Coming Up For Air For One Quick Breath!

Remember me, anyone??? Your very own Siesta Mama??? BOY, are we busy around here! You know by now that Curtis Jones, the King of Pain, dropped Amanda and the kids off at home after teaching Sunday School and drove himself to the emergency room only to learn that his appendix had not just burst. In the words of the surgeon that I heard with my own ears, “It went off like a grenade.” I immediately moved to Amanda’s with Jackson and Annabeth and she immediately moved to the hospital with her man. Several days later, this is still our arrangement as we wait for Curtis to successfully fight that infection and lose that fever. He has been one sick dude. He seems to have turned a corner today. We appreciate your prayers and could still use them until we get him all the way through this storm. If his temperature doesn’t climb back up today, we are hoping they will release him to come home tomorrow.  His mom arrives on Thursday and I know he will be so glad to have her. I’ll also be relieved for Amanda. As many of you know, because a number of us have a date this weekend (SLI simulcast), I’ll be in Atlanta and so thankful to know that her wonderful mother-in-law will be here lending a hand.

Here are a few random tidbits I’ll share from my last few days as a single mother of preschoolers (yes, Keith was out of town):

1. I never had my quiet time yesterday. Nope. Not one word of it. Never even opened my Bible. In fact, I did not know where it was. (Turned out to be in my car which I had traded off with AJ so that I could have her car with both of the kid seats.) My day started at 6:20 AM with Jackson, who had slept with (on) me all night, getting one inch from my puffy face and saying, “Bibby, it’s morning time. Mr. Sun is coming up!” Oh, really? It was pitch black (the same color as I, minutes later, chose to have my coffee). But the boy’s darling face was as bright as the sun and who could resist?? So, up we came. The day was action packed. He didn’t go to sleep that night until pretty late at which time we both fell in the bed. He has such a fabulous personality. 100% sanguine. The only way I’ve been able to tell that he is having a hard time processing his Daddy being in the hospital is that he is having a hard time sleeping. He adores Curtis. And Annabeth? She adores her MOMMY! The first morning she woke up to me, she had the strangest look on her face like, “Would someone fetch me the younger version of this woman?” Don’t get me wrong. She knows her Bibby well but I’m not usually the first face she sees in the morning.

2. Any eavesdropping neighbors overheard Jackson and me on the swingset yesterday having a preschool-level conversation about how his mommy got in my tummy. (No, of course, I did NOT bring up the subject. He did. ) He wanted to know if they tied off her belly button with a stick like Annabeth’s. I assured him they did.

3. Annabeth has missed her mother sorely but her hair has never looked better. I’ve experimented on a few hair products while I’ve been here and in charge (what every grandmother loves on occasion to be). I feel we’ve made great progress.

4. I broke my little toe. I don’t want to talk about it. But I apparently really do not cuss.

5. The LPM staff brought us chicken spaghetti for supper. We’re so excited. They also brought us a Ding Dong cake for dessert. Yep. A cake that looks and tastes like a gigantic Hostess Ding Dong. We are pumped.

6. Mommy is taking Jackson to see his Daddy at the hospital. She’s been here visiting us for the last little while which is the only reason I got to jump on the blog and say hello. SO Bibby’s got to say good-bye for now and get back to her job.

And her great joy.

This is family. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything…unless we could have saved CJ some considerable discomfort.

Oh, one last thing. Jackson just overheard his mom telling a friend that Curtis was getting so much better and, as of today, is feeling like a new person. “What new person, Mommy? What new person is Daddy?” He was very disturbed. When you’re four years-old, you just want your Daddy to be the same old person.

I love and miss you guys so much! I’ll say hi again before I head to Atlanta.


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  1. 1
    Erin says:

    BETH! My sister gets to come to Woodstock Baptist to see you, a friend in her Sunday school class gave her an extra ticket. WBC is her home church as well. I am so excited for her to be able to spend the day with you, of course I wish I could come to, but I am way out in Seattle!

    Praying for your family. 🙂

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    Jeannie in VA says:

    Will be praying for a speedy recovery time for Curtis, and a spirit filled weekend for you.

    Love your family,

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    Fuzzytop says:

    So glad to hear that Curtis is on the mend, and that y’all are coping. That whole “he’s a new person” deal made me laugh my stinkin’ head off! Family is wonderful….
    Looking forward to seeing you and many siestas on Saturday! Yes ma’am, I will be there!

    Love and hugs,

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    Sandy says:

    “This is family.I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.” What a great statement!
    We love you so much and are praying for all of you. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    Beth, if you can, when you jump back on before you go to Atlanta,
    Can you tell us. . .
    Is the simulcast going to be available to us in any way after Saturday?
    Thank you again!

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    LSOFang says:

    I just love Moore randomness:) and I have to add something cute about my friends child.
    He is just learning to talk, so I figured he is getting to the age where I can teach
    him to say, ” Beth Moore” and so we tried..and um, he then put his two hands together to
    say, “More” and so instead I helped the child realize he was suddenly hungry.

    We are all still praying for Curtis, everywhere in social networking land:) and of course


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    Kim says:

    Thanks for the update. Glad to hear Curtis is feeling like a new man today.

    Kim B. in AZ

    P.S. Consider me to be praying for all of you.

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    Susan Meyering says:

    Beth, loved your post — especially as a fellow “grandma” (I’m Nana). Could totally relate. We finished up the Daniel study today — bittersweet (as in hating for it to end) — thank you, thank you, thank you for being obedient and using your amazing gifts to bless us, challenge us, love us. We love Jesus more than ever around here!

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    Kathy Cubley says:

    I have been praying for you as much as for anyone of the others concerned!! I’ve been there with my 3 daughters and 6 grands…and I’ve broken my toe, and I didn’t cuss either because I knew it wouldn’t help… and I used to call my oldest grandson my Jonah cape because he was always around my neck especially in my bed! (he’s 13 and as tall as I am and still loves that title! So do I!!)…and I laughed out loud at the hair cause I did a bit of my own thing with my babies hair, too!! Children are for the young and grandchildren are meant to go home some! Prayers for strength!

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    Siesta OC says:

    Praise the LORD! Your post filled me with such joy! I do love imagining you with the kids – hair products and swing sets. My mom and I just had my neice and nephew in town (13 and 11) But we are, just as you are, extremely close as a mother/daughter-niece/nephew team. Its us against the world!
    I have to share with you (short version) a praise report. I had prayed months ago that I would find a rap/hip hop artist that my 13 year old nephew would dig and would be speaking truth…Well, GOD delivered! Lecrae has the beat of the favorite rap artists of today – but Beth he preaches it, gets me pumped and I don’t even like rap. When you have a young man speaking scriptures and mentioning Matthew and Paul in a rap song, you have to get pumped!
    But this last weekend that my family stayed with us, GOD broke down a wall in my family that has been up for I don’t even know how long. My sister-in-law was, the best way I could put it, convicted and just broke down in front of me and waht blows my mind is that I was sharing with her the Gospel of Jesus Christ…and my own ears were hearing it. You know when you believe something, but sometimes your living it out gets caught up. The truth was pouring out of me for her, and frankly, I think my ears latched on and wanted to hear it too! GOD IS SO GOOD – to infuse the infusing. After all we are just vessels that Living water pours in and thru, its bound the coat the inside. I can’t even put into words every emotion I felt this last weekend, but I am sure you know…when GOD knocks your socks off – your heart leaps for joy and your sword of the Spirit glimmers in the LIGHT!

    Blessings to CJ – I pray he is feeling himself in no time!

    Lurve you <
    Siesta OC

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    joyce says:

    Ha-love the idea of you styling Annabeth’s hair while you’ve got the chance : )

    I was in Tampa last weekend and it was completely amazing. Still mulling over so many thoughts today. I will keep you in my prayers as you manage all there is to manage in your household and ministry. I am a mom of two college aged daughters and when you talk about yours I think of mine…similar personalities I think.

    I am sure many besides me would love to have a recipe for a Ding Dong cake..not that I need it but that sounds really good!

    Blessings to all the Moores and Jones families…

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    WendyB says:

    Oh, JOY with a huge side order of HARD WORK! And I feel your toe pain. We’re continuing to pray.

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    Catherine says:

    So glad to hear the update, and will continue to be in prayer for healing, and good hair! Praying God’s peace and blessings on all of you from sunny, warm Minnesota (it is 72 degrees here, praise the Lord!).

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    Forever His says:

    Beth-so good to hear from you & hear that you are doing well with the kids. Poor Curtis! I’ve been praying for all of you but I had no idea he was so sick. Glad to hear he is getting better. Praying & looking forward to this weekend. Got a group going to Texas from Lawton, OK. We are planning a short shopping trip & dinner after! Should be a wonderful girl’s day!

    Let Curtis know we will continue to pray for his full recovery.

    Phil 4:8

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    christy says:

    Ohhh we have MISSED YOU, TOO!!! So wonderful to hear from you!! Know that lots of us are praying for you and your family, especially Curtis. A group of ladies will be coming to my house in a couple of hours for our 2nd week of Daniel and we will definitely lift heart-felt prayers for our BELOVED Bible teacher and her wonderful family. Sending so much love and hugs through Blog World!!!

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    Maria says:

    Great Update. So glad to hear CJ is getting better. I am excited to hear you speak this weekend. Love ya to death!

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    Praying for CJ and AJ! Let’s hope this is the final episode of any kind for your family for the next good while!

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    Kathy says:

    God Bless you, Beth Moore. So sorry about your toe and so delighted to here Curtis is on the mend- Once again, the Moore and Jones families model what family love can do in any situation. Blessings, blessings, blessings- Many prayers coming your way and all at LPM this weedend and for all those who have the privlege of hearing good news about our journey with God on this earth. Thank you dear Sister in Christ

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    Jacki says:

    Love the random post and, as always, your sense of humor! So sorry to hear about the nasty appendix. I took my daughter to the ER two weeks ago today for what we thought was her appendix, but it turned out to be a ruptured ovarian cyst. Scary and painful stuff! Hoping to attend the simulcast on Saturday! Praying for you all!

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    April Lewis says:

    Oh Beth! Your make me laugh out loud. . . I’ve missed you. Being a mom of two boys (my husband works at night) and I often feel like a single mom. . . but I can totally relate to the 6:20 wake up call. However my 3 year old is in my face whispering loudly “Momma, I neeeeed chocolate milk….”

    And I am soooo incredibly pumped for this weekend (I’ve been counting down since AUGUST!). I have the privilege of going with three amazing girls and will enjoy my girl time. I’m sooo excited about what God is going to do this weekend. . it’s going to be AMAZING!

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    Yolanda says:

    I pray with all of ya there, that CJ’s temp does not rise and this wise young man can come home to his own bed and his precious family.

    I, for one, can NOT wait until Thursday when my Man drives me to Wichita so I can board a plane on FRIDAY MORNING for….A.T.L.A.N.T.A. GEORGIA WHERE I am going to continue dealin’ with my stuff, with YOU!

    I love you and your sweet daughters, like crazy.

    I also love the entire Siesta crew….we truly do love like we are family.

    In Jesus’ Name,

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    I’m praying for every one of you right now… and I know that you just blessed some young overwhelmed moms by admitting that you didn’t have your QT yesterday! There are days like that – don’t like them – they usually don’t go as well… but it’s reality. Thanks for always being transparent!

    Praying for the weekend, too…Loved the book and hate to miss the SLI conference, but will be with my daughter at a Secret Keeper Girls conference.

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    Patty says:

    I am so happy that Curtis is feeling better! Praying he gets to come home tomorrow!

    I am sure Bibby is having a wonderful time with her grandbabies. 🙂 I have been babysitting my great nephew. He is 21 months old and he keeps me busy. We play chase and cars and trucks and golf and kickball. Oh yes, he keeps me active and when he takes a nap, I try It brings back memories of when my 2 were that age. He is usually up at 6:00 and it’s on until nap time. This is the reason I cannot make it to Atlanta this weekend but I am going to miss you and my fellow Siestas!! I have already been praying for all of you!

    Much love,

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    Angie Simpson says:

    Hi Beth,
    So sorry about Curtis and I pray he will be home soon. Thanks for sharing your shenanigans with the grandkids…makes me look forward to being a grandma!

    Just want to say how much your book So Long Insecurity has helped me. I have been working on the questions online and I am more determined than ever to claim and live in my security in the Lord. Session 4 of The Inheritance has also helped me realize how much I need to persevere and expect the enemy to challenge my security. The verses on security have become my lifeline. I saw you in Toronto and your message truly resonated with me. The Lord is doing something new in me and I am so pumped. Bless you so much siesta mama. You are helping us far more than you know!!

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    Melissa says:

    This is the first time I’ve read your blog (although I’ve “known” you for years.) 🙂 I shake my head and chuckle to myself because it is just as I thought it would be…so “you”. I feel like I should have your number so I can come over and help with the kids just as I would one of my dear friends here in West Tennessee. Thank you for making us all feel that way…like your cherished sisters who are deeply loved! We are all blessed to “know” you!

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    DigiNee says:

    Oh my – what a tiring, delightful, love the toe comment last few days . . . and, what a man!

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    Jennifer says:

    Praying for quick healing for Curtis & for a safe trip to A-Town!
    Thankful to know that even my siesta, Beth, has a hard time juggling 2 children full time & time in the word!
    Something that I routinely beat myself up for…. not being able to do it all!


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    Rhonda says:

    Bless you! Two preschoolers are like a tornado! So glad that Curtis is on the mend.
    Also, pleased to hear of your success with Annabeth’s hair. I could use a few pointers with my baby’s wispy locks. Never thought to use hair products on it……..

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    Marylee says:

    Siesta Mama,
    Great to hear from you! Praying for you and your family without ceasing! I’m glad Curtis is feeling better and will be praying he makes it home tommorow. Sorry about your toe! I can’t wait for the Simulcast on Saturday!!! Bless you Siesta Mama!

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    Lindsay Silvio says:

    Beth, What a special dose of Family right after this weekend’s message! 🙂 I just wanted to say that I have been thinking about you and praying for you knowing that you hit the ground running after Tampa and are preparing for the SLI simulcast this weekend! I was SO very blessed this weekend in Tampa and have never felt more pursued by God! He spoke through you straight to my heart. Praying for you and the Jones family!

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    Ellen from Colorado says:

    Such an encouragement to hear about greatly you can celebrate your family!!! I too am going to try and cherish my family more. Hope Curtis bounces back quickly.

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    Sharon Lee says:

    Awww… I love grandmommies sharing their moments. Tis not the season for me yet… but I am anticipating the time when it’s coming! May it wait a few more seasons yet though… until my babes are older! 🙂


    I am also anticipating our Saturday’s simulcast! (How do you spell that word???)I can’t wait to bury our insecurities into the ground or wherever it is that they ought to be. And like Curtis is feeling like a new man… I hope to be feeling a newer woman! Secure IN Christ… no more and no less! 🙂

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    Jen H. says:

    Prayers going up for Curtis, Amanda, the kids, and Bibby!

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    Kelly says:

    Praying for all of you….and that broken toe.

  34. 34
    Becky says:

    Beth –
    Whoa Baaaby! Nothing like a 6:20a.m call to get up when Mr. Sun isn’t…I remember those mornings with my little boy.
    A broken toe… that had to hurt…and probablys till does, may cause you to change you shoe choice for this weekend. We will all understand if you show up in converse, niki’s or house shoes. ;0) A gal’s got to do what a gal’s got to do.
    Tell Curtis we siestas are praying for him.
    Y’all hang in there.
    Love ya.

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    KB says:

    So good to hear from ya! Praying for all of you!

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    Abbie says:

    I’ll be praying for Curtis’s recovery. I know how he feels right now because I just had major abdominal surgery yesterday. I’m propped up in my living room chair at the moment while my precious mom (who flew in to take care of me because I’m a single gal living halfway across the country from my family) plays nurse. I realize how important family and friends are when you go through recovery from surgery. Bless you Beth for stepping in a taking care of the little ones. Anyway, when I struggle to get around the house in pain it will be my reminder to pray for Curtis as well.

    My dad had the exact same thing happen to him (appendix ruptured) only we were on vacation in Denver. He spent the entire week of vacation in the hospital with a high fever (as did my mom and I…giving moral support). It was very scary for my mom and I because we were so worried about the fever. But he pulled through like a champion and just in the nick of time to catch his originally scheduled flight home.

    Blessings to the entire Jones/Moore clans!

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    Fran McCurry says:

    Beth, this is the sweetest post ever. Prayers for you and your dear ones- I will see you Saturday with 2 of my dear ones, my sister Marion and my niece Janie.

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    Redeemed says:

    Oh my! Yes, we’ve missed you!
    We are certainly praying for Curtis’ speedy recovery. And your poor toe! OUCH!

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    April says:

    Praying for everyone and looking forward to this weekend!

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    kathy Pink Bicycle Arkansas says:

    Glad to hear that Curtis is healing and that you are holding down the fort, I know it’s such a difficult for time for you to be with those two darling babies!

    Glad to hear Curti’s mom is coming to help out more too.

    Sorry about your toe, I had a broken toe at my parents funeral, had to wear sandals, but it was August. You never realize how much you use those toes! Ouch!!

    Will be in Jonesboro AR for the simulcast.

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    Maryellen says:

    #4 made me lol! I have to say you are a woman of great strength to break your toe and keep it all inside!
    Prayers for a fast recovery for all!

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    Joyce Watson says:

    Beth, Will keep you and the family in prayer. Glad to hear Curtis is better.
    The story of you waking up early and taking care of the grandkids reminded me of the time my twin boys got up early on a Saturday morning. I overslept and did not hear them
    get out of bed. They were about 4 years old at the time. They had gotten in my kitchen, had a ice chest and was filling it up with flour, eggs, milk, chocolate syrup and whatever__making their own breakfast; busy as beavers!
    What a joy!
    Hope to see your simulcast Saturday! Praying for you in Christ.

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    Bobbie says:

    It’s so good to hear from you! When God gave me the opportunity to hug your sweet neck Tuesday night after Bible Study, I sensed that you were really “plum tuckered out”! However, God revived you when the Jones’ needed you! You’re an awesome Bibby and when you’re needed, you have all the Moore energy you need. (He’s so special that way!!) Your comment about family (“This is family. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.”) describes the greatest job in the world, next to being a parent of course!

    I’m praying the Simulcast will be available after the 24th. The only church here is already sold out and we leave early on Sunday morning for Seattle for a week, so I won’t have a chance to participate. Although I’m still working on overcoming my insecurities, this book has reversed a lot of my thinking!! So I know you’re going to tie all this up in a great package on Saturday. I’ll be praying for you and all who are participating.

    Blessings to ALL of you! A quick recovery for Curtis, too!

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    Donna Bosch says:

    Oh, Beth, I don’t know when I have laughed so hard!! Sorry it has to be at Curtis and Amanda’s expense! Keeping you all in prayer!

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    Shalom says:

    Praying for you all, my husband and I both have had the appendix thing, his ruptured, mine did not. Take care Curtis and give yourself time. And you Beth, well even in hard times you are obviously finding a way to live a celebratory life. Shalom

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    Nancy says:

    Who but a brother would think his sister’s belly button had been tied off with a stick?? For some reason, God gave you ‘this moment’ in time to remember.. I must confess it gave me such a laugh–I have 2 grandchildren myself.

    Praying for all of you and Curtis to continue to be blessed as you bless others! Still thinking about the stick……..

  47. 47

    As one who has walked in Amanda and Curt’s shoes, we have been praying…not just me. My Chris called home from work today (he rarely does that) and asked first thing, “How is Curt Jones?” I told him that he had a fever still, and they hoped to go home tomorrow.

    You see, Chris has a huge shark bite from his appendix bursting right at Thanksgiving. I knew he was sick, when he didn’t eat his Mama’s sweet potatoe casserole–thought he must be dying! We nearly lost him…three days of the doctor saying, “He’s not out of the woods, yet.” Seven days in the hospital (we had a 4, 5 and 6 month old). The next year, he had no memory of that Christmas. Today, he has an ever-present reminder of the journey in a giant scar on his belly. So, you could say, we both have been tenderly praying for your family.

    We love you!!

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    NikkiPoppins says:

    Hi Mama Beth!!

    I am glad that Curtis is doing better! We’ve been praying…I loved your recap of your time with the kids! You are too funny! I hope you took pictures of Annabeth’s hairstyles…I’d love to see your hair stylin’ skills!!

    i’m getting ready to head to the ATL and meet up with some of my most favorite people on the planet!! I’m so excited to meet some new Siestas and spend time with them. It’s going to be great! I’m looking forward to hearing you talk on Insecurity in real life and hearing what God has for us! I’m praying for you as you travel and as you prepare.

    Can’t wait to see you!!
    Love you lots!

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    Linda says:

    You are just the sweetest Bibby in the world. This Grandma knows exactly what you’re talking about.

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    Hi There Sweet Seista Mama
    Sure have missed you but will never forget you
    You are the sunshine in this seista’s day
    You are the one thats makes us laugh
    You are the one who teaches me hoe to keep on keeping on with my Saviour
    You are our little chicken nugget
    How can we forget a beautiful awesome person such as yourself
    You are the bomb
    Have been in prayer for you and Curtis and for the simulcast I get to go to the simulcast here in Albuquerque NM can’t wait.
    See you there.
    Love you to pieces Bibby
    Have fun with those grandbabies.

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