Fourth of July ’10

We had such a wonderful 4th of July! I hope you did, too.

Our dog Beckham shares a birthday with the U.S.A., which is ironic because he absolutely hates loud noises like thunder and fireworks. Bless his heart. Here he was trapped on the stairs by the baby gate and waiting ever so patiently to be rescued.

Our little firecracker was having a rare moment of stillness.

She loved the cowboy hat that I’d found for Saddle Ridge Ranch VBS.

Curtis and Jackson did some little fireworks in my parents’ back yard.

Fun times with smoke bombs.

Mom and Annabeth.

You might not be able to discern from these pictures how obsessed Annabeth is with her Bibby.

After a feast of fajitas, we all crammed into the Suburban and headed to Pine Forest to watch the fireworks. Doesn’t my dad look comfortable?

Dad and my Pappaw.

Jackson wore himself out on the golf course hills with my cousins.

Mom and AB with Hannah and John. They just moved home from Japan and we’re so happy!

We spent every 4th of July at Pine Forest growing up, but hadn’t been in at least 10 years. I loved getting to bring my kids this year.

Jackson and Bibby.

The fireworks were great!

It was Jackson’s happiest night. Maybe Bibby’s, too.


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  1. 51
    Maryellen says:

    The look on Jackson’s face in the last photo is priceless.
    It is one of those that you need no words to explain.

    My husband and I ate at Gaido’s when we visited Texas because we read it on your Mom’s blog. I had the best baked potato ever! I still dream of it. hah My husband absolutely loved it too!
    Tell your Mom thanks so much for the tip !

  2. 52
    Missy S says:

    Is it just me or does Annabeth look just like a precious moments doll in the picture with her book? So cute!

  3. 53

    That last picture of Jackson and Bibby that is priceless
    that one needs to be framed. The one of little seista with the cowboy hat I thought was adorable glad you all had a good 4th of July.
    Loved all the pictures your dad and mom and you in the back seat to sweet.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Blessings Carol

  4. 54
    Donna Benjamin says:

    What a sweet dog you have! I love that he’s just sitting there so patiently. Our little mini-dachsund, “Kipper”, isn’t that patient, but he’s pretty sweet too.

    Glad to see all the pictures and hear that you all had such a great 4th. We enjoyed ours here too. Went to Panama City Beach and watched fireworks in the rain. =).

    By the way, our beaches here are still gorgeous. The good Lord has spared us thus far from any oil. So if anyone is thinking of heading this way for a vacation. “Come on down” =).

    We only have about 2 weeks left to enjoy the “Emerald Coastline” before we move “north” to Tuscaloosa. But we’re excited to see what the Lord has in store for us where He’s planting us next!

  5. 55
    sepik-meri katie says:

    holy smokes!! loved the peeks into your holiday! looks like a sweet time. AB is so grown up already! her baby-ness is fading fast! love ya’ll.

  6. 56
    Colleen says:

    What a happy holiday! Looks like you all (excluding Beckham) had fun!

  7. 57
    Bethany says:

    Okay I just HAVE to say…. AB in the cowboy hat is stinkin cute…. glad ya’ll had a fantastic 4th of July. We got rained out here in Denver and I was at work. But it was a slow night so I looked for new sassy hairstyles, and by the way Beth your hair is looking mighty fantastic as someone else said…
    Just sayin ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 58
    Wendy says:

    We celebrated Canada Day on July 1st. Our church hosted the Watoto African Children’s Choir from Uganda. We had a town parade and the children were on the float singing and dancing to Jesus for all those who lined the street. They then put on a 45 minute concert in the town park where we had 1200 people from our community come to watch. I am so thankful we live in a country where we can sing and praise Jesus in public places. Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

  9. 59
    texatheart says:

    Hey guys,
    Glad to hear you had a great 4th. We were out sitting in a parking lot watching fireworks. Someone locked their car door and so everytime one of the really loud pops the car alarm would go off. My 8 year old nephew thought it was the funniest thing in the world. He would high five his 14 year old cousin. It was just so neat to be together with family and sitting out in the unusually cool Texas weather (felt as cool as a Kansas evening)!
    Great great day! Looking forward to SSBS session 2 tomorrow.

  10. 60
    Ann Ludeke says:

    Dear Amanda,
    Thank you for sharing your family photos. I absolutely LOVE them every time!! They bring a smile to my face. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now, I have to ask since I live in Houston, too. HOW do you all look so beautiful in the pictures? I mean I know you are, but really…not a bead of sweat, not a hair out of place, no make-up melted down your face…
    you all look so refreshed like you’re in Colorado with 65 degree temps with 30% humidity. I step outside for 5 minutes and look like a drowned rat…..
    I’m getting a complex… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    love ya

    • 60.1
      Amanda says:

      Ann, we were all very dewy. But we did get a nice breeze once the sun went down. Tonight we had a cookout in the country and got rained on. I promise you that from the oldest to the youngest we all looked like drowned rats. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 60.2
      3kidsin3years says:

      I live outside of Beaumont and was wondering the very same thing!!! Thanks for asking ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 61
    Mitzi White says:

    I just love the last picture of Bibby and Jackson looking up at the sky with joy. Do they see Jesus?

  12. 62

    Oh such wonderful photos!
    Thanks for sharing. (My dogs aren’t the biggest fans of fireworks either.)

    I love that you captured the actual fireworks in a photo! I have thee hardest time doing that….I guess I just need more pratice or maybe a tripod.

    michelle in VT

  13. 63
    Diana A says:

    Commenting from Canada, our big day was July 1st, which is also my BFF’s Birthday, so there is more reason to celebrate.

    I just wanted to say that Bibby and her girl look ever so adorable, I think AB will soon have bigger hair than her Bibby!

    Jackson’s smile is so big, it warms my heart, and makes me think if he smiled anymore, his face might start to hurt!

    Thanks again for sharing your pictures, looks like it was a great weekend all around.

    God is so smart placing us all into families! Some are just a wee cuter than others, once the whole teenage tempermment arrives, the cuteness wears off! ha

  14. 64
    Amber says:

    My 5 year old loved Saddle Ranch VBS this year. The music was great!

  15. 65
    Jeanette says:

    I love it when you show pic’s. just like a cookbook i love the pic’s to go with it.we BQ and swim in the pool and watch fireworks too….

  16. 66
    Kelly Jo says:

    Looks like you all had a great time to bad Melissa and Colin wasn’t with you. I love watching fireworks however, this year I was with my friend whose husband is serving in Iraq and I’ll just tell you I’ll never be the same. I teared up several times just watching her. It was an emotional time if you know what I mean.?..

  17. 67
    twinkle says:

    Makes me fall in love with America all over again! I love Independence Day and all the fireworks. My, I’m a sparkler kinda girl. The picture of AB with the hat eating her entire upper body just makes me grin.

    Amanda, you look so beautiful. I just have to commend you on the determination to lose those baby pounds! Curtis looks so trim, too!

  18. 68
    3GirlsMom says:

    I think Bibby is pretty obsessed with her Annabeth, too!
    SO CUTE!
    Happy 4th to all of you!!

  19. 69
    Patti says:

    I always enjoy looking at pictures of your family. Thanks for sharing. We had a different, but nonetheless, lovely 4th of July celebration beginning with sitting together at church. I love it that my married sons and their wives like to sit with us during the services and I’m even more thrilled that the four of them serve together in the special needs ministry at our church. Can a mom get much more blessed than that? No worries, I’m savoring this season. I’ve read all the comments so far, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t see any mention of a network party. My husband and son set up a computer network and we had 14 laptops linked together for one massive computer game. I loaned my laptop to the effort but didn’t participate. I happen to dearly love 5 of the gamers so it was enough for me to be where they were, watching them and enjoying the sound of their laughter. Thanks again for sharing, Amanda. Have a great week,
    Patti Hayes

  20. 70
    Emily says:

    Looks like an awesome 4th of July!! Amanda, you and Curtis look fantastic, I know you’ve mentioned about weight watchers and running and I just wanted to say that you look wonderful!! Love the pictures of Annabeth in her cowgirl hat, priceless! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 71
    Gayla says:

    What faces full of love! It was great to see your celebrations! I especially enjoyed the fireworks with my family this year at a park,too… and Jackson and Beth look entranced with joy. So sweet. Love you guys! Fireworks are just a glimpse of the majesty of that fiery chariot’s wheels, right?

  22. 72
    Robin says:

    Beth, I just never realized how dear you are to me until today when I logged into Oneplace to listen to one of your broadcasts and I looked over at your picture and you had black make-up in the corner of your eye and I immediately reached up and scraped the dirt off of my computer screen to make sure you looked your best. When I realized what I had done I had to laugh at myself but hey a girl has to look out for her sisters!! Love ya!!!

  23. 73

    Oh you are not even going to BELIEVE what I got to do last night! Last Wednesday, I had to have a procedure done that ended up not going as well as planned and it left me on my back until Sunday. BUT, on Sunday evening, I felt well enough to go to a parking lot and watch the fireworks — with FOUR of my sweet little no-mothers-in-their-lives-so-I-get-to-pretend girls — MacKenzie (age 8), Angelina (age 7), Juliana (age 4) and Olivia (age 2). Some of the college girls from my Bible study came with me to help with them and we just had the best time. It was an especially sweet night because my cousin’s fiance leaves for Iraq this Friday and we got to spend the evening watching the fireworks while the girls took turns sitting in all our laps.

    There’s some things that you just like seeing through a child’s eyes, and fireworks sure are one of those things.

    P.S. – I was going to try not to say anything (restraint, it is failing me), but I just want to comment that I think I’ve never seen Beth’s bangs higher than in the pictures above (I mean this as a compliment, of course). What a way to celebrate the fourth — those roots are standing at attention!

  24. 74
    Rebekah Lewis says:

    Hi Beth and family,
    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy seeing the pictures you posted! Thanks for sharing of the good times of life!
    PS> Beth, you have great looking hair in the 4th of July post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. 75
    Joyce Watson says:

    Beautiful pictures! Children are always so special. Jackson with his bibby look like they are in presence of God and He is speaking back to them.
    Amanda looks like she is having a good time with Saddle Ridge VBS_she doesn’t quite know what to do with that hat, does she? (so funny) She is cute.( Our church enjoyed the same theme this year too.)
    Family is so important_we laugh, we cry, we share, we care, and we pray together. God has bless us with family!

  26. 76
    Song Catcher says:

    What wonderful photos and four generations celebrating the holiday.

    Annabeth is so beautiful and the last picture of Jackson and Bibby is awesome. I love to see the look of wonder and astonishment on the faces of children… The world holds so much promise…

  27. 77
    Kristi Brewer says:

    Thank you for sharing your day with us! Love all those smiley faces!

  28. 78

    That is just sweet, sweet, sweet! I so loving seeing your family have fun together! My babies love the firework shows too- even though we pay for the late night for days, always such a fun time!


  29. 79
    Tina says:

    Thanks for always sharing your sweet family with all of us. Those pictures are absolutely adorable. I LOVE taking them and looking at them. My favorite picture is the last one. I think Jackson’s and “Bibby’s” excited wonderous faces show how fun the entire evening was! Glad everyone had so much fun!

  30. 80
    Joy says:

    Thank you Amanda….for sharing your family with us. Loved the pictures!

  31. 81
    Karene says:

    Those pictures and your babies are precious! Annabeth is looking more like you and your mom, Amanda. And Jackson looks so much like his dad! (at least to me ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Aren’t those fireworks great? Especially with kids! Thanks for sharing.

  32. 82
    Andrea S. says:

    Thanks so much for sharing the pics- I love it when we get to see your celebrations. We actually had two celebrations with my husbands trademark fireworks show both nights. We did one night with family and one with friends….it was great!

    Love you guys-

  33. 83
    becca maynor says:

    Love to watch your family have fun together! Blessings to u and yours!

  34. 84
    Katie says:

    Oh I love it! I can’t wait until my Sarah (two weeks younger than Annabeth) can go see fireworks. Loud noises aren’t her thing and niether is staying up past dark. You all look like you had a great time. Happy 4th to everyone all be it a bit late. Thanks for sharing such cute pics.

  35. 85
    Wendy Peplowski says:

    How do we request prayer? My sister was in a serious car accident. She is critical. She is fighting for her life. We are not sure if she will live. She has a broken back and neck. If she lives she will never walk again. Please advise me on how to let others know my sister needs prayer. She does not believe. Thank you.

    • 85.1
      Amanda says:

      Wendy, we have a prayer request page here: You are also welcome to call our office and speak to our prayer chaplain, Kimberly. She would love to pray with you. The number is 1.888.700.1999. I’m praying for your sister right now!

    • 85.2
      Linda says:

      Wendy, I will pray and be praying for you and your sister and family, and for God to work miraculously through the medical peoople attending her.

    • 85.3
      Kristi Walker says:

      Wendy, we’ll be praying in my family, as well! Lifting her up and praying her heart will be softened.

      My heart always just hurts when I hear brothers and sisters crying out for their loved ones who aren’t saved. I have family members who refuse, flat out. We’re believing with you that she will feel the love that Christ Jesus has for her.

      Much love sweet sister!

  36. 86
    Kim Cosby says:

    For the first time I can remember we sang several verses of “America the Beautiful” in my church. The more unfamiliar verses are amazing. I found them on, but there are many other sites. The second verse:
    “O beautiful for pilgrim feet
    Whose stern impassioned stress
    A thoroughfare of freedom beat
    Across the wilderness!
    America, America
    God mend thine every flaw,
    Confirm thy soul in self-control,
    Thy liberty in law!”

  37. 87

    Amanda the light of Jesus just streams from your family through every photograph. thank u for sharing! Siestaville mama you are looking as gorgeous as ever. Bask in the wonder of His love and blessings!!

  38. 88
    Carol says:

    Your pics are totally exceptional. Amanda you and hubby have lost a ton of weight! Beth just looks like she is in Grandma world…she has amazingly incredible joy on her face when she is blessed seeing her children as parents, raising their family with wisdom and love and filling her heart with pride and cherishing things she would never miss because time flies, they aren’t in diapers forever and you can’t love them too much. Grandchildren continue to take us to places our hearts never knew were there!!!! Go Bibby!!!!!! Thx Amanda for sharing your 4th!!!

  39. 89
    Megan says:

    Amanda – we also have a dog whose birthday is the 4th of July (turned 10 this year) and who hates the fireworks! Worst day of the year for him to be born – any other day would have been great!! Happy Birthday to our 4-legged scaredy cats!

  40. 90
    Beth Lesesne says:

    Amanda I loved your pictures of your family. My daughter, Abbie, and her father, Jimmy. went to see fireworks at Dillon Park. Our dog doesn’t like fireworks and LOL I feel the same so we stayed home. It was a great time for Abbie and Jimmy to have father daughter time.

  41. 91
    Heather Smith says:

    You Moore Women are such a blessing, to each other, to your followers (us), to the next generation. I pray that my daughters (ages 5 & 2) and I will have the same relationship with each other when they are adult Christian Women. Oh, I pray that they would want to spend as much time with me and work with me and further my work. I love you and have never met you.

  42. 92
    Roselawyer says:

    “You might not be able to discern from these pictures how obsessed Annabeth is with her Bibby.” Should this not read, “You might not be able to discern from these pictures how obsessed Bibby is with her Annabeth?” LOL!:)

  43. 93
    Heidi says:

    I was saddened again this year with the 4th due to a stomach virus running rapid through our home. It isn’t pleasant at all but having 9 children and dealing with it was definitely not good times. We had the exact same thing happen last year as well. So we unfortunately didn’t get to go watch fireworks or have a cookout. ๐Ÿ™ We hope to at least make the cookout up this weekend.

  44. 94

    Thank you for sharing. I feel like i’m part of the family.

  45. 95
    kathypinkbicyclearkansas says:

    Summer is so fun!

  46. 96

    These pictures make me smile:):) Double smiles. Love ya’ll in Him.


  47. 97
    Emilee Hall says:

    I love these pictures! Looks like yall had a great time!

  48. 98
    carla says:

    Thanks for sharing your holiday pictures with us. I can not believe that baby gate contained such a big dog. He must be very well behaved. Our lab would have bolted to be near us. He is very mild-mannered but is determined to be near us. Thanks

  49. 99
    bamagirl says:

    That is nothing but what I call pure “cuteness”. How precious those babies are and I know you are enjoying them. Poor Beckham, I can sympahtize with you. One of my dogs just goes out of control when the fireworks go off and thunder too. Hate your mom and dad looks so miserable(LOL) just like all good grandparents, tickled to death when the grands are around.

  50. 100
    Donna says:

    Beth (Bibby):-)
    I love your family photos. How wonderful to have them all together.
    God Bless!

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