Thursday, May 07, 2009

My Living Room and Beth Moore!

OK so you are wondering what in the world my living room has to do with Beth Moore, and the answer is absolutely nothing! But that's my title because I have two different things to talk about!

We'll start with my living room since I am doing Kelly's tour of homes. I put a regular picture (how it looks today) and a Christmas picture but it's the time of year that I love my living room the most!
So if you remember from last week we live in a 200-year old farmhouse. Most of the house has been restored and updated but one room, our living room, has not been touched. We have lived here for 12 years and always talk about redoing it, but so far it hasn't happened. In some ways I love the primitive look of the room, but in other ways I don't really think it matches the rest of the house. One thing I don't like about it is the blue trim paint color. I have nothing blue in my entire house so don't think the room fits with my main color scheme of camel, golds, greens and deep red. Plus one thing you probably don't know about me is that I am an awful decision maker, particularly when it comes to choosing paint color. So I'd love your thoughts and ideas for when we eventually redo it. I sometimes think of putting stone on the fireplace and getting a nice mantle rather than the barn-beam mantle we currently have, but then I look at it and realize that ours is so primitive looking that it is unique, which I kind of like.

The one time of year that I love, just love, my old-fashioned living room is at Christmastime! After the gifts are all put under the tree, the stockings are all stuffed, and Santa's cookies are sampled, Alan and I sit there and take it all in and say, "He came!" And if any little kids happen to be peeking around the corner at that time they might well catch Mommy kissing Santa Claus! Don't miss the empty plate and letter to Santa in front of the fireplace...sweet days that are pretty much over since our youngest is 11 now!

I love to use our living room as a's on the opposite side of the house from our busy kitchen/family room so it's nice to go to to relax, read a book, or have some peace. It also happens to be the warmest room in this drafty old farmhouse so many a winter day finds us in there in front of a cracking real-wood fire.

I love the fact that we have no television or computer in our living room (they're in the family room and kitchen) so it really is a primitive room in every sense of the many rooms have absolutely no technology in them anymore?! However else I change our Living Room, that's one thing I'm keeping the exact same!

Then in contrast to our restful getaway of the living room we have the crazy chaos of our Family Room, which adjoins the kitchen. The one thing I am proud of in this room are the walls, which I faux painted myself in three shades of green. It actually is a much deeper color than shows up in this picture. I love how it brings out the rich cherry of the old woodwork in this room. The doors on the big cabinet are usually open, because our TV is hidden behind them! I was really pleased with how well the contractor got these new doors to match the 200-year old trim in the rest of the room. And don't miss our old yellow lab Gracie, a permanent fixture in that room!

Here the doors of the cabinet are open so you can see both the opened and closed look and see how nice it is to hide the TV sometimes.

I love my tray tables over in the corner. You wouldn't believe how often they get used, particularly on Tuesday nights when we have Taco Night while we watch American Idol...a family tradition! (Hey when you have three teenage daughters you've gotta make family traditions however you can!)

Here's something unique about our farmhouse...we have a cupboard door that is accessible from two different rooms. That's because when the house was built this Family Room was the Dining Room and our current mudroom was the kitchen. So the food would get passed through these cupboard doors.

OK so enough about Living Rooms...switch gears with me now to hear about the other big news of the day -- I MET BETH MOORE! Oh yes I did!

This year Beth is the National Chairperson of this event and we got to have her give the keynote speech here in Lancaster! When I first heard she was going to be here I thought it was going to be simulcast from Washington, DC but no, she was here in real life!

I really wanted to meet her so I went early and actually ended up sitting maybe 7 or 8 rows behind her. A fair number of women were sneaking up there getting pictures taken with her and I really wanted to also, and I definitely could have, but my wise husband kept reminding me that she was there to worship and to leave her alone. It must be so hard to be a celebrity, being watched all the time. Godly celebrities like Beth really need our prayers.

Beth rocked the place with her talk! It amazed me how little she used her notes. Is that cool or what -- it just goes to show that she has her words in her heart, as the Lord is giving them to her, not all written down just for her to read. That's what sets Beth Moore apart in the way she can bring a sermon!! It was REALLY awesome having so many men in the audience and she acknowledged that and gave an encouragement to the men to be prayer leaders in the family.

Beth had a tough act to follow after a 5-year old girl prayed like you wouldn't believe. I mean this child knew how to pray like nobody's business! She got a Standing O for her prayer and really I think it was a Standing O to God, for bringing up a little child like this to lead the people. "And a little child shall lead them..." Oh yes she did! Oh that we would raise up more children like this enthusiastic little girl!

Travis Cottrell was there leading the worship and on this beautiful May night it was pretty neat being out there with thousands of others singing our hearts out. It was A-MAZ-ING to gather together to pray for our country, and oh yes, does our country need some praying for right now. I was saddened to read that for the first time in many years our president did not attend a prayer gathering on this National Day of Prayer. It was a beautiful night after many days of rain and the sun was shining -- and the SON was shining! How wonderful to be in the midst of so many of God's people!

This was Beth right before she went on to speak...she had just come off a very stressful week being in our nation's capitol and I think she was enjoying being in the presence of so many of God's people! She even said "Lancaster" correctly!! (For the record, it's not pronounced LAN-CAS-TER, it's LANG-kiss-stir!" Because I'm sure you wanted to know that!)

Beth's husband Keith was even with her. Here's a picture of him laughing on the Jumbotron after she told a story about what a manly man he is.

One thing I give Keith a lot of credit for...after Beth spoke I was heading to the restrooms and passed the backstage area where the media was interviewing her. While several women hung around waiting for Beth to come out, Keith was standing there with several other men. A lady asked him, "Hey, Keith, can I get a picture with you?" And in the nicest way, he said, "Oh, I'm sorry, I'd rather not." And as I thought about it I thought it was really cool that he doesn't want his picture taken with all kinds of random women. Just like I wouldn't want my Alan to be photographed with women everywhere he went. Because we all know how the media can distort a totally innocent picture into being something its not. And sad to say they try their hardest to dig up dirt on celebrities, especially Christians. So I give the Moores a lot of credit for being above reproach in this area.

When Beth came out I actually had a 2-second chance to say hi to her and tell her I'm a "siesta" who prays for her! And if you think a siesta is a long nap, you haven't been reading her blog. Check it out -- it's one of my favorites!

So that's the latest from Lancaster County tonight. Blessings to all!

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Heather said...

Love your living room and yay for you on getting to see Beth Moore! That must of been exciting! So fun and what a great time of worship among other believers!!

Mommyto3andahusky said...

love your Christmas'sy living room! :)

Melissa said...

Loved reading this post and seeing pictures of my Mom and my sweet Dad.

Pam said...

I love the old farmhouse look. Love, love the cupboard pass through. Please don't change that.

Georgia Jan said...

Fiffer! I loved visiting your blog and reading about Beth speaking at Lancaster. She is an amazing woman of God, isn't she? I had the privilege to spend some time with her & Melissa this past January - she blogged about her "Weekend in the Big A" on the blog. She is the real deal.

Anyway - love your kitchen - we have a lot in common. I have a HUGE country kitchen too - but my big old farmhouse is "new" but has a tin roof and we live on 80 acres out in the country here in middle Georgia. I love it. I am a Pastor's wife with two married grown sons and 1 little 9 month old grandboy. Very blessed am I!

We have the same kitchen curtains too!

Come see me through my blog sometime! It is so awesome to connect with a siesta up "Nawth!"

Your Southern Siesta,
Georgia Jan

marty39 said...

Oh I am such a fan of Beth Moore also. I have read several of her books and also have gone through 2 of her Bible Studies with my church. She really is a wonderful Christian speaker.I'm sure you were all blessed.

Your living room is just gorgeous. I think (if you really want advice) that I would paint the woodwork white and then paint the walls a med. shade of your favorite color. Other than that, it looks great to me.

Glad I found your blog, I have enjoyed it. Hugs, Marty

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, Fiffer, thanks for stopping by my blog, so nice to meet you. Enjoyed the tour of your farmhouse, looks like a loving home. Let me know if you decide you want some help!

And, I really enjoyed your Beth story, I love that girl! She is so genuine & you are right, we need to pray for her. She is a warrior for all of us women out there. I would love to meet her too. I so enjoy her Bible studies, just finished Esther.

Mindy said...

Awesome about meeting Beth Moore! I have three girls and one boy too.....mine are all still little though....7,5,4,8 months.....=)

Canadian Mom said...

I sure love your charming country style living room!! I wouldn't change a thing.....but if your the kinda gal that likes to decorate then go to it! I sure was glad to hear that Mr.Moore declined to have his photo taken with a female stranger.....very wise!! Also, i enjoyed the pic's of Beth Moore; you were so blessed to actually see her and hear her speak! Thanks for commenting on my blog; I hope others will visit as well. BTW, your Mother sounds very "spry" and this is such a good thing! HAPPY MOTHER"S Day to you... my friend.

Smiles & Blessings,

Leah said...


I popped over from Holly's blog to see your story about meeting Beth. You have a beautiful blog and to get a tour of your home in the same story was a treat. I'm sure you were incredibly blessed by Beth, Keith and Travis. Thanks for sharing your story!!


Angie Seaman said...

Hi there. Thank you so much for your post on my blog about wanting to see my living room this week via Kelly's blog tour. You are so, so, sweet. I had originally intended on trying to get pictures of the living rooms before I left for vacation and then publishing them from afar while I was gone. However, I ran out of time with packing and getting ready to leave and never got the pictures taken. I am going to try hard to go home on Monday and post some though. No matter what, I'll have images from our vacation to post on Monday too. Lots to do~!

Also, I am so excited for you that you got to meet Beth Moore. What an amazing moment. She is stunning inside and out. LOVE her to pieces! Great pictures too! :)

Blessings, Angie Seaman

Inksstillwet said...

Thanks, Fiffer for stopping by my blog. It looks like you had an amazing day hearing Beth speak and so many others that are making an impact for the kingdom of God! That would have been such a blessing to be there in person.

So far, no weed pulling here at our house. So, we're hoping it stays that way! Those strawberries sure do need to bounce back though. They've been a little waterlogged with all this rain we've had!

Hope you have an amazing Mother's Day!
Blessings, Amy

Shaila Creekmore said...

I love the picture of Beth sitting by herself! It looks like it should be on the backcover of her next book!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh I do love your Christmas picture -- there's just something about an old house.

ocean mommy said...

Beautiful living room! So welcoming I feel like I could enjoy a cup of coffee and some sweet conversation in there :) Thanks for stopping by my blog this week. :) It's nice to meet you.


His Doorkeeper said...

Hi Fiffer! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I just had to come over and I'm glad I did!

What a beautiful family you have! You are blessed!

I love your farmhouse and your kitchen is to die for!! Love it! Love it!

Thanks for the story about Beth. I am currently doing her "Daniel" Bible study and I just love her studies!

Blessings to you and your sweet family!
Kelly's Mom

Angie Seaman said...

Just wanted to pop over and tell you thank you for praying for Kenidi. You are so sweet. How old is your brother? You are right...they are such special people! (the ones with special needs as well as the teachers/aides/instructors that help them each day) God sure recruited incredible people for those jobs here on this earth. :)
Thanks again for sending up a prayer for her. The more the better. It really made my day.

Blessings, Angie Seaman

Ina said...

Hi Fiffer,

I wanted to try to "meet" you here, since I haven't yet taken up blogging myself! I'm not sure how much I would have to write about as a single gal. But since I've been reading comments on LPL it's tempting. Anyway, I live in Manheim Township near LBC (where the NDP event was this year). It was so fun to read your description of last year at Long's park. I was there too, but not nearly so close as you ;-)
You asked if I have attended any events, and I did go to MD to see Beth about 2 years ago and was blessed to be at the SSMT event in Houston in January. So amazing! Maybe we can connect via email sometime!