Sweet Tea, Chocolate, & Me {FMF: Favorite}

If you read my post from earlier this week, you know that I’m returning from 2 weeks of commanded rest. Imagine my excitement to find that my return to Five Minute Friday comes with the debut of my FMF Intro Video! Talk about Divine timing. God is just too sweet to me.

Excitement, though, is all relative because: 1) I don’t like watching myself on camera. 2) The sound of my own voice is akin to nails on a chalkboard. 3) Confession time: In the video, I short-changed the years I’ve been married by one year. This my husband will never let me live down. So, friends … we have been married 16 – sixteen – one dash six, amazing years!! Love you, babe!

However, my excitement is genuine in taking this moment to grab onto this word prompt and share a few of my most favorite things. These are completely for fun and listed in the order they pop into my mind …

1) Words: How can I write a post full of them without giving credit where credit is due. I’m a lover of words. Writing, reading, speaking, skimming over, and siphoning through. In the past two years, God has really renewed my calling to write. Coupled with His purpose, words have taken on a whole new life. I’m learning to be more intentional with them as I hone my craft, share my heart, and above all else, use words to speak truth – His and my own.

2) Sweet Tea and Chocolate Chip Cookies: I’m supposed to stay away from caffeine, so I have to do both tea and chocolate in moderation. But this combination is one that simply makes me happy. When I’m good, I do decaf green tea with stevia. Middle ground is a Venti Starbucks shaken, black iced tea – add extra ice, extra water, 2 pumps sweetener. And the throw caution to the wind choice would be a large McDonald’s sweet tea. The cookies – well, I haven’t met one I don’t like, but homemade or Famous Amos are at the top of my list.

3) Dark Chocolate Covered Berries: These little devils are just scrumptious. The Costco Kirkland brand are my favorite, because the chocolate melts away from the berry just so and, nestled inside, are whole cherries and blueberries.

4) The Hallmark Channel: Whether it’s a romantic comedy, Christmas in July, or When Calls The Heart, I’m a sucker for anything Hallmark – especially those with a happy ending.

5) Fiction: Neatly tied to #4 is the delight of escaping into a good book. Perhaps its the whole word thing, but I love to read both for leisure and to study the craft. I keep a running note on my iPad called “borrowed words.” If I love the way an author describes emotion or perfectly captures an action beat, I copy it from the kindle page and paste it. This isn’t for plagiarism, just inspiration. Non-fiction is great too, but when I want to relax, fiction does the trick.

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6) My son’s cheeks and ear lobes: I’ll admit this is entirely odd, and he’ll likely not be happy I publicized this, but the kid has cheeks like clouds and his ear lobes are like itty-bitty, fuzzy peaches. When I’m stressed or worried, sinking a kiss into those cheeks is probably one of the best things in the world. I’ve also been known to pinch an earlobe and just melt. At 12, he indulges me and just between you and me, he squeals a bit, but he’s never turned down a kiss.

7) My husband’s hands: Strong and safe, slipping mine into his just makes everything in the world right. Knowing that I’m his and he’s mine, that linked together we are stronger than we are apart, well – it’s just a beautiful thing. And um, they are sexy too. :)

8) Music: I have playlists based on what I’m doing – writing, playing, cleaning, relaxing. My worship music is a staple, but I’m also a huge fan of Indie Rock, Alternative, and most recently Country music. Because I love words, I’m prone to really listen to the story behind the music and research the lyrics. A few artists on repeat right now are: I Am They, All Sons and Daughters, Bethel Music, Brett Eldredge, and Lauren Daigle.

9) My home: It’s my haven, my sweet spot, the one place where I can truly breathe and be me. I’m a clean freak and so I like my home to be orderly. For me, that brings rest. Ironically, we just listed it for sale and I’m torn in two about it. We are following God’s lead, trusting in His timing, and content with staying or going.

10) Church: This is a huge one. If you have followed the blog for any length of time you have likely deciphered that the last year was an upward battle for me in this area. This was a “small-c” church issue, not a “big-C” Church issue. I love God and I love His people. Alas, some wounds take longer to heal than others and often, you aren’t they same once they do. By His grace, I am better for having endured this journey and the fact that it brought my family to a brand new church home, which we adore, is a testament to His abiding love and enduring grace. This is a so-excited-it’s-Sunday, are-we-there-yet, do-we-really-have-to-leave kind of favorite. And one that there aren’t adequate words to give thanks for.

I could likely continue this list forever, but my five minutes ended back at #2. Thanks for indulging a few of my favorites and by all means, share some of yours in the comments below. Here’s to savoring all the best that summer has to offer, and soaking in God’s goodness all around us.

Blessed with His grace,

This post is a link-up to the Five-Minute Friday community. An inspired and beautiful group of gifted writers who pour their heart on the page over one word prompt. Come join the Friday free-write festivities or the early bird joy on Thursdays on Twitter @ #fmfparty. For details, please visit our gracious hostess, Kate Motaung.

Photo Credit (Text Overlay by Tiffany Parry)

28 thoughts on “Sweet Tea, Chocolate, & Me {FMF: Favorite}

  1. A post of goodness! Just lovely. And I need to come back later to watch your video (hard to do from the office) but I’ve been meaning to come here to catch up and to say thank you for your recent comments on my posts. Blessings to you.

  2. i enjoyed your list of favs tiffany as well as meeting you via video:) hope you are feeling better.

  3. Tiffany, awesome fun post. We are kindred spirits in so many ways. I am a lover of words too. And I rather enjoy a McDs Sweet tea as well. I also love to read. I can’t wait to watch your intro video. Visiting from FMf where I’m #16 this week.

  4. I love your list of favorites, my friend! I have to be very limited on my chocolate consumption. Some of my favorites include: time spent talking deep with good friends, time with my husband and kids, taking a long walk early in the day or in the evening, snapping pictures of God’s beauty , sunrises, sunsets and laughing with friends. And yes, my list could got on forever too, so I’ll stop there. :)

  5. Tiffany–I believe this is my first visit to your blog, and you write beautifully! I absolutely love your list! We are soul sisters for sure. :) You did wonderfully in the video, and it was nice to “meet” you beyond the much loved words! Moving? Coming east by chance?! ;)

    1. Aw, thanks Mollie. I’m so glad you visited. A move east from CA is actually quite tempting, but we’ll be staying on the west coast for now. :) Soul sisters…thats what makes this FMF community so fun. Hugs!

  6. Tiffany, I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing your “borrowed words” practice. You have inspired me to start my own. I have an ever increasing collection of quotes and there are some sentences that I cannot help but savor. :-). Blessings.

    1. It’s fun to keep track of those things we read that we intend to store away, but ultimately forget. I have a separate document for scripture and little nuggets from the Lord. Thanks for visiting, E. Always great to have you here.

  7. Oh wow, in many of these ways you sounds like me. I love words, cookies (Famous Amos? talk about a childhood love!), reading, and during Christmas time I’m prone to Hallmark movie binges! Thank you for taking the time to share your favorites. I just found your blog and it’s so nice to get to know the author right from the start! I also love reading about other people’s favorite things -joy is found in them!
    Thanks again,

    1. Yay, Rebekah…it is fun to learn about one another and find those common interests. Yes, Famous Amos are just plain dangerous in my house. :) Thank you for being here today. Blessings.

  8. Thanks for sharing, Tiffany! :) I could so relate to your last post, too (about taking 2 weeks off). I wasn’t planning on taking time off during our recent vacay, but, well… after talking it over with the hubs I realized I was being unrealistic. So I took two weeks off as well! And it was SO GOOD FOR ME. Now I feel more inspired and focused than ever. And more balanced for sure. :) Blessings!

    1. Time away can be so good for us! I’m so glad God showed me that. Thanks for being here and for watching the video…it is great to learn more about each other. Enjoy your 4th! 🇺🇸

  9. We have some of the same favorite.. maybe cause we’re word people. What a great list! I love that your children are loving the church again! That is a good thing and something I always want my family to love! Thanks for sharing your list with us! And welcome back from your rest! :)

    1. Yay – it’s fun when we have things in common. I think that’s happened on several occasions with us, Rachel – great minds, lol. ;) The rest was definitely good and I’m so glad to back at FMF. Thanks for visiting today.

  10. LOVE THIS, friend!! So fun to see you and hear you and read you all in one post!!! <3 <3 <3 You are a blessing in so many ways and God has given you a true gift of words. Can’t wait to see how He continues to use you…xoxo

    1. It was a bit scary to have my face, voice, and words all in one place, but fun at the same time. Seeing you always makes me smile, friend. Thank you for your encouragement and kind words – they really are just a absolute blessing to my heart. God is doing great things and I’m beyond overjoyed that we get to share in them together. xo

  11. Tiffany, I enjoyed reading this post about a few of your favorite things. I enjoyed the video too :) It is wonderful to hear & see a person, to hear voice inflection and laughter. So grateful for God’s grace all around us & for how He brings His people together in community. Such a blessing!

  12. So glad to see your sweet face and hear your voice today on the FMF page! Your video was fantastic, your words from the heart, and I loved it…you! Thanks for sharing your story on the video, and for this post. I too love tea! I’m trying for moderation on the caffeine too though. :) Have a wonderful weekend! Perhaps you can have some chocolate chip cookies with sweet tea to help you stay up for fireworks. Jenn

    1. Aw, Jenn…thank you. It is fun to hear the voice behind the words we read every week. I love you back, friend! :) Yes, some sweet tea and cookies are definitely on the menu this weekend. Enjoy a blessed 4th with your family as well

  13. How fun it was to see your Five Minute Friday VIDEO, Tiffany! Good job! (And maybe you’re giving me courage to give it a try? Don’t know if I’m brave enough.)

    I enjoyed reading about your favorite things. I love ice tea too in the summertime, but unsweet. :-) Grew up drinking plan ol’ unsweet tea. That’s how my mama made it. :-)

    1. Yes, Betsy…you should do a video! I promise, while it’s a little weird to see yourself on camera, the process was entirely painless and actually really fun. I do my tea unsweet sometimes too, but that sweet tooth gets me most times.:) Thank you for being here and I’m blessed to have gotten to know you more through this special community.

  14. Wonderful and delightful. I will miss you Tiff but will continue to pray God’s blessings for you! love,
    Sherrie Cloud

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