Monday, August 25, 2008

...and not one Boring!

Had someone told me back in the nineties when I first jumped on this Internet super highway it would eventually lead me to hop'in a plane and spend several days with hundreds of women I did not know (except through a series of virtual postings and comments left hangin out there in cyber-space) in sweltering hot San Antonio, Texas, I would have said

'Ain't no way!'

I would have been so wrong!

This past weekend I was blessed to partake in such an event.

Here’s just very a few highlights:

From Thursday through Sunday we had what felt like a progressive family reunion.

The kind you WANT to go to, with all your favorite relative.



Let me tell you about of few of these relations.

There was Melana and Veronica,

the Godly Thelma and Louise of this here conference trekking across country with their trusty sidekick, Miesta Moose.


You can follow some of their adventures here.

Also in attendance was Holly aka: Crownlaiddown, easily mistaken as a bag lady as she rolled a case full of cookbooks between venues making sure everyone got a copy or two who wanted one.
We also discovered over the course of the weekend that just like Kevin Bacon, Holly was one or more degrees separated in some way to almost everyone there...I am not even kidding!

Oh, and let's not forget Patty

and Kim, no, no, no!


These hardworkin gals, made plans for about 300 and were met instead with some 1,100 souls. At every event the two met you with warmest hugs and smiles-o-plenty with 'nare a complaint. Among many other things, my two amigos created and co hosted our family blog where so many Siestas converged to get to know each other a bit better...a precursor if you will, to the actual Siesta Fiesta in San Antonio.

Oh...you should also know, this family is quite the dressers. Personally, I never knew such Siestawear existed.

The jewelry, Capri's, flip-flops, handbags and hats. Oh and the Pajamas, lets not forget the PJ's! And, if a gal was looking to change their 'do', as in 'hair do', this was the place to get ideas on real life action figures.

What an eclectic and fun bunch!

and, as we learned...

All heiresses of God...and not one Boring!

We spent much time huggin, chatin, sharing.

What a time of photos and fellowship!

We shared testimony, prayer needs and praises, passed recipes, addresses and phone numbers.

Our common lineage?

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The entire meeting was squeezed in around powerful Word brought to us by way of the Living Proof clan headed by Mama Beth Moore.

Whoa!! Did the blessings flow!

I am catching up on sleep and life back home, still absorbing it all. I have many post roll'in round in my noggin so there will be more debriefing to come.

For today I have to tell you, I'm so grateful our Heavenly Father is so hip...so relevant, using the medium at hand to spread His good news, love and mercy in and through ways I would have never imagined.
To Him be the Glory!

18 comments:

Rachel - Heart Assessment said...

What a GREAT post. Thanks for writing. I didn't get to meet you, but I sure am glad to be a sieasta!
R <><

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

I had SUCH FUN with you this weekend. And when I got off the plane, my little Emma noticed my sparkly pink cowgirl hat first thing and plopped it on her head!

Thank you for the laughs and tears and hugs and fun.

Missing you already!

Joanne

P.S. I had the BEST nap yesterday when I made it home! I'm a whole new woman...

jennyhope said...

oh
I am so glad to have your blog address. you are soooo much fun!! I was so touched by you and it was so the Lord that allowed us to cross paths. I am about to add you to my blog list so we can keep up!!
Love you and your precious heart!

GratefulinGA said...

Joanne,
What a great time we had in worship, praise, prayer and karaoke! I'm looking so forward to the next Siesta gathering, maybe in the Rockies?

Love you Girl!

GratefulinGA said...

Jenny,
You are too much! No wonder you are such the 'magnet':)

Yes, God was so in our meeting, Supermarket Sweep and all.

Oh, yeah...I brought my man an Alamo Giant Pencil...he's still scratchin his head over it...maybe I should of brought the back scratcher instead :o

Be talkin to you soon sweet Siesta!

Bobbie said...

Tammy! You're amazing--'loved meeting you and your incredible Beth. You're both special ladies. I really wish I had been able to stay for the PJ party, sounds like it was a FUN night. (where talents were displayed with grandeur!) Are there pictures?!!!

Thanks for posting the pictures you have, fun memories!

It was a great weekend!

GratefulinGA said...

Hey Bobbie,
So sorry you missed the PJ party, it was a great way to end the conference.

I have some pictures. But Beth has more.

We will post more this week.

I continue to pray for your family and the move. Some of the greatest blessimgs I've known happened after our biggest move...

Be checking in with Girl!

Holly said...

It was such a privilege to meet you and get to know you, Tammy. God truly gave me a gift in having a friend like you!! Your stories and your life are a testimony to the wonders that Jesus can do!!

Much love to you!
Holly

Kate said...

I am so glad I got to spend some time getting to know you...otherwise, I may have never known I had more than 6 siblings! ;)
Also glad you were at the pj party...you were the best captain in the world!
Looking forward to getting to know you more.

Bridgette said...

It was fun sitting next to you at Pico de Gallo. I only saw you once after that and never got to trade info. I was glad when I found your blogsite! Just wanted to stop by and say hello!
Bridgette

Michelle Bentham said...

Loved your post... I covered the conference you covered the girlfriends... Bravo! It was a great time together... a great time!

Blessings.

Melinda said...

Can I just tell you what a blast you are? THANK YOU for putting so much fun into an already insanely- riotous-with-the-love-of-God weekend!

Hugs!
Melinda

Profbaugh said...

So glad I got a chance to meet you and chat at the PJ party. What a great time. I'm still grinning from ear to ear.

Much love,
~Cheryl
St. Louis

Bridgette said...

Hey Girl!

Did you survive the tornado yesterday! I heard the sirens went off up there!

My friend was working at a new store opening at Town Center and they had to go to the basement of the mall. I told her that I had just met you and lived up there.

Hope you have a great day!

Profbaugh said...

Hey, I just realized I don't have Beth's contact info. She has mine, though. If you want you can e-mail me her contact info @ profbaugh@yahoo.com.

~Cheryl

Patty said...

I love your blog and everything you shared!! I miss you all so much!! You were so sweet and encouraging to me and I'll take your hugs anytime you want to give them out!!!

I hope you are rested. I think I am getting there. :)

Love,
Patty

twinkle said...

Boring? That will never describe a Siesta! The time we shared together was too brief and it is so precious knowing you are in here in Georgia! We really will have to take the time to meet somewhere here in our state. That would be a treat. A mini-convention! Yes! Georgia style. Love you and please keep in touch.

Lopsided Halo said...

Girl, it was so great to meet you!! Yes, my life is always full of adventures!!! Last weekend was a blast and I'm so thankful we got to spent some fun moments together!!!!