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. 251
    Mtnmom says:

    I just started following the blog and really enjoy it! Beth, thanks so much for all that you do with your work and glorifying the Father. You are an inspiration to me. Now, my big prayer request to all my new siestas out there is to please pray for my daughter. She is home now and finished with college, can’t find a job, but worse, does not have a relationship with the Lord. I’m looking for a coast-to-coast prayer chain here! Thanks, girls. I don’t know you, but I love you!

    • 251.1
      Colleen Delbridge says:

      Yes, its tough when our children don’t have a relationship with God. I have 3 sons & only the eldest has a relationship, albeit a very worldly one. So, I will pray for your daughter. What is her name? That is the most powerful thing we mothers can do for our children. By the way, I live in South Africa, so never mind a coast-to-coast prayer chain – now you have a continent-to-continent prayer chain!
      Bless you.

    • 251.2
      Sandy says:

      I am definitely praying for your daughter!

  2. 252
    Susan says:

    My weekend is filled to the brim, but there is no doubt that last night was the highlight of all highlights. As we enjoyed hotdogs and some mores by a fire in our backyard, my 2 year old granddaughter thrilled my heart to pieces. When asked many times what song she wanted to sing, her answer was always Jesus….and then she sang and did motions to the song about Jesus being her forever friend. Twinkle twinkle little star had no chance!
    Life doesn’t get any better!!!!!! Having Siestas who love Jesus like you all do is a close second!

  3. 253
    Amber says:

    My parents are on their way to pick up my big boy (3 1/2) for his first trip to their house (or anyone’s, for that matter!) by himself. They live 5 hours away and we’ll pick him up in a few days, but I’ve got a pretty big batch of the butterflies myself! Maybe because I’m a control freak too? Surely not… I mean, I just worry myself silly every time I leave my boys with my sweet wonderful husband because although they’re his children too and he loves them to pieces, he doesn’t hawk-eye them like I do… That doesn’t make me a control freak, does it!?!?!

  4. 254
    Jenny says:

    I really haven’t made any friends here, could be because I don’t comment often?? This weekend my husband is at the lake and the girls (I have three, 17, 14 and 12) are headed to the mall. Nothing like bonding at the mall!

  5. 255
    Carrie Hajovsky says:

    Sweet Beth,
    We are playing at the Hajovsky house and going to birthday parties this weekend. Speaking of birthday parties, I am a few days late, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You still look like you are 35. Have a blast with those grandbabies. It is such a joy to have Annabeth in my class on Sundays. She always gives me the biggest, cutest grins. I will be so sad, come August, when they take my babies away and put them in a new class. Love you so much.

    • 255.1
      Beth says:

      Hi, Carrie! I was telling AJ a few days ago how much I love you and how I’ve loved watching you grow up and she told me you were Annabeth’s Sunday School teacher. I thought how life comes full circle! I bet those babies love you to pieces. We’ll see if Bibby makes it to church with both children tomorrow!

      • Carrie Hajovsky says:

        You are Bibby, the Great Spill Avenger! You can get them to church.

      • Kelly says:

        It is challenging but doable. Your appreciation for what AJ does every week will grow by leaps and bounds. You’ll do it, Beth. You might be minus a brain cell or two but you’ll do it. Then, nap after church will sound extremely appealing…I do it every week-both get two small people ready and then nap after church.

  6. 256
    Sandi says:

    Hey Siestaville,
    I met many amazing women from this blog, in person at the SMT Celebration. In fact, none of us knew one another before that weekend. I met Nicole, Judy and Robin at the airport. Judy lives in Houston so she picked us up. I actually only met Nicole in the airport bathroom when we departed the plane, we were on the same flight! So she got in a car with the three of us as complete strangers and drove to the hotel together, only because we were Siesta’s. Never would we “normally” do that. πŸ™‚ At the hotel we met Lynn, Judi and many others. If it hadn’t been for one of those Siesta’s I never would’ve made it down to Houston for the SMT Celebration, she paid my entire way(as my husband’s been out of work)! It was a complete gift from God!! I knew He knew me and the desires of my heart. Only God could orchestrate that!

    We also had our own little blog (thanks Judi) for the Insecurity Book. It’s been amazing getting to know these women’s stories and praying for one another over past months.

    This weekend will be bittersweet. We’re attending a going away party for some good friends who are moving back to Scotland, where they are originally from, they’ve been in the US for 10 years. Then we are leaving Sunday to go to my dear Grandmother’s funeral. The funeral is on Monday, which would’ve been her 88th birthday. And tomorrow, Sunday June 20th, would’be been my grandparent’s get this…..67th wedding anniversary. Please remember my grandfather, he’s so lonely without her. 67 years is an amazing legacy and I’m grateful I had her in my life for so long!

    • 256.1
      Kathy B says:

      So very sorry for the homegoing of your grandmother. I’m praying for you and your grandfather. What a perfect application you gave us for the word “legacy.” For those of us about to begin the “Ruth” study by Kelly Minter, that word’s on the front cover. I hope their amazing example comes back to our minds as we open Ruth together. Thank you for sharing, even in your pain.

  7. 257
    Rockin' My Freedom says:

    It seems like we (my BFs and family) are going through lots of crisis’ around here. Our method is treat it w/ laughter. My mom’s been in ICU for over a month, one of my mentors is dying of cancer, my girlfriend is going through the most unbelievable divorce, my other girlfriend is pregnant at 40 and another girlfriend has severe back problems. Last night we got together, each brought the most delicious appetizers, and we sat around and told our stories. I love this group because though the trials are real and hard, somehow we just laugh our way through them. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of tears but we do designate these laugh sessions for such an occasion. “God’s got it, God gets it, God knows where this will end up, etc.” are our running themes.

    I’ll just bet He joins in on the laughter and the few tears. He really is the best BFF.

    Off to see mom! So long Siestas!

  8. 258
    Kelly S. says:

    As I have read through these comments, I am just overwhelmed by the Grace of God. Praise You LORD, and thank You for this community.

    I came to Siestaville right before LPL Boone. I have met so many wonderful friends from this blog, and I am so thankful. This community has really driven home to me how we are designed to need each other….and siesta’s I need and love you all! I always know I have prayer partners all over this country, (which gives me hope for this country!)
    When I went to the SSMTC, my youth pastor was giving me a hard time as I tried to explain what a “Siesta” was. He totally did not get it LOL. He affectionately calls my bible study girls at church “Mooreites”. Thank you, Beth for being our leader and teacher, and it thrills me to know that our common denominator is J E S U S!

    My girls are getting home from church camp today….can’t wait, and I am thankful that they might have this same opportunity in years to come from the ministry of your girls πŸ™‚
    love you

  9. 259
    Karen Kuntz says:

    I love your blog. But today it hurt my heart to see you use the word “idiot” to put yourself down. I am the mother of a son with Down syndrome.#1 definition of “idiot”in Webster’s is:1–“usually offensive: a person affected with extreme mental retardation.” I know it is ‘popular’ to use this term when downgrading oneself or one’s actions, but it is very hurtful to those who have mental disabilities & their families.
    So many look up to you & other famous ministers.Please be careful in your use of words–so many follow you & your example.

    • 259.1
      Kelly S. says:

      HI Karen, I have a son with Down’s too! He’ll be five next month. I must confess that I have called myself an “idiot” in a casual conversation. I never thought about the word being offensive in any way, and I will try to be more sensitive πŸ™‚ I have learned so much from my son, in so many ways that matter, he is wise. Its like he is automatically wired to love, and he prioritizes relationships over most everything else. Things I continually struggle with. I would love to hear about your son, and I hope he is in good health πŸ™‚
      [email protected]

  10. 260
    Jane says:

    Visiting my son in Dallas who is getting ready to start law school in the Fall. We are doing some shopping to decorate his new apartment. Such fun being with him! He is all grown up!

  11. 261

    I’m loving these comments because I LOVE so many of these Siestas! I’ve made many, many wonderful friendships as a result of this community and I’m so thankful!

  12. 262
    Donna B. says:

    Last night we had a surprise b-day party for our daughter Holly who turned 18 yesterday. She had actually messaged several of her friends and told them to meet us at a restaraunt later in the evening, I managed to get ahold of them, (unbeknownst to her), and got them all here in time. We greeted her with cans of purple silly string and purple water balloons in our back yard! A little while later, she and her friends decided they wanted to go see “Toy Story 3”, can you imagine? A group of 18 and 19 year olds heading out to see Toy Story 3 together on a Friday night? What a hoot!

    My husband tried to convince me to go outside and help him mow and edge the lawn earlier…I decided to hang out in here…this is much more fun than doing yard work in the heat. In fact, he just came in covered in sweat and grass…and then persuaded me to let him give me a big hug and kiss…I love him, but sometimes he just needs to take me at my word, and this was definitely one of those times! ;).

    As for the rest of the wkd…we’ll celebrate Father’s Day tomorrow, (big surprise there) :), the girls will make their daddy breakfast in bed and give him their cards and gifts…LOVE this time together!, then we’ll head to church, lunch, call our dads, and then my husband will take off for the work week again. Funny how time together seems to be as quick as it takes to type/read this…I can’t wait until next month when we all relocate so we can be together everyday as a family again.

    I have yet to make actual “friendships” here in Siestaville, but I feel as though through our heavenly Father that I love each and every one of the Siestas here!

  13. 263
    Amy says:

    for the love of our small group and our fellowship with them, we are enduring the Houston heat and headed to one precious couple’s back yard to eat mud bugs with them. my husband hates cracking anything open, getting goop on his hands just to eat 2 centimeters of a shrimplike creature, but for the love of the group, he’s taking one for the team. gotta love that!!!

  14. 264

    One of my best girlfriends woke up this morning in Haiti.

    Our church group totaling 33 arrived yesterday.

    When our Pastor had them come forward Sunday, he asked the spouse’s of those going to come and lay hands on them. My girlfriend is a widow, I immediately started walking to her and so did another precious girlfriend.

    Our Pastor, his wife, 2 married sons and recent college graduate daughter are also on the trip.

    I’m leading “Here and Now” on Sunday evenings at church, I told the women with me leading it, it would be like Revelation kindergarden stage.

    Love you Beth and all you do for us gals,
    Mary Lou Smith

  15. 265
    Christelle says:

    Made jam tarts (direct translation from konfyttertjies)for hubby (hadn’t made it since LAST father’s day….). After the kids’ nap time we’re off to a birthday party; my 3 year old is really excited about it because it is a true blue Lightning McQueen party! I still need to prepare for my class on Monday evening (had a nightmare that I was not done with the assignment and had the kids in the library with me where I was trying to do research!!).
    Then this evening I’m reading through Hebrews again, I’ve been praying that God will help me understand the link between the Old and New Testament better, because after years of loving Him, I get confused by the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New, although They’re the same.

  16. 266
    NancyS says:

    We just found out my 19 yr old grandson will be released from the hospital this afternoon after the auto accident which nearly took his life. Best Fathers Day present ever.

  17. 267
    Brenda Johnson says:

    I have had my two grandbabes for the past two days also. Nolan is 2 and Samuel is 7 months and they are so precious and fun, but I have to admit they wear me out. They are both down for a nap at the same time, which doesn’t always happen! One of my favorite things is when Nolan calls me Nana, I just love to hear him say my name and is there anything better than a little boys giggle!! Being a grandparent is the best thing ever and I thank God so much for them and that we live close enough to see them often. My husband can’t wait till he can take them places by himself too….so funny. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


  18. 268
    Melissa Lynn says:

    This weekend is all about Daddy! We’ll make him some bfast (kids are gonna help 11.5 yrs and 7 yrs old) so it will be tasty I’m sure…I hope! He’ll do some relaxing, church, probably see Toy Story 3 and BBQ cuz he’s gettin’ himself a spiffy new grill! πŸ™‚
    I have not been on the blog too much the past several months w/kids finishing up the school year, horrible and I mean horrible allergy season for us in CA Bay Area, but I’m back and am hoping to make some more siesta friends.
    The ones I do have I love so dearly…just like sisters but w/different moms, like you said, Tracy L! So here they are in all their glory!

    Tracy L – love her! Lots of facebooking chat and oh I’d love to meet in person someday girl!

    Diane S. – God just knew exactly what He was up to in bringing us into each others lives…such an encourager, prayer warrior…just a great big ‘ole blessing! We have got to meet!

    Faran and Tina- lots of facebooking too and great encouragers! Meet in person Houston πŸ™‚

    Hope to meet lots more of you girls…never can have too many siestas!

  19. 269
    Melissa Ford says:

    I’m new to leaving comments but I’ve been reading your blog almost 2 years. I need to spend more time reading other people’s responses. I have to admit just knowing that Beth, Amanda or Melissa may read my response and write me back is about how shallow I am at this point…so I will dive in and reach out in to my new community of “siestas” and make some more great friends.

  20. 270
    Mary Watkins says:

    Well, last thursday a storm came through and took out a BIG chunk of our bradford pear tree that is in the back yard. This moring Mike and I got out there about 6:00 am and started clearing it away. We finished about 11:30. Praise the Lord He gave us the strength to do it.

    Now it’s nap time!

    Love to all my dear Siesta sisters.

    • 270.1
      Deana says:

      We have that problem too, Mary. We have lost 2 of our 5 trees. So sad because they are so beautiful when they bloom! That wood is so heavy and hard to move. Trust me you need a big nap after that!!

  21. 271
    Heidi Tracht says:

    W-a-a-y back in January, at the Siesta Memory Celebration, I heard a word from the Lord: “Change is coming; just trust me!” Well, we’re moving from Ohio to Idaho! This is our last weekend in Ohio. We’re packing, playing, and preparing for a cross-country road trip! Praises to the Lord for providing in His perfect plan.

  22. 272
    Kelly says:

    How do we get in touch with each other? I am not comfortable posting any personal information on the internet. But there are several ladies on here I want to stay in touch with outside this blog. So, what do we do?

  23. 273
    Pat says:

    I would love to meet some ‘siestas’ in person sometime. Being more meloncholy, I’ve never been one to be the life of the party, so I have only a few friends. I’ve often prayed for God to give me a ‘really good’ friend but have yet to find her. The gals I have gotten to know in the past have moved away so it’s generally me and hubby…who by the way is the one I usually would rather spend time with anyway…..but a girlfriend would be nice… I enjoy reading the day to day events of you, Amanda, and Melissa…people are really more alike than different, I think…
    Happy Anniversary, Amanda
    Pat from Kansas

  24. 274
    Emmy says:

    Hoping this may be nap time for you right now! Know they adore being at Bibby and Paw Paws! : )

    I have made so many dear, precious real live friends here too! My favorite thing in the whole world is to go to a LPL/ SIesta event and meet up with or even better yet… travel with (Ga Jan, Deborah and Wendy!) my Siestas!

    I was trying to explain to a friend a while back why I loved it so… and It just boils down to… it is all about Jesus! Isn’t that the way it is suppose to be! : ) There really is just something beautiful about the whole deal! It is God! It is God! I think it is just a little taste of heaven here on earth! : )

    I am grateful to you all for this blog community… I can’t even begin to imagine the work it is to keep up with! Thank you for giving all of us this gift! : )

    I love you Siestas! I am grateful for each and everyone of you… all the ones I know (goodness too many to list!) and all the ones I can’t wait to meet!

  25. 275
    Annette says:

    I’ve made 7 real friends via the blog and met 2 of them in person, thankfully Annette G lives in Spring, TX. She’s been to my house, we’ve attended church and shared meals together.

    The Lproof blog has been a big blessing to me.

  26. 276

    Well it is father’s day weekend for the C Team and things are a little different for this holiday. Most weekends we would have all 5 kids together, however my boys are visiting with there father. So we will just have 3 of our children celebrating Fathers Day. Church a special lunch and then a drive up to the pass to retrieve the other children once again and drop off the other 2.. whew!

  27. 277
    Leanne Eldridge says:

    I just returned home from my sister-in-law’s first baby shower!! She is having a little man in September and I am already completley in love. I have 2 of my own…but I will be a first time Aunt and I have no idea what that means…but I sure am excited to be on the other end of spoiling with treats rather than spoiling others fun while having to say “that is enough candy”, etc. I felt him move and am so so tendered by him!

    There is alot of family dysfunction, but I am praying like a mad woman for my 2 and him that they will be trail-blazing generation breakers! Now that my daughter and I are stuffed from shower goodies, I am hitting the treadmill, and she is dying to go swimming…daddy has got that one already covered for her, he knew that would be the first question out of her mouth when she got home πŸ™‚

  28. 278
    Linda Matsko says:

    This weekend, relaxing. Just finished a VBS, Summer Spectacular, week. 1100+ kids each day, 100+ new souls won, $13000+ raised for orphans in Haiti…Rob Biagi leading us in music. A week of tears of joy, praise, and enfolded in God’s family. Cannot beat a week like that!

  29. 279
    Suzi says:

    Love LPM! The Lord has truly blessed me with your ministry and the blog. I started reading the blog back when it first started which was also around the same time we first moved to TX leaving everything we knew behind. It has helped get me through some very trying times. I have grown so much in my walk with the Lord and have made such authentic friendships. I have also learned so much from you and your girls’ authentic testimonies!
    Lots of love,

  30. 280
    Jimmie Lee says:

    This weekend I will celebrating my 2 yr anniversary with my husband! And we will be celebrating our fathers…I am thankful to have such great men in my life!!!

  31. 281
    Beth says:

    I am so excited about commenting on this post! =D
    I have definitely made a friend here – her name is Heather! It all started in January with the release of So Long Insecurity. She saw a comment I made about not being able to buy the book (I am a college student – we know how that goes) – and she shot me a message saying she wanted to send me one. We’ve been talking ever since.
    It’s definitely been a BLESSING to have her in my life – even if we are from Georgia to Texas away from each other!! We have sent countless emails about everything under the sun. She has encouraged me and given me advice and we have tons of fun laughing about everything! She is wonderful and so are all you ladies here! I am so thankful to be so blessed. πŸ™‚

    • 281.1
      HFridelle says:

      Aww…you beat me to it!! : ) I am so glad God got us together too!! He is so awesome and knows what we need!! I really enjoy our emails and can’t wait to start the summer study with you!! Maybe one day we can meet at an LPM event!! That’s next on the To-Do list!! : )

      • Beth says:

        That’s DEFINITELY on the to-do list!!! I actually said something to a friend about that the other day. She said “we need to go to Texas.” I said “YEAH!! If we do, we need to see my friend Heather too!!” hahaha =) our emails are definitely wonderful.
        thankful for you!!!

  32. 282
    Donna Sava says:

    This year with funds running very low we are laying low too! My mother-in-law invited us over for pool time and dinner which is super nice…I’m bringing bread and dessert! My boys made paintings for Dad at Library Craft Time which was great and I’m going to make him a card! I haven’t met any siestas in person…but I have felt everyone’s love and friendship across the miles on this wonderful blessing of a blog! It has connected me at a time in my life when I really needed it…after moving to TN 3 years ago from CA I still don’t have many friends…it’s hard to make them as you age…I think we get more picky and less tolerant! I would love to meet some local siestas! Is there a way to do that here? Just curious…but I know it would be a blessing for those of us who haven’t been able to meet up yet!
    Thanks for being there for us!
    Donna (The mom of twin boys!)

    P.S. My boys are going into Second Grade when school starts back up…how on earth did that happen and where did the time go!

  33. 283
    rene sandifer says:

    O.K. Beth and Siestas headed to St. Louis,
    So much for just “taking a swim”, think I’m DIVING in now!! Heads up! Just got off the phone with my oldest daughter (23yr Hannah)who is flying up from Austin to Kansas to go to LPL… she has not heard back from her “boss” about getting the days off…to which I said, “but, you ARE coming!” …SO, after repeated emails, she said in her last one, “Jennifer, I really need off to go to my family reunion!”. BWAHAHAHA!! What family reunion? WE’VE never had one!! Which means, should her boss inquire, ALL ya’ll and the 10,000+ (or however many?!)there will need to know we now consider FAMILY! I’m thinking that takes Siestaville/land to an entirely new level…especially for a brand new-comer like me…I mean, as my husband said (don’t you love how they get dragged into this?!)…”well, technically ya’ll are!”….I just LOVE being able to say “You’re right” every now and then!! hahaha
    LOVE reading ALL of the comments. Funny how you think you’re the only one reading everyone’s and nobody’s reading yours. Would LOVE it if anyone on FB on here would “friend me”, too!
    xoxo rene

  34. 284
    Amy Barrett says:

    I have never commented on here before. I just learned about the blog after attending the So Long Insecurity conference at FBC Woodstock with my small group. I’ve done a number of Beth’s studies over the years. Our small group started the Ruth study last week. I’ve never been part of a blogging community. It does seem like the Siestas share something special, though. I’ve been reading the blog for a few months…but this is my official throwing my hat in the ring to become part of Siestaville!

  35. 285
    Emmy says:

    One of my father in laws favorite stories is when he took my son, who was around Jackson’s age, fishing. William started singing the “Clean up” song from Barney and started cleaning up the boat by picking up lures and pliers, etc and throwing them over board!

  36. 286
    Billsgirl says:

    Hi Beth! I have a long 4-day weekend! My company is in the midst of changing vacation plans this year, so I have 7 weeks of vacation to use this year.

    We are just hanging at home. Tomorrow is Altar Prayer Sunday, so I will be praying at one of the services. Of course, it’s Father Day. We are going to Famous Dave’s BBQ for dinner.

    Monday, I will be with two of my sisters as we begin the Daniel study. Lovin’ it already.

    Mary Ann

    P.S. Siestas, if any of you are interested in supporting kids and the arts, here is a website to make a donation. Mr. Stephen Moyer a parton of the Brentwood Theatre in Essex, England. The fundraiser allows children to attend the theatre’s Christmas production. For more information, please see: http://www.allstephenmoyer.com/stephen-moyer-kids-theatre-fundraiser/

  37. 287

    I haven’t made any connections but would LOVE to!

    We sold our house several weeks ago so this weekend we are house hunting! It has proven to be more difficult than we had thought. We’re also celebrating Father’s Day – tonight with my husband & tomorrow with my dad. This has been our first “relaxed” weekend in a while!

    Oh, I also went to Lifeway and bought my book for the summer Bible study!!! πŸ™‚

  38. 288
    Jeanne Messer says:

    Hello Siestas, Since I am new to this blog and yet to make any friends, I guess I am asking you to be my friend. How silly do I feel…VERY! I feel weird asking people I have never met to be my friend, but I am also aware of how much I need godly friends in my life, even if it through cyberspace. I may never meet you this side of heaven but I know once we become friends we remain b/c we share CHRIST in common. I live in Hawaii so I am pretty sure there will no events here. I really enjoy reading the posts from everyone, but this one made me kinda sad since I was hearing how so many of you had made such dear friends from here. I am praying this will happen to me soon.

    Looking for friends,

    • 288.1
      Peggy says:

      Jeanne, it’s great to have you on the blog! I live in San Diego (sort of close!) and I would love to be your blog friend. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

      • Jeanne Messer says:

        Peggy,Bethany,Kelly, Rockin’ My Freedom and GeorgiaJan, HELLO!!! Wow, We serve a mighty God…ask and you shall recieve! Thank you for responding. Here is a little bit of info on me. I am a 37 year old Air Force Wife with three wonderful kids…Paul 10.5, Holley Maye 9, and Russ 7.5. I homeschool my kids and just love it. We have just moved to Oahu, HI about 9 months ago from the St. Louis area. WE actually lived in Illinois since that is where the base was but we were only 12 miles from St. Louis. WE lived there for almost 5 years and really enjoyed the area. My husband has been active duty AF for the past 19 years, but I don’t really see him retiring until at least 25 years. haha. I am orginially from Montgomery, Alabama. All of my family still lives there and don’t understand why I don’t, especially since I am a 4th generation Montgomerian. OH Well, such is life of a military wife/family. I have a passion for Women’s ministry/youth girls. I have been married for 15 1/2 years to my wonderful man. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you better.
        Teaching for HIM,

    • 288.2
      Bethany says:

      Hi Jeanne!!!
      Welcome to siestaville πŸ™‚ This is a wonderful place that I just know you will love. God will bring about godly friends for you…just keep asking him. As a matter of fact, I think that I’ve read comments of other gals who are from Hawaii. At least one other for sure…you might have to dig a little to find her. I will most definately be your friend though!
      Welcome, welcome new friend!
      Love and blessings,

    • 288.3
      Rockin' My Freedom says:

      I third that emotion! Welcome, welcome, welcome. We’re only an ocean apart so we can totally be friends. : ) I live in SoCal as well.

      What island are you on? I talk to my girlfriend on Maui several times a week.

      By for now Jeanne.


    • 288.4
      Kelly says:

      I don’t know. I am sure we could talk Beth into going to Hawaii…

    • 288.5
      Georgia Jan says:

      Jeanne! I lived in Hawaii for four years, when I was a teenager. (It was definitely a “few” years ago!) My Dad was stationed at Kaneohe Bay and was a Career Marine.

      I lived in Kailua and went to Kailua High School. Where do you live?

      I will be your friend!

      Aloha! πŸ™‚

      • Jeanne Messer says:

        Thanking the LORD for your dad’s service. Check out Peggy’s response b/c I left you a message! πŸ™‚

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    Joybreaks says:

    Hey Beth!

    Having a fantastic weekend so far. My washer broke down this morning and I posted the following obit on my Facebook page. With five kids and no washer, well, it’s something to mourn..

    Washie Skipper

    Washie Skipper, a.k.a the Skipper washing machine passed away this morning after a brief spin cycle. Washie will forever be remembered for her ability to make all things clean. In lieu of flowers, please send Lowe’s gift cards in her memory. Survivors inclued the entire attire of the Skipper clan. Roadside services will be at 3 p.m. today.

    If laughter really doeth good like a medicine, I may be a drug addict. lol

    Carol Skipper

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    Kristan Phillips says:

    My weekend has been pretty busy with birthday’s and fathers day. My daughter is here visiting for a while and I feel that I have to entertain her all the time and now I am going broke trying. I need to learn that she is just happy being with me, or so I hope. She wants to go swimming but not too many places around the house to go. Hope everyone has a nice rest of the weekend. Beth enjoy the kids, believe me they grow up fast.

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    OceanMommy says:

    Oh wow. So many Siesta’s are precious to this heart. In fact just last week, I had a few praying me through a difficult afternoon. I know that God heard their prayers because I have NEVER felt the presence of the Holy Spirit like that.

    I especially love that God has placed people like Leah at The Point, Melinda(who has the most beautiful new grand-girl!) Mary R. and so many other ladies a little ahead of me in life to challenge and encourage. Then there is Abby, Nikki, Angie(LSOF) Lindsee who are a little younger that blow me away with their passion for Jesus.

    We really have a sweet thing here don’t we?

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    StefanieK says:

    I just signed up on this blog and ordered my Ruth studies today! I’m so excited to start next week! I look forward to the Siesta community and to “see” how you girls work and study together! (I purchased 4 books: one for myself and the others are for my three daughters–Bethany-11, Molly-9, and Lizzie-6. Talk about accountability! They are watching me!!) I pray this will be the start of living in God’s word for my girls!
    If you get a chance, please check my website and leave a note on my blog! It’s an 8-minute digital story of my testimony. www. modernmiracle.org
    Last weekend, I went to the Deeper Still conference in Denver. . . it was AMAZING! Thank you, Beth, you are a blessing to many.

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    flip flops says:

    Just got finished with a surprise 50th birthday party for my husband,. We had a beach party theme, with the Beach Boys playing in the background. What a blast! The love of my life was so surprised!

    I sure would like to have a siesta friend on here.

    • 293.1

      Don’t you live in FL?

    • 293.2
      rene sandifer says:

      Hi flip flops!
      Have seen you leaving your “footprints” here! What a great job on surprising your hubby like that! I’m 50, too, so we now we have at least 4 things in common…Jesus, marriage, having a blast, and 50 years of living!
      your friend, rene : )

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    Anne says:

    Went to see my niece in a play at one of our community theater’s last night. The play is a retelling of the life of Christ, only set in the rural South of the 1930s or 40s. Interesting production to say the least. I’m afraid my mother thought it a bit irreverent. Her hair was a little curlier coming out than going in. The kids (teenage cast) did a good job, though.

    Nothing else going on this week, except for the usual work. More dissertation writing. yippee.

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    Deana says:

    Ran my first 5k today!!! I was so slow but I didn’t care! After 2 months of training it was my best effort! It was fun can’t wait to do it again.

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    Kristi B. says:

    Today was my adopted granddaughter’s 1st birthday! Princess Chloe Cate was adorable! We had a high tea party with scones, finger sandwiches, cookies, and cupcakes! The colors were pink and black with white polka dots.

    She got her first doll today from me. She loved on it and called it “baby.” I was thrilled! She was so proper. She crossed her little ankles and ate cake daintily with one hand. Her brother dove into his cake on his 1st birthday and had cake everywhere! Girls are different.

    I will give her your book SLI to have for later. For now her mom can read it but every female should read it at least once in her life. I understand how you felt when you dedicated your book to AnnaBeth. I wish the same for Chloe Cate.

    By the way I have made lots of friends since I have been on here. (I have been on here since day 1) There are too many to name, but they know who they are! I dearly love this community!

    Much love!

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    Enfant de Dieu says:

    This weekend, I am taking it easy! I got to sleep in this morning, and tonight I get to finish reading Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by Bruce Ware and prepare a lesson on 1 John 4 to teach high school students on Wednesday. And then tomorrow I get to go to church and lunch with the youth group, and then I get to come home and get some more much needed rest!

    Have fun with the kids! And happy anniversary Curtis and Amanda!


  48. 298
    Deb Weaver says:

    I’m painting road signs for our Hero Headquarters VBS which starts on June 28th. My kids (15, 20) are both doing tasks to help get ready. “Husband of the year” has been cleaning and even cooking so that we can get everything done–yes, I’m blessed!! Tomorrow we’ll worship and then spend time with “Daddy Dude” (aka “Husband of the year”)! I love this blog–thank you for sharing yourselves with us.

  49. 299
    Karen White says:

    I too spent last week working at VBS–my job is to lead crafts for the nearly 100 elementary school-age kids! We had such a blast making galactic tamborines, star clappers, space magnets and sand art! Many of the kids who come aren’t from our church, so it’s a great opportunity for community outreach! It’s a lot of work, but so rewarding to see the closing ceremony, with nearly 200 kids singing about our AMAZING God and singing God Reigns at the top of their voices! Brings tears to my eyes remembering it!
    Today, instead of “resting” I took my two older daughters (age 16 and 13) shopping for summer clothes–fun times of sharing with them, although there’s nothing “quick” about the selection process!! I know these days pass quickly, so I put aside the thoughts about the piles of laundry that remain undone, and just enjoyed that time together. (I must admit, I had to talk myself through the impatience because the laundry does call out in my mind, since we didn’t get any of it done due to VBS this week)
    I love that there’s such a strong group of siestas here to share this journey called life, to lift each other up through the tough times, and rejoice together in the good, even though most of us have never met face to face–that’s an increadible community with the common thread of the love of an AMAZING God!

    • 299.1
      Beth says:

      I’m so proud of all you VBS workers! Do you know that I never missed a single summer of VBS until I was 38 years old?? Even as an infant, my mom took me to the nursery so that she could teach. By the time I was too old to be in a class, I started helping with one. I love it so much. Wish I could still do it. AJ’s doing it in 2 weeks! As long as there are frazzled moms who need a little creative, godly help in the summer, there will be VBS. Some things shouldn’t change.

    • 299.2
      Donna B. says:

      …and YOU were such a blessing as well. Hope has finally learned to braid that “jute” rope, thanks to you teaching her at Galactic Blast last week Karen! Thank you for ALL you do for His glory.
      Love you!

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    Vicki says:


    We are spending the weekend getting ready to relocate to Lynchburg, VA until December. Any siestas on here from Lynchburg? I hear it is a beautiful place. I was at the Scripture Memory celebration in Houston and made friends with so many sweet ladies. I am so excited to know we are doing scripture memory again in 2011!

    Vicki C.

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