Moody Book Party

We had a delightful evening last night, celebrating the completion of Winter Days. We seriously contemplated everyone “being” a Moody character. However, a blog post of the celebration would have given you a “picture” of some of the characters. I have purposely left how each person in the Moody book looks up to your imagination. So, we opted not to do that part.

About 4 p.m., Abby came over to help Aunt Anna make the dessert. Abby is an enthusiastic Moody supporter. Her Daddy reads them aloud to her, after Bible time, since she can’t read yet, and it is a daily, looked-forward-to event for Abby. They’re reading Winter (book #3) at the moment.

Our dinner menu consisted of chicken (Dad barbecued it), broccoli in cheese sauce, seasoned roasted potatoes, home-made garlic bread, and then for dessert: cookie dough pizza, a specialty from our friends, the D. family in Idaho.

When dinner dishes were completed, we gathered in the living room for Bible time, following which was a prayer time. Praying gave us sweet moments of lifting up this book and asking that the Lord would use it in the lives of many.

Then, it was time for hide n’ seek. After all, the Moodys play it. For those who haven’t read the books, the hide and seek is done in the dark to make it a bit more challenging. I had no idea how creative my family was on finding good hiding spots. For example, they don’t hide BESIDE the dresser. No, they pull it out and go behind it. Nathan, Abby, and John were never found–pretty amazing! Abby did a great job of not giggling even when the “looker” was in the room where she was.

I am deeply indebted and grateful to my family for all they have invested in each book. They spend countless hours listening to me read the outline and then the book itself, and several help with editing, before it goes to the professional proofreader. They encourage me when I feel it’s too much, or I can’t finish it out.

The mailman delivered a letter yesterday (among other pieces of mail): with three sweet drawings from two Moody book readers. Thank you, Hannah and Sarah!


Uncle John joined the baking duo for a few minutes.

Pushing out the dough.

Abby was a wonderful helper.

The group! (Christopher and Anna Marie weren't able to join us.)

The finished cookie dough pizza! We'll not be sharing the recipe now. It might go in a future Moody book.

Bethany carried a little, word-free book with pictures of puppies around to different members of the family. She would toddle over to them, with book in hand, and want them to "read" it to her.

Mary and Bethany

Bethany and I

Jesse and Bethany.

Cute drawings from two readers.

“… Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14).

11 thoughts on “Moody Book Party”

  1. Ohhhhh! I love hide and seek :), I haven’t played it in such a long time. It sounds like you had a wonderful night.

    God Bless,


    P.S. Where can I purchase your Moody books?

  2. Oh! That looks like fun! Looks like you had a really fun night, Abby! Thanks for the pictures. I like Bethany’s dress. Oh!!!! Those curls! Absolutely adorable! Can’t wait to read Winter Days.

    God bless! Rebecca K.

  3. Congrats on the finished product Sarah. I’m sure you breathe a sigh of relief when a book is completed.
    Now, are you really going to leave us hanging on the recipe for cookie dough pizza? I guess most everybody loves cookie dough anything these days and everybody is going to be waiting but not patiently for the recipe to come out.
    Thanks for all you r family does.

  4. What a great idea to have a family party to celebrate Sarah’s newest book! 🙂 Sounds like you all had a fun time, and a yummy meal. Thanks for sharing all those cute photos–I especially liked the one of Bethany looking at the puppies book with Mr. Maxwell. 🙂 She is sooo precious (like her older sister!).

  5. How fun!!! The girls are growing like weeds, and they are just darling!! I know Nathan and Melanie are so proud of them and the wonderful girls they are. The picture of your dad and Bethany is so sweet…perhaps a frame of it on his desk??? There is just a sweetness of older generations sharing with the younger generations in a family.

    Love you all, and it was so good to get to talk with you yesterday. I am looking forward to getting my book.

    Love you all, and Merry Christmas!


  6. Oh wow! This is such a quaint little evening! I would love it if my family played hide and seek together in the dark! Your family is so special!!! I wish you had dressed as the Moody characters! I hope you have a wonderful night!!

  7. Congratulations on the book. The party sounds so fun, and the cookie dough pizza looks delicious! I will be anxiously waiting for the next Moody book with a recipe 🙂

    The picture of Steve holding Bethany is so cute. The smile on his face says it all–he loves his graddaughter. I’m always so amazed to see how big Abby and Bethany are getting. It seems I just saw Bethany and she was a baby.

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  8. What a fun idea :)! I can’t wait to read the new book!!!
    My youngest sisters (plus baby-on-the-way) are about the same age as Abigail and Bethany (we actually have a Bethani, and our three year old is Abigail, too!) and Emmi, the baby, has just discovered what fun books are, too :). It’s really cute :)!
    I love Bethany’s curls… our Bethany used to have some, but her hair has straightened.

  9. Our book came today in the mail 🙂 (Monday)! The kids can’t wait (including the older ones :))till dinner tonight when Dad will start reading it.
    We love Dad’s voices for all the characters :). Thank you Sarah! We greatly enjoy your books :). May the Lord continue to bless your writings.
    PS. That cookie dough pizza looks delicious!

  10. I just finished reading chaper 9 in “Spring with the Moodys”. My kids were so excited to read tonight, because they new the twins were going to be born! The books have been much loved and enjoyed in our home. We’re looking forward to reading the other books! Thank you Sarah and God’s continued blessing to you all.


  11. It is always a wonderful thing when children read books, I always want to get books for my cousins.
    I like to cook for people but so many companies put evil symbols on thier bag or containers that it is hard for me to locate a good company. My husband likes turkey and I do too.

    May God bless your home with books and food.


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