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. 51
    Kim B. says:

    O.K..hilarious!! Love it!

    BTW Amanda, I need a tutorial too, with Gravatar. I signed up, uploaded a picture, all went well, but then what? How do we connect it to your blog? My picture still doesn’t show up. I am usually not techy challenged, but I am on this one. HELP!!

    Kim B.
    Orlando, FL

  2. 52
    Katie says:

    What an awesome time you had in the air port! You know sometimes letting lose amongst so many people freaking out, which happens often in air ports is like a spill center in and of its self. Saves anger and crankiness from spilling over too often into other people. Better to let goofy and fun spill over. 🙂

  3. 53
    Bobbie says:

    Great post! And me being the ‘visual’ person I am appreciate the pictures of the Spill Center–I’ll be lookin’ for them next time we’re in an airport.

    I love the pictures of AB and Jackson from your Iphone. That’s where many of my pics of our little Kennedy are. It’s great to have them when you run into someone and you can pull out a new version of a brag book!!!

    Hawk, I’d say that you have a pretty great job!

  4. 54
    His Jules says:

    This may become one of my favorite posts too AJ, just because of that great pose of our SuperHero Siesta Mama!!! That picture of your Mom & Dad dancing at the wedding is definitely one of my favorites of them together that I have seen on this blog. What an awesome family God has blessed us all with!

  5. 55
    Little Monkey's Mama says:

    Loved the pics and stories Beth! I heard say that the Topsy Turvy tomato hanger thing really gives out a huge harvest of tomatoes!! Have you heard of that in Houston?

    I know this is a light blog right now, yet if I may inquire if you all have heard anymore news about the 2 sisters in Iraq…Maryiam? and her sis? Been praying daily for them and would really like an update if anyone has one.


  6. 56
    Rockin' My Freedom says:


    My Dear Spill Center
    If Christ is Your Savior, you are the absorbing place
    You have it IN YOU to absorb
    You have it in you to display, “Caution, Wet Floor.”
    Every day of your life you have a choice to make
    You can live in a sea of Dr. Pepper and
    wallow in cocktail napkins that don’t do the job,
    or you can choose the Spill Center!
    Make up your mind to put off the old cocktail napkins
    and put down the “Caution, Wet Floor” sign.
    Never, ever, ever forget that the Lord is your absorbing place.
    He will keep your foot from slipping on the Dr. Pepper
    He will take care of you and provide a new sign
    when the old one wears out.
    Now, let Clark Kent & Hawk leave this place so they can go out into the world,
    continue acting like superheroes, and keep taking iPhone photos for the blog
    …so that we Siestas may continue in belly achin’ laughter.
    You, Spill Center…are exceptional.
    Go forth and absorb worthy of your calling.
    You are clothed with strength and dignity…via a very pretty sign.
    So Long Spills…Hello Spill Center!

  7. 57
    Lina says:

    i love the last photo on your post! you’re just too funny, mrs. moore. btw, i’m doing your wising up series at i did the heart of wisdom 3 last night and the message was just right on. it makes me wonder if we all simply have the same problem or God is just that good. i’m pretty sure it’s the latter. thank you for being an awesome teacher. =)

  8. 58
    Cali_Christine says:

    How do you get any work done? I started reading this blog this week and have spent most of my time, including now, reading and laughing instead of working!


  9. 59
    Sharon in GA says:

    As I was sitting here reading all the remarks to the “spill center”, I could just visualize all these houses with little yellow triangles sitting everywhere…it would be like an obstacle course of spills! lol

  10. 60
    MMMom says:

    Love the picture of you and your “Man”. I think it is only fitting that his picture be a part of the blog since heavens knows his life with you is frequently placed here as a learning example for us all.

    It is such a joy to see how much you enjoy life. You are a blessing!

  11. 61
    Margie by the Sea says:

    So many things.
    Yahoo and PRAISE God. Yes! Yes! Yes!
    Love that the girls love you and love you loving their father.
    and remind me never to go to the airport with you!
    Love you all

  12. 62
    Emmy says:

    What a fun post! I smiled all the way through!

    I adore your new Gravatar! (great pick Amanda) Hope y’all have that picture in a frame too!

    Hawk your Gravatar had me laughing so hard… Hysterical! Think you need to frame it and give it to your boss. : )

  13. 63
    Donna B. says:

    Still laughing after reading through all the posts! I can almost hear you saying, “help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” in front of that caution sign!

    Glad to know that I’m not the only one who has to rely on my daughters to help me with all the technological stuff on here. 🙂

  14. 64

    I LOVE your new gravatar photo!! Darling and you make me laugh as always.

  15. 65
    Becky says:

    Thanks for the funnies.
    I sure needed it today.

  16. 66
    Joni says:

    Wonderful post! Laughed out loud when I scrolled down to the yellow Spill Marker. My husband came into the computer room and wanted to know what I was doing. I read Beth’s superhero adventure to him and explained the pictures. He smiled, shook his head, and walked out. This is BIG! It takes something really funny to make him smile AND speechless! Loved the photos and the avatars! Everyone looks so precious!

  17. 67
    moosemama says:

    The “live” demonstration of what could happen if one happens upon a spill….PRICELESS!!!!

    Great pictures! Great tutoring Amanda!

    And I am very pleased with Amanda’s gravatar selection. What a sweet picture! There were cute pics of you and Keith from the taping last week, that Tiffany (and others) posted on fb.

    You’re so much fun!

    Melana 🙂

  18. 68
    Robin in Florida says:

    Love the spill center story. That’s my kind of funny! Love the picture of you and your man….so sweet. Good choice Amanda.

  19. 69
    Diana A says:

    I just had to chime in with what great pictures of the kids, the garden & gardeners, the close-up, and the spill. I just love you all sharing your lives. I too want to say what a great picture Amanda picked, I am going to always think of the two of you dancing through life! I hope one day that my teens can see their parents beyond what is infront of them and see us in our moments of love! We ain’t dancers but I would like to known for being great hand-holders!

  20. 70
    Beth Herring says:

    The picture you picked was perfect Amanda – kids just need to see their parents loving on each other like this!

    Beth, I just love the pictures of the grandyoungin’s you posted taken with your cell phone. All my cell phone pics are my grandkids! When I had to get a new phone last week, I took it by the Verizon store to get all my pictures downloaded to my new phone. The guy couldn’t believe I had 146 pictures in my phone!!! He couldn’t believe it and neither could I! What can I say, I love my grandyoungin’s….

    Love to you,
    Beth Herring

  21. 71
    DigiNee says:

    Next time I travel I will have to look for a spill cetner – one never knows, does one? Great pics – just got an iPhone and got the “Shake It’ and “Hipstamatic” camera apps —- way cool!

  22. 72
    Stephanie Billings says:

    Beth, loved the post. I so love the fact that you do your own blogging and you don’t have assistants that do things for you.

    Girls- I have a prayer request. This is from the Superintendent of the Virginia Assembly of God churches.

    Senior Pastor Joel & Kristal Flower (Lifehouse Shenandoah, Winchester, VA) have a new baby boy, Levi, who was born a few days ago at just 26 weeks. Levi is fighting for his life and I am asking the District churches and ministers to pray for this tiny baby that God’s perfect will be done in his life.
    A friend of the Flower family, Rev. Jamie Zirkle, has started a 24-hour prayer chain and if you would like to participate, please email Jamie at [email protected].
    Also on Facebook under Praying for Levi Flower, you will find this message from Levi’s parents:

    Kristal delivered Levi Flower today May 7. His due date was August 12. Weight 2 lbs 3 oz and Length 10 inches. He has already proven to be a fighter, but we covet your prayers for him. We will try and post to this wall with updates. Thank you in advance for your prayers, we are trusting in our Savior and know that He loves Levi even more than we do!!

  23. 73
    MamaJack10 says:

    Beth, thank you for sharing your love for life. It has been having a rough few weeks and have found it hard to laugh. The previous blogs of how God is using you and your family for His glory has really touched me. I am hearing over and over, just be obedient and let Me work it all out. Our family is dealing w/some approaching challenges and we so need to laugh and enjoy the journey. Thank you for reminding me and thank you for being real!! May our real lives of trusting, struggling and obeying our Lord show Him to everyone we touch. HUGS!!

  24. 74
    Georgia Jan says:

    This post is so much fun and is how my mind works jumping from thing to thing and picture to picture, and I love it!!

    The spill center cracked me up – I am so proud of you (and Hawk) Beth! The only thing that would have been better is if Jack Bauer would have showed up at the Spill Center…action indeed.

    And I know about loving a little grandson – my little Zeke and I have super bonded this week while his little sister made her entrance into the world!

    Come see me and we can sit on the swing and look at my vegetable garden – that my friend, was my favorite part. I love Memaw and Big Pops – they are my kind of people! I’ll pick some yellow squash, green beans, cucumbers, butter peas, and tomatoes for you. They should be ready when you get back from Israel!

    Your friend, GJ

    PS: Love Travis too – what a fun picture!

    • 74.1
      Kathy B says:

      Jack Bauer. Now that’s my kinda show. But then hostages would’ve certainly been involved and we would’ve needed a SWAT Siesta. I think perhaps Hawk fits the bill. Better not give her any ideas. Beth needs her more that Jack. Yes, my kids have to remind me that there really isn’t a CTU.

  25. 75
    Georgia Boone says:

    Fun times!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 Great tutoring Amanda……
    May I say that when something spills even a small spill why
    do they seem to look like a LAKE!!! or maybe even an OCEAN!!
    Nice going on the save Siesta Mama!!
    Blessings to all for a great weekend….
    Bible Bunny in NO MI

    P.S. See you next week in GR….WWWOOOOOHHHHOOOOOOO!!! We Bible Bunnies are so excited.

  26. 76
    Cinthia says:

    Too bad they don’t have a “spill center” for the oil spill. Do your super-powers of spill extend that far?

    I’m only kidding. My son is a Coastie, stationed right in Venice, LA and that was the first thing to come to mind because he hasn’t had a day off since April 20th and is working around the clock in some pretty dangerous situations, so some levity is needed, as was your post. Thank you.

    I will never walk through another air-port without looking for the “spill center.”

    And, I’m so calling my son now and leaving him a message!

  27. 77
    Holly says:

    This is completely not connected to this post at all, only similarity it has is that it’s about Beth! I thought this super funny yet at the same time so completely how I feel! My friend past this along because she understands that I too have this affection for Beth that Jon Acuff’s wife trys to explain! have a good laugh!

  28. 78
    Kaitchie says:

    Beth, you are a character. You never surprise me with your blogs. Who is Hawk? I am a little behind in your news and the name is new. Kathleen

    • 78.1
      Beth says:

      Hi, Kathleen! Hawk is my trusty assistant, Michelle. It is indicative of her work ethic.

      • Kathy B says:

        I was relieved to see her even use Hawk as her blog name. I was afraid we were hurting her feelings by calling her a fowl name 🙂

  29. 79
    Jennifer says:

    This is an awesome blog!! I love it! Thanks for all the time you all have put into it (and us).

    Beth, I am reading So Long Insecurity and I LOVE IT! I am learning so much about myself. Thank you again for letting God use you — it sure has made a difference in my life!

  30. 80
    Jennifer says:

    PS – How would I get a picture up? Did I miss something? 🙂

  31. 81
    ULCARDSFAN says:

    This is a fabulous post. I hope you still have time to speak at LPM Live Events Beth, now that you are employed by the Airport…… or are you on their WATCH LIST?
    Love you to pieces, Linda

  32. 82

    It was so nice to come home from a really long and crazy day and read this wonderful post that made me laugh out loud and also get a little teary eyed at the blurry picture of your friends one year token. I just celebrated two years on May 7th of being clean and sober.
    Since I wasn’t officially in AA I didn’t get a token, but celebrating the day with my daughters and telling them it is a day of celebration that with God all things are possible was truly awesome!

    Thanks for sharing.
    Much love and blessings to all,

    Michelle in VT

    • 82.1
      Anne Zapanta says:

      YAY Michelle!!! That’s great! I had 18 months on May 12.
      BTW, I grew up in Woodstock. That’s where you are, right?

  33. 83
    Emily says:

    This gave me a huge laugh that I needed today. I love your heroics and demonstration. Hysterical!

  34. 84
    Bethany says:

    oh my WORD the spill center pics were hilarious!!!!!!

  35. 85
    Colleen says:

    How fun! Looking forward to even more random pics in the future! (And I love the one with your comments!)

  36. 86

    Ok, you’re really not going to believe this, but I started writing a long paragraph to you Beth with step by step insturctions on how to put your photo in WordPress so that you didn’t have to have that green “quilt square” next to your name. I got all the way to the end and thought, “Who am I? Her mother? Don’t be so pesky. If she wants to learn how to do that, her girls will show her how Sheesh!!!” SO, I am so glad I was patient about it and waited…(I hadn’t noticed that you didn’t have any photos with your posts). Isn’t it easy to add them?

    Putting the photo by your name (Gravatar) is a piece of cake too. I love the photo Amanda chose. Aren’t you pleased with it? I have been wanting my husband to learn ballroom dancing before he dances the father/daughter dances at our daughters weddings someday. Did Keith already know how to dance?

    Great job, Amanda, and I love the photos of the kids. Cracked up at the airport photo too. Thanks for making my day. 🙂

  37. 87
    God's not-so-little Dutch girl says:


    I am also excited for next weekend! I am trying to decide if I need to have some highlights thrown in my hair before next weekend(I’m seeing more gray than I like right now). I have been praying that you are getting enough rest in between conferences. How is your back doing?
    Thank you for sharing your pics! You are becoming quite savvy thanks to your daughter! Amanda, I love the picture you chose of your mom and dad! I am waiting for a good pic of myself before I post, so it could be QUITE a while. Praying you to G.R. See you next weekend! Joan

  38. 88
    Jennifer A. Sims says:

    Hi Beth! I’m still kind of new to the blog, but I just wanted to let you know that I’ve enjoyed reading every one of the posts. And I throughly enjoy the photos. I feel like I’ve known you for years and that you are my next door neighbor! I so appreciate your (and your daughters’) honesty, appreciation and love. You are such a blessing to me and to all your readers/listeners. I pray that the Lord blesses you and your family abundantly.

    Love, Jennifer

  39. 89
    Kim says:

    You all crack me up! I couldn’t believe my eye’s when I saw you on the ground in the picture. And then I said to myself, yes, she is . . . LOL!! YOU CRACK ME UP! Never a dull moment!! Keep em comin’, love it.

    Amanda, great job on the Pic! Very nice Keith and Beth, very nice.
    And a Big Praise to God for all of you who have acheieved so much in AA! Great job and perseverence!

    Thanks again for the entertainment Beth!

  40. 90
    Melissa H says:


    I’m just guessing, but I bet that you are way fun to be around! Who would have ever thought to demonstrate what would happen without your little “wet floor” sign? Not me! Your hilarious!


  41. 91

    I’m leaving a comment just to see the new gravatar. Good choice!

    And may I say, you can pass through the Atlanta Airport anytime… I’m so honored to know you helped people cope with a spill…so inspiring Beth!


  42. 92
    Frances says:

    Oh, my word, I love Beth Moore!

  43. 93
    Susan says:

    Thanks so much for the laugh, Beth…you are such a joy! 🙂

  44. 94
    jessica says:

    In the pic with you and Travis, you said you’re eyelashes are heavy.. “are those fake???” if so they are fabulous and you can’t tell! my aunt’s wear those and their’s fit fake. please show me how to put them on so they won’t look taped on.
    if they are fake.
    love! xox

    • 94.1
      Debbie says:

      I think Beth meant she was tired by saying her eyelashes were heavy. No fake here … she’s the real deal!!!

      • Siesta OC says:

        Those Moore/Jones/Fitzpatrick women have great lashes…btw: Melissa’s fav mascara, that I happen to adore, is it discontinued? Say it isn’t so!

  45. 95
    Anne says:

    I am just in complete awe of how perfectly you posed like the “spill center” dude!
    You got it goin on!
    too funny :))

  46. 96
    Kristi says:

    Y’all inspired me and I posted my first ever picture on wordpress tonight! I don’t think I did it exactly right, though because it came out really small. Oh well! I guess I need a tutor!

  47. 97
    sisterlynn says:

    love love love this post. Too funny.

    It was a great laugh at the end of a long but good day.

    Blessings to all!!!

    Sister Lynn

  48. 98
    marita says:

    The post was awesome, but I think I have enjoyed the comments just as much. What awesome ladies hang here in Siestaville!

    Congratulations to those of you who have endured and are walking day by day free of drugs and alcohol!

    Congratulations to the 5 souls who came to know our Savior in Bible Study. How cool is it that 5 out of 10 in the study weren’t believers when they started the study. Only God!

    Kristy – Praying for you and your Mom.

    Blessings, Marita

  49. 99
    joyinthejourneys says:

    What I love about your new picture is the absolute “in love-ness” that shines through.
    especially knowing what you’ve shared with us…that marriage isn’t always easy.
    you’re my hero 🙂

  50. 100
    Dionna says:

    I found your post and pictures very entertaining! I need to figure out how to get a picture on my comments too.

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