Category: #FillMeFriday

#FMF – Yummy Recipes

#FMF: Yummy Recipes

Yummy Recipes – (of food) delicious, a set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required.

TGIF ladies! As you know, it is 12 days until Thanksgiving Day! This year I’ll be helping my mom cook at her house. I know I know, I just recently moved and it would only seem fitting that we cook at my house BUT there’s just something about being at my mom’s house and cooking that I feel is almost a tradition in itself! I get so excited just thinking about all the wonderful eats & treats and being in the kitchen with my mom. We start on Thanksgiving Eve with prepping the turkey for overnight/early morning baking and we go ahead and prep all the other odds-and-ins (such as dicing onions and peppers, boiling eggs, etc.) that will make cooking the Thanksgiving fixings a breeze the next morning. The kitchen conversations are always memories of my grandmothers (both deceased) and how they used to cook for the holidays. Then once my brother comes, the conversations shift to mapping out our Black Friday plans of attack LOL!

But today, I want YOU my dear girlfriends to “fill me” with your most yummy recipes! I’m always looking for new recipes. And just to get this Yummy Recipe Exchange started, I want to share with you this oh-so-yummy recipe that’s a go-to in my book! Many of you have seen it before anytime you’ve purchased Mueller’s brand elbow noodles.

 

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So please, please, please join me on this Yummy Recipe Exchange!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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#FMF: Desire

Desire: a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen

Psalm 37:4

Who Are You?

That’s the question Christina Marie asked yesterday in her blog post entitled Tunnel Vision. After reading her post, there was the question- Who are you? I sat in awkward silence for a minute and then thought well shoot do I even know me? I mean I know that I’m the daughter of Antoinette & Parker, big sister to Chad, wife to Jonathan, mother to Jaidyn, Jordyn, & Gavin, and best friend to my GIRLFRIENDS. But really who am I? I know what I enjoy – learning about Jesus, singing, designing, and planning. I know that I’m a people pleaser. So now what? Does this define who I am? When I stare in the mirror am I proud? Honestly, heck no! But rather than beat myself up in this post on all the things that make me unhappy about myself, I’ll flip it and talk about my desires. What I desire to be… a better Christian, a more lovable & enjoyable wife and mother (admittedly I’m the serious one). I desire a healthier, more attractive weight, my own successful business, and downright wealth. I desire to not be hindered by anyone or anything when it comes to the things that family and I want to go and do. I certainly desire that money will no longer be a factor. But does any of this define me? I guess today is just one of those days where I’m like Lord I need you! I’m just not feeling myself these days- help me! And truthfully I believe He will. I desire the day that I will look back at this post and it becomes my testimony, on how God brought me out and granted me the desires of my heart.

Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart. ~Psalm 37:4

What are the desires of your heart? Do you know who you are? Why wait another 8 weeks to start embarking on New Year’s resolutions when you can talk to God right here, right now about it? He’s always listening and He desires our attention.

I pray this hasn’t dampened anyone’s day but motivated you to start speaking from your heart to God. As I close this post, I’m already feeling better, feeling more alive, feeling determined.

*special note: If you desire to have the GIRLFRIENDS. pray with you on any situation and/or matter please submit your prayer request to the Let Us Pray tab at the top of the blog.

Have a blessed weekend ladies!

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#FMF: Excitement!

Excitement – a feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness

The Planner’s Final Countdown

Happy Friday chicas! Today’s post is brought to you by “the planner” me!! Time is truly flying and if you don’t believe me…. Let me just share a few things with you on today.

Here’s the Final Countdown to the next Holidays through the end of the year as of this morning around 8:50ish (that my family celebrates). And yes Black Friday is a holiday/family tradition for us… it’s a family shopping event for our whole family (stop judging!).

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So with that being said I’ve got to get into PLANNING MODE… I’m only 20 days out from my dad’s birthday, 21 days from local Christmas Parade, 26 days from Thanksgiving, 27 days from Black Friday, 34 days from MY BIRTHDAY, 46 days from having a 4 year old (tear), and 55 days from JESUS’ birthday-woohoo. (Wipes sweat from forehead) anybody else tired with me! That’s a lot of planning and decorating to get organized! And just so you know… I’m soooo friggin’ excited about it! (I’m a sucker for this time of the year!)

Now ladies, have you started planning out your Holidays? Shopping Lists?? Family Traditions??? Now’s the time to get started! Good news is, I plan to share some of my tips and lists with you in hopes to #1- get you motivated, #2- get you organized, and #3- get you setup for well-planned (minimal-to-no stress) Holiday events! Are you getting excited? (eyes-closed… please say YES lol) Now, I don’t want to make this solely about “me” and what I have to offer… I’m looking for YOU to share with me and all of us GIRLFRIENDS- your traditions, best tips, fun themes, and even Holiday challenges too! SO DON’T BE SHY and “click that comment link” to tell us all about it!

I look forward to making Holiday memories with my family and my girlfriends!

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to turn your clocks back 1 hour before going to bed on tomorrow!

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#FMF: Aggie Pride!

#FMF: Aggie Pride!

AGGIE PRIDE Achieving Great Goals In Everything – Producing Renowned Individuals 
Dedicated To Excellence

The essence of Aggie Pride is manifested in standards depicting what it truly means to be a responsible member of The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Family. These standards provide the impetus and inspiration, which motivate students, faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees alike in their perpetual commitment to excellence. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has a unique legacy of nurturing individual students to realize their fullest potential. ~Urban Dictionary

We are the home of the “Greatest Homecoming On Earth” #GHOE

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For those of you that were unaware, 3 of the GIRLFRIENDS. are alums of NC A&T!  We rep our Aggie Pride!

So to all our fellow Aggies, we say AGGIE PRIDE! And enjoy the Greatest Homecoming On Earth this weekend!!

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#FMF:JOY

joy

Joy – a feeling of great pleasure and happiness

Its Friday and I’m ready to be filled… filled with JOY!

I’ve got joy in knowing that God has placed certain people (special people) in my life that just simply “get me.” I had the best conversation with one of the GIRLFRIENDS yesterday afternoon about a radio interview she had listened to, that immediately made her think of us (her & I). We just have that type of relationship/friendship that goes unfiltered. She really knows how to bring out the best parts of me and I hope, I do the same for her. She inspires me to push when I’ve already thrown in the towel. It gives me great JOY just knowing I have all 3 of the GIRLFRIENDS in my corner – I’m truly blessed!

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. – Psalm 16:11 (NIV)

So please share with me, what brings/gives you joy? Are you able to still find joy when life throws you lemons?

Dear girlfriends, I ask that you say a little prayer for our dear GIRLFRIEND-Katesha, her family suffered an unexpected loss on last evening. A prayer of peace, comfort, and of joy!

So for now you are in grief; but I will see you again, and [then] your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away from you your [great] joy. – John 16:22  (AMP)

We would like to thank each of you that entered in our very first giveaway it was such a joy to host it for you. Look forward to more giveaways to come!!

And without further adieu the winner of the Live ON Purpose book is

Marian Harris

Congratulations!

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

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#FMF:GIVING

TGIF!! Woo hoo its Friday and I’m super excited because today’s Fill-Me-Friday is GIVING!!

Giving/Give – freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone); hand over to

How many of us love getting “free” stuff? I know I do! Well today the GIRLFRIENDS are hosting a GIVEAWAY! This giveaway will feature the book Live ON Purpose by Christina Marie.

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If you haven’t heard of it or even wonder if its worth your interest, check out this video from the author on 3 Reasons why you need the book!!!

The giveaway begins today and will end on Thursday, October 15th at 11:59pm. We will announce the winner in next Friday’s blog post! So be sure to enter below!!

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Good luck ladies and have a wonderful weekend!

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#FMF: Praise

Praise – express warm approval or admiration of.

PRAISE

Your (current) position in life is not to be compared. You are not a mistake. Your marriage, relationship, job, where you live, etc. was and is all a part of the plan. Give unto God wholeheartedly at your (current) capacity out of love for Him not for advancement. Be who He’s called you to be and serve there, not at what looks good from the outside of someone else. Know why you were created, ask God to define your purpose- and live it out! Don’t worry about if you’re the only one not married (yet), with no children (yet), doesn’t own a house (yet), job doesn’t pay over $40K (yet) – its okay, that’s not your position YET! God will elevate you, when He knows you’re ready. When you’re not seeking Him solely for gain, but because you love, honor, and serve Him inspite of! And whether or not those things come to pass, you’ll continue to serve and praise Him because you Love Him. What if you viewed your YETs in life as BUTs? Because your future testimony will go something like this – I once wasn’t married BUT God, I once didn’t have children BUT God, I once didn’t own a house BUT God, my job didn’t pay over $40K BUT God…

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34

Praise Him in your current position and thank Him in advance for your blessings that are yet on their way! I’m just excited today to see what God’s got in store for me! I’m going to continue to give Him all the glory, all the honor, and all the praise!

I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! – Deuteronomy 32:3

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what he has done. – 1 Chronicles 16:8

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#FMF:SELF-LOVE

Thank God Its Friday ladies! And I’m alive and well on this place called earth. So today’s Fill Me Friday (#FMF, #FillMeFriday) is…

#FMF:SELF-LOVE

Self-love: regard for one’s own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic). ~unknown web source

So why do I want to be filled with “self-love,” well as I’ve stated before I work on a University campus and last week a student decided to take their life. Now I didn’t personally know the student nor do I know the nature of their circumstances that led to this, but its just truly sad. We can all sit and ponder just what could be so-bad that one would take their own life, when the reality is we will never really know. Its not meant for us to know. We can only pray for their family and friends that God gives them peace and comfort. So in this midst of this tragedy, we find there are those who feel the need to acknowledge the importance in building people up. Now I have no way of knowing if their purpose was truly for others or for themself but the messages left behind touch me as “self.” As I walked into a building on campus I came across a post-it note that read: “You are perfect!!” and as I passed by the vending machines in the same building another that read: “You are loved!!” Upon seeing these I immediately began to smile, I had a rush of warmth come up in my heart. There really are still some good people left on this earth, I thought to myself. I mean it’s like every time you turn on the tv or radio or pick up a newspaper it’s just mindless acts of violence and chaos happening all around us.

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And on a more personal note, these post-its reminded me of how much I’ve grown forward but yet continue to fall back on my own issues with self-esteem/self-love. I needed this reminder that well hey, I’m perfect and I’m loved no matter what! Why? Because God made me perfect and because He first loved me! It’s as simple as that! While in these moments of self-doubt, when I think I’m not good enough or pretty enough or even deserving enough, God says but “YOU ARE!”

You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. ~Matthew 5:48 (ESV)

We love, because He first loved us. ~ 1 John 4:19 (AMP)

So I hope this has meant something to somebody. And that you always remember to love yourself because God created you for a purpose and He loves you beyond measure. Have a wonderful weekend ladies!

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#FMF:FillMeFriday

Happy Friday ladies! I would like to start a new Friday hashtag series called Fill Me Friday (#FMF, #FillMeFriday). This means that on Fridays I will share about being “Filled.” Being Filled? Yes being Filled, fill me (up) with LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LAUGHTER, THE HOLY SPIRIT, GOOD EATS, INSPIRATION, SAVINGS… just an endless list of categories that can be filling to our hearts, mind, and body, as well as to our families and friends. To begin this series I’ll make today

#FMF:GRATITUDE

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
911We will always remember the lives lost on September 11th, 2001.

We are
One color
One class
One generation
One gender
One faith
One language
One body
One family
One soul
One people
We are The Power of One.
We are United. We are America.
~Cheryl Sawyer

Have a wonderful weekend ladies!
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