Some Great News and a Few Random Catch-ups

Hey, You Darling Siestas!

I only have just a few minutes because…
a) I don’t have much battery left on my laptop
b) American Idol just came on. For all you American-Idol-haters, I’m not saying I’m watching it. I’m just saying it’s on. And it’s top 12 night.

BUT, I had to hop on the blog because I have the greatest news. You’re going to need to sit down for this. Last night we got a whopping $10,000 donation from a Siesta for the Siesta Scholarship Fund!!!! I first wrote “Fun” instead of “Fund.” GIRLFRIEND, LET SOME BIG GIVING BEGIN! THAT’S WHAT I CALL FUN! The way I see it, based on what we now have in our fund (roughly 13,000 after subtracting our giving for ministers’ wives’ event), even if we don’t get another dime, LPM can give away a thousand dollars of materials/tickets a month for the next year. I am so pumped I can hardly sit to type. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’m going to get to give away some tickets to our New Orleans LPL to some folks who have been financially devastated ever since Katrina. I am beside myself. I am humbled beyond expression to be part of this giving campaign with you. May God bring forth a 100-fold harvest in the life of each recipient and bless each of you beyond belief.

We also celebrated Mister Jackson Curtis Jones’s THIRD BIRTHDAY this week! His actual birthday was yesterday but we had a small family party with four generations of Moore blood Monday evening. We missed Curtis’s family so much. Keith and I love his parents. We’d be such good friends if we lived in the same city. Same weird sense of humor. For Jackson’s birthday dinner, AJ requested her daddy’s famous deep-fried fish, the best home-made tartar sauce in the Lone Star State, corn on the cob, steak fries and home-made macaroni and cheese. (It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s SUPPER-MAN!) It was fantastic. We then put the boy out of his misery and let him open a den-floor full of presents. After we’d made big over his gifts, we pulled out the Thomas the Train ice-cream cake, put on our Thomas the Train birthday hats, lit the big-three candle, and sang like there was no tomorrow. Jackson loved being the center of attention. It was like he’d had some practice.

Honestly, Sisters, that child has been the biggest, most enthusiastic blast we’ve just about ever had grace this family. We are all hopelessly smitten with him. And as for his darling baby sister, she nearly slept through the whole thing – looking like the cutest pink doll you’ve ever seen – so she could keep her Daddy up till 3:00 AM. They do late nights together. But not usually that late. Annabeth is a really sweet baby. She doesn’t cry much when she’s awake. She just wants to keep some folks company. Bibby wishes it were her some nights.

And, shoot-fire before my laptop dies, I love my Tuesday night Bible study group so much! God has blown my mind with the breadth of this inheritance theme. Honestly, it could have been an eight-week study complete with homework. (Not gonna be for now but coulda been) I never would have guessed it in a million years but the subject just got bigger and bigger. God has taught me so much. Pray for me to have ears to hear and eyes to see and the anointing to teach comprehensively what God, in His great mercy, is showing to me. We only have three classes left this Spring. I hate for Bible study to be over!

Well, Keith and I decided to have our own random suppers tonight so he had 2 chicken pot pies and I’m having scallop potatoes and my timer’s about to go off. (Yes, that’s all I’m having for the whole meal. I am the weirdest eater on earth. I have this really simple recipe I’ve loved for years from a church cookbook . I can make the dish with skim milk and 2% cheddar cheese and it’s great comfort food. I add milk to it afterwards and make it into kind of a potato soup. And eat two big bowls.)

And now Star is dropping the tennis ball at my feet. Let me pitch it down the stairs long enough to finish this post.

Lord have mercy. Why do y’all put up with me? This is so random. Terrible writing. No time to edit. But I love you. And I just wanted to say hi. And that all of you are in my top 12.

I sacrificed my hair for the Thomas hat.


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  1. 1
    Kat says:

    Why? Cause we love you back and you are the best!
    Thomas gets around to those 3 year old birthday parties. He visited our 3 year old grandson last year on his birthday. So fun!! And we LOVE the pictures. Beautiful grand-babies, Bibby!
    Oh, did week three Esther video tonight. It is GREAT! I am getting some much needed WORDS in this study. Love you bunches.

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    Carla says:

    GOD IS SOOOO GOOD ISN’T HE? He knows what we need, when we need it, and how to give it in just the right amazing way. Praise Him! And little Jackson, I hope you had a wonderfully, fun filled day. You deserve it big brother! You are a cutie. Carla Lee

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    michellemabell says:

    Just coming here to read posts like this after a crazy day is just such a blessing, and reading the responses just fills, no quiets my soul.
    And the scripture memory posts…how I love to go and read through those posts at random times throughout the day, even if it’s only a couple here and there.

    Love and Blessings,

    Michelle in snowy VT

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    GentillyIzzie says:

    Wow, I think i am officially kind of speechless and for me that is new territory. It is taking me forever to post here because I just can’t seem to find the adequate words. I am a New Orleans girl who has heard the request from our sisters who are struggling, and I agree with Ms. Judy God is up to something and not just in our city but all over as women are blessed by the SSF. I am so excited I am about to jump out of my skin.
    God is so good. This SSF is a fantastic idea and ministry at its finest, GOD IS BEING GLORIFIED IN THIS!!!
    As for the randomness of life, we are your everday random girls and we love ya for it.

  5. 5
    Terri says:

    Hey Beth,
    I absolutely agree about Inheritance. I lead an Esther group on Wednesdays up in Tomball and I am always sharing something from Tuesdays during our group time. I am encouraging them all to do it when it comes out on video. (I invited them to come on Tuesdays but their schedules don’t work for that. I personally haven’t missed a Tuesday since Believing God!) Isn’t He just amazing! The Epiphany of the parable of the talents is just life changing for me! Praise Him for revealing that to us!

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    connorcolesmom says:

    PRAISE the LORD for the wonderful donations !!
    What fun with little Jackson on his 3rd birthday – I can not believe he is already 3YO!! TIme flies!

    Love the pictures!
    Mama Beth you are wonderful
    Thank you for passion and authentic love for God!
    Much love

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    Anonymous says:

    It is an enjoyable read when you are doing the random posts! These are my favorite to read…I do read the serious ones, but on stressful days, I like the random ones! You and your family are such a joy! Love you guys to pieces!

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    Nikki says:

    Bring on the randomness!! To me Randomness is the Realness…okay that sounds really crazy but sometimes I think the things we share in our random times show a bit of who we really and truly are. Its the random things that set us apart from others…the things that are going on in our lives that aren’t that huge of a deal but make up a large part of our days. What we have for dinner may be a random thing to post about to the rest of the world but to you its vitally important!! Its every day realness…So every post of randomness from you or any of the Moore/Jones/Fitzpatrick clan is like an episode of the Moore/Jones/Fitzpatrick Reality Show…a personal favorite of mine.

    I am so jazzed to hear about that great donation!! Yay for all those women who will be blessed from it!! God bless those who gave and those who will benefit from the giving!!

    I have to agree with Miss AbbyLane…this blog has become so crutial to my life and in ways that I would never have imagined. I am the roommate that she was talking about meeting on the blog. I have met soo many dear women who have become such a part of my life that it just constantly overwhelms me!! And Ive only met most of the 1 time!!! A few I have met twice. Yet we chat on facebook and text all the time, sharing funnies or prayer requests and encouraging one another. I just love it. I can not begin to thank you for being willing to take time out of your life to share with us what all is going on in your world. Both in your work for the Lord and in your family life. I am constantly blessed by the posts on here. So many times what you blog about is exactly what I need to hear!! You never forget all the single ladies and that means so much.
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    I can’t wait to see what happens next in the wonderful world of Siestaville…may God continue to bless you and this blog.

    Love you and love to all my dear Siestas!!!


  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    How exciting and praise God for the scholarship. I am so happy that so many will benefit. That’s just awesome!

    Thanks for sharing about Jackson’s party (and making me starved right before bed). Now, I am going to have to go and find something to stuff my face with.

    Jackson does look older now that he is a big brother and little Miss Annabeth has eyes as big as saucers! She is one alert baby. That’s how my Adra always was (she kicked her covers off in the warmer) and man, she is still a force to be reckoned with.

    I love names and I love knowing how they come about. Now I know where Beth came from, but I am curious about Anna and Ellen. I can’t help it, I love stuff like that. We are so big on passing names down in our family. Our biggest girl name is Laura, followed by Grace, Mary, Alabama (Bam), Sarah and some other very unique southern names that I can’t get into.

    Did AJ just love the names or is Annabeth named after someone else in the family too? Or is Anna or Ellen your middle name? I am such a geek, but I love stuff like this. I get on line just to look up names. I love girl names, because there are so many beautiful ones. I love boy names too, but girl names are just easy.

    Thomas the train brought back memories. My Michael is nine years-old now and I miss those days. However, with every year comes something else precious and he still swings those swords around and loves me to pieces. I miss the baby/toddler days, but we have a new connection now.

    Beth, I am just so happy for all of you, that you get to spend so much time with your grandbabies. That is the way it should be and it is so good for everyone. It seems no one gets to live close to family anymore. I guess I am going to have the best of both worlds. My roots and beloved family are in West Virginia and our wings are in Texas. I plan to take my children back home often because I want them to always be familiar with my unique home state. I watched something about hillbillies hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus, “Romeo” double HA, expecting to see something duragatory and very untrue and it made me so homesick. Okay, now I am rambling and have no business typing right now. Thanks again for sharing!!!!! Got a little sad seeing those babies b/c mine are growing-up too fast, but it was a nice warm sad. On that note, God bless you and goodnight moon!

    Barbara–Mountaineer in Texas

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    Anonymous says:

    Lord, You are so worthy of praise! Thank You so much for all You are doing. You are so worthy, Lord – so worthy! I love You.

    Your daughter,


  11. 11
    Anna says:

    Is there anything better than a nuzzle with a baby? The family pics. are delightful.

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    Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing your “randomness” with all of us…..I love seeing the pictures of all of you…Praising God with you as He supplies all of our needs throughout the Body. blessings, Pam in San Diego

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    Strad says:

    I’ve only found and started following the blog in the past few days and I have to say that I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve spent reading every random or not quite so random thing you and all the Siestas have had to say!

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    Anonymous says:

    Beth, I have to post a few comments from one of my favorite funny books, “The Grits Guide to Life” by Deborah Ford and Edie Hand. Now, I am not promoting this book, by any stretch of the imagination. There are too many things in it that I seriously disagree with, like women are different, becasue deep down we are the same, no matter which side of the Mason-Dixon line we were reared on. But, after your pot pie story, I just had to put a couple of quotes about fixing dinner.

    These are quotes from Sara Voorhies:

    “This is my busy-day supper for Jack: I take everything from the left side of the refrigerator, combine it with everything from the right side of the refrigerator, sprinkle Fritos over the top and bake.”

    “I’ve been known to serve a seven-course meal when company comes…a six-pack of Dr Pepper and a Moon Pie.”

    “A lot of my friends like my recipe for Pullet Mazzerati. It’s a chicken that’s been run over by an Italian sports car.” Page 144

    Now, there’s you some good ideas for cooking!!!

    I am unapologetic for having a sense of humor. Once in a blue moon, I just have to pull this book off the shelf and read my favorite sections. I laugh until I cry, because some of it is so true.
    However, I can’t laugh about the Baptist jokes, etc. I just can’t. I’m totally in love with Billy Graham and I loved his wife more. Plus, I go to a Baptist church. My brother likes to send me questionable B’Day cards and he always writes “I hope those Baptists didn’t take away your sense of humor.” He’s under conviction for sure. I just tell him “No, actually, I’ve had more fun and laughed a true laugh more than I ever have being a Christian, the grass is definitely greener on this side of the fence.”

    There are a few good recipes though and sometimes I just need a really good, meaningless laugh. Maybe one day I’ll chunk it, if I ever feel convicted about it.

    I’ll regret this post tomorrow b/c I am too tired to be posting. I am crazy enough to do it anyway. I might not post for a few days b/c I’ll be embarrassed.

    BTW, the Siesta Scripture Memory verse is so helping me. I find myself saying the versus in my head, not only for practice, but for help fighting off demons. I would have never done this if you had not ignited it. So, thank you again and again. My BFF Rachel and I are both loving it and we are holding each other accountable. We are on this like white on rice.

    Love you Beth!!!! Keep the random posts coming!

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    The Bryant Family says:

    So exciting!
    I have to admit that I am an American Idol addict and just finished watching.
    And Beth, I have twin sons (one of whom is also named Jackson) that shares your Jackson’s birthday – only they turned 2 instead of 3. They had a blast!

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    Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness, just realized I didn’t sign my last crazy post, so I am going to own it about the Grits book. Barbara S.

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    rebekah says:

    Beth, your post is just full of good news tonight! Life can just be plain fun sometimes.

    We are back in San Diego after our three month long winter “break” in Minnesota. It is so good to be back in the sunshine and warm weather! However, God taught me so much during my time in MN, I’m not complaining- I promise! Just enjoying the change.

    I can’t tell you how much better my hair looks already. It was so dry it didn’t know what to do. I had a haircut appt. just about as soon as we got off the plane and it is so happy and bouncy again.

    Only 40+ days until my hubby is back from Kuwait- I can’t wait!

    I also can’t wait to hear all about how God is going to use the Siesta fund. Thanks for all your updates! Love, Rebekah

  18. 18
    Holly says:

    OH MY WORD! God is showing off this week through His people, isn’t He? I am so estatic and can picture the faces of those dear women in New Orleans right now. God bless them! I may actually see a few of them this weekend in Buena Vista. They were stranded here in CO during Katrina and come back for the retreat every year. It blesses me to hear their stories (and hurts, too, you know?)

    Love you and Love your family!
    Thank you for loving me back…I write that with tears. Thank you!

  19. 19
    Melissa May says:

    I just loved this whole post and I love you Beth!!!

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    Andreea says:

    The only thing I love more than a post from you is…a random post from you. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is so great. I love the pics and all the details you shared with us. Yay for the SSF!! And as for your comment about how you feel when a semester of Bible study is over…I want you to know I cry BUCKETS everytime I finish one of your Bible Studies. And I own the CDs to all the series I've done/am currently doing, so it's not like I can't go back and listen to them. I've done two so far, and gone through the listening to "Woman's Heart" twice, and I still cried during session 10. And now for a totally random question…would y'all consider putting together a CD set or something of the inheritance study so that those of us who can't be in Houston for the series can hear what you taught?

    Thanks for a great blog post.


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    Anonymous says:

    I love your random blogs and just hearing what’s on your heart even if it is spur of the moment stuff. Thank you for sharing Jacksons birthday pictures with us. I never realized just how much he and Amanda look alike. That smile is the spitting image of his mothers!
    Love to you all,
    Sandy S
    PS Hatch chile siestas just finished session 4 in Esther
    No words can express…we are still in awe!(all 35 of us) I encourage every siesta that’s not doing Esther Bible study to find one. You will be glad you did.

  22. 22
    Tracy says:

    I’m praise-dancing in my kitchen over your incredible news! WOW! God is so good! = ) Something tells me He’s just getting started…

    Thanks for sharing the photos of Jackson’s birthday! What a great time!

    Always love your random posts! They feel like those phone conversations with your closest friends…”oh, and just one more thing before we hang up,” and then another and another…LOL

    For the record(NOT to cast blame or anything), I never watched American Idol UNTIL Mandisa. Just sayin…; )


  23. 23
    Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend says:


    Thanks for that sweet update tonight….Along with American Idol, it made my night.

    What great news about the donation. That’s the kind of stimulus package I can understand!

    You will never know how many ladies lives you brighten with your words…Your teachings are incredible, but your realness always makes them even more special.

    Thanks for sharing your life with us.


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    Vicky says:

    Um, would you consider posting that recipe for scallop potatoes? Because that sounded REALLY yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cheri-Beri says:

    OMGracious! Did Jackson have frosting or spittle in the corner of his mouth?? I just couldn’t tell . . . .

  26. 26
    Yankee Mama says:

    Wow that is amazing! Yahoo Jah!!!:)

    I am a weird eater too I just go ahead and make those boxed scalloped potatoes…I think they’re yummy!

    Jackson looks just like Amanda in tat picture how precious! Man, he’s turning into such a big boy now!

  27. 27
    Maria Cristina says:

    i’m absolutely elated about the news on the Fund! PRAISE YOU, FATHER! PRAISE YOU!!!!

    thank you for all you do, sweet Beth. BLESSINGS in overflowing abundance to you and to your awesome SUPPER-MAN! ๐Ÿ™‚

    maria cristina

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    Anonymous says:

    Too cute and I’m only sorry little Annabeth didn’t get to sport Thomas on her angel head. Maybe next year! But by then you’ll no doubt be on to Curious George or Veggie Tale hats.

    Savor, Amanda, savor (not the cake, the memories). (Okay, the cake, too).

    Warm in Alaska.

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    Kim says:

    I do love your random posts about family. It reminds that we all have ‘life’ – birthday cakes, dishes, skim milk, full schedules and a GREAT BIG GOD. Every time you post something random I swear God speaks to me powerfully through it and comforts my soul in some way. If I never meet you this side of heaven – can’t wait to catch up when I see you there.

    Kim . . . who is
    Grafted by Grace

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    Becky says:

    What a blessing for the scholarship fund. That is awesome! I love the random posts. You could type gibberish and I would still love you Mama Siesta. Give that adorable birthday boy a kiss for me. Birthdays are SO FUN when they are his age.

  31. 31
    Kathy Yeoh says:

    Beth I just love your blog…I never fail to read it…..It gives me so much joy just by reading it. Thanks again and again for making the Word of God so alive to us……Just love you and your teaching

  32. 32
    Hiker Mama says:

    Praise God for the generous hearts that He has blessed so many of our Siestas with. What a great way share the love of Christ with our sisters in need. May the Lord continue to bless your ministry richly!

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday Jackson!! Looks like you all had a blast!! Also, so thankful for all the donations that have come in..Praise You Lord!

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    DigiNee says:

    Bibby girl – any God fearing, grandchild lovin’, blessed beyond measure Grandma would gratefully sacrifice their hair for a grand! And their clothes playing in the leaves, their orderly house (toys of course and food items thrown from the high chair . . .) and their schedule!!!!!

    Now how come your hat looks like a crown and your hair is perfect???

    The pic of Amanda and Jackson is just too cute – if anyone wants to study genetics, just look at that photo . . .

  35. 35
    Armchair Housewife says:

    I just can’t believe taht it’s his third birthday! Time flies!

    I also rejoice about the donation, that is a major praise item!!!

  36. 36
    Abba's Girl says:

    Your post made my heart sing this morning. My father died 3 weeks ago and I am doing pretty well, but I wake up so tired in the mornings and cannot believe I won’t see him at lunch or dinner or receive a phone call during the day, etc.

    Glory to God for the big donation. Thank You Lord and thanks to the Siesta.

    This is a day the Lord has made – Let’s Rejoice and be Glad in it!

  37. 37
    bittersweet says:

    Speaking of random…

    OK, I really, really need that tarter sauce recipe! The kind from Long John Silver’s (you know, the restaurant) is the ONLY kind we like, but you can’t buy it. And let me tell you, they give you really nasty looks when you ask for extra to take home. Plus those little packets aren’t exactly convenient!

    I know you are like me and so thankful of your man. Mine doesn’t cook much, but he will work a full day, come home and wash dishes by hand and fold laundry! We are a homeschool family, so some days I fall a little behind on the housework. All I can say is, it’s wonderful being married to your best friend!

    Now about that tarter sauce recipe…

    Amber in TN

  38. 38
    Lynn says:

    Beth – we love your random posts and we love you!

    Your little ones are just precious.

    May God bless the Siestas that contributed so generously to the FUNd. God cannot be out done in generosity – He will bless them because He is faithful!

    Blessings – sister Lynn

  39. 39
    Casey says:

    Yeah YEah and Yeah again! If I wasn’t 7 months pregnant I would jump for you!!!!
    That is such a tremendous blessing! I never cease to be amazed at how you all continue to raise the bar and “go out teaching all nations…”

    Much Love and tell Amanda she has to give up her secret as to how she looks so stinkin good after so soon after baby Annabeth!

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    God is awesome!!! WOW!! What a blessing!! I cried thinking about all of those women that will get to attend that wouldn’t have otherwise. I know that the Lord will bless them at the conference.
    Do you think you may publish the inheritance study? That’d be awesome.
    Shawn, Georgia

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    pam b from sc says:

    I love the randomness…altho it all makes perfect sense to me ๐Ÿ™‚

    What a blessing! May God continue to lead, guide and fill you all with His joy unspeakable.

  42. 42
    Sandy in Holiday,FL says:

    WHAT RECESSION? In God’s economy it’s always AMAZING. I love Him so much. THANKS FOR SHARING!

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    I am always so blown away by the generous giving of so many!! Thankful for those who are able to give more, thankful that no matter the amount, God will take it and use it to bless and bless and bless!!!
    Thank you for sharing and lifting this siesta’s heart!!!

  44. 44
    Lora says:

    Wow! That is awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your random catch-ups, too, Miss Beth!

  45. 45
    Lauren Kelly says:

    Beth, that is SUCH great news and those pics of Jackson are adorable, he’s such a cutie and he’s going to be a heartbreaker!!! :o)

  46. 46
    Patti says:

    hmmm a scallop potato dinner – never had it but I just might try it. I admit to having a tater tot meal on occasion. It’s the best! I so praise the Lord for His goodness. I am so excited!!!

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    I’m sure that I’m not the only one that would like for you to post that homemade tarter sauce recipe and the scalloped potato recipe.

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    Momtotyandow says:

    Praise God for the generosity of so many. His Word will flourish from it. To my siestas, I have a word of praise, sense we are being random. Last night my one year old, who moves very quickly, was under my feet without me knowing he was so close. I was cooking and hot oil spilled out. A drop hit two spots on his head. I was mortified and scared to death. Do you know, he didn’t even cry. I wiped it off and there was not even a red spot. It was one of my worst fears and God protected him. That oil was hot, it burnt me, but did him no harm. Don’t tell me that wasn’t God. I just fell to my knees and cried and thanked Him. He protected that baby from burns. How I praise Him and Praise Him. He is so real!!

  49. 49
    3girlsmom says:

    Praise Him for the unselfish and HOLY COW donation! So many people will be blessed by that.

    Also, I agree with AbbyLane. I am one of the people she was texting! All because of the blog. I had dinner with 4 Siestas a couple of nights ago – all met on the blog – and laughed like we had known each other all our lives. Then we promptly went to The Melting Pot for some chocolate fondue dessert. It’s Biblical. Doesn’t it say somewhere that where two or three are gathered, there must be chocolate present? Says so in my Bible.

    Thank you, Beth, for your hilariousness, your heart for Him, and the fact that you are REAL. Thanks also, Amanda, for this blog. It has caused a community to develop that is a mighty powerful force, if you ask me!

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    screamofcontinuousness says:

    oh WOW what incredible news.

    wow wow wow.

    God is so incredible.

    love you


    p.s. I find it absolutely endearing that you eat just scalloped potatoes for dinner sometimes. I think we all have our weird comfort foods. but scalloped potatoes are not weird.

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