What’s Up This Weekend?

What are you girls up to this weekend? It’s a big Jackson and Annabeth weekend for my man and me. Amanda and Curtis are celebrating their anniversary away till Sunday so we are officially ON in every way. And mighty happy about it. AB’s already down for a nap and Jackson has been helping Paw Paw clean the boat. This was something Amanda and Melissa loved to do when they were little, too. The difference was, the girls didn’t want to actually go fishing in it but mark my word. Little man does. If I’ve heard, “Paw Paw, when I’m a bigger boy…” once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. He melts my heart. I guess Bibby’s going to have to break down and go fishing when that time comes. I don’t think I can bear to take my eyes off of him in real fishing water. We’ll see. Jesus could come back by then. Keith just asked if he could take Jackson with him to the boat store to pick up some supplies. Would you believe I have never let the boy out of my sight when I’ve had him in all this time?? What a danged control freak. Keith put up with me saying, “But can you promise me you won’t let go of him for one single second?” so I guess I’m going to have to give it up. I have butterflies. What an idiot.

I love how so many of us who have been around Siestaville a good long time really have made some true, flesh and blood sister-friends, especially if we’ve attended some of the events. Georgia Jan is one of mine. Same age. Kids same age. Grandkids same age. Been married forever. (None of those are prerequisites for friends but it just throws us years forward into a relationship.) Both love Jesus. Over our happy heads in women’s ministry. Flawed but trying. Anyway, she’ll have her grandboy Zeke this afternoon and we wish like mad we could have them together. They are exactly the same age and they’d have such a big time.

Do tell! Anybody else made a real friend on here? This would be such a fun time to hear about it. If you haven’t had the time or opportunity, just tell me what you’re up to this weekend. Chat a while, Siestas.

I sure love you guys.


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  1. 51
    Tina Harrell says:

    I met Karen (Pureheart) on here and we attended the SSMTC in January together. What a pure delight to have a siesta to share the experience with!! Siestaville made it all possible – a big thanks for that!

    This weekend our oldest is coming home – that always makes me super happy. Tomorrow is a big celebration for my nephew – graduation/birthday party!! And then we are off to visit my father-in-law at his river house on Father’s Day.

    Beth – I know you will have a blast with the grandkids!!!

    I’m such a blessed siesta – happy weekend to each of you!!

  2. 52
    medstudent2012 says:

    Studying to take my step 1 boards this weekend (I’m a med school) sooo nervous but God’s taught me so much about Him through the process of studying for this and I’m feeling more peace than I’ve felt in while…I’d apprecaite all of y’alls prayers please!! πŸ™‚

  3. 53
    AnnaRuth says:

    What a fun weekend! Mine is VERY exciting for me!! My best friend and I are used to living a 13-hour drive apart, but for the last year we’ve been living a 13-hour FLIGHT apart, as her husband was stationed in Germany. They’re back in the states just for the summer, and we’re going to meet halfway to spend 3 days together. Our parents offered to watch our children (she has 2 boys, nearly 4 and 2, and I have one 6-year-old girl), so it’s going to be JUST THE TWO OF US!!! We are SO pumped! In the last 6 years we’ve only seen each other 3 times, the last time being about a year and a half ago. We are totally jazzed!!!! We have big plans on how to fill the days, but will most likely end up spending the whole time in either the hotel room or a nearby coffee shop drinking tea and talking until we lose our voices!

    I haven’t made any direct friends in Siestaville yet, but I’m hoping to!!! (I’m still looking for a group to join for the Summer Bible Study – I live in the DFW Metroplex if anyone’s open to a member joining! Our local Lifeway is sold out of Ruth books, so I’m hoping that means there’s a bunch of us taking part in it!)

  4. 54

    Tomorrow I’ll be helping and shopping at a statewide Used Curriculum/ Book sale for home schoolers. Then I’ll fly down the road to make my boys T-Ball game. NOTHING is cuter than 4-6 year old boys in baseball uniforms, batting helmets and baseball gloves!! Beyond that we’ll attend church Sunday and rest. I think a Sunday afternoon nap will definitely be in order this weekend!

  5. 55
    Sandy says:

    My wonderful husband and I are bringing dinner to friends who just got transferred to San Antonio. I grew up with her, went to middle school, high school and nursing school with her, then our lives went into different directions. I am such a changed woman now (thank you God) and am excited to see how God has changed her too. I am a little nervous, don’t know exactly why. We are also hosting our small group tomorrow night and will be discussing Moses and the tabernacle. Very excited about that. Have a wonderful weekend with your man and your grandbabies!

  6. 56
    Kristy says:

    I do not comment often, I just like to read everyone else’s. =) But this special place inspired me to start a blog for our church’s women’s ministry…a few of us are continuing the scripture memory this year! Last year was the first time EVER that I had been able to stick to a memorization plan…and I thank this place for it! And I know this sounds goofy (because I am!!!), but Siestaville is reassuring to me that everyone deals with stuff…and that other people are crazy about Jesus too! And of course I know if I needed special prayer this would be first place I would post it! =)

    By the way…I count you and Amanda and Melissa as some of my best friends…haha

    Thanks for doing what you do!

    • 56.1
      Siesta OC says:

      Kristy – I agree! I love that I can come here and hear that I am NOT THE ONLY ONE!!!! I also love that women here (including Beth, Amanda and Melissa) spur me on in that they are living out seasons of blessing I don’t know yet but that a real life girl could get there. I love it here too! Glad you commented!

    • 56.2
      Ginger says:

      Kristy, I’m inspired to do a blog at my church too. I have posted sort of sporadically for about a year, but this fall God is gearing up for me to really give it a try with some new ideas. Lots of girls read it, but no really comments yet. I’d love to hear what has worked well for you if you feel like sharing. Thanks! Ginger

    • 56.3
      HFridelle says:

      This blog inspired me to get my ladies sunday school class to memorize scripture too!! It is fun to read others comments and Beth just cracks me up!

  7. 57
    Shari says:

    No friends on the site yet…but feel like we all are! Spending the weekend with my two year old grandson. Boy how kids have energy abounding. He keeps me hopping yelling “MIMI” at the top of his lungs every time I leave the room. We have walked the block several times in his new push car, built a lincoln log fort, read umpteen books, made french toast and now he is down for a blessed nap while I store up enough energy for round-two of post nap activities. There really is no greater joy than grandparenting!! Enjoy your time with Jackson and Annabeth. Looking forward to seeing you (from a distance at least) in Irvine in just a few short weeks!

  8. 58
    Joyce Watson says:

    Happy Anniversary Amanda and Curtis! Love the picture of Jackson, so very precious.
    Love reading all the posts from my sisters in Christ_truly is a blessing!

    I helped with VBS last week. One young boy was so excited he kept saying “I am a Christian.” Wish adults were as excited as he was.
    Our church ladies are making dolls and bears this week for Haiti and also Mexico. My son is going on a missionary trip to Fabens, Texas near the Mexico border.
    Both of my boys are helping Dad around the house, cutting yards for the elderly and going fishing.
    I am preparing for the next Beth Moore Bible Study on Esther, helping with mission projects and helping teach.
    Have a wonderful week in the Lord!

  9. 59
    Chrystal says:

    I understand the control issue with Jackson. I have a 5 year old little boy!! I’m sure Amanda appreciates you being so protective of him. It is hard to let them out in that big bad world sometimes. You are a great Bibby πŸ™‚

    • 59.1
      Joyce Watson says:

      Speaking of the “control issue”, my son, Christopher went to Mexico with a group from Paradise Valley Baptist Church this week. He called me this week-end to tell me He had crossed the border from Texas into Mexico. It is a bad situation near El Paso, but they entered on the other side where there is less of a risk, but it is still difficult. Please pray for them.
      I have been to the churches before and they are going to teach VBS in Texas and Mexico. The kids there are so excited. They look forward to this time of the year.
      Please pray for protection and salvation for others.
      My son is so excited about this trip and I hope the Lord will one day lead him to do something extra special for Him.

  10. 60
    k&c's mom says:

    Friends made in Siestaville…
    I left a comment on this site last summer when I had just lost my husband to cancer. A Siesta from Canada who had lost her husband the same way several years ago responded to me with words of comfort. She’s come alongside me this year with encouragement and wisdom and hope. I’m from Austin, but when she said she’d be in Houston for the January “reunion” of Siestas, I got there as quickly as I could to meet her in person! Thanks for making this forum available. It is a lifeline.

    • 60.1
      Beth says:

      Wow, Sister. I pray God has ministered riches to you both this year and so thankful He’s done some of that through each other.

    • 60.2
      Lynn says:

      You have encouraged me as well. I was so excited to meet you in Houston I could hardly wait. I just love that we can connect across the many miles by way of the internet and blogging!

  11. 61
    Kelly Straws says:

    I’ll be busy getting my 13 year old ready for Diabetes camp. She leaves Sunday. Then, my 22 year old and my two grand daughters will be leaving on Monday night to Los Angeles area to stay a few days with my dad and sister. My 22 year old will be meeting her biological father for the first time. Please pray for both girls. Pray that Diabetes camp will help my 13 year old with some frustrating issues that comes with having Type 1 Diabetes.
    Meeting her father for the first time has my oldest pretty nervous. Of course, there are alot of other concerns as well. I guess this would actually be considered a pretty heavy weekend! Guess I can use prayer too…Thanks, Siestas!
    Anyhow, that is what I am doing this weekend.

  12. 62
    Carrie says:

    I haven’t been on here that long, so I don’t feel like I’ve had much of a chance to make friends yet.

    I love what a “control freak” of a Grandmother you are! My son is 5 and my daughter is 2 1/2 and I’m just starting to let them out of my sight a little more! In fact I am having my first over night away from them tonight. I have a MOPS leadership retreat tonight and tomorrow and I’m really nervous about leaving them πŸ™‚ I pray I can be a hands on Grandmother like you when I have grandchildren.

    Enjoy your weekend with those darling grandchildren of yours!

  13. 63
    Rhonda says:

    Hi Beth:

    Visiting the LPM Blog for a several months now.

    How’s this for matching stats:

    Born: June 5, 1957

    Children: Two daughters, ages 24 & 26
    Two grandbabies- 6 month girl and 18 month boy (same mama – yep 12 months apart!) A wonderful son-in-law

    Been married 27 years

    Well – pretty close to ya Beth!

    BUT, I had a SURPRISE pregnancy at age 41 – a boy. My grand finale!

    Not doing too much this week-end. Kind of broke – I am not whining – LOL. Just got to stick to a budget – trying to sell a big four-bedroom house so we can downsize to a three-bedroom ranch. Not easy up here in NY State. Nice hot weather here, and friends with pools.

    Have fun babysitting – been there and AM there. A little scary with mine so close in age. Usually need back-up!


  14. 64
    Amanda Stone says:

    I found out last weekend I am pregnant with my first child. My husband and I are thrilled! Satan has been trying to wreck me with fear of all sorts of things that could go wrong, but I am standing in all the faith I can muster up before the throne! I am praying that God will be God and sustain this little bundle of joy until its birth. I would love it if siestaville would join me in prayer! Thanks beth for your constant encouragment.:)

    Today I watched one of your “wednesday’s with Beth” episodes (you were wearing an amazing Red Jacket;) You were speaking on the lines in your family being healed. It was before Annabeth had been born. You were so excited to have a womanchild being born. It really hit home when you talked about how you were going to protect her from the things that had happened to you, and how she had a chance to do things different than her grandparents. That is what I needed to hear today thinking about this little one is my tummy. What a blessing motherhood is going to be!

  15. 65
    Misty says:

    I met my sweet blogging friends Yolanda and Valerie from Siestaville…and even met them both in person at Deeper Still in OKC last December. They are huge blessings to me…and I would surely get a chuckle if I was the first of us 3 to post on this! πŸ™‚ Also blogging friends Sherry and Beth are from Siestaville – but I have not had the opportunity to meet them yet.

    Speaking of Deeper Still and siestas – I have some amazingly blessed friends in a Christian band just starting out (and they call themselves “Deeper Still”) playing at a coffee & gelato shop in Edmond, OK from 7-9pm tonight. The place is called Allaus at 1333 N. Santa Fe # 114. Edmond, Oklahoma 73003. Tel: (405) 285 5353

    Love to meet some new siestas there tonight!

    Have a blessed weekend all…and a Happy Father’s Day!

    • 65.1
      Yolanda says:

      I’m chuckling, as you are the first of the three of us to share our Deeper Still, OK. City meeting. We, Valerie and I….Love ya like crazy. And laugh our heads silly at the blessing you are carrying after years and years of infertility.


      Love ya, Girlfriend.

  16. 66
    Poor Pitiful Pearl says:

    Oh, Beth. I wish with all my heart I could say I had made a true friend SOMEWHERE. My husband and I are in full time ministry and it seems like we are so ineffective. So many give vocal support for the work yet aren’t committed in actions – unless they don’t have anything else to do. We try not to get disappointed when everything else interferes with their commitments to the Lord, but today I’m all out of good attitude. Help me Jesus.

    I think being in a pastoral position somehow precludes close friendships. If we spend too much time with one family we get criticized for having a “clique.” If we try to spend equal time with everyone we get criticized because we don’t spend enough time with anyone. If we stay home and mind our own business people just flat leave….And I could never say any of these things to anyone in our church. Boy, do I sound like I’m having a pity party or what?

    We’re having a cookout tonight for our adult bible class and tomorrow we’re going to a picnic for pregnancy center volunteers. Sunday my family is coming for dinner. So I’m just sitting here bawling while I wait for the kitchen floor to dry. I need a word from the Lord.

    • 66.1
      Beth says:

      I know what you’re saying, Sister. Been there. Almost convinced myself that I was safest not to have close friends as a woman in ministry but I got so lonesome, I couldn’t stand it. They’re out there, Sister. And in the meantime, we’re right here. May God grant you that word you seek. He is so faithful.

      • Hilary says:

        Ppp, I will be your friend! And I am going to pray especially for you that you get that word from God you need. πŸ™‚ I believe He is faithful to speak to His children!! Just last night I found a particularly beautiful word from God in Isaiah 46 while doing my Breaking Free homework. It is totally unrelated to BF, but it was right there plain as my nose! I had asked God a question, and THERE was the answer! He is faithful.
        I’m praying for you, sister. I’ve sat at the computer bawling myself more times than I can remember. I’m with you.

        In Him,

      • I know! I can’t exist without giving my heart away and then I equate commitment to “church” with commitment to me and it just kills me when it’s not there. It’s a tangled mess! But when it’s all said and done God is good and in control. I just want to finish well. Thanks for your reply! Love you. Linda

      • Thank you, Beth. I’m just going to practice my own preaching to minister’s wives (and to my husband): “Keep your hide thick and your heart tender!” Love you.

    • 66.2
      Siesta OC says:

      What a faithful servant you are! Blessings of strength and friendship, in JESUS Name

    • 66.3
      twinkle says:

      Love you already!
      And thank you for serving as a pastor’s wife. You are a beautiful pearl.

    • 66.4
      Joyce Watson says:

      This “loneliness” adaptation can really put you in a pit sometimes. I have been there, prayed about and tried to reach out to make new friendships. Sometimes, I find myself slipping back into that pit other times I make it just fine.
      Being acquainted with military life I got use to making new friends everywhere I went, then moving to a new place to live. Now, my husband is retired and we live in a small town and go to a small church; it is really hard. Sometimes, I am ready to pick up and leave_to get on with life. I started a brunch for our church and invited the church women from other churches which helped alittle bit and started back to work in the elementary school cafeteria part-time.

      We had a pastor’s wife who was afraid of having close friends and I told her that Jesus had close friends and so should she if she wanted to. Jesus had Mary and Martha for friends.
      Thankfully, God is our best friend. I will pray for you and you have a friend.

      • Joyce Watson says:

        Just needed to add this Bible verse:

        Be strong and of good courage, and do it;
        do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord
        God_will be with you. He will not leave you
        nor forsake you. 1 Chronicles 28:20

    • 66.5
      Bethany says:

      I am sorry for your pain Pearl…I’ll be your friend. And as one, my first priority is to pray for you sweet one. Praying that God would give you a Word that is so perfect for you. And that He would provide just the right set of freinds that you need. He promises to provide that which we need, so rest in that.
      And don’t hesitate to cry all you need…it is healing.
      Love you!

    • 66.6
      katie says:

      I am praying for you!!! Forgive me, but, I don’t like referring to you as “poor pitiful Pearl”. So I am going to rename you, β€œPOSITIVELY PERFECT PEARL”. Hang in there; you are being covered in prayer.

      • Pam says:

        What a perfect rename!! Love it…
        Will keep you in prayer Pearl, you do have a friend in Jesus, never loose sight of that. Thinking and praying for you.

      • joyinthejourneys says:

        I was just thinking of P words to describe you…katie hit it on the head!! There is power in a name!! πŸ™‚ You are a delight!~

    • 66.7
      Kim B. in az says:

      You are not alone. I totally understand. Consider yourself pray for.

    • 66.8
      Becky in Indy says:

      PPP – I, too, understand that it’s hard to have close friends, but they DO exist. God truly is my “best” friend but each place I’ve lived, God has allowed me at least (and usually only one) close friend; the soul-mate kind of friend. The one I currently have and I don’t even spend that much time together but she is there for me when I need her and vice versa. (By that, I mean, when I need to share good times as well as sorrows!). Keep praying for that one close friend and don’t worry about what other people say.

    • 66.9
      Redeemed says:

      Oh, PPP…..I SO relate! My husband is a minister, too, and I know EXACTLY what you’re saying. You have to be so careful who you lay your heart down to, you know? Sometimes it feels like we’re running for office every week. (does that make any sense?)

      I have prayed over this very subject for months now. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. But you know what? You just keep those eyes of yours focused on JESUS. We have to remind ourselves of it every day. He’s the reason why we serve, and we can’t make others do the thing.

      I will pray for you! Please pray for me?

    • 66.10
      Bobbie says:

      Praying for your sweet heart! You’re there for so many around you–remember that He’s there for you! I think many people take their pastors and their wives for granted! Feel the hugs that are here in Siestaville!!

    • 66.11
      Kelly says:

      My dear Pearl,
      I want you to know that I have a soft heart for Pastor’s wives. I worked in the home for one and know first hand what they experience. Friendships are far and few between and you are right. People do get upset when you spend too much time with one person or the other.
      You know what? I can relate in another way. I moved alot as a child and young adult. It was really hard to LEARN how to make friends. I often tried to force friendships and that certainly didn’t work. It was lonely at the time but perhaps that’s why I can so well relate to where you are. I have made myself available to you and to many other pastor’s wives for prayer and fellowship. I keep things that are told to me confidential. I would love to be your friend.

    • 66.12
      Poor Pitiful Pearl says:

      I am overwhelmed at the love in your replies. Thank you all so much. The Lord has truly blessed me with more than one word!! I’m usually not such a crybaby and I’ve never used “Poor Pitiful Pearl” as the name I post with but I felt so silly being such a baby.

      Thank you again!

    • 66.13
      Georgia Jan says:

      Ppp – I am a pastor’s wife too – and you’ve got a friend in me! (I just watched Toy Story 3 this afternoon, so that song is in my head! And it’s true!)

      It is a hard place in ministry and having/not having friends, but this I know – just be yourself, stay in the Word, and love people. It will all work out. Remember you have an audience of ONE and “He will perfect that which concerns you.” Psalm 138:8 (one of my memory verses from the Siesta SMT).

      Georgia Jan

    • 66.14
      Julie Brainard says:

      You are not a baby, you are sweetly transparent and THAT takes real courage! I’m a pastor’s wife as well, and I find it can be so isolating, but luckily I have women who have barrelled their way right in to bless and lift me up! I think it’s another trick the enemy has us buy….I in turn have made it one of my goals to minister to other leadership wives. I will be praying for you. That the Lord brings those to come alongside. That He reminds you of your purpose and gives you hope in your work! It was not a pity party, but a blessing to those of us who have been there…and who will be there again! Thank you for sharing with us and we will pray, pray, pray! LOVE!

    • 66.15

      My heart goes out to you. I have not been in your position, but my foster family through my teen years were pastors. I watched my foster mom struggle with the same issues and even become bitter over it. I watched my foster dad struggle with trying to please everyone. It just can’t be done.
      Friends are out there, and you will find some who have your back…well, we’re here, and we’ve got ya when you need us. I’ll keep you & your church family in my prayers.

    • 66.16
      Donna says:

      I understand as I am a pastor’s wife also. I have been hurt before but at our present church I have laid open my heart again and have some wonderful close relationships. Our Siesta Mama is right -You can be so lonely if you don’t have friends. Count me as one of your many Siesta friends. Praying for you today.


  17. 67
    Stasi says:

    I’ve read every single blog but I’ve never posted. I never felt worthy enough to do so. I guess today I’m feeling brave. Have a great day.

  18. 68
    Marcia says:

    Am not computer literate enough to do anything other than leave a reply now and then so haven’t communicated one-on-one with anyone or posted on their blog (don’t have enough time to read all of them anyway!). But, I LOVE reading the comments from everyone, and the offers of help and reaching out to other siestas is absolutely soul-satisfying to me. Brings tears to my eyes quite often and I’m at work! Hopefully no one will come in the office when I’m teary-eyed! I’m a people person and would love to meet some of the ladies whom I feel like I know just by seeing their names on here repetiously. Maybe one day!
    My weekend is going to be HOT!! Predicting 95 both days with high humidity (which makes it feel higher!). My children will probably all be here Sunday night as I usually cook dinner for all 12 of them (spouses and grandchildren included). It’s a fun time. Unless my oldest son invites us all to their house this time-they have a pool. Sounds like a great idea to me!!!

  19. 69
    Heather says:

    man, I wish I could hop on that boat!

    I’ll be working overtime and then going to a children’s production of Orphan Annie.

    For the rest of the weekend, I’ll probably have “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” stuck in my head. πŸ™‚

    Have a blessed weekend!

  20. 70
    Patti says:

    As of June 5th, my husband and I became official empty nesters when our youngest son and his beautiful bride gazed adoringly into each other’s eyes and said their vows on a bridge overlooking the Hillsborough River. Three years prior he’d asked her to be his girlfriend on that very bridge, then followed it a year later with his proposal. Two years later which was Saturday, June 5th, an intimate group of family and close friends gathered for their wedding.

    Both sons are married now and we don’t have grandchildren yet,so this will be a quiet anniversary celebration for us. Today is our twenty-seventh and in talking with my friend who just called to wish us a happy anniversary, I’ve realized that this will be our first anniversary without children in our home. Our first son was born two weeks before our first anniversary. We have dinner and a movie planned for this evening. Tomorrow, we’re having dinner at the home of our newlyweds and on Sunday we’ll all celebrate the Lord’s day together on Father’s day with some of my favorite people in the world, our church family. My beloved daddy will celebrate his first father’s day with his heavenly Father this year. My eyes are welling as I think about how I miss him.

    I know this is probably longer than “chat” length but I appreciate the opportunity to talk. I’ve been very pensive and contemplative these days and during my prayer times God has given me much to ponder while I’m in His waiting room. I hardly have to ask you to pray for me because I know that you will, so thanks in advance for your prayers. I have to close now so I can get ready for my date with my honey of twenty-seven years – thirty if you count our dating and engagement.
    Hugs and Blessings,
    Patti Hayes

  21. 71
    --michele says:

    It is going to be a quiet weekend with the family. God is so good! Always! My three teenagers have their father back this Father’s Day! He has always been present but the past eight years have been dark days for him. I want to shout it out to the world what the Lord has done but have to carefully respect my husband’s feelings! So please rejoice with me!

    “Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
    Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
    Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
    Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!”

  22. 72
    Laura says:

    I’ve never commented here, but read all the time and just got sucked into the friendly conversation on this lovely Friday afternoon! πŸ™‚

    I’m cuddled up on the couch with my two-year-old son while he and his big sister watch some TV. Dinner with my family tonight to celebrate Father’s Day, my contribution being a cake I baked this afternoon that contains so much chocolate it borders on ridiculous. (But one of the best kinds of ridiculous I can imagine!)

    We’re set to leave on vacation on Sunday, but we’re anxiously waiting to see if our kids get through an incubation period after having been exposed to chicken pox a week and a half ago. The timing wasn’t great, but I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll still get to go. Praying over that one daily as we wait!

    Thanks for the friendly atmosphere, and for listening to me chat!

  23. 73
    Lori, Love2Praise says:

    Just hearing you talk about your Jackson and Anabeth sets my heart pumping. I am expection my first grandson in one month!! I can’t wait to hold him, see what his precious face looks like and just see the new man in our life.

    At the beginning of the year we found out that our son and a young woman he was dating were with child. It was a moment of despair for us due to the sin that was involved, but we knew that although this was a surprise to us, it was not to God. We have prayed daily over the situation and God has just revealed so much to us. Through all of this we have clung to him and know that this child is a blessing to both our families and we can’t wait to meet him.

    I actually don’t know what I would have done without the scripture memorization that I participated in last year. I have gone back to all of the scriptures I have memorized at least a thousand times, as well as learned a few new ones. What a blessing to know that He is forever faithful in times of trouble and joy.

    I can’t wait to be called grandma.

    Thanks for sharing your joy!

  24. 74
    Kelly Straws says:

    I forgot to mention that I am experiencing some intense lower back and sciatica pain down my left leg. Could use prayer for that too.
    I love you Beth and am grateful that you are so real and down to earth. Thanks for all that you do for us.

    • 74.1
      Redeemed says:

      OUCH! So sorry, Kelly. Praying for that back of yours!

      • Kelly says:

        Thank you redeemed! I have struggled with this for years. I was in denial for a long time. I had neck surgery in 2006 and as soon as that was healed, my lower back began crying out for attention. So I do appreciate your prayers.

  25. 75
    Peggy Kampmann says:

    I understand about you not wanting to let Jackson out of your sight. I am still that way with my boys and one is 13 and one is 10. I give them over to God many times a day because I know He can take care of them better than I can. I am still a mama that wants to protect them. I think that God makes us mamas that way.

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    Sharon says:

    My daughter, her husband and my two sweet granddaughters are coming tonight and staying until Monday, I can’t wait to swim, shop and hang out with them. Good weekend for this grandma.

  27. 77

    I don’t know about the rest of you … but, Bibby is my friend!! Hee, hee!! Love you all!

  28. 78
    rene sandifer says:

    O.K.,let’s see….just found the blog this week. Put my big toe in for a temperature test. The water feels fine, so I think I’m stay’n for a swim!!
    Think I’m oiling the “revolvong door” in preparation for next week!! My 21yr daughter leaves for Kanakuk Kamp to work for a month, my 18 yr old son comes home from TBarM after serving there a month, my 23yr daughter will be coming up to visit (that requires major nest fluffing right there!!) and drive over to St. Louis the following weekend (wheee!); and my poor 12 yr old (bonus child :D) just wants to enjoy her summer…I am blessed beyond words with arrows in my quiver. But I fight the bitter-sweet feelings of them filing their “flight path” in and out of the nest. Lord, Jesus, am I ever so glad you love them more than me!
    Just hoping to be a friend here in order to find one! Beth, so much fun to see you being a hip Bibby!! xoxo rene

    • 78.1
      twinkle says:

      You have found one in me! Love your joy-filled posts.

      • rene sandifer says:

        Dearest twinkle (love that!),
        Think if I didn’t go by my name I would be “talking with hands”!! Thank you for your sweet reply; and for allowing me to feel accepted. I have watched you swoop in and lift others up….it is contagious! xoxo rene : )

    • 78.2
      Sandy says:

      Your post was fun to read. I am your friend. I have similar beginning empty nest feelings!
      Have a great weekend!

    • 78.3

      Your quiver makes me shiver…lol. Just kidding. Glad you jumped in…your post made me smile. πŸ˜€

  29. 79

    I am in New York with a close friend – my first trip here and can I just say WOW!!! We are having a blast…and I’m sure there are going to be some good blogging opportunities to come out of this trip.

    Enjoy your weekend with your sweet grandchildren. My first grandchild is due in Oct – a boy who will be named Cohen – and I absolutely cannot wait for him to get here! I expect I’ll be joining you, Beth, in the grandmother idiot’s parade!!

  30. 80
    Joelle says:

    Well, I’m new to the blog. We had a sudden (3 weeks notice) move from San Antonio (lived their my whole life) to Abilene TX in January. I needed christian sisters! I came here after attending the So Long Insecurity simulcast where you mentioned your blog (thank you!) and found a group in town doing the Here and Now There and Then Revelation study. I am now a little more plugged in! This weekend our 3 daughters and I are going to make cards and cookies and take daddy out to celebrate him! πŸ™‚

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    Linda says:

    I too have yet to make friends, but I do feel I know you all. We are having our pastor over for dinner tonight. Saturday off to a used book sale! What can I say I like to read. See you in St Louis and it is hot here, 90’s.

  32. 82
    kendal says:

    I’m participating in a 24-hour prayer walk for my community. I’m headed to the DR on mission in a couple of weeks, and my team is doing this. We start in 3.5 hours. We have a huge cross on wheels to tote and have gathered the concerns of our church and community. We’re getting our praise on!

  33. 83
    Donna says:

    Our ladies group from church, SWAP (Sisters With A Purpose) is having a family picnic at a local lake. We will have a wonderful time of fellowship and of course FOOD! I am gearing up for VBS in one week. As Director this is my stressful time – making sure we have everything we need. Pray for us!

    I haven’t officially met any Siestas yet. If you are a Siesta in the East Alababm/West Gerogia area give me shout out!


  34. 84
    jackie says:

    Yes! actually i made 4 friends at the SSMTC in Houston in January! MaryKay, Sheri, Charlotte and Linda. I am doing another year of scripture memorization with Sheri on her blog The Leaking Window. I have been blessed over and over by her writing. MK and i chat on Facebook and sometimes on Gmail Chat when we both have a green dot at the same time. πŸ˜‰ i keep up with Charlotte on FB too. She has extended a gracious invitation to stay at her house for the Living Proof Event in August in her hometown. I don’t think I’m going to make it, but what a nice offer! Linda is a FB buddy when i see her on, which isn’t very often. πŸ™

    the coolest thing is… i posted a status on FB about a week ago. it said, “just keep repeating…. no weapon formed against me will prosper…no weapon formed against me will prosper…no weapon formed against me will prosper.” within a half a day i got encouraging words from 3 of these ladies!! i didn’t post it because of a problem in my own life, rather a grave situation in a brother/sister-in Christ’s life! yet, these ladies were quick to reach out, even moreso than my skin-and-bones friends in my own town. awesome. awesome. i am blessed!

    • 84.1
      ULCARDSFAN says:

      Hi Jackie! I posted on here too about meeting you Sheri and Charlotte in Houston. What a blessing. Would love to see you in August. Hope you can come.

  35. 85

    I just stumbled on this by googling “Beth Moore” the other day, and I can’t tell you what a blessing reading thru the archives has been already!! I’m new to the blogging world in general, but I’m excited to meet new friends and be encouraged in the Lord thru it. Very cool!
    My family hopes to go to Disney World this weekend (with my little 2 year old daughter). I ‘m trying to keep my spirits up today as we’ve already had to postpone it a bit due to my back problems. I’m just turned 32 and have had 3 surgeries. Yikes!) I’m hoping I’ll be able to enjoy all the *magic* of my FAVORITE place tomorrow without much pain. And looking for the silver liner that at least we will get to the front of the line with my wheelchair!
    Blessings to you all! Excited to consider myself a siesta!

  36. 86
    Ems D says:

    This weekend I am away for the day with our Chruch ladies retreat. A wonderful day where I get to mix with my BFF in Christ and learn, pray, giggle, chat and more than likely cry a little. I Love being part of a church family!

  37. 87
    Susan says:

    I love this post!! I love this community! Love you and your fam to pieces!! As soon as I finish up work, I’m headed to eat top shelf guacamole with a dear friend who shares my affinity for Mexican food. Gotta love friends like that. Then we are going to go see Toy Story 3. πŸ™‚
    Have fun with those two kiddos!
    Susan in OKC

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    Tracy Leary says:

    Oh yes!

    Melissa G – I think we are sisters from different mothers. Do alot of Facebooking!

    Faran – Met her in Houston and she has sweet, sweet girls!

    Diane – another siesta from Houston who is a prayer warrior

    Wendy – Dailey Rae calls her Ms. Wendy. We decided to share a car in Houston and guess what????? We went to the same small women’s college in Raleigh, NC and only live 90 minutes apart. AAAANNNNDDDD we are going to Richmond together in August!!!! Love, love me some Ms. Wendy

    As for the weekend….not much this weekend. Probably building a fort in the den since it is so hot here in NC. Church on Saturday night! Our VBS starts Monday morning and we are expecting 500 (yes, 500!) children!

    Love your pics of Jackson. My Jack is a few months older than Jackson and I have no doubt they’d be fast friends.

    Have a marvelous weekend Bibby!

    Tracy L.
    Richlands, NC

    • 88.1
      Melissa Lynn says:

      Oh my goodness Tracy I absolutely agree with you! You are so funny and I do feel like we are sisters…love me some Tracy!

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    Molly says:

    Hey Ladies!

    I guess I am semi-new to Siestaville…I hung out around here during the So Long Insecurity discussion group. I visit regularly, but need to ‘talk’ more! I’d love to meet some new friends!

    This weekend will be the first that I have ever spent away from my Dad on Father’s Day & his birthday {which is tomorrow}. I hail from Alabama, but my husband’s business has us in northern California {aka paradise} for a few months.

    So this year we will celebrate via Skype! Anyone else thankful for modern technology? A daddy’s girl through & through, his package of presents already arrived & I can’t wait to watch him open a few small tokens of my love for him. He is a strong, godly man who loves my Mom like Christ loves the Church, loves me without condition & delights in his son-in-law {my man!}. He is strong & gentle. He is deep & funny. He works hard & plays hard. Most of all, he radiates the love of our Father in heaven.

    Celebrate, we will! Even if we are on a completely different coast!

    Enjoy your weekend, Siestas! Want to be friends? πŸ˜‰

    Molly R

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    Siesta OC says:

    I am going on vacation tomorrow. For 16 days. To some of the prettiest country on the West Coast. And I get to go to a church that has a pastor that dicipled me thru the internet…so I am stoked! Pray for safety and if I could ask for prayers of GOD’s presence to abound. That I would be in JESUS’s presence richly. I struggle sometimes with feeling it deeply and I just pray this would be a time of breakthrough I guess.

    Peace out Saints <

  41. 91
    Lisa says:

    Today, my husband and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary. =) This is the last one without children as our baby girl is due early October. So, this also means that Sunday is my husband’s first Father’s Day! Unfortunately, we’ve both been hit with illness – me with a flu and Brian with a cold – so alllll of our plans are being postponed. We’re so disappointed. It’s been a long week of illness that we’re hoping passes soon. We’re in South America and sometimes it just seems like illness holds on forever.

    Can I just ask you to praise the Lord with us today, though? Even for a moment? We sent a team of 6 students and 2 missionaries to a jungle city last night, on a bus, for a 10-day missions trip. The bus rear-ended, full-speed, a stopped tractor trailer. The driver was killed and many were seriously injured. Our eight, though, were fine. Some stitches and a couple CT scans, but they’re okay. We did NOT send two small babies and two small children on this trip — which would’ve been catastrophic since carseats on buses are unheard of. And they were only 3 hours away, so even though they’ve spent a long night in the hospital and a long day waiting for transportation back to Lima, they’re okay. Praise the Lord for His mighty hand of protection! This could’ve been so much worse.

    • 91.1
      Kelly says:

      First of all, Congratulations on your pregnancy! That is so exciting. I am sorry that you are ill. That’s no good. But, I want to tell, you, someimes it’s not the big celebrations that make the best memories. Just think of the closeness ya all have had. Let’s face it, you are so much more vulnerable when you’re sick. If your like me, my hair gets all scraggly, usually with a medusa type thang going on and I look terrible. But, my man loves me anyway and vice versa.
      So, one day, you will look back on your 5th anniversary as being special and maybe you’ll have a good laugh.
      For the accident that your missions group was in, WOW is an understatement. I will keep praying for quick recovery. I am sorry for the loss of the others. That must weigh heavy on the minds of those who survived.
      I will be praying for a quick recovery for you and your man.

  42. 92
    Siesta OC says:

    Oh and I tried the self tanner. I love it. Although I am not skilled yet. Practice.

  43. 93
    Rachel says:

    Just finished up a week at VBS! It was tiring but wonderful. Now onto a big weekend of home remodeling! Hope you have fun with the grandbabies! I call my grandpa “Pawpaw” so that always makes me smile. πŸ™‚

  44. 94
    fuzzytop says:


    Our weekend plans involve gardening, house cleaning, laundry, and if the kids pitch in and help with gusto and enthusiasm instead of whining, we are all going to go Dairy Queen for sundaes and then off to see Toy Story 3 when we’re done. Woo hoo! Last weekend was spent moving hay bales into the hay shed, which is hard work in the hot, humid weather, so this weekend should be much nicer.

    I just love these ladies! I work in an engineering firm, and there are very few ladies here, so it is so refreshing to be part of a community of women who just love and encourage each other. I mean, I just can’t talk to my co-workers about hair, makeup, clothes, and L’Oreal self tanner….

    So yes, I have made some wonderful friends here!

    Melana (Moose Mama), who made a comment ages ago about my blog name, so I sent her an email, we got to talking, and have become the best of friends. She came to TN to spend a few days with me before we went to Houston for the SSMTC. What a fun time we had! I love her dearly.

    Deborah (twinkle) – I have just felt a connection with her through the blog, and was so happy we finally got to meet in Houston.

    And I met Sarah (Mercy4Drew) through Patty and Kim’s Siesta Fiesta blog (leading up to San Antonio Siesta Fiesta) and it turns out Sarah lives only ~2 miles from me. Isn’t that amazing? We also share the same wedding anniversary, New Year’s Eve, although her wedding was the year before mine. And you should hear her talk! She has the most darling Mississippi accent, and has so much wisdom. She is a precious friend.

    Tiffany – who was my roomie in San Antonio and again in Houston. Her passion for Jesus is amazing. But be careful riding in her car because her GPS is insane, and she has been known to cut across 2 lanes of traffic to get to a store selling See’s chocolates!

    And Lavonda, Miesta Moose’s personal photographer extraordinaire! She and I went to Memphis LPL together with her darling daughter Emily, and had such a blessed time.

    And Nikki Poppins, Miranda, Lichelle, Evie, GeorgiaJan, Wendy, Emmy, Patty, Kim, Georgia, Kristin (Kiki), Jennyhope, Stephanie (ocean mommy), Lindsee, Karen, Daimy, Holly, Joanne, Lisa… I could go on for ages. They make this place special to me.

    Lastly, but not least, I so appreciate how you, Amanda, and Melissa share yourselves with all of us through this blog. It is such a blessing. Have we told you how much we love and appreciate y’all? I hope so!


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    His Jules says:

    Well, I havent actually been able to attend an event where I could meet up with any siestas, but I do look forward to Georgia Jan’s comments, and Lynn, and
    Siesta OC and others. I also lurk on Big Mamma and Boo Mama’s blogs as well as a few others.

    This weekend, I am going to have the privilege of standing up for my niece at her baptism. So exciting…

    And then my married daughter is coming home to spend some quality time with us for a few days.. can you say shopping and spoiling??? YEA!!

    And of course I will be spoiling my man!

    • 95.1
      Kathy B says:

      You “lurk”. I love that word. Somehow less ominous than “stalk”. And we’re so not stalking πŸ˜‰

    • 95.2
      Georgia Jan says:

      His Jules – Thank you for saying that you look forward to my comments – that blessed my heart. I love this blog so much – my friends “live here.” Come visit my blog sometime. I love quiet evenings when I can sit with my laptop and “blog lurk!” Big Mama and Boo Mama are great blogs to read – I agree! I have a great list of blogs in the sidebar on my blog.

      Have fun with your family this weekend.


      PS: This blog is the BEST!

  46. 96
    Vicki says:

    What a great post! But then again, I think they all are! I truly feel like I am a member of the Moore family! πŸ™‚

    I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting my Siesta Meredith Sloan who I traveled with to Houston in January. We had never met until 6:00 a.m. in the Greenville, S.C. airport. We recited our memory verses all the way to Texas and talked ourselves silly the whole way back (which was way too early so we didn’t get our hug from Beth before we left). We WILL get one in 2012! I met lots of other seistas as well. Just wish we could have had more time together. Maybe we could all go to the beach for a week. πŸ™‚

    I’m going to see my parents in the morning. They live about an hour and half away. I’m taking them to lunch and my father to get reading glasses. He will be 79 in August and has had some serious health conditions and is scared he is going blind. He loves to read his bible and it has just about devastated him. When I asked what strength he needed for his reading glasses, he said 400! πŸ™‚ Bless his heart. I think he meant 4.0. Got to laugh and not cry. They are both almost to assisted living status. I don’t have children and no one prepared me for this part of life. But it’s all okay because God helps me deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matthew 6:34)

    Thanks for this great chat.

    Much love to all!

  47. 97
    katie says:

    This is what I love so much about this blog; the ablitily to pray for a bare soul with no judgement- just love! Thank you mama Beth for encouraging us to do so!!!
    Today was a big day for me- my eldest 6, graduated from kindergarden….Lord help me over the next 12 years…! And my 5 year old Emma, not to be out shown by her big brother, preformed her Pre-K skits! Our last Coach Pitch game is tonight, and then the only plan penned in for the next 2 months is our Ruth bible study! I CAN’T WAIT!!!! Thank you Lord for fathers!!!!

    Love to all,
    Katie, Sherrill

  48. 98
    Ginger says:

    Hi Beth,

    I don’t comment often, but do enjoy reading others. I’ll be at DS in Bham this December, so maybe I’ll meet some Siestas then. I hope we’ll do the pink boa thing or something like that.

    Just had to tell you, though, my two girls are eight and four, and we are having our first girls weekend!! Our daddy and two brothers are gone for the weekend, and we have the house and town to ourselves. I can’t decide what to do first. Well, we already ate at Panera (the boys hate Panera) and hit a Gymboree shoe sale. We were on our way to look at mommy shoes when the bottom fell out, and we came home to watch a movie in my bed. I’m thinking we’ll do the pottery painting place. I was inspired by your birthday photos. Anyway, God is good!

    Hi Siestas! Was anyone else on Saddle Ridge Ranch for VBS this week?? If so, then you–we–deserve some peace and rest. Have a blessed weekend!!

  49. 99
    NikkiPoppins says:

    Oh my stars above!! The friends that I’ve made on here are….too many words are available to describe them and yet none of them do it perfectly! The women that have come into my life as a result of Siestaville have brought so much to my life. Laughter like you would not believe! I’m pretty sure I’ve consumed mexican food & Starbucks enough to satisfy a host of people and yet I want more! Especially if I’m in the company of a Siesta! (Which I will be in about an hour as I’m meeting AbbyLane for Mexican food!) I’ve been encouraged, blessed and prayed for by women I’ve never met or only met 1 time. Been able to give back a little of what they’ve given me! I’ve been on more roadtrips since I found my siestas than most people do in a lifetime! I’ve heard God speak through not only you Mrs Beth, but from Lisa The Preachers Wife, Mary R Snyder & countless others in singing & just converstions! I can not begin to say how very grateful I am that you and your girls started this blog and that I stumbled on to it one day! I can’t imagine my life without Siestaville and all the blessings that come with it. I pray constantly for other women, especially the women in my family and my friends who aren’t on here, to be able to find a group of ladies like this. I love the differences between us all and how each ones life experiences can be a blessing to another. It is a safe place and a fun place. God is so amazing and I can’t get over how He’s used the internet for a gathering place for His glory!

    Okay, I’m going to hush because I could go on and on about Siestaville and all my gIRLs! I hope you and your sweet grandbabies have a blast at Camp Bibby!! Can’t wait to hear all about it! If you and GJ ever DO get those grandkids together, I can come and be a back up pair of hands!! How much fun would that be?!!

    Love you lots and all my siestas too! Those I’ve met & those who are still “imaginary” friends! Hope everyone has a great weekend! I’m off to house/dog sit for a week!

  50. 100
    Jessica says:

    I have NOT been around Siestaville that long. Not even half a year! This has become my secret location though. Why are people afraid of blogs? I haven’t come out of the closet about my love for this blog to anyone but this one guy I’m into these days… (he wanted the address!…weird.. I’m sorry ladies)

    I’m preparing for a homeless care package service project.This guy wants to go to church with me sunday and do community service with me afterwards. He really does put in alot of work, but I’m nervous because I haven’t seen what I’m reaaaallly looking for. I just kind of like him.

    • 100.1
      Taylor says:

      Hey Jessica! Keep looking deep for what you are “reaaaallly looking for”—I’m pretty sure I completely get what you mean! I’m 23 and single and one of my top desires is to “like” the man I am going to spend the rest of my life with. You know?? But oh that he would be godly! Not boring. Godly. I’m so glad that the two are not the same! Blessings to you as you seek God’s will. I heard this not too long ago and it has been such a “practical” encouragement–the gist of it was, when something is God’s will, He will do it, and there will not be any manipulation (on either side…ours, or get this, theirs-the guy’s.) I do pray that God makes this comment clear! My desire is for us to have the very “good” man that God has for us. Blessings girl!

      • Jessica says:

        We’re the same age! How right on??? God does these things very much on purpose! I’m so not above manipulations, but I’ve set them aside to see what really would unfold on it’s own. I’m sooooo thankful for your encouragement and the truth. You are so right on! Isn’t the spirit willing??? lol. God, let the flesh line up!

        love you sweet sister. Thank you!

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