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. 201
    Linda LaFrombois says:

    difficult and discouraging job interview this morning, but an encouraging church small group meeting this evening. tomorrow: cleaning for in-laws and cousins to arrive on monday. and packing for my precious nine-year-old to go to camp on sunday. he’s been too excited to sleep. i’ll be praying too much to sleep every second he’s away. …i’m so thankful to know God holds him in His hands!

  2. 202
    Sharon says:

    I really need to comment on here more often to “meet” some siestas. Friday night had the 8 to 12 year old Sunday School class over for pizza the parsonage. The ‘catch’ was that they had to ‘wash’ the church van first and earn their pizza. Everyone had a blast! It was so good to see these kids having a great time of good old clean FUN with their pastor.
    Tomorrow, we go to celebrate my in-law’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.

  3. 203
    Jana S says:

    This is my first time to respond. I have only been on a couple of times and read.

    My son is coming tomorrow and we are going to cook out. He is going throught a divorce and this is the 1st time we will have seen him since they seperated. My heart is breaking for him.

    On Sunday we will be spending the day with my mom and step-father. All three of his children will be here also. This will be a new experience for me. My mom remarried 8 years ago. My dad died 24 years ago. My mom did not marry for 16 years. This is the first time I will celebrate with my new step-sisters. It will be good. My step-father found out Thursday he has a terminal condition and we will be going with hospice next week.

    I think my weekend will be emotional. But I am looking forward to having this time with my family.

    God is good, all the time.

    • 203.1
      Redeemed says:

      Yes, He is. Prayers going up for your sweet family this weekend.

    • 203.2
      Sandi says:

      Jana, It’s so good you responded. I’m sorry to hear about your step-father and son. My prayers will go with you this next week.

    • 203.3
      Melissa Ford says:

      Yes, He is good and I’m proud of you for continuing to enter in to difficult terrain (especially FAMILY stuff!!) I think, no I KNOW that is the hardest. I’m sorry to hear about your son but your prayers and commitment to him will be priceless. Like when Joseph’s brother’s came to him and he had already forgiven him saying..”what you meant for evil, God turned into good..” God can turn this junk into good too…if you continue to give it over to Him.

  4. 204
    Martha says:

    I haven’t made any friends on here yet, maybe one day! As far what I am doing.. loving having my youngest, her sweet husband and their precious 4 month old here for the weekend. Also remembering last years Fathers Day celebration which turned out to be the last with my wonderful daddy. What a blessing that last year we had our entire family together to celebrate his 84th birthday and Fathers Day. We have wonderful pictures from that day. Less than 3 months later he went to be with Jesus. He was a wonderful man.. husband,daddy, pawpaw, brother, uncle, friend.. and we all miss him! I am a blessed woman to have had him for my daddy and to have another wonderful man as my husband(almost 36 yrs) and daddy to my girls! He was diagnosed with non hodgkins lymphoma a few days after Easter and so now we are dealing with things like ports, chemo, blood counts…things we would rather not be dealing with. But God is faithful and we are trusting Him as we walk this path! Love this blog and love you Beth!
    Martha in MS

    • 204.1
      Jana S says:

      I am praying for you. Tomorrow will be a difficult day. I am glad your daughter and her family will be with you. I am praying for healing for your husband. Have a blessed day tomorrow.

  5. 205
    Kelli says:

    We have a unique weekend planned! I’m heading to the hospital in about 30 minutes for my 2nd IVF procedure and then it’s bedrest/minimal activity for 2 weeks. Praying for an extra special father’s day even though we won’t know the results for about 2 weeks. And, we live overseas where the World Cup is a BIG DEAL and it’s so much fun to follow! My hubby grew up as an MK playing soccer in the African bush so he really gets into it and I love how much fun he has watching it. A bunch of us went to Chili’s last night to watch the US play on the big screen and there are a lot more games all weekend- good for my bedrest entertainment.

    This blog has been so great for me- helping me feel connected to so many even though we are halfway around the world. I’m horrible at remembering names and don’t have time now to look through to find them- but it seems like there are lots of moms of three girls out there and I’ve loved connecting with them and with some of you others who are living overseas. Praying for all of you!

    • 205.1
      Melissa Ford says:

      Good luck Kelli! I pray you enjoy your bed-rest b/c the days of that will be over when you have so many wonderful cutie patooties running around. You are brave and you are patient (if you are willing to go on bed-rest for 2 weeks and a 2nd round of IVF) all the makings of a fantastic mom. Praying for you!

      • Kelli says:

        Thanks Melissa! We already have the beginnings of a full quiver with three daughters (the youngest born through IVF four years ago after my husband’s bout with cancer), so some think we’re crazy for following this path but the Lord is so clearly leading us this way. So, yes, bedrest is even more interesting with a houseful already! I have a freezer full of meals that Jason and the girls can fix easily and they have been great in pulling their load and making sure I stay off my feet…

  6. 206

    I have met a ton of awesome Siestas from

    Living Proof Live Events- Angie Sarich, Georgia Jan, Jaime Bryant Kesler

    Siesta Fiesta- Kathy Ross, Patty Williams, Jenny Hope Williams, Kim Andrews, Stephanie Parson, Teri Butcher, Fran Thomas, Holly Smith, Kate Stoker

    Siesta Scripture Memory Team Celebration- Melana Cummings, Tiffany Morse, Yolanda Rogers, Valerie Baxter, Sherry Pearcy, Karen Barrows, Beth Herring

    So Long Insecurity Conference in Atlanta- Becky Jo Beverly, Brittney Thomas, Brooke Smith, Elizabeth Mills, Lavonda Till, Tammy Allen-Schenke, Abby Hinton, Robyn Davidson, Lindsee Eddy, Jennifer Isaminger, Nesha Vest, Lora Osburn, Lisa McKay

    Hopefully, I didn’t forget anyone.

    But most of all I talk to Angie Sarich and Miranda Brown. I’d met everyone in person first but Emily Pridgen and Miranda Brown. Emily and I met the day we flew to Siesta Fiesta! Miranda and I met for the first time in the packed crowd of the food court outside of Passion 2010. We had to raise our hands to find each other. It was so much fun! Big hugs! I visited Miranda for my birthday and was so proud of her when I attended her college graduation.

    I have to say this about the weekend, I am excited to be going to the lake tomorrow with this boy I’ve been seeing. I probably shouldn’t say this in case he sees it, but I really wouldn’t mind if he gave me my first kiss tomorrow… :).

  7. 207
    Kim says:

    What a delight to have the grandbabies for the weekend
    I know you are enjoying every minute πŸ™‚

    Gran Jan is one wonderful lady and I am blessed to have met her and
    enjoyed her company a time or two – a real genuine southern lady

    The friends I have met through the LPM blog go back to the beginning
    when just about 15 of us would comment
    We started visiting each others blogs and became “friends” for about a yr until we had ‘our first meet up in Nashville for the Deeper Still conference – what a blast
    I have had the pleasure of meeting dozens of more women
    who I just love from all ages and backgrounds
    Some of which are – Mary Snyder, Robyn Davidson, Dedra Herod, Lisa McKay, Fran Thomas, Nikki Murdock, Abby Hinton, Shelly Griffin, Bev Brandon, Karen Barrows, Melinda Garman and so many more….
    ooh they are a treasure and real Christian women – striving to be more for Christ and living each day full of love and encouragement – authentic women and true prayer warriors πŸ™‚

  8. 208
    elaine says:

    At Breaking Free taping in New Orleans I met D’Lynn from Denton, Texas. We have been friends ever since and attended Siesta SMT Celebration together. What a blessed weekend.

    At SMT Celebration I was determined to meet Georgia Jan, and I did, in the hall of the hotel just after she got locked out of her room. πŸ™‚

    Also sought out Moose Mama, Miesta Moose and Evangeline because I knew Katrina moved her to Houston/LPM.

    I love this blog and feeling close to so many Siestas all over the world.

    Amy Beth, I am also a single Siesta and join Sarah, JLI and Siesta OC in saying don’t lose heart. God is very busy preparing us for our husbands, and vice versa. Hand chosen by the creator. I am going to check out your blog.

    Father’s day weekend – off to visit my Dad a couple hours away on Sunday.

    Everyone have a blessed weekend. Looking forward to starting Ruth study Tuesday. I will finish No Other Gods tomorrow. Perfect timing.


  9. 209
    Bridgette Jencks says:

    Just finished up VBS – whew – exhausted!! We’ve been at the beach every day this week, taking it all in before the oil starts washing up. Tonight it was confirmed…tar balls on our beach. The water has been absolutely gorgeous – crystal clear. The oil situation is so heartbreaking. Guess we’ll be moving to the pool for the rest of the summer.
    Bridgette Jencks
    Panama City Beach, FL

    • 209.1
      rene sandifer says:

      Sigh… Panama City! Conjures up such fond memories from spending 2 summers there with Campus Crusade for Christ (28 years ago). So glad you are investing in the next generation through doing “your part” in VBS! I am a beach girl at heart and cannot believe God would move me to Kansas from Texas where I am so very far away from any sight of it at all. So enjoy what you can for me!! It IS such a heartbraking situation with the oil. Praying for God’s wisdom for those involved in cleaning up. I am sorry you will have to move to the pool when the beach is so awesome there! xoxo rene

  10. 210
    Bonnie - IA says:

    We get our grandchildren this weekend too…Jayson, age 4, and Kari, 17 months. What a blessing from God they are!!

  11. 211

    I don’t know that i can even explain the blessing of the women I’ve met here and through the blogging world! God has taken my wrecked heart (from deceitful relationships) and made it new again! Oh, I love the work of the Lord! He is so incredibly GOOD to His girls!

    The women I’ve met are too numerous to mention. Some I’ve had the joy of meeting in the flesh and others I’ve yet to meet – but all are a blessing and a joy!

    God has taken this incredible love of the online friendship world and birthed a ministry from it. It’s my honor to be knee deep in this ministry gIRL: girlfriends In Real Life with a gIRL I met through blogging — Melinda G.
    God is amazing!

    • 211.1
      Katie says:

      Your comment about God making your wrecked heart new again was very encouraging to me. I’m in that place right now; feeling like I cannot trust women and yet also feeling drawn into women’s ministry. That seems crazy! Especially since it was in women’s ministry that my heart got wrecked. Thanks for the encouragment!

      • Katie – if I could FIND you I would. Girl, i’ve been there. My wrecked heart has been what the Lord has used to birth a new ministry about….. friendships. I LOVE the Lord. Honey, if you need me you can reach me at [email protected] I’m here!

  12. 212
    motsgirl says:

    Busy weekend with ballgames and Father’s Day etc. But I’m looking to see if anyone’s still trying to get an online group together for the summer study? Our own church isn’t really planning any formal Bible studies this summer so I think I’m on my own and this would be perfect. And I’d love to meet some new friends!
    [email protected]

  13. 213
    Kathie says:


    I so identify with you over not wanting your grandchild out of your sight. I am so the same way and I would have probably had to tag along to “make sure” they were fine. We feel enormous responsibility for the care entrusted to us. Just doesn’t seem like someone else will keep them in sight at all times. God bless you with many happy memories as you enjoy those precious babies.

    This weekend I will enjoy the company of my oldest daughter. I drove over a thousand miles to dog sit while she flew to school in CA. and now will spend time with her when she returns. It is a vacation to be here and we will share laughs, hugs, HGTV, books, and conversation before I have to pack up and go back home. Yes, a few tears will be shed as I drive down the highway.

    Happy Anniversary to Amanda and Curtis!

    Love to the Siestas

  14. 214
    Cara says:

    I loved reading through and seeing who all knows one another and what everyone is up to this weekend.

    I haven’t met anyone from the blog face to face but really look foward to getting to one day!

    This weekend I will be getting things done around my house and “encouraging” my hubby to get his to do list finished πŸ™‚ We will also be just be enjoying being together as a family.

    Hubby deploys in a few days, so on this Father’s Day I am looking foward to me and the kids having him here.

  15. 215
    Sandy says:

    I had a fun day with my Granddaugher today, just not long enough to do everything we wanted to do together. She told me on the phone that she was bringing her “Dancng Game”(Wii). I did several dances with her, a work-out for me. Then, as soon as the guys left to go golfing, we left to go to Lifeway, for some VBS craft supplies and a couple more (the 2 they had in the store today)Ruth Bible Study books and (and a book and puzzle for Madasyn and a gift for her Daddy, my son) and to Hobby Lobby for VBS and Father’s Day craft supplies. We stopped at the Sonic, McDonalds and my parents house, before getting to our shopping. Then, I had to give her back to Daddy. We still ad things to do. Don’t know if I’ll dance with a house full on Sunday for Dad’s Day!
    After I got home from shopping, we drove to Falls Creek for the service and to see our daughter who works there, got home about an hour ago. My husband had to wind down, so I got a chance to come read all of this chatting.
    Oh Siestas. . .
    Last year, for the Summer Bible Study, I connected with Shelli @ Hopefully Devoted, who began her blog, just for that purpose, and all the others who joined in that blog group. I didn’t get to meet her in person in January, but hope to someday. This year, she is going to discuss the Bible Study with me and Amanda, and anyone else who wants to join us, on my blog.
    Amanda and I are also going to discuss it with Judi Coates and others on her blog. I appreciate Judi setting up the small blog group discussion for SLI and for this Summer Bible Study!
    I did get to meet Yolanda, and enjoy both of her blogs!
    Love all of you!
    Loved getting to go to the Scripture Memory Celebration, with my dear friend, Debbi!
    I am looking forward to hosting the Bible Study at my home on Tuesday! Praying you do have the introductory questions by 11 a.m.!
    Thank you for everything! I hope Keith and Curtis have a wonderful Father’s Day!

  16. 216
    Deb aka Txmarm says:

    I’ve been ‘following’ the blog for 3 years now and cherish the love, wisdom, inspiration, humor & the pictures! I’m a single mom of 54 w/3 grown kids(2 sons 27, 23 & 1 daughter 21). This is a tough father’s day as my father passed away 2 weeks ago after an unexpected 4 month battle with lung cancer. I have had to put more trust in the Lord than ever before and He is Faithful! When my mother died of breast cancer 25 years ago He gave me a clear “footprints” experience and I know He is carrying me through this season as well. I just didn’t realize how differently it would feel to lose my ‘daddy’. One thing I do know is that I thank God for the 54 years I had with my father and for the Love & Grace of my Heavenly Father!

    • 216.1
      Jana S says:

      Praying for you tomorrow. My dad died 24 years ago. I still have days I want to talk, see and hug him.

  17. 217
    Tara G. says:

    No friends I’ve met in person yet. My husband got home from a trip a day early; I’m so glad and it’s nice to have someone else help with the kids! We need to get some pictures up on the walls we can- most of ours are cement and we’ll need the guys to come out and do the rest for us.

  18. 218
    Nikki L' says:

    I’m pretty new here and also struggle with the computer but want to take the opportunity to say hello! Been working on the bible study “Stepping Up” and Beth made me realize how badly I need support. I’ve been battling cancer for over ten years and have zero access to any women’s groups. I just joined the summer bible study and you all will be my group from afar. It is my dream to be well enough to come to one of your events some day. Beth has been a lifeline of mine for a very long time.

    We will be celebrating Fathers Day with just our little family. Both mine and his fathers passed long ago and we have our one daughter whom we love dearly. Praying you all have a blessed celebration as well.


    • 218.1
      Beth says:

      Hello back, Nikki! We’re so glad to have you here!

      • Nikki L' says:

        Oh my goodness, I’m beside myself that you not only read this but actually spoke to me. I’m so excited to be a small part of something you are actively involved with. It brings me great joy:) You are able to express the Word the way I wish I could.

    • 218.2
      Rockin' My Freedom says:


      “Cancer Sucks!” I have a button that says that since my family and a few friends have been touched by it. You are in my prayers dear Siesta.

      I will never forget doing “Stepping Up.” I was living in Nashville for a bit and when I was out to dinner one night (by myself) I heard these girlfriends talking about Beth. I went right over and said, “I’m new in town and heard you talking about Beth Moore. I’m a big fan and so are you so lets be friends. They invited me to the study that just ‘happened’ to be starting the following week. Ever since then, I’ve been ‘going face down to go up!'”

      Welcome aboard!


      • Nikki L' says:

        Thank you so much for your kind words and your prayers.

        • Sandy says:

          I am praying for you. You are welcome to join the smaller group discussion for the Bible Study on my blog.
          Hope to hear from you!

          • Nikki L' says:

            Thank you so very much! I would love to join you. I wasn’t sure how to reach your blog but I clicked on your name and there it was:) Thank you for the offer and especially for your prayers. I’m so excited to be a part of something!

  19. 219
    Cheryl Ann says:

    My blessings overflow this weekend as I am spending four days in the company of my darling daughter. She lives in Seattle, 2 hours from us and is a college professor and soon to be engaged to a sweet man she has known for 10 years. Today was spent shopping, quilt store, bead store and home deco to name a few. We visited a quaint old farm that is now a shopping mall and enjoyed lunch and lots of window shopping too. We bought beads and findings and she made me 3 pairs and earrings and will make me a necklace tomorrow. I then will help her make a quilted handbag for herself and one for each of her best friends. Creating and spending time together. JOY!

  20. 220
    Kim says:

    Can you believe I got up at 4:15 a.m. so I could get ready to go on a prayer walk with an organization called Sisters for Life. The walk starts at 6:00 a.m. I am so not a morning person, but I really believe in the cause so it’s worth sacrificing some sleep.

  21. 221
    SugahBritches says:

    OK, I have been offically OUT’ED. I have been reading LPM blog for about a year and this is only my second time posting. I know, I know…very creepy and stalk-erish of me.
    It’s fantastic to read all of the posts about the blessings of friendship made here in Siesta’ville…As for the weekend.. working in the ER for two 12hr shifts, taking some flowers to my precious Daddy’s grave and studying for grad school finals…

    Blessed Day All


  22. 222

    Beth and Siestas,

    Though I’ve been reading this blog for a couple of years I think, I haven’t commented until recently because my attempts to comment on the old blog never made it through the “message waiting to be approved” process…and I don’t think I was saying anything bad. I decided it was a waste of my time to try. But I’ve been able to see my comments on this new format, so you’re probably stuck with me now! πŸ˜‰ So, no, I haven’t had a chance to make any friends here yet, but I’d like to. I’ll take this opportunity to introduce myself.

    I live near Denver (rarely ever go there though). I am married for 33 years (for-EVER!), have three grown sons, two of them in college. I like to think of myself as a retired SAHM. I said a BIG prayer of thanks the day my youngest turned eighteen.

    I am addicted to Beth’s bible studies. I also love writing, photography, gardening, sewing, and several other crafts.

    I didn’t go to Deeper Still last weekend mainly because I spent three weeks in Houston this Spring and made sure I got to Beth’s sessions on Tuesday nights. I’m spoiled now. Each week I sat closer to the stage. On the last night I got there early enough to sit in the front section, in an aisle seat, and wouldn’t you know it, when Beth came down off the stage to pray, she knelt right beside my aisle. I could have leaned over three inches and tapped her on the shoulder!

    I got to talk with Amanda twice and Lisa Pierre once. “Hi y’all” to both of you. Those Tuesday nights were such a blessing, the highlights of my week because I was in Houston to go through my mom’s possessions. She passed away in Mar 09 and I was having a difficult time with the task, emotionally.

    During the wait to get into the auditorium on the last night, I met a wonderful lady named Pat. I think she reads this blog, but doesn’t comment. So, “hi” to Pat if you are reading this.

    This weekend’s plans…my guys are preparing for a trip to the home of my oldest son, in Missouri, so they can then all drive to Iowa and race their cars around a race track. I’ll be staying home, cleaning the house and enjoying my time alone…and praying they and their cars all return in one piece…and no speeding tickets or car trouble.

    Enjoy your weekend, Siestas.

    • 222.1
      Sugah Britches says:


      Just wanted to say Hi.. I’ve also experienced the blog blues.. Have a Blessed day and Welcome!

  23. 223
    Trish says:

    Heading to DC this weekend!! Looking forward to visiting some family and taking in the sites. Love Father’s Day weekend.

    The kids and I welcomed my husband home w/ a “Happy Father’s Day Weekend!” shout and handed him 8 assorted cans & jugs attached to twine……Yup it’s true! It took him a minute and then realized he now has brand new “targets” to hang in the woods for his BB gun! We so hoped he would love that~ AND HE DID!!! TOO FUN!

    Have a great weekend Siestas! I am fairly new here~haven’t met any bloggers (YET) but cherish this and all the fine women He has put in my path!!


  24. 224
    Deb says:

    We are celebrating my little girl’s 6th birthday, which was yesterday, with 2 parties today…first a tea party and dress-up with her kindergarten girlfriends, then a family BBQ. It’s going to be a beautiful sunny day here in New England. Can’t wait to break out the Slip N Slide for the kiddos later this afternoon…maybe I’ll get crazy and try it out! πŸ™‚

    • 224.1
      Sandy says:

      Deb, We did the dress up tea party for my daughter’s 6th birthday, too! She is 20 now! I miss those days so much, but am cherishing these days, too!

  25. 225
    Jeanne Messer says:

    OK, BETH, I felt that I needed to correct my earlier post. You came to Germany in ’99 and NOT ’98. And I also have a few friends here in Hawaii, one of who I hung out with tonight drinking coffee while my sweet MAN put my wonderful kids to bed. She is not a Christian so I am praying that my life will reflect CHRIST to her. Please pray for me as I hang out with her b/c many of the things she does/says are offensive to the Spirit with in me. But I want her to know the LOVE of CHRIST since she thinks it is all about religion and her parents are Jehovah Witness/Catholic, and don’t know CHRIST. Thank you ahead of time for your prayers!

    In CHRIST,

  26. 226
    aussie monica says:

    I’m busy packing for the long flight from Australia to Canada. Starting to feel a bit sick…could be nerves, or the fact that I’ll be far away from my ill mum again…it prob has to do with too much sticky date pudding this afternoon, too!
    Can’t wait to see my 2 oldest daughters who I’ve missed so much these past 3 months!

  27. 227
    Janet says:

    Hi Beth and Living Proof Bloggers. This is my first official blog here at the website. Beth, I here you about being a control freak-I think I would feel that way too(be it any consulation) Today we are celebrating my 40th birthday at a local park here in Orange County, New York. I do not usually do the big birthday thing but here we go anyway. It is already beautiful here so God has blessed the day already and I am looking forward to a great day with friends and family. God Bless!

  28. 228
    Marilee says:

    Not only is today my husband’s birthday, but it is also the very first day my 3 little girls will dance in a ballet recital…. and it is also the day I will leave the country for the very first time to go and serve in El Salvador for a week with my church team… missing the previous 2 items. Today is a big day.

  29. 229
    Kelly says:

    I am sitting here reading about how those of you with grandkids are enjoying your time with them, even if they live with you. My grandkids live with me and I am not so joyous about it. Something must be seriously wrong with me. We have a three bedroom house with six people crammed in it.
    I haven’t made any friends here although I read comments.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love my grandkids and wouldn’t trade them for anything. I am so overwhelmed with my lot in life. I want to enjoy being a grandma like all of you do. I don’t know what else to say. I don’t want to depress everyone. I want help, support, prayer.

    • 229.1
      Beth says:

      Girl, I’d be overwhelmed, too. Completely normal. May God hear your cry for help!

    • 229.2
      Rockin' My Freedom says:


      I’m a little like you. I read the comments and rarely interact but somehow, it’s still possible to feel part of something special. Be encouraged and bless you for the influence you are having on your grandkids. Make sure you get some time to yourself…like a lot of time! ; )

      There’s a lot of love around here…YOU ARE LOVED!

      • rene sandifer says:

        I can pray! Praying that this is only a “season” God has you in; and that You can sense His delight in walking obediently with Him! Am reading YOUR comments!

    • 229.3
      Sugah Britches says:


      I have four sweet gifts from God and only one bathroom! So, I feel your stress… Take time for yourself and enjoy the warm weather. Getting out for walks in the woods and swinging with my younger ones at the park have always given me some “air” to breath when things felt stuffy and cramped. Blessings and In HIS never ending Love


    • 229.4
      joyinthejourneys says:

      Hi Kelly πŸ™‚
      I read your comments :)…didn’t you use to be Kel Belle? Lord, I pray that Kelly would feel your overwhelming love RIGHT AT THIS MINUTE. You are His dwelling place, Kelly…and may He whisper over you, “How lovely are YOU, Kelly!! What a grandma you must be. To sacrifice your quietness to provide a place of refuge for your family. Be Blessed Kelly!!

  30. 230
    Michelle says:

    Beth, I had one of my sweet little grandboys all weekend last weekend. What fun we had, jumped in the pool no less than two thousand times! This weekend will be spent making the rounds honoring our dads. The Lord blessed my life with two sweet men to love me and raise me. Then if that wasn’t enough He led me to a man who already had three children and I fell head over heels in love with that man watching him with those kids – what a great father he was and is. And a way cute PawPaw now! πŸ™‚ Much to be thankful for this weekend as we give some extra attention to the men in our lives. Have a great one at your house!

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    April says:

    I’m jumping in here a bit late. Lots of laundry this weekend. We just returned from a trip to North Carolina (Eastern side) which included a two day stay at the Outer Banks thanks to my very generous mother in law. What a beautiful site! We toured the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo. Just incredibly beautiful! I could have sat back there all day with my bible and the Lord. The trip was such a blessing from the Lord. To all of the North Carolina Siestas, you have a gorgeous state!

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    Becky Roode says:

    I am finally getting my mane trimmed!! You know how you put it off and put it off and then suddenly you realize you have the time and a little money for it – I’m out and about doing girlie stuff today…having lunch with my older sister, hair cut, visiting a sweet teen at the mall where she just got her first job, and having my claws made pretty. I’m also patiently (trying) to hear back from my alma mater about whether or not I’ve been accepted into their masters of Christian Studies program. It would require a move, new job, etc. and I’m over the moon excited about it all! Just a couple of weeks ago I gave my life over to the Lord for full-time ministry…in the drive-thru line at Chick-fil-a. Now you know I’ll never forget that moment! πŸ™‚ I hope everyone enjoys a joy-filled weekend!!

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    jan says:

    I am going “home” to visit my parents and my in-laws for Fathers Day weekend. I will spend time just sitting and visiting with my mom who is going through chemotherapy. She feels rotten and just sits in her recliner. I will really enjoy the time with her. She is almost finished with chemo. Woo Hoo. She has such a good attitude and a fighting spirit through this. I will also get to go sit with my daddy in church on Sunday for the first time in over 30 years. Through mom’s illness Dad has started going to church, Praise God. I have prayed for years about this and to be honest with you have not always prayed with faith. He will not miss a Sunday these days. I am a happy girl! My honey and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary last night with dinner. Marriage gets better every year. God has blessed my marriage beyond belief. He is a wonderful man. I must go pack my bags for my trip.

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    Nesha says:

    Loved the pictures you all painted for your birthday! I am actually celebrating mine today- 38yrs young. I will be spending it with my family either going to a Planation Tour or a Summerfest on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we are in VA. I just have to tell you that my hubs surprised me with a red laptop computer for my birthday, using right now! So excited!

    Have a grand time with Jackson and Annabeth! There is nothing better than being spoiled by Bibby and Paw Paw!

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    Susan says:

    Have fun with your Grandbabies! I am working this weekend and Going to my Parents on Wednesday to celbrrate Father’s Day! happy Fathers Brother Keith. Have a Blesed weekend everyone!

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    Three Girlz says:

    This weekend is totally in the Lord’s hands. I just got back from my sweet daughter’s baby shower that her church gave her. (She lives 6 hrs away!) What a wonderful group of ladies that I met there. Only wish they lived closer so that I could run over and hug my grandbabies every day!
    But thanks for God’s protection in my travels as I had a very close encounter with a black bear and deer on the drive home. Those things happen in the Adirondacks but the bear was new for me!
    My plans (working in the yard and around the house) will be flexible since my man came home from work sick. You all know how much love and attention they need when they’re under the weather! But what a blessing it is to make someone feel better. Have a great weekend ladies!

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    Dori says:

    We have been at our beach cottage for a couple of weeks. Two of our four young adult children have been in and out. Such fun to see them and catch up in person. We will spend father’s day with my in-laws and then begin the road trip back to Dallas with our two dogs. Thankfully they seem to love the road as much as we do!

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    Cindie says:

    I loved reading your post. It is funny we have had two of our grandsons all week..ages 10 and almost 4. They went home yesterday and the quietness of my house last night was almost pitiful! I laughed when I read how you have not let Jackson out of your sight..I have been the same way. As a matter of fact yesterday at Target the 4 year old wanted to go look at toys with my husband and I told him…”do not take your eyes off him, hold his hand..” Does the mothering instinct ever rest?
    Next week we will have a 7 year old grandson for the week as he will be going to VBS at our church. I am leading Crafts and we will have about 65 children come through on a daily basis. I love VBS and watching these precious children…life is good…thank You Jesus!

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    Renee says:

    I ride competition and my horse passed away two weeks ago. God and I are looking for a new one. I have asked for shut doors on all opportunities that will not be in our best interests. Yesterday I tested a new prospect. I heard a giant slamming sound when this horse backed up about a quarter length of a football field just to avoid going in the arena. God spoke loudly on that one! :-). So this weekend has me on a loaner for the clinic we are having at our stables. It’s all good. Even failures are successful when God comes along for the ride!

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    Angee Vaughan says:

    My Mom, my sister and I are headed for the mountains for a girl weekend. Since there are only three of us we tend to take our vacation together – mainly because we have so much fun and laugh at ourselves all the time. My Mom can find the most incredible things to make us laugh until we hurt – usually at things not people although people could be in the mix. Never under rate a family with lots of kids on vacation to make you smile if not belly laugh. Anyway we enjoy going and doing together – its just more fun that way. So we will be underway shortly – have a great weekend with Jackson and Annabeth!!
    Love to you!!

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    Siestas I’ve met(Since we are all giving lists LOL:

    Karen, Yolanda, Lavonda, Tammy, Kim Andrews, Robyn, Lisa Mckay, Rachel, Miranda, Stephanie, Lindsee Lou:)and Jen,
    Nikki, Mary, Shelly, Jan, Fran, Jenny, Becky Jo, Teri,
    Brittany, Kate, Nesha, Lora, KristiB, Sherry, Angela, Deb,
    Janice, Jaime, Adrienne, Abby, Mandy, Kelly and Pam…I think I got everyone!
    All of which I met at SLI except: Janice, Shelly, Jan, Jaime, and Mandy…I knew them before. Pam is an adopted
    siesta..I think many would agree:)
    I was SO nervous about meeting all of them…then all was fine:)

    Siestas I have “met” through FB, and twitter..and phone:
    Melana, Kim Uden, Darla, Kim Safina, Suzi(who MAY be my long lost cousin), Patti, Crystie, Hollie, Kate Carlson, Melissa, Sarah Martin, Sooz, and Alicia.

    P.S- Beth there is “something” coming for you.
    It’s been hilarious that we’ve all spoken about “it” in code since April 24th, but you’ll very much appreciate the secret:)

    We love you!

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    DK Ray says:

    My plan this weekend is to relax at home with hubby and kids. I’ve spent the last week at church camp with a group of 5th and 6th graders. WOW, did God speak this past week to the kids and to the sponsers. Now, I must process and do a little of nothing while it all soaks in. Video games with kids, catch up on a couple of redbox movies, take a nap. It’s going to be an amazing weekend!!!!

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    Anna says:

    I had only 23 years of the funnest weekends and the purest joy–doing whatever we wanted as a family– or doing nothing, if that is what we pleased. My life changed 6 months ago though when my mother in love died in a car accident and dad was critically injured . He was in hopsital for 2 months and the Lord completely totally granted him a miraculous recovery. He lives with us now which means a lot of work for me. Being from a different culture, one of the things people do is visit. At all times of the day and any day of the week. Had only 14 people 2 weekends ago “visiting”. I pray daily for a sweet and pleasant attitude for the day before I step into it—I will be left with a miserable attitude otherwise. But I KNOW that I KNOW , THIS is what the Lord wants me to do at this time. SO this is what I will be doing this weekend.

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    Cindy says:

    I am another siesta resting from a wonderful week at VBS. I have a 3 year old granddaughter that was placed for adoption. We still get to be a part of her life -thank you Jesus! This weekend I am finishing a scrapbook that I am making for her birthday next week. The rest of the weekend will be spent getting ready for a big beach vacation with my lifelong friends and our daughters. Nine of us having a blast in one beach house. Does anyone want to go for a pedicure? Oil or not on the beach my toes need to look good.

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    Sharen says:

    It is a hot weekend here in Atlanta. My plans for this weekend are nothing special, just to stay cool! I guess cleaning house counts, too. Not exactly cool doing the housework and laundry but I will work on staying cool afterwards.

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    Casimir Zigulis says:

    I just want to let you know that Chip is doing landscaping in Dorchester and also meeting with my service coordinator Cheri Nelson From Choice Community Support and she has been helping us out today with our budget and you know what we have done great? and hope to continue that as well. I hope to get another reply on this post from the rest of you all and hope that you have a great weekend!
    Janet & Casimir Zigulis

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    DLynn says:

    Yes!! Well sort of… Elaine and I meet at the refilming of Breaking Free in New Orleans. She lives there but I’m from the DFW area. After BF she joined the blog and we have kept up through email and we even attended the January Scripture memory event together. The Lord has used her to speak straight into several situations in my life. And I am so grateful for her friendship!
    It is amazing how Bible study and this blog makes women instantly friends. Whenever I am standing in line at a book signing or something, I find that though we are complete strangers, we have an immediate connection and share conversion that seems to make time fly. It’s it amazing that God has given us the same Spirit and that we can have deep connections with Him and each other! Praise Him!!

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    Jana says:

    Nothing! I have no plans this weekend except to enjoy my family and worship the Lord tomorrow in church. I haven’t had a weekend like this for a long time so I am praising the Lord for this blessing!
    Enjoy your weekend!

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    Mary Berg says:

    My daughter lives six hours away and it is her 23rd birthday tomorrow. When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday she said “I just want to see my family!” No need to ask twice. I will be traveling to spend a few days with her. She is a treasure and she loves Jesus like crazy!
    Thank you Beth for all you do. Enjoy your “Bibby” time!

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    Annette says:

    No big party plans for this weekend. I am planning on taking my 6 year old granddaughter to see the new Toy Story movie; the movie theater will be a cool place to be on this 100 degree expected day.
    I live with my elderly dad and care for him full-time. My husband works in another city and drives here every Friday night, spends the weekend, then drives back the apartment he and our younger son (age 25) share. We’ve been doing this for years, actually over decade–caring for my parents. Mother died in early 08 of end stage Alzheimer’s, we are so blessed to still have daddy.
    I’m blessed to have 2 strong and faithful men in my life that are a blessing to me and I in return am encouraged to be a blessing to them!

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