Archive for June, 2012

William Arthur Ward wrote: “Believe while others are doubting. Plan while others are playing. Decide while others are delaying. Prepare while others are daydreaming. Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing. Save while others are quitting.” 

Three things you winning requires:

1. Starting

Take that leap of faith. What has he called you to do? Or let’s start back another step…what has he equipped you with?

2. All in

I think about the CSU Softball team when I think about this. Their motto this year was “All In!” If you’re not willing to give it your all then why even give anything? Phil 3:14 tells us not to settle for mediocrity. Who is in?

3. Never, never quit

When you don’t give up people give you so much more respect which outweighs the weight of a medal. Be the example for someone to see that pushing through and “pressing on,” as Paul said, are keys for winning.

1 Corinthians 9:24 – “Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

Last weekend a few of the girls went down to the beach for the day and then ended the awesome day at a new restaurant in Mt. Pleasant called Page’s Okra Grill. Now the thought of Okra did not appeal to me so I was not too sure I would like the options, but I googled the menu so that the girls could make a decision to go or continue searching for another uncharted place. 

Needless to say, the menu options covered a wide variety of foods that would please each one of us so we set out to the Okra Grill after freshening up from the all-day beach adventure. I fell in love with Page’s Okra Grill from the first second I set foot in the door. It was a busy little joint, but such a hometown diner kind of feel to it. 

We got to sit at the Kitchen counter where all the action was taking place. We got to watch all of the hustle and go of the kitchen/waitstaff. Of course, we also got a preview of all of the menu options first hand as they left the service window to be delivered hot and ready to each table. 

The Menu: Covered by Lowcountry flavored entrees and sides your appetite will be fulfilled. From appetizers to entrees to desserts you will not be disappointed. 

The Environment: Hometown family feel. Definitely suggest sitting at the Kitchen Counter if you can! 

The Staff: Chase, manager, is a fun guy. Alban is probably the best server you could have…from South Africa. 

The Overall Rating: A, hope to test out the breakfast menu some time soon and definitely will be visiting the Okra Grill again!

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This is the first blog post for this theme so hold on to your hats!

Proverbs 4:7 (NIV) says, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”

I have been trying to send cards in the mail, yes snail mail, to some of my friends and girls on my teams during the summer! I am the person who always wants to write something that will make someone feel loved and spur them on to do mighty things. So I have been trying to read more and soak it in more so that I can share something PROFOUND!

Here it is…”Don’t try to help everyone, just try to help someone.”

See I personally focus on trying to help everyone when right now the moment only request that I try to help someONE!

Saint Francis of Assisi said, ” Start doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly, you are doing the impossible.

The great news is that even if you don’t ever do the BIG things, you can find satisfaction and joy in knowing you did the RIGHT thing. You must know that having a desire to add significance to others actually in turn brings significance to yourself. We should never receive without giving and note that we can not give without receiving.

Then in Acts 20:35, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” But “we can not give without receiving…” Remember what 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” When we RECEIVE God’s love then we’re able to GIVE.

 

This edition of Top Ten Thursday will be dedicated to Julie (aka PT) and Eli (aka #mainattraction) since they are getting married this weekend. These are ten memories that I have with my two precious friends.

10. Eli on the FCA Crunk Video – “Jesus is my dawg!”

9. Looking for an apartment together and the number one priority was the swimming pool. We ended up in Ingleside with the pool paradise. Thank goodness because she would have been miserable otherwise. (NOTE: If you need to take a lesson in priorities just talk to PT! ;-))

8. The summer that we became sisters with Pt, Shelly and Nettie. We had many a night of laughing, talking and non-sense. Especially if the other sisters joined us.

7. Spending time with Eli praying and talking about ministry. Every time I sit and talk to him I always leave encouraged and charged up ready to go to work. The Lord has changed Eli and has been using him inexpressible ways.

6. Baltimore Mission Trips. First year to Baltimore I remember when Eli and some of the guys were convinced they needed to go out at midnight to talk to the homeless men. Then a different kind of memory comes from the third year when PT rode up with us. Roadtrips with PT are always fun and laugh-filled!

5. There are so many other moments with PT that come to mind – Glamor shots, decorating for Christmas on her bday (Nov 4), garbage disposal parties, the junk in her car, yard sale materials, TONYYYYYY!, vacations, etc.

4. The day I walked in the apartment and Nae and PT were making a music video to “Don’t Be Tardy for the Party!”  I wish I could find the link to this.

3. Cruising 2010! That was fun when we went to the Bahamas and Key West. We have memories of packing and planning the trip. All of the surprise guests that we picked up as we loaded the boat. The shows, food and sights! And who could forget the Magician, Mushir Alam. I’d Rather Be Cruisin’!

2. Easter 2011! This was the week of parties at the Hamptons! And the beginning of #mainattraction! We played a lot of sequence and milk pong!

1. Living with PT for two years was a blast. I never knew what I would walk into, but those days, months, years were probably the best time for me to grow even more out of my shell. I think it also was a gift from the Lord for us to grow closer to him through worship in spirit and truth. We had some great talks, learning experiences and laughs.

Today’s Tastiness comes from the one and only Kadie B! We were bored so we decided to fix a late evening snack to appease our sweet tooth. Kadie decided to pull out a couple of ingredients to make us a cheap treat. Follow the photos below if you would like to try the…

Just Enough Frappuccino! 

Ingredients needed: Coffee, Sugar, Milk, Ice Cubes, Whipped Creme, and any other flavoring you might want to add.

Brew your cup of coffee. The blend/flavor is for you to decide. Note: The texture of the drink will be thicker if you allow the coffee to cool before adding to the mixture.

Add 1 cup of ice cubes into the blender.

Pour 1/2 Cup of milk into the blender. (We used 2% milk but that is to your preference)

Then pour 1/2 cup of coffee (measured) into the mixture.

Finally, you want to add 2 tablespoons of sugar (or maybe a little bit more depending how sweet your tastebuds desire).

Time to blend it up! You will want to blend until the ice cubes are blended well. (At this point if you want to add anything other flavorings you can add and continue to blend)

Grab two glasses and serve it up cold!  (Note: Approximately makes 2 – 6 oz. servings)

Don’t forget to add the Whipped Creme! (The best part…)

And there you have it…Just Enough Frappuccino! Cheap, Quick, Easy and TASTY!

Memory Lane Monday

Posted: June 11, 2012 in General

This past weekend I got the hang out with some long time family friends from West Virginia. I guess you should know the story before you can understand or appreciate the weekend reunion.

Twenty five years ago our families met in a Disney World Resort on the tram. Pete is originally from Thailand. Mrs. Debbie is as white as they come. Kristopher Joe is a year older than me. Bethany is a year younger than me. The Sitachittas have always enjoyed coming down South to the BEACH so our families kept in touch and would take family vacations every year to the BEACH! Remind you that I was extremely shy back then and I was definitely a TOM BOY. That combination made for lots of awkwardness!

Now we have kept in touch over the years, but as we get older and we spread out with our own jobs and schedules it is a little tougher to stay close. So when you have everyone in one place at the same time you have to take advantage of that. It is crazy that Bethany and I live in Charleston and we never see each other. (We did make a pact this weekend though to not let six months go by again before we hang out!)

On Saturday we went to the Riverdogs game! Then on Sunday, B, Kris, Angie and I went to brunch at Atlanticville where the chef, Bobby, hooked us up! Followed up by some time on the beach with Pete and the kids. Of course, we laughed about dropping Pete off with an arm load of bags, toys, boogie boards, and towels. Then we showed up we had to carry the cooler, umbrella, chairs and more towels. Back in the day when we would go to the beach with The Sitachittas and Odoms…everyone would have to carry something and slowly people would progress back to the condo WITHOUT taking anything with them so at the end of the day there would be a few people and A LOT of stuff. You would think we were camping out at on the beach for 3 days.

That evening we went BACK to Atlanticville (on Sullivan’s Island) for dinner where the night chef, Caleb, hooked us up again! We ate so much food. This was my second time going with Bethany for dinner at Atlanticville so my memory served me well to say that the food was DELICIOUS! I would recommend this joint over and over but bring some money!

Friendship is such a blessing. It is nice to be able to be apart by many miles and then when you reunite its just like old times. That is a bond that is special and can’t be replicated. Those memories were meant for this group of people. God’s timing is perfect…at the same tram stop 25 years ago!

And there is a small taste of Memory Lane…

Since I am starting new topics for the summer and today is Monday I thought it was perfect take a walk down memory lane about how we’ve always spent Monday nights in the summer watching The Bachelorette. 

I miss my friend Michael and Heather because they would always host the Monday evening event. It went from me and them to a full blown party with like 10 of us.Image

We have been from “On the wings of LOVE…” to “guard and protect your heart…” to Bentley, the Masked guy and AMES!! On the season finale nights we would bring food and even had a “guard and protect your heart cake.” Eli had his fairshare of some meatballs. We’ve had radio station prize room giveaways for the “official” trivia game. 

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We have even been re-tweeted by Chris Harrison, the show’s host. 

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Unfortunately, Michael and Heather moved to Virginia so the group parties have ended but tonight I am glued to the tv to see what kind of dates Emily will be having with these guys. 

Is this something that Christians should be watching? I personally believe that there are some moments that could be a little bit edgy, but I believe it is good to watch how producers and worldly people view the very intimate purpose of relationships. Now if you think that perception is reality then you should probably steer clear of watching this show. Yes, the saying Garbage in, Garbage out is true, but some times exposure is just enough to keep up aware and gives up boundaries to know how to make proper adjustments. 

Memory Lane…

Summer Blog Topics

Posted: June 4, 2012 in General

For the next two months I will blog using these topics to share about life learnings, fun outings, photographic memories and testimonies of grace! Hope you will continue to read… If you have ideas or suggestions to shape the direction of the blog for this Fall please let me know. If you’re interested in being a guest blogger – please let me know that too.

Monday – Memory Lane Mondays

Tuesday – Tasty Tuesdays

Wednesday – Weighted Wisdom

Thursday – Top Ten Thursdays

Friday – Fun, Free and Firsts

Weekends will be as inspired. Happy Summer!