My Tutoring Session With AJ: Adding Images

Hi, Siestas! AJ, our trusty Siestaville Blogmaster, is sitting right next to me in my office at LPM and she is tutoring me on how to add images into my posts. As you might recall (if you have admirable taste), I rocked at it when we were on Blogger but I’ve stunk it up on WordPress. Hence, Heaven alone knows all you’ve missed. In order to practice my new skills, I am going to take you through a random backlog of pictures I’ve taken with my iPhone during this season of blog-blackness. Knowing in advance that these are pictures taken with a cell phone should tell you what level of quality to expect. I know. I can’t wait either so let’s get right to it!

This is a picture I took of AB when I moved into AJ’s with the kids while she moved into the hospital with CJ. In order to give Jackson a bath by himself and let him be a fish for 20 solid minutes until he wrinkles up like a prune, I had to put AB in the Pack and Play. This is her cutest “Bibby, get me out of here before this gets ugly” look.

This is Jackson being Jackson. No, it’s not a clear picture but it is clear Jackson. He is my best friend in the whole world. Never has there EVER been a Bibby who loved a boy more.

This is Trav and me. After every few LPL’s when we get to hang around with the team and all act silly, one of us holds up our iPhone in front of our own face and says, “Hurry, jump in!” We have noticed over time that if he is holding the camera, oddly, he is the main one in the picture. If I am holding the camera, of all things, I’m the main one in the picture. Such a mystery. We have a ton of these. I bet you can guess who is holding the camera on this one. No, I have not been drinking. My eyelashes were just getting heavy.

My in-laws (Meems and Big Pops, who live right next to us) recently put in a vegetable garden and the four of us (them, my man and me) are completely obsessed with it. Sometimes the four of us just sit there in folding chairs and stare at the veggies like we could watch them grow. That’s Meems. (Short for Memaw) You can see the tiniest glimpse of Big Pops in the corner. Per Travis, one might wonder if Meems was the one taking the picture. It would have required a really long rubber arm, however.

This is Big Pops showcasing our first tomato. As soon as it ripens, we four have agreed to quarter it as our firstfruit and eat it together with hilarity and thanksgiving. Now that we have a vegetable garden, we like to say, “We grow our own food.”

This is a very good friend of mine’s recent 1-year token from AA. My pitiful photography here is a crying shame because, if you could really wrap your mind around this, you’d know it was worthy of a screaming shout of praise. Yahoo, God! I love You, I love You, I love You, I LOVE YOU!

The next four comprise a series. Recently, while Hawk and I were waiting at the gate for a flight back to Houston, a small herd of people walked right in front of us and one of them dropped the equivalent of a Sonic Route 44 Dr. Pepper. It hit the floor with a boom and exploded. The mother of said spiller promptly began dabbing at the edges of the broken dam with something the size of cocktail napkins while Hawk and I looked at one another like, “Somebody do something!” All the sudden, almost like a ray of light from Heaven broke through the ceiling and shone upon it, I looked up and saw this on the wall directly in front of us.

Does that say SPILL CENTER????? Could my eyes be deceiving me??? Let’s take a closer look!

I was like Clark Kent spying a telephone booth just in the nick of time. “Hawk, look!” said I! “A Spill Center!” I leapt over to it in a single bound and, knowing not what it was, perceived that I should reach into the bottom of the cylinder and pull. To my great surprise, this was no super absorbent giant towelette! It was the greater blessing! BEHOLD!!

I set it down right over said spill and some might say I saved the day. I felt empowered! Like any minute official airport personnel were going to wheel up on a golf car, saying “Scuse cart!” through the herd and deputize me. I was red-faced with humility.

While I waited, I felt a demonstration was in order. Here is what could happen to a person if caution is not quickly heeded. Or if Clark Kent can’t find a phone booth.

Whew. Even recounting it to you is thrilling. My heart rate is elevated.

Thank you, AJ!! If not for your excellent tutorial, all of Siestaville would have missed this profoundly important visual experience.

Lastly, with further thanks to AJ, I now have a picture with my blogger name when I comment. When it came Gravatar-time in our tutorial session, my brain was already at maximum absorption so I made AJ do it for me while I iced my forehead. She felt, then, that it was only fair that she get to choose the picture. You’ll understand when you see it. It goes to prove what I’ve long since believed. Every kid wants her parents to love each other.  They can survive without it – many of us are proof of that. But, they want it still.

I love you guys!


396 Responses to “My Tutoring Session With AJ: Adding Images”

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  1. 1
    KB says:

    I needed a laugh! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. 2

    I need to get me one of them Gravatars.

  3. 3
    Beth says:

    I love your Daddy, Amanda. I’m glad you’re glad.

  4. 4
    Maria Cristina Bruschi says:

    too, too, too, TOO funny… HEEE-LAY-REEE-OWS!

  5. 5
    Warm in Alaska says:

    Oh, those were fun. I wonder if Amanda can get Even Smarter and videotape a Teaching Session for all the rest of us in Siestaville who are just feeling smug that we know how to “leave a reply,” let alone add our pics to our online names….

    I’m just sure Amanda has a teaching gift – a WordPress Teaching Gift. I know you have a Word teaching gift – maybe hers is a WordPress gift – (along with a Word gift…)

    And may I say you pretty much look exactly like the figure in the “Help, I’ve Fallen” doo-dad (what ARE those called?) — except of course you have cuter hair (well, hair period) and a much better smile.

    Yay for your AA friend! And yay for the Veggies!! Someone recently gave me tomatoes that I’m so hopeful I won’t kill. Every time I walk by them I shoot up a prayer: “Lord, help me not kill them this year” – then felt like I heard, “Watering helps.” I’m not saying it was the Lord. It was probably just my own Self – but it felt like an epiphany – what else could stand some watering in my life – besides the barely-hanging-on tomatoes?!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • 5.1
      fuzzytop says:

      Carolyn – you (and Beth) made me bust a gut laughing! “Watering helps!” I love it!


  6. 6
    Amanda says:

    This is my new favorite post! I never could have imagined the spill center. LOVE IT!

    • 6.1
      Cathy Davis says:

      The spill center was awesomeness at its best. I loved the visual of what could happen if you didn’t follow the caution sign. I can just see myself at the airport and seeing Mama Siesta all on the ground (even pretending to be down)!! Oh, it would’ve been too funny (and embarrassing for me) when I rushed over! I’m secure about that…

    • 6.2
      Kelli says:

      I know feel the urge to market something to babies r us known as the spill center. I could sure use one of those around here! LOL!

    • 6.3
      Bobbie says:

      Is that not the coolest!!! Now we all know and can’t be Clark Kent too!

    • 6.4
      Marcy says:

      Seriously…who on earth paid for that! A spill center LOL!!!

  7. 7
    Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the day brightener! I am all about the “spill center!”

  8. 8
    Sharon says:

    I need a “spill center” in my house. Seriously, where do I get one of those?? Thanks for the funny post:)

  9. 9
    Monica ^i^ says:

    This is great. I so needed a great laugh and you did it Beth. Thanks AJ for helping post the pictures! You ladies are AMAZING!

  10. 10
    Anne Zapanta says:

    Beth, I want to tell you how moved I am that you included the pic of your friend’s 1 year token from AA. I got mine in November and know what it takes to get there. I am so grateful to God for my friends who, like you, help me take one day at a time so I can be free.


    • 10.1
      Beth says:

      CHILD, THAT IS HUGE! You can know that your place in this community is not pearls before swine. We aren’t playing church here. We are trying to do the real, live thing. I am so proud of you. May God gain much glory from your life. Stay with us here, Anne. We need what you have to give.

      • Melinda says:

        Anne, I’m standing up, clapping my hands for you and for the mighty God who has done a work in you! May His name be praised!!!

      • Anne Zapanta says:

        Oh Siestas I just love you so! Yes, my spirals have been worn out, cried over, etc …life and death. IF you were to look through those verses, you would see my journey quite plainly. Wednesday marked 18 months for me and each one of those days I can count because of the amazing grace of God. I praise Him that His mercies are new every morning…boy have I ever needed that promise!

        • Good Job! I used to go to AA with my grandparents when I was a teenager. My uncle was in Vietnam and well he has his own story to tell. But praise God he hasn’t fallen off the wagon in years 16 years. He got married when he was 46(first time, too)! Has a wonderful wife and step children that he helped raise.

          Thanks for sharing your testimony. I will be praying for you.

    • 10.2
      Cathy Davis says:

      CONGRATULATIONS Anne! What an accomplishment!

      I watched a movie about the co-founder of AA and his wife, founder of Al-Anon, a couple of weeks ago. It was great seeing the beginning of such a life changing ministry.

    • 10.3
      3GirlsMom says:

      GO ANNE! Congrats, girlfriend!

    • 10.4
      Michele says:

      Yay Anne!

    • 10.5
      Bobbie says:

      Congratulations, Anne! That is fantastic–like Beth said, Please stay here-we need you and your determination!

    • 10.6
      Siesta OC says:

      Thrilled for you Anne! Praise the LORD!

    • 10.7
      His Jules says:

      Congratulations Anne! and Praise Jesus!!! What an awesome accomplishment Anne.

    • 10.8
      MMMom says:

      Good for you Anne! I pray God blesses you with His mighty strength daily, faithfully and unending.

    • 10.9
      AntSherrie says:

      Way to go Anne. What an accomplishment. So glad you shared with us your achievement. So girlfriend if my math is correct you have now made the 18 month mark. No small task. I will pray for you Anne, each day is a new day to begin with Jesus and another day further away from the beginning of such a monumental task. Again thanks for sharing. Someone needed to know that they are not alone on their own AA journey here among the Siesta’s.

    • 10.10
      Yolanda says:


      You are so loved!! I remember seeing you with that pink boa…as you were the first Siesta that I met in January. I’m thinking that your spiral cards became life and death. 😉 Keep doing the thang!! Love YOU!

    • 10.11
      jackie says:

      Anne, you ROCK! because of The ROCK! I pray many blessings to you and much praise to our Lord Jesus!

    • 10.12
      Jill_in_AL says:

      Praise God for all 12+ months, every one of the 365+ days and thousands of hours, seconds and minutes. He will carry you onward! hugs, Jill

    • 10.13

      So proud of you Anne. I am glad to call you my Siesta Sister. Love, Linda

    • 10.14
      Amanda K says:

      So proud of you Anne 🙂

    • 10.15
      Barbara says:

      Awesome!!! Anne thanks for sharing this helps me to know there is hope for a relative of mine.

    • 10.16
      OceanMommy says:

      Praise the Lord Anne!!! That is awesome!!!


    • 10.17
      Cindy says:

      That is AMAZING!! The power of Christ in you is real, girl!!! Praising Him for your victory!

  11. 11
    Kristi says:

    Can I please have a spill center in my house?????

  12. 12
    beckyjomama says:

    LOVE it!!!! And, yes, that IS a perfect pic for you – good choice Amanda!

    • 12.1
      Beth says:

      You are so cute that I can hardly stand it, Beckyjomama. I think you’ve been with us from the very beginning of Siestaville.

  13. 13
    paintergal says:

    I hope you didn’t hurt your cute little tush whilst demonstrating the spill center.

  14. 14
    Cindy says:

    You are such a riot!

  15. 15

    This post just made a GREAT day even GREATER! Thanks for the fun and laughs.
    God is so good, just sayin’.
    Blessings to all,

  16. 16
    Shay says:

    This cracked me up. Thanks for sharing your lives with us. I look forward to each post, whether it’s funny or a bit more serious. Happy Thursday!

  17. 17
    Michele says:

    HAHAHA MamaBeth, you are soooo funny!!
    Thank you for sharing.

    I too identify with the 1 year token and all the work it takes to fight your way out of deep pits. Not many years ago, I was awash in alcohol & drugs, constant thoughts of suicide, and didn’t know God.

    Two days from now I will graduate with a MATS from Northeastern Seminary. This whole transformation can be called nothing short of a MIRACLE OF GOD.

    God is still working in me, but sometimes you have to stop and say “Look how far we’ve come, Lord!” 😀

    Mama, now that you are a hero, you need a cool superhero name and a cape. 🙂

    • 17.1
      Cathy Davis says:

      ::clapping:: CONGRATULATIONS!!!

      Goooooooooooo God!

    • 17.2
      Siesta OC says:

      WOW – my eyes are big as saucers and my heart is overflowing with joy and gladness toward our wonderful Father!!!! Well done!

    • 17.3
      His Jules says:

      Great Job Michele! Graduating from Seminary??? Our God is such a God of amazing possibilities, I am so glad that you chose to take Him up on yours!

    • 17.4
      AntSherrie says:

      Congratulations Michelle. You go girl! Your Abba Father is proud!

    • 17.5
      Kathy B says:

      Well, let’s give that a try:
      Faster than a speeding Big Gulp.
      Able to leap large puddles in a single bound.
      It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No! It’s Super Siesta.
      Fighting spills in airports across America.
      And probably easy to find that big “S” shirt.
      Cape and tights not included.

      • Michele says:

        hahahaha! That’s good! Super Siesta Mama!!

        Maybe she could wear her chicken nugget outfit, kinda fits – nuggets & soda – just get some fries and we’d have a HAPPY meal!! 😀

      • Bobbie says:

        You’re good! I love ‘Super Siesta’!

  18. 18
    Living4Him says:

    What a great post….where do you get a household edition of the spill center….from my man to my 5 year old, it would be a HUGE blessing. Love the pix……kids sure do love it when there parents love each other and show it.

  19. 19

    I love the picture Amanda chose! And I love that you took the picture of the one-year chip. Those are worth more than gold. My husband just got his 30-day chip–again. He’s had other 30-day chips in the past, one-year chips even. And I’m so proud of him for being willing and honest to start back at day 1 again.

  20. 20
    Kay says:

    I tryed the Gravatar thing but was unsuccessful. Can AJ come do mine? But I kind of like those little postage stamp quilts. This was great; I thought you had been photographically quiet. I should have known something big was coming. AJ you are such a good daughter.

    Kay, Midland

  21. 21

    P.S. Just noticed this post is posted in “uncategorized.” Somehow those are the best ones, aren’t they?! 🙂

  22. 22
    Kristy says:

    Thank you Beth for posting this! I so needed a laugh!

    I have spent the last three days with my mom at the hospital as she recovered from a (thankfully) minor stroke. I have never been so rocked by something in my adult life. Last night I just laid on the floor with my face to the ground and howled and cried and screamed until I could barely breathe. Today, she seems better – her short term memory was effected and her speech patterns – and I am grateful. Still questioning, and still angry, but somehow still grateful too.

    So these pictures were perfect today. You brought a wonderful smile to my face….such a blessin’!

    Erie, PA

    • 22.1
      Amanda says:

      Kristy, I’m so sorry that happened to your mom! Praying for you two right now.

    • 22.2
      Val in KY says:

      Kristy…girl, sometimes that’s where we can feel God speak…face down in full surrender. Just whispered a prayer for both of you

    • 22.3
      Kristy says:

      Thank you for your prayers. My mom seems to be doing lots better. She is functioning much more clearly and only has problems remembering some words. I am very grateful!

      It is hard to fathom that people I don’t even know would care enough to pray about our situation. Thank you all for that…

  23. 23
    Melinda says:

    Beth, I’m glad you’ve gotten the hang of WordPress pic posting. Isn’t it funny how the snapshots we have on our phones are the REAL “real life” stuff? Sometimes I think they’re my favorites, no matter the quality. And really? Without these, you might’ve completely forgotten the spill center.

    Well, maybe not.

    Oh, and your girl did indeed choose the perfect Gravatar. :o)

  24. 24
    Melissa B. says:

    Boy did I need that today – you have NO idea!!!!

  25. 25
    amybxhill says:

    hey girls- not relevant to the post but i wanted to praise the Lord with my siestas- a group of us girls are currently doing beth’s daniel study (just finished session 6). it is only about 10 of us, and 5 of the girls in the group didn’t know the Lord when we started (one being my sweet mother-in-law, and another being one of my very best friends). last tuesday, those of us who already know the Lord got to share our faith with the girls who didn’t – all five of them were led to the Lord! I know only God knows the hearts of men, but from the things they were saying after we all had the opportunity to pray together, I believe each of these girls has come to genuine faith. PRAISE THE LORD!!! keep being faithful girls: from our siesta mama and her beautiful girls to whoever out there happens to stop and read this post – keep being faithful – in the big stuff – and in the little – God is going to do WONDERS among you!!! Joshua 3:5

    • 25.1
      Julie says:

      That is amazing! I’m so excited for yall! Praise the Lord for doing wonders among you. Thanks so much for sharing this.

    • 25.2
      Siesta OC says:

      Thank you for that! And praise the LORD for HIS working in and thru you for those dear sisters. What a unspeakable JOY – to know that the scales have fallen from one person’s eyes and they see clearly…let alone 5! PRAISE THE LORD!!! My friend wrote the other night on FB that her husband (after 9 years of praying) gave his heart to Jesus! DON’T GIVE UP is RIGHT!!!!!!

      I needed that from you siesta – keep being faithful, GOD is going to do wonders…you know what siesta amybxhill, I am believing HIM for it and thanking HIM in advance!

    • 25.3
      Donna B. says:

      Hallelujiah! I’m sure the angels are still rejoicing!

    • 25.4
      Lori, Love2Praise says:

      Amy, Praise God! How awesome for all of you. I have to say I just finished the Daniel study with about 20 other women and it was, so far, my favorite! You are so right about being faithful. We must be faithful in our trust in the Lord, that there is no one else who loves us or desires us more than he does. I am trusting that he will open the hearts of those whom I pray for and love so dearly in HIS time! I am so happy for all of you. Keep the faith! God bless you all! Lori

    • 25.5
      Val in KY says:

      Now that’s my kind of small group! What an impact – keep building into their lives and you will see God do a great and mighty work.

    • 25.6
      amybxhill says:

      i love all of you girls… thanks for the encouragement. i don’t care what they say, i love living in 2010. meeting fellow believers and praising the Lord through technology ROCKS!!! we were created to give Him glory in a time such as this – 2010 – its no accident – let’s keep DOING THIS THING girls! whoooo hoooooo! Praise you Lord!!! <3

  26. 26
    3GirlsMom says:

    I’m not sure which is my favorite part of this post: The fact that the Spill Center was located conveniently in front of a major spill or the fact that you sat your hind parts on the floor in the middle of an airport and acted out the ramifications of walking on said spill.

    Either way, LOVE IT.

    And I need a spill center at my house, too. Especially since my 3 year old daughter has become INSULTED at the mere thought of me giving her sippy cup lately. God bless my little reality child.

  27. 27

    Y’all are hilarious:) and thank God for it!

  28. 28
    Siesta OC says:

    You are so wonderfully bizarre, I just dig you so much. The example pic was hilarious! You realize people probably were walkingby going, “some people have too much time on thier hands!”

    Can’t wait to see you in Denver at Deeper Still! And @ LPL in Irvine, and I agree, this picture of you and Keith is very special…Hope in the form of example

    Kisses siesta mama –

    Siesta OC

  29. 29
    HFridelle says:

    I loved the post. I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed hearing from our Siesta Mama!! Loved the pictures!

  30. 30
    lpmhawk says:

    I was there… I witnessed “The Great Dr. Pepper Spill of 2010” I do not think there had ever been a larger spill in the history of the Atlanta airport… it kept growing and growing there was no stopping it, I was stunned and unable to move because I felt like the Dr. Pepper was creepy toward me daring me to move… Everyone was in a state of shock, until Beth sprung into action and saved the day… cleaning up the spill directing traffic, saving small children from sticky shoes… it was incredible… rarely have I been prouder to work for someone than in that moment… it still is with me even today

    • 30.1
      Amanda says:

      This comment just made my whole day.

      • Beth says:

        OK, I am laughing so hard I can’t sit up. HAWK, I LOVE YOUR PICTURE!!!! That is my favorite shirt you own. YES, Sisters of Siestaville, that right there (just before AJ) is the infamous Hawk. To those who bore me to absolute tears, AKA Michelle.

        • fuzzytop says:

          I just want to know who had the idea to take the photos of the epic spill and Beth, in all her superhero-ness? Fantastic!

          • Before I realized it was Michelle that just commented I was like, ” Seriously, was it like a huge ordeal of people watching Beth pretend to slip?”
            I mean I think maybe Psalm 121:3 could have been a lesson you were teaching in all that…(that was really the truth wasn’t it?)..but then I realized ” No, the Atlanta airport has surely seen stranger things.”
            I am sure people probably didn’t even pay attention:)

            (HUGE GRIN)


    • 30.2
      Michele says:

      Hi Hawk!
      It’s good to see and hear from you!

      It’s a little hard to read – does that say “I <3 my boss?"
      haha – cool! So do we!

    • 30.3
      danae says:

      my reaction to this whole post has been “what a TRAGIC WASTE OF DR. PEPPER!!! why was there not some moment of silence or memorial?!” but i am also thankful with a huge sigh of relief that beth saved said dr. pepper from causing any accidents, thus saving the very name of dr. pepper from being besmirched with greater tragedy.

    • 30.4
      MMMom says:

      What a great job you have Michelle! You get to hang out with such a fun crazy lady!!

    • 30.5
      Becky says:

      I love it.

    • 30.6
      moosemama says:

      My biggest fear in that whole episode…would be laughing so hard at “your boss” that I might pee in my pants….it could happen….Oh, I think I need to run to the ladies room RIGHT NOW, actually…hahahahaha


    • 30.7
      Hollen says:

      Hahaha nice!! 🙂 Way to go Beth!

  31. 31
    Charity says:

    Boy, I sure loved those pictures! Well done! I busted out laughing at your last photo of your reinactment of that sign. I have a ton of photos of my husband doing the same things at various castles around the UK. He likes to imitate all the caution signs. I’m glad he’s not the only one! This made my day.

  32. 32
    Michele says:

    Just wondering – did you stop and take pictures of the spill center before you saved the day?

  33. 33
    Heather says:

    Love this. Love the avatar as well!

  34. 34
    Melissa says:

    I have one of those “Spill Center” yellow things. Except it’s made of brass, permanently embedded in my kitchen tile, right next to my 3-year-old’s seat.

    Just in case.

  35. 35
    Fran says:

    I want to comment after every picture but I won’t. I AM way jealous of the tomato garden. We can’t grow jack around here. Love the spill center with all my heart. Next time I’m in an airport with Robyn @3girlsmom we will have us a hey day with that thing. 😉

    Thanks for making me smile!!
    Love you all!

    • 35.1
      3GirlsMom says:

      Yes ma’am. Fun will be had with the Spill Center. I may or may not spill something on purpose just to put it to use. Don’t EVEN tempt me.

      And aren’t we planning a trip to HOUSTON soon? I can’t imagine the fun all around….just making me smile thinking about it.


  36. 36

    Thank you siesta mama for sharing your life with and your friend 1yr Praise The Lord that really needs a shout out to The One and Only ( PRAISE YOU FATHER).

    Now that picture with you sitting by the spill sign cracked me up you are to funny and you rock. I needed that today after the day I had I think you know I take care of an elderly parent my mom who has alot of health issues and the days can get pretty weary at times she gets so angry and says mean things to me and it hurts. Thank you for being an encouragement and a breath of fresh air to a weary seista , By the way loved the picture Amanda picked out.
    Love You All
    keep rocking seista mama
    Love Carol

    • 36.1
      Siesta OC says:

      Hang in there siesta! Your hard work is NOT going unnoticed. You and your mom will be in my thoughts and prayers.

      I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:11-13 (New International Version)

      Isaiah 40:29
      He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

      9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

      I realize you probably have a zillion more taht you know – but I wanted to leave you a few. GOD BLESS YOU! 🙂


        Thank you siesta oc for the encouragement that means alot I read that you are going to Denver for Deeper Still I am going to God willing I have my reservations made already made them last week. So maybe I will see you there it wopuld be nice to meet you. I am planning on flying out Thursday the 10th of June.
        Blessings to you siesta

        • Siesta OC says:

          I would love to meet you – a Siesta “Shout-out”!

          • CAROLLIVINFORGOD says:

            We can meet up I will send you my email address so you can email me and we can make up a time to meet maybe for a late brunch or something Friday or if you are coming in Thursday let me know
            My email
            [email protected]

          • CAROLLIVINFORGOD says:

            That comment I just made was for Seista OC

  37. 37

    love love love the picture of you in front of the cone!

  38. 38
    Sarah says:

    So funny! I needed the laugh today too. I love that Jesus knows just when to bring something or someone by to lighten the mood. I’ve had some bad news today. And just when I thought I would pack up the computer and head home to relieve some stress with a hot bath, I decided to check the blog. His grace is sufficient!!! Even in laughter, he knows when we need a big laugh to readjust our focus.

    Love you all!!!!!!!

  39. 39
    Kim says:

    Do you have any idea at all how much you bless us – bless me?! Who would think that ministry could still take place through a Spill Center episode. You could be their spokesperson now! I will watch for your picture when they send the catalogs to work. 🙂

  40. 40

    Cutest picture ever! You guys are adorable.

  41. 41

    Love your demonstration of someone sprawled on the floor 🙂 You’re crazy — and that’s one of the things I love about you! 🙂

  42. 42
    Emily says:

    Whew, I need one of those signs to carry around in my purse at all times!!!! My family is a spill accident waiting to happen. 🙂

    I so understand the garden. Some of our sweet church people planted a garden in the field behind our pastorium last year and I claimed every last thing grown as “the food I grew” despite the fact that all I really did was watch them plant it out my kitchen window and scratch for a few taters. I hope you enjoy your tomato. 🙂

  43. 43
    Nancy says:

    You never cease to crack me up! Can’t wait to see you in GR next weekend!!!

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    patty says:

    I love this post!!!

    You are so much fun! I don’t have a garden but I do have a Topsy Turvy tomato plant. Have you seen those? I was skeptical but it is doing good…it has to be in direct sunlight for at least 6 hours and the only place we could put it was in the front …I feel like I need to say “you might be a redneck have a topsy turvy plant hanging from the front porch.” 😉 I will rejoice when we get our first tomato. 🙂

    Oh, perfect picture Amanda!

  45. 45
    Joybird says:

    Yeaah! I was hoping to see SM’s new profile pic. Good choice AJ. And it’s cool to finally see Hawk as well.

  46. 46
    Joyce Watson says:

    Laughing so hard you may have to revive me!
    Are you sure you are not getting down for us_LPM sisters?
    (alittle break dance in name of Jesus never hurt anyone) LOL

    About Annabeth in the playpen__my twin boys made a nice, big hole in their playpen so they could crawel in and out of it when they wanted to. Just thought you might like to know.
    She does have a sweet smile, maybe you don’t have to worry about it.

    Oh, that Travis and you _have such beautiful teeth and a great smile. Which toothpaste do you use? Well, just kidding__don’t bite me.

    Now, Jackson is another sweetie, but he looks like he is laughing mighty hard, are you sure Bibby isn’t up to something?

    And the wonderful garden, well that brings back lots and lots of memories. My grandparents always had a big garden with totatoes, potatoes, okra, corn, peas, beans, and especially my favorite strawberries.
    They had about 10 chickens, 2 dogs, 3 cats and 1 bird named Pete. We loved to visit grandma’s house.

    Finally, you picture on AA__it is only because of Jesus I have not done some things in my life, but JESUS IS OUR ALL IN ALL!!

    sO MUch FuN Siesta Sister!!!

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    Rachel says:

    Those were great! Thanks for sharing all the pictures. I needed a good laugh today. 🙂 Love the new profile pic!!! So sweet.

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    Laura Courtright says:

    Bethie!!! You are coming to GRAND RAPIDS MI next weekend!!!! R U SUPER excited???? My gal pals and I are going to want to squeeze your neck! 15 years ago I started leading your studies out of my basement, which evolved into church ladies groups and such. You are my telescope to God and I just LUV ya;) We’ve been through hell and high waters together and you didn’t even know;) Well…I’ll be praying that you pack a spiritual punch for our weekend with you! May the Holy Spirit give you energy and fresh downloads of revelation!

    Love ya,


    • 48.1
      Beth says:

      I am VERY excited, Laura! I’m honored to be heading your direction! May Christ come with a great visitation and give us eyes to see Him revealed.

      • Rhonda Siler says:

        I feel the same way Laura! I cannot wait until next weekend! I love you Beth for the discipline of studying God’s word together and for the FUN we have! I went to Green Bay WI LPL event last year, and I will never forget the praise and worship that was in that room. It is just the best! See you next weekend Beth!!

        Love you guys,
        Rhonda Siler
        Kalamazoo, Michigan (about 50 miles from Grand Rapids)

        • Michele says:

          Ok this may not mean much on a women’s blog, but I love Michigan football.
          Every time I see one of you from MI, I want to say GO BLUE!!

          (Sorry if you’re a State fan)

          • Kathy B says:

            Wow! I mean like WOW! I am dyed in the wool “maize and blue”. This really is a small siesta world. So glad to know you’re out there. GO BLUE Indeed! (I live amongst an orange variation of this species and am totally unappreciated; at least during football season). Bless you, Michele

          • Michele says:

            yay! I’m in an orange town too, Syracuse 😛

            Idk why I like Michigan, just always have.

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    heather says:

    what a blast you all have! so hilarious. thanks for sharing the pics, you are too much-love the pic of you and your man.

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    Fran McCurry says:

    Now that picture of you on the floor is my favorite! How can a 52 year-old be so cute!?

    I am so happy for your friend’s 1st AA birthday. I just celebrated my 12th, by the grace of a very loving God!

    Gulf Shores (no oil yet!)

    • 50.1
      Michele says:

      Fran – I’m still praying hard that God cleans that whole mess up before it significantly impacts the shores.

    • 50.2
      jackie says:

      Fran! wow! 12 years! that’s awesome! congratulations!

      • Lisa Stewart says:

        Fran & Siesta Mama,
        Congratulations on your 12 years of sobriety! Isn’t God just great? (or as we say in the south “Ain’t God great? I live in Alabama too.) His love & provisions never cease to amaze & humble me. I will be celebrating 5 years next week!
        Beth, I’m new to blogging & was just thinking this morning before i logged on, Is it strange that I think of you as family? I was thanking God for you (again) & praying for you. Then I realized that you pray for me too(I know you do because you tell us in your books, posts, & bible studies.) I am crying, as I often do, when I feel His presence. This time of year marks the beginning of a new life for me & makes me especially thankful because I am reminded of His great work in my life. Beth, God has worked through you to help me grow in Him. Thank you for your obedience to Him.By the way, I am SO EXCITED that you are coming to Birmingham in December!!!!!!! I can’t wait!Love you all,Lisa

        • Michele says:

          welcome to Siestaville, Lisa!

        • Donna says:

          Lisa and Fran,
          Always nice to meet Alabama Siestas!! I also cannot wait for Birmingham in December! I’ve been looking forward to it for so long I booked my hotel room eight months ago! We siestas will have to meet up.

          Valley, Alabama

        • Siesta OC says:

          Lisa – so thrilled for you! I was reminded of the Esther study when you remarked, “this time of year marks the beginning…” Praise the LORD! You celebrate it and if I may be so bold to thank the LORD in your life for what HE has done. I don’t know you, but I KNOW that HE has recused you and I am so THANKFUL that HE is real and living and AWESOME!

    • 50.3
      Jill says:

      I am so happy when there is victory over addictions!! We have family member and a close friend who struggle daily. It is nice to see the face of hope. Thanks for sharing.

    • 50.4
      Bobbie says:

      Praise God! I, too am praying that it’s cleared up before it hits that beautiful coast–not only because of the beauty of the beaches, BUT for the livelyhoods that would be impacted.

    • 50.5
      Siesta OC says:

      GOD Bless you Fran – so proud sister!

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