around, she said “wrong wife”. He was so embarrassed. Thought you would enjoy the story.

  37. 37
    Katie says:


    I am the Whitaker’s daughter, living in Tibet. I loved your story today. I am sure my parents had a good laugh with you guys about this one. Blessings to you during this pregnancy.


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    Rachel in Louisiana says:

    That sounds just like something I would do. And my husband would tease me about it endlessly.
    I think it’s great you’re saving the name for the birth announcement. Gotta leave something as a surprise. I can’t believe you’re 22 weeks already! Isn’t it funny how everyone else’s pregnancys seeem to fly by?

    I enjoyed a wonderful and rare day with my hubby. We took a walk with the dog at the lakefront, ate lunch out and shopped for a new bookshelf. Not too exciting, but just perfect for us.

  39. 39
    Megan Murphy says:

    That is hilarious! It sounds exactly like something I would have done! 🙂 So excited about the new little one…you will be so blessed by having a daughter! And…if she is born a day early she will be born on my 27th birthday! 🙂

  40. 40
    Rebecca says:

    Thank you for being in the club of “We’re not telling the baby’s name until it gets here!” I am 33 weeks pregnant, and we do have a name for our little miracle boy, but we haven’t told anyone and don’t plan on it until he’s here. So nice to hear of someone else doing that! I’m loving your mom’s posts from New England! My husband and I have been up there the last two falls for mission trips, but we didn’t go this year for obvious reasons. We are missing it big time! It is gorgeous!

    Pineville, LA

  41. 41
    katiegfromtennessee says:

    Poor Little Momma! 🙂 I am glad you didn’t take His keys somewhere with you:) That does sound like a good stage of pregnancy to be in. Hope your day is awesome to, Little Momma:) Looking forward to finding out Little Siesta’s name!!!!:)


  42. 42
    montanamovestotexas says:

    Your Sunday mishap is exactly something I would do!!

    I have found that when you let names out they get a lot more criticism than when you just announce it, so good for you!

  43. 43
    Tina says:

    Well, this should make you feel better. One day, a couple years, ago I was leaving Lifeway. I walked up to “my” van, opened the driver side door, and noticed a hat on the dash that wasn’t mine. Still clueless. I started to sit in the driver seat when I heard a voice from the back seat. “UH ma’am”… Yes, I was getting into the wrong van!!!! The two teenage boys were just as stunned as I was. I said oh, I’m sorry, closed the door and located my van asap… Upon backing out. I noticed the mother and maybe grandmother giggling at me as I sped off… So you are so not alone. Tina B.

  44. 44
    Missy says:

    LOL..that’s so funny! I would have been so embarrassed, too, but at least y’all got a good laugh out of it. 🙂

    So excited about Baby Girl! Thanks for the updates and glad you’re feeling good! Look forward to the day she’s born and hearing her name. Post a pic of you sometime with your cute pregnant belly. 🙂

  45. 45
    Sooz says:

    Too funny!
    I think its great your waiting to announce the name. The anticipation will surely drives us all crazy, but it will be worth it!

  46. 46
    Dana N says:

    Too funny! I also wanted to say that you are so right–the best thing about ministry is meeting so many great people. As Methodists, we have moved about every 4 years. Each place where we have served is remembered by the dear friends we made there. And there are often those funny moments to remember too! I hope you are writing these experiences down!

  47. 47
    puzzlepiecesista says:

    I haven’t been on the blog in sooooo…many weeks, I came down with “mono” yes, you heard that right, a 43 yr. old wife and mother of 3 gets the so called “kissing disease” at my age, how crazy is that?!?!?! Please pray for my speedy recovery!

    I haven’t had much to laugh about lately but oh that made me really laugh Amanda!! I bet you flushed a few pretty shades of pink!! Speaking of pink….can’t wait til your sweet bundle of pink arrives. Treasure every moment!!

    Oh by the way “Happy Birthday To You”….loved the way Melissa has always looked up to you and that picture, talk about two gorgeous girls!!! Go crazy on the birthday shopping spree with your mom when she gets back. Give her a hug for me and have her give you one back from me for your birthday. Wish I could do it myself in person, but this is the next best way!!

    Love and miss you all so much,

    Redmond, WA

  48. 48
    Shellie Paparazzo says:

    Oh, Amanda. I’m excited too! I didn’t mention it to you before but my birthday’s February 13th, so just one day late okay. She’s going to be born on my birthday. Think you can handle that? He he he!

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    ShellyinPA says:

    God Bless Amanda. My oldest son was Born Feb 16. Many blessings to you on your second little bundle. Enjoy that mommy and me time with Jackson now. It can be a hectic to spend time with both individually. Mine are 17 months apart. GOD’s timing.

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