Star and Geli These Days

Hey, Siestas! Thank you so much for all those wonderful birthday greetings! I am blessed beyond words! You’ll never know a soul on the face of the earth God has graced more than me. Truly “God’s love is meteoric, His loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, His verdicts oceanic. Yet in His largeness nothing gets lost. Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. How exquisite Your love, O God!” (Ps. 36:5-7 The Msg) Yep, that was one of my memory verses. They sure come in handy, don’t they?

I had such a fun day! Around here, we all say that there’s no birthday like a birthday at LPM but, actually, anywhere you have some best girlfriends that make you laugh your head off and love Jesus twice as much is a birthday just like the ones we have here. Girlfriends are one of the dearest gifts of God in all of life. Besides the great fellowship and intercession, I got the neatest gifts! Keith gave me a very delicate necklace and a leg press. (How do you like that combo? That says it right there.) My staff gave me all sorts of things for my battered back yard. It used to be so gorgeous B.P. (Before Puppies). BUT, it’s slowly bouncing back with all my beautiful new birthday accessories. I had so much fun arranging all of them when I got home from work. I bet I didn’t make it in the house for half an hour and it was HOT. For once, I was too happy to care.

In addition to all my yard and porch gifts, I got the cutest note cards from one of my beloved correspondence assistants. Isn’t that perfect? I also got three gorgeous frames because my dear friend, Nancy, knew that my family is growing so fast, I haven’t been able to keep up with the framing. I promised her that I would not put dog pictures in them but she said I could if I wanted to. Michelle got me a really fun pink flat-iron cover for traveling (she got tired of waiting for it to cool off before I could pack it, I think) and Joel Rosenberg’s new book signed by the author! I was so pumped! I’m a huge fan of his and got to meet him when we were in Washington D.C. I also got a pair of summer sandals that are unbearably cute. Jenn, I changed into an outfit that matched them when I got home and put them right on my feet.

So much stuff, y’all. So much stuff. It was a grace extravaganza and I am so grateful for these fellow sojourners that I’d have to bawl to describe how I feel about them to you. You and all your greetings were icing on the Living Proof cake.

Then, we had family birthday last night at our house. Keith asked where I wanted to go out to eat and I requested something entirely different this year: carry-out Italian so we could just eat here at home and let the babies play. What’s a birthday without Jackson and Annabeth? This year I let Houston keep its fancy restaurants. I’d rather have the kids. I had a first yesterday: Jackson sang “Happy Birthday” to me on the telephone. It’s on tape and I’ll try to keep it forever…along with the one from nine months ago where he told me, “Bibby, I poo-poo on da potty! Got a race cah!”

Melissa and Amanda conspired on my gift this year and it was supposed to arrive Monday but never made it. I would have been plenty happy to receive it today but Melissa was beside herself about it getting here right on time. The package finally arrived at the Joneses at 6:45 this evening and they headed straight over with it. Then I knew why they were so excited! IT WAS A KINDLE!! This book nerd’s joy knew no bounds! I cannot wait to get some great stuff on that bad boy. I’m almost in a frenzy. I’ve probably told you before that I feel like a whole cheerleading squad lives in my head most of the time and at moments like these they act up the worst. Each girl immediately wanted to read something different so I’m not sure where we’ll start.

OK, THAT’S ENTIRELY ENOUGH ABOUT BIRTHDAYS. I don’t want to hear another word about it! I promise you I’ll give it 12 months before I bring that subject up again.

Now, for the main reason I got on here today. I thought, since I went on and on about Sunny and Beanie here recently with the anniversary of their sweet passings, I better update you on our darling and mischievous one year-olds. They are a scream. Sometimes literally. (“GIRLS, GET YOUR TAILS OUT OF THAT…!!! Fill in the blank with absolutely ANYTHING: pot roast, plants, toilets, diapers, mail, watermelon, etc. They even chewed some holes in my Slanket. I don’t care. I just have more places to put my arms through. Or my feet if I’m getting a tad warm.)

These are recent pictures of Geli (soft “g”, short for Angelina) and Star (real name, Queen Esther). They are so much fun. We would not trade them for anything on this earth. We just might not necessarily recommend getting two puppies at once but, then again, they are such BFF’s! Inseparable! They insist on eating and drinking out of the same bowl and often…how shall I say…potty at exactly the same time right beside one another. As in love with Beanie as we were and as special a place as she will always hold in our hearts, Geli just may be the most beautiful German Shorthaired Pointer we have ever seen in our lives. Well, Keith won’t admit that but, pressed for truth, I will. Star is absolutely adorable, too, and, honestly, so smart you can’t even believe it. She has an IQ higher than most humans. She is my constant shadow, just like her predecessor. I tell Star and Geli all the time that they have very big paws to fill. Just wanted you to know how in love with them we are and how you can picture them these days.

PS. Btw, watching Marley and Me was a big mistake. I put my face in a big red beach towel and wailed my head off. Didn’t sleep a single wink and that’s the shape I went to Pittsburgh in. Y’all tried to warn me but NO! I just had to do it! But, now that a few days have passed, I’m so glad I did. Not doing it again.


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  1. 151
    Shellie Paparazzo says:

    My husband said he'd heard it was really sad. I said I hoped you'd survive!

  2. 152
    Kelly Jo says:

    What is a kindle? Am I stupid?!… I'll have to say geli is beautiful I've started the ester bible study and I ordered your dvd's a beautiful mind the other night and I can not wait to get them. I'm telling you I have been praying for a sound mind for weeks I have never had to fight so hard for anything in my life. I understand that Jesus has given me a sound mind and I'm asking him to help me to use it. What should I be praying? (I'm opened to any suggestions from anymore) 🙂 Why is it so hard to let go of a fear. It is driving me crazy as I was praying the other night I told Jesus I couldn't take it anymore I have released it bound it and cast it and everything else you can imagine I've layed on the floor in the grass been in the closet on the altar I'm not kidding and prayed and prayed and prayed and feel good then an hour later this fear I've been dealing with seems to enter my mind again. I can not wait to get those Dvd's.
    Love you siesta mama

    Kelly Jo

  3. 153
    Anonymous says:

    There's nothing in the world like the love of your dog. Nothing. Thank you God for them.

  4. 154
    Dionna says:

    I'm so sorry I missed wishing you a happy birthday! But it sounds like you were just lavished with love. 🙂

    I wonder if you can put blogs on a kindle? Wouldn't that be a kick to read your siesta's stuff and thoughts?

  5. 155
    bigdogmom says:

    Dear Beth,
    I am so glad that you had such a wonderful birthday. June is a good month to be born. Right? Mine was June 11.
    Your fur children are beautiful. The puppy stage is definilty challenging. It is a good thing that they are so cute. I had a dalmation that ate all of the book of Galations out of my Bible. I guess that was the one reason he was allowed to live. He was full of God's word.

    I have no idea what a Kindle is but I have seen one. It Sounds neat.
    Bless you, Beth. I just love you to pieces.

  6. 156
    Shellie Paparazzo says:

    Fran, your dog is just hungry for the word. Feed her!

  7. 157
    Cinde says:

    I knew you were going to be in trouble with Marley and Me! I cannot bring myself to watch it. My next door neighbor, who is a big manly guy (owns a trucking company), bawled his head off during that movie. After his wife told me that, I knew it was going on the list of movies not to watch! So glad you shared pictures of the girls – they have grown up into beautiful young "ladies".

  8. 158
    Robin's New Song says:

    watching Marley and Me was a big mistake for us too, even 3 years after loosing our beloved Sam, a yellow lab of love, we both had to leave the room sobbing…our Sam will be in our hearts forever. Now we have a smart, determined, talkative, active German Shepherd. I just wish they lived at least 25 years!

  9. 159
    Nancy says:

    Thanks for the new photos of your four legged babies! I absolutely love them! Wish I could join them in the backyard rolling around! I lost one of my 'babies' last year in August so I was right there with ya when you lost your precious ones. (Bawled my eyes out when I read about their passings.) Still have two others here at home – don't tell them their d-o-g-s they don't know! Laughed out loud when you wrote about Geli and Star chewing holes in your slanket. I have a snuggie and just love it. Dakota, our Austrialia Shepherd / Catahula mix loves to climb up in my lap and snuggle with me in it. (Don't tell him he's not a lap dog either!)

    Glad you had a wonderful birthday! Love you and your family bunches and bunches!

  10. 160
    Cindy in Ferndale says:

    Happy belated Birthday !
    May you be blessed as you have blessed so so many of us. <3

  11. 161
    Beth says:

    Been in St. Louis so missed out on all that has been happening. Hope you had an amazing birthday and from the sound of things you did. Will celebrate my
    11th year next month of seeing you for the first time and having an Ebenezer experience at Whitesburg Baptist in Huntsville. Thank you for your humility and keeping it real. Love to you and your babies (dogs).

  12. 162
    Christy says:

    I am just catching up on the blog & just wanted to wish you a happy belated birthday.

    The dogs are cuties!! So glad you shared their pictures.

    I sooooo want a kindle. My theory is that when I get caught up on reading books already purchased I will buy me one. That may be awihle so I may have to break down before then.

  13. 163
    Laura says:

    Oh, Beth, your post made me feel so much better about MY dogs! We have two Vizslas (ages one and five) and I thought I was the only one whose dogs eat everything in sight and can render anything virtually useless in a matter of moments! I always thought anyone as cute and together as Beth Moore surely has just divine dogs!!! 🙂

  14. 164
    Stacy says:

    I just came across this link and immediately thought of Beth and her Kindle. I'm a Kindle user too and I thought this was hysterical!

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