Just Got Home and Saying Hi

Hey, Siestas! How are my favorite bloggers on God’s green earth?

Keith and I just got home from our cactus ranch about six hours from Houston. I joined him there on Thursday because he’d been gone for several days and I missed him like crazy. He’s been putting in a bunch of new water lines and troughs for our wild game (that means animals in case you’re not familiar with the terminology) and was basically stuck until the job was finished. Hence, I headed West. You tend to get more attached to your mate when your kids are grown because you’re all you have left within your own four walls. It’s really important that you darling young wives and moms remember that one day, God and couple-willing, it will be just the two of you again. It will happen before you know it and, if you don’t have anything left, it’s hard to know where to start again. It’s one reason some folks just start all over but there’s no need. There are all sorts of adventures to have together. Just keep investing. Anyway, I didn’t mean to get off on that subject. Today I mean to just chat with you about nothing.

Needless to say, I took my laptop with me so that I could sit on the porch and work on the (overcoming insecurity) book. I’m all the way to chapter 11, praise You, Lord. I’m guessing I have about five more to go. I hope to have the creative part of the writing wrapped up in a month and then the editing madness begins. Writing is not for the fainthearted or those with a strong affinity for instant gratification. Or, come to think of it, for those who can’t take criticism. It is a hard profession that you only want to take up if you absolutely can’t keep from writing to save your life. That reminds me, I read the coolest book recently by Jerry Jenkins called Writing for the Soul and it’s penned specifically to writers OR to those who think there might be a writer deep inside somewhere. If that’s you, you ought to think about grabbing a copy. I think you’d be so blessed. I read constantly but I can’t say I’ve ever read anything specifically on writing before. I enjoyed it like crazy.

If you really want to write, you might think of tracking down some cactus and pulling up a lawn chair next to it. But not too close in case you doze off. A simple landscape is sometimes best of all. Our little piece of Texas is a great place to write because it’s out in the middle of absolutely nowhere and all you can hear are birds, crickets, cows (on the ranch next to us), sheep (mostly on the ranch next to us and a few on ours), dogs (definitely ours), rattlesnakes (unfortunately also ours) and Keith’s John Deere tractor.

When I’ve written about all my blond brain can handle, I go riding with Keith, Star (Border Collie, for you new ones), and Geli (Bird Dog, also for you new ones) in our broken down jeep with old fashioned air conditioning that comes from holes in the floorboard. We look for any animal or critter we can possibly find. This time we got to see a baby bobcat, 2 feral cats, 2 armadillos, and I have no idea how many deer. The sweetest thing of all is that we came upon a mom who’d just dropped a fawn. It was the most precious little thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Keith said it could only have been a few hours old. We scurried off quickly so we wouldn’t upset them but I went back later to make sure the mom hadn’t abandoned him. I reckon I’d have tried to feed him with a bottle and take him home with me. It would be so fun to have a pet deer in the back yard of the ministry. No, I’m not too serious. Maybe just a tad serious.

Oh, and Keith killed a rattlesnake in the barn. He was reaching right down toward it to move an old tire when he saw it. The ugly thing was rared up and ready to strike but didn’t make a sound because its rattler was missing. We think one of the feral cats probably bit it off in a fight when it was much smaller.

The temperature really skyrocketed there this weekend and I must have mildly complained because Keith piped up with, “Why don’t we go swim in the river?”

“We don’t have our swimsuits!”

“Baby, can’t you swim in shorts?”

“I don’t know if I can or not. I’ve never thought about it before.”

“I bet you can. Let’s go get in and see if you float.”

So we blew up a couple of tubes then Keith cut a pair of his Wranglers off at the knee (Big Mama, does this sound like your man? I think our men are twins separated at birth). I put on my gray running shorts and we headed to the San Saba river not far from our place. We splashed and talked and dreamed and planned two or three more grandkids and had the greatest time. My firstborn loves water so much. I pined for her the whole time. No, I didn’t get my hair wet. I twisted it up in a clip because he’d said he was taking me to dinner afterward. It was one thing to swim in my shorts. It was another thing entirely to go into town with river hair. Not on your life.

I can’t get internet there (or cell service) which is one reason it’s a great place to write but I invariably miss being out of touch with Siestaville. Melissa called me and told me about the blog she posted (the one right before this one) and gave me a run down of a number of your responses. I could hardly wait to get home and take a look for myself. She and I both marveled that God has given us such a tremendously diverse community here. What a rarity in this polarized world! How many communities of believers like this do any of us get to be part of? We are blessed indeed. It’s so incredibly boring just to hang with people exactly like ourselves.

One Lord. One Body. Five thousand people and one fabulous time.

Amanda, Melissa, and I love you so much.

PS. I nearly flipped over that Esther cake. Unbelievable!! Now, THAT took some talent!


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  1. 101
    Anonymous says:

    glad you had a good time & are home safe.Victoria Welch Reidsville NC

  2. 102
    TraciG says:

    Glad you enjoyed some time off in the country. I was chuckling because I really live "in the country" 40 miles from the nearest town, 180 from the nearest city. But my life is SO busy with a 2, 5, 11, and 13 year old, sometimes I wish I could go land in the middle of a Starbucks where no one knows me and needs a snack RIGHT NOW!

    It's been raining here in Montana the last couple of days and last night, just before sun-down the clouds went away. The rain dripping from leaves and the nearly-sleeping sun glistening through the water drops was amazing. The birds must have been missing the sunshine too as they were chirping and singing all kinds of praise music! I wished I could have taken a video, but a small screen just can't capture the majesty of our Big Sky and our Big God!

    Just a request for a little prayer for tonight… I decided to get an Esther study going for the summmer. I figured on about 15 ladies. Apparently God had other plans as I think there's close to 40 coming and they keep saying, "Can I bring a friend?"

    I'm feeling a little nervous and out of my league. I know God can handle it and with His help I can too.

    Blessings to you all on this summer day!

  3. 103
    Little Steps Of Faith says:

    From one creative-somewhat crazy-deep thinking writer to another;)

    I SO agree with you about blogging.
    I actually started my blog, because my brain was tired of waking up at 4am because it hadn't " let out" everything that was on my heart.
    I love your randomness of this post BTW:)
    But anyway, as far as my writing personally, I think I haven't published anything yet, because I sorta " choose" on who is given something I've written.
    I think its the whole insecurity thing that if someone reads what I write, then they see me.
    Does that make sense? LOL.
    I also would find it hard to receive money from something I write. I mean I feel like why should I get paid for having words that God placed on my heart? I honestly would rather give a copy out for free, but to publish it costs money..is there anyway around that? Anyway, I'm babbling..
    going to sleep now siestas.
    Have a good day:)

  4. 104
    gg2002 says:

    Siesta MAMA thanks so much for your post – it was great to hear about you time with Keith and all your writing inspiration! We miss you when you are busy – thanks for sharing you life with all of us.


  5. 105
    Kimberly and Grace says:

    Siesta Mama…so glad to hear from you and so excited to see you this weekend! I grew up swimming in creeks and actually was baptized in the river (and fell in during another baptism not my own). Your story brought back lots of memories. Sounded like a lot of fun with your man (except for the snake). Glad you had such a good time.

    See ya soon!

  6. 106
    Anonymous says:

    yes you should talk about keeping some fire in marraige, my husband is the greatest guy in the world, but also the most critical and impatient man alive. I am so tired of being called names and dealing with the critisism that I am finding it hard to stir up any love or affection after 34 yrs of it. some practical advice would help. for obvious reasons I anonymous.

  7. 107
    Gayla says:

    Wow… that all sounds like fun (minus the rattlesnake!). I am "chompin' at the bit" for that book on self esteem!!! I need it, and my son needs it to come through me… and I'm a high school teacher so you know my students so need it… Hug!!!

  8. 108
    Sandee says:

    Aaah Beth! Don't cha know you went to the beach with me and three kids (via audio cd) ๐Ÿ™‚ And all four of us got the stomach flu. Sometimes it is so odd that the person I feel I relate the most to, I have never really met.

    I wish we could sit across the porch, I have a lot of talkin to do and no one to talk to~ lol.

    Feeling lost, sad and disconnected. Your blog brings a smile to my heart.

    Bless you.

  9. 109
    Kay - Bluebird Sightings says:

    Thanks for posting Beth. It was good to hear from you and to get a taste of what's going on in your life. You're more of a woman than me (or is that Moore of a woman!)because I don't think I could tolerate that much time in deep west Texas. My husband is from that neck of the woods, or cactus, and I've spent my share of time there. As it is I live in Arizona and definitely am surrounded by all the things you mentioned (rattlesnakes, deer, bobcats, as well as coyotes, javelina, and bears) but I also have a mall and a Chilli's just down the road. Makes all the difference in the world!

    Thought of you just this morning as I was contemplating what I would say to any of the ladies in my church who might get disgruntled about the books (namely one book) I chose for our women's ministry summer book club. While I chose a wonderful fiction book and a devotional type book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, I also chose a biography on Amy Carmichael by Elizabeth Elliot. I'd heard and read you speak of reading biographies so much that I decided I and any other ladies in my church who were game should read a good biography on one of our Christian forefathers, um foremothers. I've started the book, A Chance to Die, and I've found that it is not easy reading, but still I am thrilled to get an inside look at this woman's awesomely inspiring life and attitude. I'm just afraid some of my ladies may complain that it's to heavy and they can't get into it. I told a friend of mine, "I think Beth Moore would say, 'sometimes we need to dig a little deeper and not expect everything to be easy and fun. Sometimes it's just worth it to wade through the hard stuff to get to the treasure.'" At any rate I put those words in your mouth and plan to sweetly share that sentiment with any ladies who may complain about the task of reading about Amy. You pray for us. It's just worth it, I think. I hope they think so too!

    Bless you Beth! Have a great day!
    Kay in Arizona

  10. 110
    Miranda says:

    River hair. Ha!!!

    I do love being a part of this blog! So fun!

    Love y'all!

    Oh! I am interning at the Gospel Music Channel in Atlanta….and we are going to practice interviewing people…so the assingment was to choose an artist, author, or actress to imitate.

    I chose you Mrs.Beth! I'll be sure to where my hair real big that day. *wink*wink* Love you!

    (what's cool… the other person has to research you to create questions to ask "you"…so my prayer is that as she researches your life the Lord would touch her through all the cool things He's done through you!)

  11. 111
    Nichole says:


    Please post pictures of your cactus ranch one of these days. It sounds terrifying. I took a siesta (the real meaning of the word) yesterday afternoon and had a hard time going to sleep last night. I kept thinking about you sitting on the porch listening to rattlesnakes. Seriously. Could not get over it. These are the things nightmares are made of!!!

    It's always good to hear from you!

  12. 112
    amykat says:

    Must tell you, Mama Beth, this post was just a re-confirmation to me that God has made me a writer. I have known this call on my life for no less than 10 years now, but I have had so many obstacles in my life that have hindered the fruit production i.e. eating disorder, plain old rebellion, etc.
    Although God is certainly not finished with me yet (oh praise Him!), this post came at the opportune time to further solidify this calling on my life. I am scheduled to go to Proverbs 31 Ministries' SheSpeaks conference at the end of July…..and while I'm working on a book proposal, I keep doubting myself and whether or not this is real.
    Although your post was just random, I have been praying for just little glimpses of more confirmation that this what He created me to do.
    Thank you for your faithfulness. I just adore you.
    And I am SO going to amazon.com right now to order Jerry Jenkins book.
    Amy Dalke

  13. 113
    GentillyIzzie says:

    So glad you had a good time with your man!! We are up to our eyeballs in VBS here and LOVIN IT can I tell ya!! Have a great week siestas!

  14. 114
    Shannon says:

    Beth – since this was a post about nothing in particular, I'm taking the liberty of sharing something sort of random that I think you'll appreciate. You've shared before that you are a queen of malpropisms. You totally came to mind yesterday evening when I walked into my parents kitchen to find my mom sharing with my neice how Christ died on Calgary. Apparently, He's Canadian in my mother's world. She did not believe me when I told her it was Calvary!

    Glad you got some time out in the country.

  15. 115
    Anonymous says:

    This post had me grinning ear to ear. I could ride for hours with my sweetheart looking at deer and other Texas critters. Plus, there is something so endearing and precious about a man who wants you to go swimming with him to the point that he whacked off a pair of long pants.

  16. 116
    julie says:


    I so enjoy your personal stories. Thanks for the encouragement about being alone with our men after the kids grow up.

    Love ya' Siesta Mamma!

    julie lake
    Owensboro, KY

  17. 117
    Mary R Snyder says:

    Beth — thanks so much for sharing. I love to hear about the writing process and I want to echo Lisa's request for the writers' conference. And I'll also echo her "like you don't have enough to do" comment too. LOL.

    Writing is so hard for us …. I mean, those instant gratification girls who desire that feedback.

    I'm trusting God in my latest book, girlfriends, God, and grace. Sold it to Thomas Nelson in Dec 07, slated to release in April 09. Cancelled in Dec 08…OUCH! I cried.

    God is in control of this project. I am trusting His timing.

    I've loved living this book and He continues to bless me with more adventures. I'm anxious that one day it WILL hit the shelves.

    You are a blessing dear Beth!

  18. 118
    Lynn says:

    Beth! We have missed you. So glad to hear the wriring went well.

    I love the diversity that I find here in Siestaville. It has been a blessing and channel of God's grace for me. Thank you once again for providing this space.

    much love to you!

    Sister Lynn

  19. 119
    kathy pink bicycle arkansas says:

    Well I have a question about snakes. I think there may be den on my property close to my house because I've seen and killed a couple of baby copperheads…..is there a way to get rid of that den of snakes if there is one?

    I live alone so it's just me…..no man to be heroic for me!

    Glad you had a good time and glad you're home, we miss you when we don't here from you.

  20. 120
    freetobeme says:

    My husband and I are temporarily empty-nesters this week thanks to summer camp. Unfortunately, I am not looking forward to spending time with him and him alone. I often question if there is anything left at this point. I don't want to start over with someone else, that's for sure! Just cynical regarding whether he and I can ever enjoy each other's company again. All of you women who can claim your husband as your best friend-don't take it for granted. And remember those of us who are struggling every day to hang in there. My prayer is that, this week, God will show me how to love my husband and also, that once He shows me, I will not run in the opposite direction!

  21. 121
    Glenda says:

    Hey Beth it was cool to hear that you feel so much for that man of yours. I have been married soon be43 years and we have just recently moved from our home of 25 years to a new one, I hope long time home, we are here trying to help a new church get on its' feet and start a outreach ministry from the church. All of that said things are a little slow in getting started and so we have played countless games of Yahztee on our back porch.Which overlooks a pond with a Beaver Dam,Heron Nest,Canada Geese Family, and Mallard Duck Family with 13 babies and they have been a delight to watch.
    My husband has a very bad back after many years of work. So some days we play more Yahtzee than others and they can get really wild and crazy HA HA!!
    We have definitely grown closer to each other and neither of us would know what to do if we didn't have each other. We weren't that way when we first married and there has been some very rough times but we didn't give up and I am glad because we do have the time to enjoy each other more now.
    Glad to be able to share with all the siestas and know that we are all in the Family of God.
    Love in Christ Glenda

  22. 122
    Mischia says:

    Speaking of snakes, where I live we kill bad snakes but not good snakes. So as I drive up on our camp road, from being in town, I saw a snake in the road. I think it is a black snake so I don't want to kill it but to make sure, I get out of the car and walk around the front of the car to check the snake for markings. Sure enough, it is a plain ole black snake. So I say, 'Hurry up ole black snake and cross the road.' He just stuck out his tongue and slowly moved across the road. Even good snake have bad attitiudes!

  23. 123
    Nesha says:

    We have seen so many baby animals just in our yard over the past month. Watched birds from eggs to Mama feeding them to eating at the feeders, baby ducks, baby rabbits, and even baby beavers. Glory!

    I have to share this story with you about my 8 yr old son. Several months ago, he asked me what is means to raise your hands in service. I explained to him what it means and why I do it. Tears… during the last worship song, I saw him raise his little hand in the air, singing. At the end, he saw my tears of joy and gave me a big kiss, grinning ear to ear. Be still my heart!

  24. 124
    Tina says:


    I am in Florida finishing up a book and facing the challenges that go with it. Your post spoke to my heart and God knew just what I needed.

    You are a special woman and so loved!


  25. 125
    takemetomaui says:

    That sounds so awesome!!! I'm a Minnesota girl, but love to hear about all your southern adventures, with the cactus and rattle snakes and all (better you than me.)

    What ever happened to your cute little dog Beanie?? I remember him from one of your bible studies and the picture of him with a little bow around his neck waiting at your door for you to come home!


  26. 126
    Anonymous says:

    Can't you get an animal that eats those things?…snakes that is.
    I'm thinkin' ya'll might ought to do that.

    I mean, isn't eveything a part of the food chain?

  27. 127
    Anonymous says:

    Ok, I have to tell someone this! After Melissa's post, I asked my husband the same question and he said the topic he was tired of hearing about was predestination. He said, you know, God is soverign, he can do what he pleases with his creation, don't you think?
    So we get to church Sunday morning and our pastor gets up and reads his scripture passage and IT IS THE ONE THAT HAS THE PREDESTINATION VERSE (in Romans 8)!!
    We about split ourselves open trying not to burst out laughing!!
    He read a whole passage and spoke on other themes instead of predestination, but we just could not believe it! God does have a sense of humor with us boneheads sometimes.

    Tremont, Illinois

  28. 128
    Betty Shoaf says:

    Beth, you are so right about the kids moving out and then it's just the two of you. We have always taken a weekend to ourselves. It seemed that with raising kids, jobs, self-employment…there was never enough "us" time. Now, we are having a blast. When we get ready to do something, go somewhere we just up and go. I do love that man of mine…almost 41 years.

    Lexington NC

  29. 129
    Carla says:

    What a time you had! Glad you got to get away for a while. Wish there were pictures- now THAT would have made an interesting blog! Thanks for your input on married life in the "after the kids are gone." Come September my husband and I will be there. I've said the very same thing to younger couples myself not really thinking I would be here this soon. It really does take work to keep it freah now more so than when we were young. Anyway, glad you're back, Carla

  30. 130
    Anonymous says:

    Dear Beth,

    Your post was so timely. I am at the end of my Ph.D. process. Just attempting to finish writing my dissertation and today was a bad writing day. Like you said, not for the fainthearted…I was wondering what God was up to, usually I experience new inspiration to keep going (I've been a student in higher education for 12 years!), but today my thoughts seemed jumbled and not very scholarly.

    So your post encouraged me greatly that I am not the only one sitting at my computer with writer's block – praying for a fresh filling of HIM to keep going and for more great and scholarly ideas!

    Thank you so much,


  31. 131
    Kim Safina says:

    The Journey Continues ~

    Thank you Beth for your honesty and insight re: Marla Taviano!

    You are right on with blogging and penning!

    My bro in law penned an book
    (it did great in the bookstores) while his daughter was attending university. It was called EMAILS TO MY DAUGHTER. Bruce Bickel. You can google him!

    Thanks Beth for keeping all of us Siesta's in the light of JESUS!

    A Christian's life is the canvas on which others can see Jesus!
    I am a painting in progress!!!

    I have called you friends.
    John 15:15

    With "Heaven Bound" blessings,
    Kim Safina

  32. 132
    Andreea says:

    Hi!! So great to see a post from you. ๐Ÿ™‚ And yay that you're writing another book. I can't wait…sounds just like what I need. Have a great week!

  33. 133
    Grammy says:

    Beth, you are SUCH a blessing. I really related to today's post. My hubby got bit by a rattle snake 3 years ago, 5 days in the hospital, 6 weeks out of work, his finger is permanently damaged and no strength in hand but thank God he survived it. We also have a empty nest, we discovered we could have fun without our kids, and we are now blessed with 3 darling grandbabies (4, 2 & 22 mos). Excited to see you in NC the end of July.

  34. 134
    Anonymous says:

    I just ordered the book. I have had such a strong desire to write lately, but unfortunately lack any talent for it. So I finally came to the conclusion that nobody but
    God has to see it (and He is very kind about my lack of talent!)I have looked at two different bookstores in the last week for a book to help me get started, but couldn't find one for people who have the urge to write but no talent. So, I laughed when you mentioned a book on writing here today, that is so like God. I love it when He does that!!!!!! Thanks for the help.

    P.S. We used to live in Texas but now live in Wisconsin. I think the snakes here look like earthworms and their earthworms look like snakes! I swear you could put a saddle on one of these earthworms and ride it!!!!!!


  35. 135
    Karen Deborah says:

    This is too cool. The world is a small place sometimes. I don't have a faint heart and I do have writing in my bones, more like a fire. Our church has just enjoyed having John Bisagno as our interim pastor for the last 42 weeks. That's how I found out you went to his church.

    I gave him my manuscript to read. I wasn't thinking about him being a famous preacher like Adrian Rogers, I was just thinking of how much we've grown to love him.

    To late to chicken out now he has it, and he said he's going to read it. YIKES!

    One of my friends told me to come over here and read your post today. Think I'll get that book. The river sounds even better, except I am so askeered of snakes! Do you have water moccasins out there?

  36. 136
    Tammy says:

    oh Mama Beth,
    I just love when you write…I must say I giggled about the river hair…I could just see you telling your love that swimming was one thing but the whole hair thing was another…

    I too want to tell all those fellow siestas to keep writing. I have a blog I started two years ago when I lost my sister in law I needed to get my thyought out and blogging really helped. I have about 16 journals that my dear love of my life can't believe I have kept but I keep telling them they are my journey of faith to share with my boys and future generations… Iwant to make sure they know aobut our sweet Jesus.

    Mama Beth you are so real and I so appreciate you sharing your lives with us.

    love all of you siestas too.
    Tammy in Nebraska

  37. 137
    Rosalye says:

    Oh Beth, love you so! So thankful for you and your willingness to be used by Almighty God! Ipraise Him for you and your ministry. Can't wait to see what He has in store for your girls. How precious you all are. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.
    Waiting on your book, but dying to know what your next Bible study will be. My group is anxiously waiting!
    Double blessings to you all.
    Ro in MS

  38. 138
    Kristib says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I had 23 ladies in my Esther class that I am facilitating on Wednesday nights! I ran out of everything, including seats! I just kept saying Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord as women kept coming in! And we have all ages, even some young thangs, which is unusual for us. We also had ladies from other churches. I am so excited!

    I am looking forward to the siesta study too! It is going to be an amazing summer! Then of course the icing on the cake, Deeper Still in Greensboro, NC!

    Sending much love!

  39. 139
    cindy says:

    It's only day two of kids home for the summer. Oh for a ranch in the middle of nowhere!! It's really okay. But the question that kills me is, "Mom, what are we doing tomorrow?" Since when am I the "activities/entertainment coordinator?"

  40. 140
    Dana says:

    Thanks soooo much for the chat!! All of you bless us so much!

  41. 141
    Jackie Roth says:

    Hi Beth
    The conference (I think in Pittsburg?)the siestas are talking about makes me jealous. I would love to go to one again. The last one I went to with friends was in SD a couple years ago. I live in NE and keep looking for one close by.
    Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement I always receive from reading your posts and your wonderful girls posts.
    PTL for you and your family

  42. 142
    The B's says:

    We crossed the San Saba river and passed through the Pecan Capital of the World when I got lost going from Stephenville, TX to San Antonio…I vowed then that I would get GPS! I LOVE Texas and want to move back so badly. My uncle has a ranch in Stephenville and it is honestly my FAVORITE place in the world.

  43. 143
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks 4 thinkin bout us!
    You have been such an encourager…
    andrea t.

  44. 144
    katiegfromtennessee says:

    Hey Spiritual Mom Beth:)

    You had a good time with your man on the ranch, that's fun:) I like your random post too:) This blog IS fun to read, because of all the different women on it. All walks of life, it seems…I pray that you and Precious Man Keith do have PLENTY of grandkids. Lots of blessings that way:):) He could teach them how to swim in cut off wranglers and to hunt:):) What you said about writing is interesting. Criticism comes with the territory, but the blessings that can come too are worth it, right? The blessing to be used by God to teach others to seek Him more, and to know Him. To teach others biblical truths that have transformed your life, Yea, it's worth it!:):)

    Blessings to you, ((HUGS)), Love in HIM,


  45. 145
    Megdalen says:

    True reptilian story from New Hampshire to go with your Texas reptilian story: my neighbor was out front of her lake house, minding her own business, when AN EEL DROPPED FROM THE SKY and landed right in front of her. AN EEL. Eels are long and smelly and they do not usually drop from the sky. So she screamed and everyone came running out. What to do with a large dead eel?! The economy's not so bad that we'd grill the thing, so they put it in a trash can but then noticed the eagle flying circles around their camp, so they dragged the eel out onto the dock and the eagle came back and swooped it up for dinner. Can you imagine, just going about your day and having an eel drop from the sky right in front of you?! I know God can do anything to get our attention, but only rarely does he use eels.

  46. 146
    Anonymous says:

    For Anonomous 9:22 P.M. 6-7-09
    From one siesta to another, CONGRATULATIONS!
    I'm on year five of my own novel writing process, but since I'm compelled by His Spirit to write this story, I dare not do anything but press on, or is it write on?
    I do hope when the ink dries on your contract and when your agent gives you the freedom to discuss it that you'll let us know. I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to read a book written by one of our own siestas.
    I can't imagine how special this season is, so enjoy every minute of it.
    Patti Hayes – Lutz, Florida

  47. 147
    Georgia Jan says:

    Beth: So glad you are home and had a safe trip to the ranch and had time to write and swim!

    You crack me up! Only a Southern girl could read this line with the right inflection that you wrote about the rattlesnake:

    "The ugly thing was rared up.."

    I love to say "rared up." My Granny said "rared up," and sometimes she would say – "now don't get all rared up…" I am laughing at this so hard.

    Amen to your word to the young siestas encouraging them to remember that one day it will just be the "two of them" and they need to stay connected in the busyness of life!

    That is exactly where my man and I are.

    In fact, the other day someone said, "how is that empty nest?"

    And my man rared up and said, "I'm telling you – it ain't empty – we're still there!" ๐Ÿ™‚

    Much Love,

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    Karla Carlson says:

    Thank you for the book recommendation I am going to check it out. I am in the process of writing my first book and it is a very difficult but incredible adventure at the same time.

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    texatheart says:

    I love to read this blog. Beth you crack me up. One time I was in Cost Rica on a mission trip and we went down to a beach. Mind you, right behind it was like a jungle with big trees and snakes (I'm talking HUGE snakes in them). One of the guys from the area told us to stay away from the snakes with slanted eyes. NOW THAT WAS A PIECE OF INFO I DID NOT NEED TO KNOW!
    Glad you are back. Will be praying for the PA trip this weekend.

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    Jacki says:

    I just love posts like this from all of you! Love it, love it, love it! Wanna come for coffee in the morning? We could have such a good time chatting it up!

    Love you all,

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