A Plea for Community

So this afternoon my Dad and I were having a semi-serious conversation, a father/daughter heart-to-heart of sorts in the kitchen, when my Mom busted in and grabbed a mysterious-looking package off of the counter. The following scene then played out:

Beth: “Well, I guess you two don’t know that I ordered a Slanket!”

Melissa & Dad: Silence.

Melissa: “Hold up. Wait a minute. You bought a Slanket? The ‘As Seen on TV’ Slanket?”

Beth: “Yes. You mock, but wait till you see what it does. You’re going to want one. Think how I can read with it.”

Melissa: “So, can you explain the scenario to me, the precise circumstances, in which you decided to buy the Slanket?”

Beth: “What do you mean?”

Melissa: “I mean, did you actually call the phone number listed on the lower right hand of the screen?”

Beth: “Yes, and they were so popular, they were sold out when I placed my order. Mine has been on back order for weeks. I’m so happy.”

Melissa: “Were you alone when you made this purchase?”

Beth: “Well, what do you think, Melissa? It’s Deer Season! Of course I was alone. I’ve been alone for months.”

And then everything made perfect sense. My dear friends and blog-family, the moral of this story is the importance of living in community. If you are ever tempted to buy a massive Polyester blanket with oversized sleeves, stop and look around. Ask yourself, “Would I do this if someone I love and respect were sharing this very couch with me?” Looks like my Dad and I have another serious conversation on the horizon. I can’t believe I moved to Georgia. I love this place. If it weren’t for one very fine looking hunk of a man in Atlanta, I might just stay forever. There’s no place like Home.

Update: Okay, so in response to several of your comments I finally figured out that Melanie (a.k.a. BigMama) recently posted a similar but far more hilarious account concerning her Sister, apparently she had fallen victim to a similar brand called Snuggies. I fear a cheesy conspiracy is forming against us, Melanie.

Mom in the one and only Slanket:

Oh and on a much more sane note, here is a new picture of Annabeth and me:

A VERY IMPORTANT PS. FROM BETH: I have you danged well know that Melissa just asked for the one, the only Slanket. Yep. That’s right. Put it on. She got a stomach bug during the night and has had the worst day. When she first began to feel better a few minutes ago, she asked for a little sip of Dr. Pepper…and the Slanket. I said in my most juvenile voice, “I’m telling!” So I am.

And, by the way, y’all won’t waste a prayer on us right now. Please ask our very gracious God to cap this bug and not let a single Jones or Moore catch it. Jackson was exposed, too, and we don’t want that virus anywhere near our newborn princess or her mommy! I also have an LPL this weekend. Thank you so much! We love you guys and pray for you, too!


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  1. 51
    Kelly @ Love Well says:

    I’m at a loss for words.

    And that’s saying something.

  2. 52
    Kristen in Roswell says:

    That is absolutely hilarious! Beth, you would get along so well with my mom and her twin. You would all have matching snuggies!

    Just finished packing and leaving for El Paso in about an hour! Cannot WAIT until LPL starts tomorrow evening! Praying for a fresh word from Beth for my sisters and I and for safe travel for all. See you there, Miss Beth!

  3. 53
    DigiNee says:

    Laughing hysterically!!!!!

    Will pray.

    PRECIOUS shot Melissa . . . BIG bow!

  4. 54
    Anonymous says:

    You know, when the infomercial first came on during the holidays I thought “that is so cheesy.”…then after the holidays it came on again..and I changed my tune. I wanted one. It’s supposed to be 14 unusual degrees in Charlotte tonight and my poor bare arms are sticking out of my chenille blanket as I type, whatever will I do??!!!

  5. 55
    lindsey kate says:

    Beth, you look like you’re ready to join an order of Franciscan Monks! I must admit it looks very warm, though.

    Hope Melissa is all better by now and that all the rest of you are staying well.

  6. 56
    WOW says:

    So funny! My Mom and I had a good laugh before Christmas about this very item. (We saw the snuggie). We laughed and laughed at the commercial and I commented on the “cheezee” factor. It certainly made us laugh when we saw the man in it! The “Star Wars” reference from Nightingale came to our minds as well! Of course, when all was said and done, we both concluded that it in fact looked “cozy” and “practical”. (My Mom came to that conclusion first.) We decided that the commercial made it “cheezee” and it would make a great gift. Neither one of us bought it in the end, but it is a subject we often laugh about. My brother bought me a “clapper” for my birthday in Sept. and it is quite the center of conversation when we get together! I was going to buy him a “chia pet” at Christmas, but they really went up in price, so I passed on that!
    PS My family already went through that GI bug once, and I am afraid it is coming around again! I do pray that it doesn’t get spread around here or there!

  7. 57
    Emmy says:

    Oh my goodness! I’ll be praying! : )

  8. 58
    cdrosenbalm says:

    We will definitely be praying. That was my first thought when I read about her stomach bug “oh the baby”. I know Melissa would feel just awful if anyone else got sick.

  9. 59
    Indy-Lindy says:

    I’m laughing soooo hard.. and praying for health for everyone, too!!!! I sometimes walk around the house with a blanket around me. A slanket would be PERFECT!!


  10. 60
    glorysuzy says:

    So Melissa…..was the slanket comfy? Sorry your punny ;( you must have felt really bad to need the slanket…..lolololol

    No kidding, I’m praying for all of you.

  11. 61
    Heather Bug says:

    HAAAAA!!! The slanket and the snuggie….so popular right now!!! I love it! I am so sorry Melissa is sick….I’ll defintely be praying that nobody else gets it.

  12. 62
    Jessica says:

    For the record, Beth, I think your slanket is adorable and very warm and cuddly looking. I would have bought it even if all the people in my community were sittin next to me on my couch!!! You go, girl!

  13. 63
    Anonymous says:

    You girls are hilarious! I will be praying that the stomach bug does not spread to anyone.

    I’m sure you are all enjoying your new baby girl. She is absolutely gorgeous! Am anxious to hear about Jackson’s reaction to his new sister.

    Take care,
    Anne in MO

  14. 64
    Anonymous says:

    Mrs. Beth you look like a shepherd in the manger scence. I can’t stop laughing! The slanket looks like it is really comfortable!

    Crissy Talley
    Nashville, TN

  15. 65
    Heather says:

    LOL!!! And may the force be with you. (you know, to keep the stomach bug away from everyone)

  16. 66
    Georgia Jan says:

    Beth: You go with your Slanket-self. I’m proud of your slanket and you look mahvalous!!!

    Melissa: Girl…you know you are some more creative writer!!! I pray you are soon well!!!

    I need a Slanket…As I type this, I’m sitting in my chair in our den, and I just watched Session 4 of Esther (SHE HAD A CHOICE, SHE FACED THE FEAR, AND SHE TOOK THE COURAGE – Hallelujah and Amen!).

    Anyway, it’s a cold night in Georgia…down in the “teens.”

    I need my hands free to write and take notes, but alas they are tied up in this old afghan…

    Praying for all of you and for no one in your community of family to get that virus!

    Much Love,
    Georgia Jan

  17. 67
    Jean M says:

    Funny blog. Funny that Melissa wanted the slanket. Not so funny bug. 🙁

    Praying for you all!

  18. 68
    Anonymous says:

    I’m not a christian and sometimes I look at your blog and when I see how god is in your smiles your life i see something, something,something. I wish i could explain. it’s peace like i’m ok.

  19. 69
    Kimberly says:

    It reminds me of what a monk would wear. And I must say Beth is the most beautiful monk I’ve ever seen! So funny! The baby is precious! What a blessing!

  20. 70
    Anonymous says:

    Oh, my daughter (12) wants one of those Slanket/Snuggie things – they actually sell them at the grocery store – right next to the green bags and the perfect pushup! I told her that I saw them and she was so disappointed I didn’t get her one.

  21. 71
    jennyhope says:

    I love it!! “I’m tellin” I an just hear your voice saying it!!

    Don’t dog the slanket. Or whatever its called right?!?!

  22. 72
    jennyhope says:

    I got the neti-pot now I think I may cave and get me one of those blankets.

  23. 73
    Laura Beth Fletcher says:

    Only you could look that good in a “Slanket”…I bet Melissa did too! Praying for you to all stay well and for the LPL this weekend.
    Laura Beth

  24. 74
    Lopsided Halo says:

    Is there anything that doesn’t look good on you Mama Beth??? I want one now…maybe….!

  25. 75
    Lopsided Halo says:

    Where is your light saber?????

  26. 76
    Anonymous says:

    I just needed a “venue” for my day of what should be a sense of accomplishment for God and all his daughters,- oh my my my as we would say in the south- after my brilliant accomplishment, so many “dirty” disturbances- to put me back in my place- yes, the accomplishment was well received, but just enough disturbance to know that this was not my “party” -I’m exhausted with being humble- thanks again for allowing me to simply express-I understand if this comment should be removed- Blessings in your time of great celebration- Love

  27. 77
    Miss Debbie says:

    Darling Melissa sorry to hear you aren’t feeling good tonight. I have prayed for your healing and comfort and a hedge of protection around Princess Annabeth and her mommy, daddy and brother Jackson. Prayers for you to Sweet Beth for health for your weekend and the lives that you will touch through your ministry. The Slanket story was hilarious. Melissa has your gift Beth of writing with hilarity. What a HOOT it must be at your house. Again Thanks for sharing your lives with us and the joy that flows from your family. You will never know how your example has touched so many peoples lives. Rejoicing with you for the blessing of your precious little granddaughter and niece
    Love You

  28. 78
    Kate says:

    That slanket looks comfy. I am single and subject myself to late night tv every now and then…thus the gym which has taken over my garage and gone virtually unused. I now have an accountability partner who gets a bit trapped at times too…we have a support system…unnecessary items get sent right back, unless it was 2 for 1, then we share. 😉

  29. 79
    Sarah says:

    Beth, it looks like a great big brown sloth swallowed you up!
    Ok, ok,… I too have contemplated calling and getting one everytime the commercial comes on TV. It looks like a brillant idea.
    Too Funny! Thanks girls!

  30. 80
    Shellie Paparazzo says:

    Beth, in your defense, I think you look very comfy. How’s the reading in that thing working?

  31. 81
    April P says:

    LOL. I really wanted to buy that too! I am so jealous that you got it. I can’t think of how many nights I have tried to make my own slanket out of multiple blankets just so I can stay warm while working on my computer or reading!

    I think you should get lifeway to sell them at LPL hahahah I bet they would sell like hotcakes :O)

  32. 82
    Shellie Paparazzo says:

    You’re right, Kecia. She does look like a Jedi. She’s our Jedi Master.

  33. 83
    Trevor says:

    I’m bustin’ a gut once again at you goofy girls!! We have those advertised up here in Washington State and I think ours are called “Snuggies, Snugglies” something like that, except we can’t get that FINE brown shade that Beth has, they only offer LOUD
    blue or burgandy. I told my boys I was getting those for all of us and we were going to be that family that sits in the baseball stands all cozy in our snuggies and cheers for our sons as they round the bases and are headed for home!! My 14yr. old (he’s a pitcher) about had a fit, just a flippin’ out full on fit, said he’ll have the coach ban us!! LOL!!
    He knows me to well and that just to crack a funny I probably would! Hee! Hee! I’m so bad! Tell Beth I want to order from her people cuz brown’s my color!! She best pass that phone number or web address right along now!

    You look so good with a baby in your arms…..are your hormones sweatin’ mommy yet??? Not long my pretty………….especially since you have such a fine hunk stud-buck back at home!! Hee! Hee!

    Your mom just KILLS me, totally SLAYS me, also a little scary that at times I think like her too!! LOL

    Thanks for sharing,
    Angela – Redmond, WA

  34. 84
    Anna says:

    She reminds me of the friar on Robin Hood in the first pic. Sooooo cute. So cute.

  35. 85
    Anna says:

    She just looks so HAPPY in it! Wow. Serious advertising power in that smile.

  36. 86
    A Stone Gatherer says:

    I think the slanket looks awesome! We really need those up here in Michigan! I WANT ONE!!!

  37. 87
    Dee says:

    So funny! Melissa – you caved (o:
    I loved KR's post about the length – so true!

    Praying you all stay very healthy & avoid the stomach bugs!
    Blessings from Central Texas!

  38. 88
    sarah cantrell says:

    I love the pic of Ms Beth in the Suggie….its not quite perfect..you need to be holding a remote with one hand and Keith needs to be sitting next to you with one on too (he needs a camo one…lol) those things crack me up! I cant even watch the commercial!!
    Btw…started my Ester small group yesterday….hubby and baby are upstairs sleeping…yea…its already starting rocking my world!! Love yall! Melissa…Im with you! I married my love for TN and left Houston!! Wow….how I miss the Galleria!!lol

  39. 89
    ramona says:

    My six year old son said that Beth “…looks like Anekin Skywalker, but not a boy.” in her Slanket. I’m sorry. My little menfolk are rather obsessed with Star Wars. If you gave her a belt and a light saber, I could see it, too! 🙂

  40. 90
    Pat from Kansas says:

    Late night infmercials are dangerous!
    My husband thinks people in the snuggies/slankets look like monks!
    I would have to agree after looking at the photos.
    How funny, though that Melissa wanted to use it. Now, I just need to invent something people will buy when they are awake at night sitting all alone- because my husband succumbed to buying a ‘magic bullet’ and a “bender ball”. Maybe if he didn’t make chocolate malts in the magic bullet he wouldn’t need the bender ball!:)
    Pat from Kansas

  41. 91
    Longmeadow Mama says:

    Perhaps Melissa has the “Egyptian flu?” Ya know the flu that turns you into a “mummy”!
    Seriously though, those stomach bugs are the worst and will be praying health for all.
    Love and prayers,

  42. 92
    Anonymous says:

    How funny! That is a grandma snuggle blanket if I ever saw one!!.. btw Why do you need one in Texas??? Surely it’s not COLD! 😉

  43. 93
    Erin says:

    I need a slanket! Right now I am typing on a chilly morning with a blanket over my shoulders … the slanket makes so much more sense. Will pray that no sickness comes near y’all.

  44. 94
    Carol says:

    Too funny! My 4 year old daughter has been telling me she wants a snuggie. At least if I buy one, I won’t have to order it on the phone. There is an “As Seen On TV” store in the Mall of GA.

    I hope everybody stays well. I’ll send some prayers your way. 🙂
    Carol @ sheep to the right

  45. 95
    Kristy says:

    I love it! It is so cold here in the mornings, I walk around with a blanket wrapped around my arms and around my shoulders, and it keeps slipping off – so the “Slanket” would be perfect. And doesn’t Beth look cute in anything?

  46. 96
    Cristie says:

    I can’t get over how much the Moore home sounds like ours. I’m so glad cause I thought we were nuts. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Won’t we all have such a ball in Heaven?!!

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    gg2002 says:



  48. 98
    Tonia says:

    You guys are hilarious!! I love you!

    My kids obviously are spending too much unsupervised time watching tv because they keep telling me that I need to buy a snuggie!! I don’t know about you but when I was younger a snuggie was NOT a blanket it was something very uncomfortable!! You will have to let us know what you think of the sklanket now that you broke down and tried it!! I just don’t think I can buy a snuggie!!

    Also, congrats on the BEAUTIFUL little addition to the family. I pray that you feel better soon and that everyone else stays healthy. Give the little lots of loves!!


  49. 99

    Oh Miss Beth, I just love you! Don’t let your family laugh! I, too, have a Slanket. This girl gets cold inthe winter and needs to stay warm while she reads or uses the laptop. My family laughed at me, and then I caught my kids AND my hubby using my slanket at different times. Now, they all have their own. Tell Keith and Melissa they are just jealous that they don’t have the stylin warmth of a slanket. Just think we could start something new, the Siesta in a Slanket!!
    Love you all!
    Tracy in Illinois

  50. 100
    Anonymous says:

    I have wanted a “snuggie” for many months now, but my husband teases me about it to no end! I can’t wait to show him this blog and the picture of Beth in her very own slanket!

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