Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

I had originally thought that I would do a post recapping and reflecting on 2008 and then share my hopes, expectations, and resolutions for 2009. But the more I thought about it all the more jumbled my thoughts got and so I just decided, nah maybe later. But I did want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope that this new year will bring lots of joy with it for each and every one of you!

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas '08 in Pictures

Instead of writing out a post about our Christmas I'll just share with you our day(s) in a few pics. 
My mom, me, my sister, and Addison
Queen Christmas
My daddy's 4 brothers
Sheaven, KC, and Peyton...all born 2 weeks apart
Some played the Wii
Some watched football...GO FALCONS!5 of the 13 great grandchildren before the surprise of the night...
Santa called each of the great grandchildren up by name.  Some were quick to go & others quick to shy away.  It was such a fun little surprise though.  Our family is still growing & we will have three new great grandchildren coming in 2009!  And yes, it can be a bit chaotic when we all get together but it wouldn't be the same any other way!  We've always been a big family.  Proud to call myself a Queen lady :)

Healan Christmas
Aunt Carol, Mom, De-Daddy, Aunt Allison
All of the grandchildren + Addison & Maddox w/ De-Daddy
Me, Bradee, and Lee w/ his new toy
And this is how much of our day was spent...
The Burrell Family Portrait...our hosts of the day
Addison and Charlee...the reasons we laughed most of the day...so cute!
And our Christmas family portrait
I'm not sure what happened to Allison's family portrait...I know they took one...we didn't get a copy though.  

So this was just a few snapshots of our Christmas 2008.  It was another memorable Christmas.  I enjoyed spending the time with my family and making new memories for years to come.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Daddy Gifts

I have not written anything in quite sometime, I know.  But I would like to take a moment to share with you a special Christmas Eve tradition that my mom, my sister, and I all share together.  

As many of you know my daddy is no longer with us here on this earth.  So as you can imagine every year at Christmas time no matter how much time has passed there is a little place in my heart along with my mom, sister, and the rest of my family's heart that aches just a little.  There is this underlying sadness that I can't really explain but if you have lost someone then you know just what I am talking about.  And it is just one of those things that my mom and my sister get and they never have to ask "what's wrong with you" because they "just know".

Every year since my daddy has been gone my wonderful mama has made sure that Peyton and I still celebrate Christmas with our daddy.  And she started a tradition of what we call a "daddy gift".  The gift has never been anything huge just something small but something that is meaningful.  Several years ago she started giving Peyton and I Precious Moments.  They are not new Precious Moments though they are the ones that my daddy gave her over the years they were married.  She is now just passing them on to us.  I can remember when I was a little girl every Christmas daddy would give mama a different Precious Moments and her face would just light up.  I remember so vividly the smile each of them brought to her face.  And I loved each and every one of them.  I would often just stand in front of the cabinets they sat on top of and look at every single one and when she wasn't looking I would sometimes pick them up and read what they said on the bottom.  So needless to say the fact that mama is passing her Precious Moments on to Peyton and I is extremely special to each of us.

Today as we opened our boxes to see which one we got this year neither of us had any idea just how meaningful and speechless we would be.  Mama shared with us that every year as she is going through the boxes she goes through and picks just the perfect one for each of us.  Well this year she just reached in the box and picked up the first two her hands touched.  This is the one that Peyton got... it is called "I love you Mommy" and as you can see is a precious little boy.  For those of you that do not read on a regular basis my sister, Peyton is pregnant with her second child which is a little boy who will be called Nolan Maddox.  You can go here to read the full story on the baby's name.   






The one that I got is this one... it is titled "Press On".  This  one could not be any more perfect for me.  This past year has brought many challenges, difficulties, and changes. And yet as I have faced each of these I have not quit, not given up, nor have I given in even though I wanted to many times.  I have "Pressed On" because I know that in the end the journey that I have taken this past year, these past several months they are all worth it and the place that God is leading me is beyond anything I could ever imagine for myself.   



So as you can see each of the figurines that we received this year were as if daddy picked them out himself for us.  I can not even begin to describe to you the feeling that came over me once mama explained that she had not picked them out herself.  My daddy is with us.  He has never left our side.  And so as we do miss him this Christmas just as we do every year I am reminded that he is not far and that one day we will see him again.

Merry Christmas Daddy!  

1 day until Christmas

Today's video is another Faith Hill song, "A Baby Changes Everything". The song is off of her new Christmas album (which is awesome btw).

As each of us are scurrying around on this Christmas Eve to get to our families, church services, or even that very last min. shopping done let's not forget that "The Baby did truly change everything" for us. I am really not trying to sound cliche by any means I just think that it is so very important for us to remember. I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!


I will be posting a new post without a video hopefully later today for those of you who are thinking "enough with the videos already" :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2 days until Christmas

Today's video is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Whenever I hear this song I am reminded of many special memories. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, December 22, 2008

3 days until Christmas

Since I am delirious today I asked Morgan to find me a good video from "The Office"...so let's everyone say...THANKS MORGAN :)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

4 days until Christmas

Today you are gonna get two videos...it's just too hard to pick only one video from this movie!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

5 days until Christmas

This video is just classic...still love these guy's after all these years!

Friday, December 19, 2008

6 days until Christmas

Since Christmas is only 6 days away I've decided to post some type of Christmas video clip or music everyday until then...

I'm startng off with Chris Brown's music video from the movie "This Christmas". I watched it just the other night. Good movie.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I was humbled

This past weekend I got the opportunity to meet many new friends. And it was a weekend I will not soon forget...

I spent Friday night in the kitchen making homemade Mac-n-Cheese and lots of yummy sweetness from Gingersnaps to Rice Krispie Treats. I made enough to feed probably 30 people or so. I was in my element and there was no place else I would have rather been that night.

Saturday, my mom, Peyton, and I all got up, loaded the car with the food, some clothes, and headed over to Hebron Baptist Church. *Side note - This is where I grew up going to church. And instead of doing a Christmas play this year they set up different serving opportunities for everyone to participate in. Okay so back to my story...we arrived at the church for a quick meeting with everyone that was going with us. Then, we headed to Trinity Vineyard Church in Atlanta to continue to load more food, clothes, toys, etc. I was a little taken back at first by the number of volunteers that had given up their Saturday to go and serve the homeless of Atlanta. There were people from many different age groups and all different walks of life. It was just so awesome to be apart of a group who had come together and all had one purpose in mind...that was showing others love, Christ's love.

After everything was loaded we all gathered in the auditorium for one more quick meeting before heading down to the shelter. The organization that we partnered with was Lazarus Ministries which was founded by Allison Mitchell in November of 2000. Allison gave us a quick run through of what we could possibly expect and what we were to be doing. Then, everyone got in their cars and we headed over to a shelter parking lot downtown on Pryor St. Everything had pretty much already been set up and a line of people had already started to form. So my mom, Peyton, Addison, and I all jumped right in and were assigned jobs. Peyton, Addison and I were in charge of the men's shirt table. We were to ask the men what they needed and then help them find just the right size and what they were looking for.

As we all stood there waiting for go time we talked and joked around with everyone in line. There was one lady that definitely caught all of our attention right off the bat. She had spotted some "boots with the fur" and she let us know real quick that she wanted them. A couple of our guy volunteers even started singing the song and busted out a few moves. It was quite funny. I'm happy to report that our new friend got her "boots with the fur"! The smile on her face was enough to brighten your entire month.

Go time finally arrived and as each person came through the line I learned their name, where they were from, and what they were looking for. We would then search through the boxes until we found the perfect shirt, hoodie, or sweater just for them. The hoodies went fast! And button down dress shirts were another popular item that day. Many people had a job interview the next week and some just wanted something "stylin". But each and every one of them cared about what they looked like. They are still just like you and I. They still want to "look good". One of the first men to come through the line was Marvin. I told him that I had a friend named Marvin and he replies with "well now you have two". Although, the thought that I would make new friends that day never entered into my mind until he said it to me Marvin was exactly right. I now had two friends named Marvin. Marvin and I only got to talk for a very short time before he had to move on in the line. He thanked me over and over and told us how we were doing such a good thing. Marvin was not the only one though each and every person who came through the line was so friendly, so personable, and so appreciative of every single volunteer that was there that day.

The dinner lasted until 8pm that night but we were not able to stay until the end. We did not want to leave though. We all wanted to stay and spend as much time with everyone there as we could. I know that I for one was greatly humbled that day. Just speaking with the people that I did, some right near my age, reminded me just how blessed I really am. While I worry if I have the right shoes to go with an outfit, they worry if they will get into the shelter that night or if they will be sleeping under a bridge or on a church step. While I worry about my wants and desires, they worry about their needs. And that is one thing I've never had to worry about once in my life.

My life was changed last Saturday and there has not been a day that has gone by since that I have not thought of the people that I met and the new friends that I made. In closing I would just like to share a verse with you Isaiah 58 (msg). This verse is one of the cornerstone verses for Lazarus Ministries. And I believe that Allison paraphrazes it best in her testimony: "In sum, it says true worship and fasting is to serve the poor and set the oppressed free, then salvation will come and wounds will quickly heal." So I would just like to ask that you take this verse with you, hold it close to your heart and the next time you come in contact with the homeless remember that they are people just like you and me and God has called us to serve them.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My ears are still ringing

I went to see AC/DC in concert last night at Phillips Arena. It was a great show. I can't believe those guys are still performing the way they do! It was by far the loudest concert I've ever been to. And we all forgot our ear plugs. My ears have still been ringing all day today. But my hearing is coming back some. :)

What's the loudest concert you've ever been to?

**There is a new post coming tomorrow...I've been working on it but just have not had time to finish it. Can't wait to share it with you!**

Friday, December 12, 2008

LaLaLaLaLaLaLaLa

Okay everyone the Christmas music is up and running! Thanks to everyone who requested a song. I will gladly add to the play list if you still have any other request...just leave a comment or email me (I posted a link to my email on the sidebar). It's funny how when you begin to build a play list you have all these songs you want to put on it but then when you search for them they are no where to be found or your mind goes completely blank. Anyway, enjoy and Merry Christmas!

**I'll do a real post a little later today

Thursday, December 11, 2008

By Request

Anonymous left a comment that I needed some Christmas music on my blog. So since there was a request for it...I'm working on a new play list just for Christmas. I hope to have it up and running tomorrow. What are some of your favorite Christmas songs? Any song request???

Oh and just while it is on my mind...has anyone else been watching the show Secret Millionaire? It came on Fox last night and tonight. I will admit that I've been a bit sceptic of it and I'm sure that some of it is staged for reality TV. BUT the concept behind the show is awesome! Just wondering if anyone else had seen it and if so what your thoughts were on it...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Is it worth it???

**Disclaimer** The following post is completely random and is me just needing to vent for a few min. Please feel free to skip it completely. There is another new post under this one.

So for the last month or so I have been dealing with stomach issues...pain, nausea, feelings of fullness, burning, etc. I tried to get my symptoms under control and stayed on Zantac 150 for 2 weeks straight. I just did not feel good and when I tried to explain it people didn't seem to get it. Well I ended up in the doctors office. She asked all kinds of questions, decided to run some test, and wanted to see me back in a week. In the meantime she gave me a sample of some medicine for acid reflux. The medicine seemed to help. I went back to the follow up appointment. If I said that I wasn't a tiny bit nervous that my blood work was going to come back abnormal I would be telling a lie. I guess you always have that tiny bit of what if something really is wrong in the back of your head, ya know. Well, all my blood work came back just fine. The doc said she thinks that it was just a really bad case of acid reflux. She gave me two different prescriptions to stay on and also told me I needed to stay on a very bland diet.

Well, it has been two weeks since I have been on my medicine. I do feel better for the most part. However, staying on a bland diet has not exactly been very easy. I mean I don't think this could have come at a worse time...right in the middle of the holidays...when there are holiday parties and lots and lots of yummy food & drinks. I guess the one thing that has helped me out the most is that I honestly have not really had much of an appetite since beginning my medication. I mean I am eating but very small portions and fewer meals. Hey, I'm not complaining though. :)

Last night was my work Christmas party. We have it at Pappdeaux every year. It is always very good and everyone always leaves needing to unbutton the button on their pants. I was a little bit weary though of what in the world I would eat. I knew I couldn't get anything spicy or I would not make it through the entire party. So I was careful. I even passed on dessert...not an easy thing considering chocolate is one of my many weaknesses. Well, I certainly made up for it today...I gave in to my weakness of chocolate and now I am sitting here extremely ticked off at myself, in pain, and can't quit burping (another one of my splendid symptoms).

You are thinking okay McCall, why in the world are you telling me all of this useless info...well I guess I am just venting really. I only wish I could make you understand how annoying it is to have to deal with this. To have to be so cautious of each and every single thing you put into your mouth unless you want to end up sick as a dog. I mean chocolate...really...I have to give up my chocolate??? I mean when I go out to eat I now have to be that annoying customer that asks a million questions and has the waiter take this and that off or substitute this for that. I waited tables BELIEVE ME it is extremely annoying and it is not always guaranteed to come out how you ask for it too. I am now the pain in the butt friend that says oh sorry can't eat there, or there, or there...I'll just eat at home but I'll still come and sit with y'all. Seriously...who does that?! I now do that and it stinks. But you know what even though it is all very annoying and a pain in the butt it is all completely worth it so that I do not to feel the way that I feel at this very moment for giving into my chocolate temptation. Okay, I'm done with my ranting...and I'm so sorry that this post is completely stupid...I just needed to do a little venting. :)

I would like to introduce to you...

my nephew, Nolan Maddox Crowe!
I was so glad that I did not have to write a retraction of my post last week! Peyton and Jacob went to the doctor yesterday and it was confirmed 100% it IS A BOY!!!
He weighs 14oz right now. The doc said everything is normal and he is looking good. I thank God that everything is going smoothly & that he is a healthy little boy so far. This little boy is already so loved he is just not aware of it yet.


Peyton and Jacob are going to call him Maddox. His first name Nolan, comes from my daddy. Nolan was daddy's middle name. Peyton and I both have always said that one our children will have one of our daddy's names. Even though our children will never be able to know our daddy I am glad that we will be able to share our special memories of daddy with each of them and keep his memory alive.

As I pray for Maddox already...I pray for him to grow up to be a follower of Christ, placing Christ #1 in his life before anything else. I ask God that he will grow up to be a man of noble character, strong & healthy, caring & compassionate, full of life, and ready to take whatever life throws at him. I pray for his safety. I pray that he will be a living example of Christ's love. I pray that he will be a great brother to Addison and that they will be close.

Having a nephew is going to be much different but I am very excited. I get the best of both worlds...a fun little girl and a fun little boy. I get the joy of spoiling them and sending them home. I just know that Peyton is going to return the favor when I finally have children of my own one day. :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

My juices are still not flowing

I am sorry that I have not been posting as regularly lately. I've been in a slump for a while...creativity wise. I have been doing a lot of "thinking" like always though which usually gives me something to share with everyone. But this time around it is probably better that I keep these things to myself for now. Give me some time though and I bet I will share my thoughts.

I do have two questions that I still need to answer so look for those coming this week. Oh wait, I actually have three...a friend of mine emailed me his question...but I think you are just gonna have to keep waiting Chris, I'm not answering that on this blog :) But there is your little shout out.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I'm not sure if I've told you...

but...

its a boy Pictures, Images and Photos
We are all so excited!!! The doc told my sister at her last appointment that he was 90% sure it was a little boy. He said he didn't want to say 100% sure since he wasn't an ultra sound tech but unless the kid has 3 legs he was sure it was a boy. Peyton goes back to the doctor this coming Tues. and will know for sure then but I just couldn't wait until then. So let's all just pray that I don't have to write a retraction come next week! Now Peyton and Jacob get the fun job of trying to decide what to name the little man. We have all thrown out names and Peyton and Jacob have had several ideas but there has not been a final decision made. I'll be sure to let you know what the final decision is but until then...
What are some of your favorite little boy names? Do you like more unique names or do you like more everyday names? I am definitely a fan of unique names...hmm, wonder why?! :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

You Ask, I'll Answer #4

4) Anonymous asked: "Please describe your perfect day"

Well, I've thought about this and I am not sure that I can give you just one perfect day. Here is my indecisiveness coming out. :) Soooo, I am going to give you a few different ways I would call it a perfect day. And this is probably not gonna be the exact answer you were looking for but here ya go anyway...
  • Any day that I am at the beach relaxing in the sun, listening to music, or reading a good book it is a perfect day.
  • Any day that I am at the cabin in Asheville relaxing, looking out over the mountains, enjoying the quietness but also listening to the pickin' of a guitar it is a perfect day.
  • Some days I consider just being able to stay at home in my PJ's all day long a perfect day.
  • Some days I consider it a perfect day when I go shopping.
Those are a few ways I could spend a perfect day. BUT I consider it a perfect day every day that I wake up. I marvel at God's beauty and His many blessings he has blessed me with.
  • It is a perfect day every day that I am able to spend another day with my family and friends.
  • It is a perfect day every day that I am given to live in this crazy messed up world in hopes of making a difference.
  • It is a perfect day every day that I wake up in good health.
  • It is a perfect day every day someone gives their life to Christ and surrenders to Him.
  • It is a perfect day every day we are allowed to freely go about every day business.
  • It is a perfect day every day I wake up and do not have to wonder if I will have food, drink, or warm clothes to put on.
  • It is a perfect day every day I do not have to stress if I will have enough money to pay this bill or that bill.
So as you can see I feel that it is a perfect day every day...even the normal workdays...I have to many things and people to be thankful for for it not to be a perfect day.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

I've been busy...

so here are a few pics to show you what I've been up to the last several weeks.

I took Addison to see High School Musical 2 at The Fox in Atlanta


This was her birthday present from me which was back in August. She was a very patient little girl to wait until Nov! We had a wonderful time. I always enjoy our special times together just she and I. Notice the shirt she picked out as a souvenir...already crushin' at age 6 :)


I took a day trip with my dear friend Christina to the Georgia/Auburn game.






Christina and I don't get to see each other very often so whenever we get the chance I jump at it! And it's always like we have never skipped a beat. I'm sure you all have friends that you cherish like that too. Christina was one of my roommates in Athens my 2nd year of living there. She became more than just a roommate...she became a best-friend, a sister.

I took a weekend trip to Asheville with my girls and Lee.



It snowed!!! We knew there was a possibility of snow but had no idea that it would really happen! It was a great trip. Lee was such a sport to spend the weekend with five beautiful ladies. The cabin is one of my favorite places. Whenever I am there it is so relaxing, peaceful, and just a great get-away.

Those are just a few things that I've been up to lately. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family and I hope you all did as well. My Thanksgiving post will hopefully come tomorrow but now I must get some sleep.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Get Away

This is where I will be in T minus 4 hours!

It is one of my favorite get-aways of all time. I can't wait to spend the weekend in this amazing place with some of my best-friends.

What is your favorite get-away? What are you doing this weekend?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

You ask...I'll answer #2

3) Armindy asked: "You mentioned in one post that you overcame an eating disorder. How did you get through it?"
I feel that I need to give you a little bit of a background before I tell you how I got through it. I suffered from an eating disorder while I was in high school. It was not exactly something that I just decided one day that I would do or anything. In my case it was more of a gradual thing and before I knew it I was down to 80 - 85 pounds at 17 years old. Now I have always been a petite person but I was officially sick. I was in a relationship with a boy that was not healthy. He was very jealous, told me what I could & could not wear, and if I ever went out with my friends (which was not often) I was accused of cheating. He had me on lock down and I didn't even know it. I soon began to eat less and less. My family became very worried about me and tried their best to make me see what was really going on. I would not hear it though. During the summer I attended the high school youth retreat to Panama City with the church. It was an entire week away from "the boy". An entire week that God spoke truth into my life and I was able to see and think clearly for the first time in almost a year. I remember calling home to talk to my mom and a very dear mentor/friend. I told them that I was beginning to have doubts about continuing my relationship with the boy and told them how I was finally able to realize everything that was oh so wrong with our relationship. I came home and broke up with the boy. My eating habits did not immediately change though. There were times that my mom had to stand over me to make sure I ate all of something instead of just picking at it. Picking was what I did. I had been through a lot and it took quite a while for my eating habits to become normal again. I spent some time in therapy discussing my thoughts and feelings. My therapist had me keep a journal also. I also began to surround myself with people that were only going to build me up and not tear me down. And it was also with a lot of prayer that I was finally able to let go. If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder don't just sit back...reach out to them or others and find help.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A reminder

Genesis 9: 12 - 17

12 And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." 17 So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth."

The verse above tells us about God's promise to Noah to never send another flood. And it tells us that when the rainbow appears in the clouds it is a reminder of God's covenant to all living creatures. Saturday, on my way back from Auburn, AL I was once again reminded of God's great promise and the magnificent beauty he has given us here on this earth. As we were driving along I saw a bit of a rainbow and it was so beautiful. I wanted to try and get a picture of it so I got my phone out and began to snap away. I was able to get a pretty good shot of it.












But as we kept driving the rainbow seemed to get closer and closer and we were able to see more and more if it. Pretty soon I could not only see where it began but I could see where it ended. The colors were absolutely luminous! They each shown so vividly as if you could reach out and touch them. Then I noticed there was not only one but TWO rainbows side by side separated only a few feet apart. I sat in awe at one of the most beautiful sites I had ever seen. I was in such amazement it did not even dawn on me to snap another picture. I kept staring and stretching my neck just to see it a little bit longer. I did not want to let them out of my sight. Eventually the rainbow was no longer in sight but all I could think about was how amazing God is, His unbelievable love for us, how he can show up when we least expect it and grab our attention, that He is ALWAYS faithful, and how incredibly blessed I am that I get to call Him my Savior and Lord, my Father.

So how has God grabbed your attention lately? Where/how have you been blown away at His beauty? What are you reminded of?

Monday, November 17, 2008

You ask...I'll answer #1

1) Pete asked: What's the scariest thing you've ever felt God leading you to do?
This answer I knew immediately! A couple years ago I felt that God was calling me to leave everything that I knew and go to a new city (Nashville) to pursue an entirely new path for my life. It was something that absolutely scared me to death. So I began to pray about it to figure out if it was really something God was calling me to do or if it was just some crazy thought I had gotten in my head. Well, I obviously did not move to Nashville but it wasn't because I did not feel that God was calling me there it was more of me just being too scared to step out, make it happen, and trust God. So I guess it was little or small faith on my part. Which is something that I have learned. Trust and have faith in God b/c he will never call you to something or lead you somewhere that you are not supposed to be. Do I ever regret not packing up and taking that leap of faith...I'd be lying if I said no. But I love Atlanta, I love my church, and I love being close to my family & friends. I guess I still just wonder how much stronger my faith and trust in the Lord may be today if I would have only taken that step.

2) Marci asked: What are the ingredients to your taco soup recipe?
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 can Rotel
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can sweet corn
1 can hominy
1 pound ground beef
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 packet of dry ranch dressing

Brown your meat. Then just open each can and dump them in the pot (liquid and all). Add your meat, taco seasoning, and dry ranch dressing. I usually cook it in the crock pot and let it simmer all day. Then I serve it with Frito's, cheese, and sour cream. Enjoy!

Well, that's the two questions I am answering today. More to come soon.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Questions

Thanks to everyone who has left a question so far. Some of you weren't messin around :) Which I like...a chance for me to get real...that's needed every now and again. I am going to begin answering questions this week. Soooo, if you have something you want to ask and haven't yet now is the time to do it. Sorry if it seems like I am dragging this out...I guess I kinda am. It has been a very busy week and weekend. But your questions will be answered this week! So again, any more questions????

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Seriously?!?!

Okay so maybe the question and answer post wasn't a good idea. I had 43 hits to my blog yesterday and 45 the day before that. I've received 1 , wait let me say that again, 1 question. The question I received is a great one and I knew my answer as soon as I read it. I am going to answer it but I'm hoping to get a few more questions between now and then. So come on people this is your chance, take it!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Blocked...

that is what my brain is right now. I have not been able to think of anything to blog about or really had the desire to this week. I'm not too sure why. And I really don't want to sit here and ramble about nothing.

Soooo, I am going to leave it up to y'all. I am going to make this a question and answer post. I am giving you free rein to ask me anything, yes anything that you want. Then I will take the next couple of days to answer your questions and I promise to answer each and every one. Sooooo, go ahead ask away...this might be your only opportunity to do so. ;)

Friday, November 7, 2008

FOR SALE

Puppies. Puppies for sale. My sister's pups are ready to go. She has already sold two and there are three left. She has one boy and two little girls left. They are all so precious. I wish that I could keep them but I can't. Soooo, if you or if you know anyone who would like a full blooded miniature dachshund you can email me and I can give you more details. One of these precious little guys sure would make a great early Christmas present :)

This is the little boy. He has been one of my favs from the beginning ;)


It wasn't easy getting a picture of them all. This was the best I could do at the time.



This is one of the little girls. She is full of energy and very fiesty! I think I would keep her and the little boy if I could!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Grow A Pair

*If you happened to read this late last night then you will notice I changed the title. As I was laying in bed last night I was thinking about it and the new title just seemed more suitable. I hope no one is easily offended*

So I have recently been introduced to NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. Perry Noble is the pastor there. Let me just tell you this man is awesome. They are currently doing a message series called Beautiful, A Series for Women and the Men Who Pursue Them. I started the series on Monday. Boy, did the first message hit home. I would definitely encourage all you women out there single or married to check it out. And I do plan at some point to expand on my thoughts about the first message but until then I would like you to go and take a listen to a few minutes of the message from week 2.

Even though the message series is for women and about women, Perry talks a lot to the men and about men. Perry is one very funny man and he is also very honest. He speaks to the single men for a minute in the message from week 2. Boy, if every single man could hear this and then follow through I'm telling you the world would be a better place for us single ladies. Now the probability of most of them listening and then following through is really slim to none but I would still like each of you just to take a listen to what Perry has to say. Ladies, you will totally appreciate what he says and Men, hey you might just appreciate it too...go ahead just listen!!!

I am not able to embed the video so go to the link, press play, and then move the time to 37:50. That is when he begins his talk to the guys. The talk last for a few minutes but be sure to listen to all of it...promise it is worth it :)
http://www.newspring.cc/series/beautiful-week-2

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Music Speaks

When someone says the word music to you what pops in your mind? Passion, love, expression, ministry and life are just a few words that I think about when I think about music. See music is my passion and my love. I've loved it all my life. It was my dream to be a keyboard player in a band and travel the world when I was a little girl. Heck, I'd be lying if I told you I still didn't dream about it sometimes. :)

As I've gotten older my love for music has only grown. I love it all, well except the head banging and techno crap that shouldn't even be considered music. I mean seriously, why would anyone choose to listen to that crap?! I don't get it. Anyway, like I was saying my love for music has only grown even more over the years. There are some nights I would rather sit and listen to music or sit down and play the piano instead of watching TV. I got a guitar about two years ago and I've yet to learn to play it. Anyone wanna give me lessons?! I wanted the guitar so that I could learn worship music. I wanted to be able to sit and play those songs alone in my room...just me and God. So again...anyone wanna give me lessons?!?!?

Many songs have such great lyrics. I think my favorites are the ones that come from the heart, the ones that speak truth, the ones that tell about God's love and kindness, the ones that just get inside of you and they do something to you, the ones that can take things to an entire other level, etc. Music is such a powerful expression and ministry. I fully believe that God gave us music not only to sing our praises to Him or to be able to express our self but also to teach us. There have been times in my life when a song has spoken to me the way nothing else could have. And I do not think that it is just coincidence, I believe that it is just another way that God chooses to speak and show us things.

Chris Tomlin has a new song on his new album Hello Love called "All the Way My Savior Leads Me". The entire album is incredible but this song in particular has really spoken to me the last week or so. I would like to share the lyrics with you. I'll put them at the end of this. But first I would like to know if there are any songs that are rocking your world right now? It doesn't have to be a Christian song. Any song that you just can't get enough of? Any song that you think I need to give a listen to?
All the Way My Savior Leads Me
by Chris Tomlin
All the way my Savior leads me
Who have I to ask beside
How could I doubt His tender mercy
Who through life has been my guide
All the way my Savior leads me
Cheers each winding path I tread
Gives me grace for every trial
Feeds me with the living Bread
You lead me and keep me from falling
You carry me close to Your heart
And surely Your goodness and mercy will follow me
All the way my Savior leads me
O, the fullness of His love
O, the sureness of His promise
In the triumph of His blood
And when my spirit clothed immortal
Wings it's flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages
Jesus led me all the way
Jesus led me all the way
All the way my Savior leads me
All the way my Savior leads me

Monday, November 3, 2008

Quirkiness Tag

My cousin Kristy tagged me several days ago on her quirkiness tag post. Here ya go.

1) I HATE HATE HATE bananas. I can not even smell them without gagging. And I do not eat anything banana flavored...candy, Popsicle, pudding, smoothies w/ banana in them...NOTHING!!! So don't come near me with banana anything unless you want me to yack on you.

2) I am slow at pretty much everything I do hence why I am always late. Except to church. I am usually always on time to church. Of course there are those occasional Sundays that I run a few minutes late. But yeah...you get the point.

3) I reread every single thing that I write over and over and over and over before I will send or publish it. Then even once I have sent or published it I will read it AGAIN a few more times to make sure everything sounds okay and that I didn't leave anything out.

4) This one I haven't done in a while but sometimes if I am going out and there is a chance that I might be home late before I will leave my room I go ahead and move everything off of my bed so that I don't have to do it when I get home. And I mean I really will not walk out of my room until everything is moved which in turn usually makes me even more late than I already am. :)

5) And since I can't think of anything else at this moment...when my blood sugar gets low I get the shakes...which I call the "weak trembles"...and I can get very moody when this happens too. It is not a good feeling. So I do my best to make sure I always have a little something with me just in case.

Okay, Lindsey, Marci, and Amber...it's your turn...what are your 5 quirks???

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Incredible Story

I came across this video earlier this week while I was on ESPN.com. It brought tears to my eyes. Just take a look...


What an incredible story! This makes me even more proud to be a Dawg Fan!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Have A Question

How would you define authentic friendship? Would you consider your friendships authentic? I asked myself both those questions several months ago when I read this devotional. Please if you will take just a few minutes to read the devotional otherwise everything I say from here after will not make any sense. It will literally take you 2-3 minutes to read. Thanks!

After reading I just had to sit back and take it all in.
The devotional could not have come to me at a better time. God's timing is always perfect and for me this was just another testament to His direction in my life. This devotional challenged me to examine the kind of friend I was, the friendships I have with others and really put things into perspective for me.

Rick Warren defined authentic friendships/fellowship this way: "Authentic fellowship is not superficial, surface-level chit-chat. It’s genuine, heart-to-heart, sometimes gut-level, sharing." After reading those words how could one not reexamine the way they "do life" with their friends. I know that I was convicted. As a female it is often far to easy to fall into the surface-level chit-chat with other females. A lot of the time that surface-level chit-chat is really only gossip which only leads to destruction. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying that you should only have deep theological conversations with your friends. But what I am saying is if you are not able to get to that level with them you should probably reevaluate just what exactly you're spending your time talking about. Are you constantly bashing others when you are with your friends? Do you find that most all of your conversations are about worldly treasures? When was the last time you and your friends were able to really open up with one another about "real issues" and "real life"?

I know for myself that I want friendships that are truly authentic. I want to be able to open up about my desires, my struggles, my happiness, and just have that gut-level sharing that is mentioned in the devotional and I want my friends to be able to do the same. I don't want those surface-level friendships that are in reality not really friendships at all. I want to be able to have the authentic friendship that I know I can count on my friends to call me out when I am royally screwing up and celebrate with me when something exciting happens. I want friendships that are full of support, loyalty, honesty, etc. I mean if you are not able to be real with your friends then what is really the point?

My prayer is that God will show me and consistently remind me how to be this kind of friend. I just wanted to share this devotional with each of you because I feel it is such a great reminder. And let's face it we all need a little wake-up call every now and then. What are your thoughts on the devotional and authentic friendship? Would you define authentic friendship in a different way or maybe add something to it?

Monday, October 27, 2008

We did it, We pulled it off!!!

I have been just about to bust not being able to share with everyone the planning of my mom's 50th birthday surprise party. But since my mom reads my blog that was not an option. So let me give you a little run through.

A little over a month ago Peyton (my sis) and I began to discuss what we were going to do for Mama's birthday. I had been kidding her for months that we were planning this huge shin-dig. I mean you only turn 50 once. She made it very clear that she did not want that. Well, since Peyton and I listen on so well we decided we would still plan and throw the party. ;) After a few date changes we finally decided on Oct. 25th. Which I thought was perfect b/c if we were going to get her it needed to be a significant time past her birthday. Oct. 25th would make it two weeks after her birthday. Perfect!!!

And so the planning began. We decided we would just keep it small with some close family and friends. Then, I decided that we should do a video with some of those special people in my mom's life sharing their memories and kind words with her. But I also decided that pictures needed to be included as well. Peyton thought they were both great ideas. We soon found ourselves knee deep in pictures and scurrying around to get all of the interviews done in time. My cousin Lee said he would help me out and put the video all together for me. So we got everything done and to Lee allowing him enough time to get it all done. Everything was going great. We just had to get the food ordered and everything else would not be able to be done until the day before and day of.

THEN it happened, I got a phone call from Lee explaining that he was not going to be able to download the video to his computer and explained it all to me but I don't remember all of that now. I began to panic just a bit but then decided I would check with my aunt Allison to see if she could help me out. She said she would definitely give it a try. So after much running around I got everything to her only allowing 3 - 4 days to get everything put together. She came through like a champ! I never expected anything less though.

Fast forward to this past Saturday...the day of the party. Morgan had agreed to make the cake for us. So Peyton and I met her Saturday morning to pick the cake up. The cake was incredible!!! You can click on the link to Morgan above to see her post about the cake. I then came back home and tried to be as normal as possible. I think I did a pretty good job but there were a few times I had to turn my head before I busted out laughing in front of my mom. Peyton and I had it planned that my aunt Allison (who is a photographer) would be making pictures of Mama and Addison later that day. The time came for Peyton, Addison and Mama to all leave. As soon as they left I started running around to get everything completed before the caterer and all the guests arrived. Not to mention I still had to get ready, which is not a very quick process for me. One of my dear friends, Christina came to help me and if it would not have been for her I'm not sure I would have gotten everything done! Christina you are the best!

All the guest began to arrive around 6:15/6:30. I do believe that everyone that walked through the door asked me if Mama had any idea. I told them all I wasn't sure but I sure hoped she didn't. At 7:10 Peyton, Addison, and Mama all made it back to the house. You tell me if you think Mama had any idea...




Yeah, I don't think so. Hehe!!! We did very good at surprising her! The night was full of fun, laughter, memories, stories, and great company. Mama loved the picture slide show along with the video of memories. Thank you to everyone who attended and to everyone that helped Peyton and I out. Peyton and I had a lot of fun planning and scheming. And we were both so happy with the way everything turned out. I will post a few more pics from the night below and then I will explain how you can see the entire night in pics.



If you would like to see pictures from the entire night you can visit Allison's website. Once you get there click on gallery one, then select clients, and then you can input the password "lisa50". Allison was able to capture the entire night and got a lot of great shots. Some with family, friends, and many candid. So enjoy!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The New Name

I've had a very busy last couple of weeks and it was all for a special surprise for my mom. My sister and I planned and gave a surprise party for my mom's 50th birthday yesterday. It all turned out wonderful. I will do another post about the party and all the fun once my aunt Allison sends me the pics of the night. I don't think a post about the party would even be worth reading if you can't see pics. SOOOO, Allison...send those pics on over to me...don't wanna leave everyone hanging. :)

Speaking of leaving everyone hanging...I've left you all hanging long enough for the new name of my blog. I got ideas via comments, emails, and face to face conversation. Ok I won't babble on anymore...drum roll please....."The Queen Has Spoken". This idea was given to me by Melissa. She is one of my mom's best-friends and a very dear person to me and our family as well. THANK YOU Melissa for your creativity...love you!!! And thank you again to everyone who submitted an idea.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I know I'm late but...

I have been going non-stop all week. I am very tired. I mentioned early this week that I was physically and mentally exhausted well I still am. So needless to say I have not put much thought into what to post today. But I did remember that I put a deadline on ideas for a new name for my blog for yesterday. Well thank you to everyone that submitted an idea! They were all great. I have made a decision. I will reveal the new name tomorrow when I am refreshed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I Just Laughed My Ace Off

I have my blogs that I read faithfully and I usually check them most every day. One of them is Carlos Whittaker's Blog. It truly is a great blog. You should definitely check it out. Well, today I got on to check it like always and I stumbled upon one of THE BEST YouTube videos I have seen in a very long time. I had the best laugh I have had in a while. I'm talking to the point that tears were streaming down my face, I did not breathe there for about a min., and I laughed for a good 10 minutes straight. Heck, every time I have thought about it throughout the day I have busted out laughing. Soooo, I must share the video with you. I recommend watching the entire thing but the best part starts at 2:30 in the stream. You ready???

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Panic

I will admit I had to make myself sit down and do this. I am physically and mentally exhausted. It was a good day. Just a long day with lots going on. And I am still not done with everything I need to get done. Probably another long night. But I did promise to fill you in on the weekend (like you all really care anyway). I won't go into every detail of the weekend. I"ll just tell ya the fun stuff.

So Saturday, I had planned to go to Atlanta to spend some time with Katie and her brother, Jay. I had not seen Jay in a while so it was good to get to hang out. We had also planned on going to a concert that night...Widespread Panic aka WP aka Panic. The concert was my and Katie's first experience with Panic. Jay however goes to as many Panic concerts as possible, traveling all over.

When the concert was first mentioned to me I will admit I was thinking in the back of my head "um, I'm not too sure about it" but I decided hey what the heck. So I agreed to go. But I still thought in the back of my head "what did I just get myself into" most of the week. See I had heard many different things about what might go on at the concert and that did make me a little uneasy.

Okay fast forward to us pulling up to Lakewood Amphitheater. We pull in the parking lot and it is pretty much like it is at any other concert I've ever been to there before. People are tailgating before the show, socializing, and just getting pumped before the music starts. We park, get out and go to meet up with some of Jay's friends. While walking through the parking lot it didn't take me very long to realize it was certainly a much different crowd than I was used to. And I'm pretty sure that Katie and I both looked like it was our first Panic show.

When it was near time for the show to start we made our way into the venue. We ended up having seats instead of sitting on the lawn. I am very thankful that we did that too because it was a little chilly that night. Our seats were great. Once we got in everything still seemed pretty much normal to me except like I said it was just a different crowd. Which let me go ahead and say this...that is not a bad thing...I have no problem exposing myself to new and different people & places. I think that is something everyone should be willing to do. Now back to my story...okay so we are talking, getting ready for the show and people continue to file in. Then, it happens, the music starts. Everyone goes nuts, screaming because hey the band is finally on stage. But not only did the music start...everyone began to do a "boogie" as Jay & his friends call it. Katie and I look at each other at the same time bust out laughing and then look back around to see if everyone really is doing a boogie. Yep, they were. Neither of us were real sure what to do at first I don't think. We were both just taking it all in.

As the band continued to play their songs it was hard not to start a little boogie of our own. I won't lie...I did break out my own little boogie there for a little while and Katie joined me. I was surprised with the music. I really thought it was good. Those guys are sick on the guitar and they also incorporated a lot of different instruments in throughout the night which I thought was amazing. I'm not sure I exactly understood every single lyric but maybe that was b/c I had never heard the songs before either. Oh wait, they did do a few covers that I knew. I knew some of the words to those songs. :)

So I have to say that my first Widespread Panic experience was a good one and I would definitely go back to see them again. They played for a good 3, 3 1/2 hours. All of the things that people had been telling be throughout the week probably were going on somewhere in the venue but there was not anything going on around me that made me uncomfortable. The music was great, I got to hang out with some great friends, and it was just a fun night.

So that was my WP experience and a fun story from my weekend. Are any of you Panic fans? Have you ever been to a Panic show? Do you know how to boogie? Do you need me to teach you how? Katie & Jay, did I leave anything out???

Okay that's all I got...I have got to go and finish some other things up. Peace I'm out.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Short and Sweet

There will be a better post coming tomorrow for sure. But it is entirely too late for me to sit here and type out my planned post I've been thinking about all day. I was a complete slacker tonight and indulged myself in a few hours of trash TV...hey, it's Monday...give me a break. So just real quick...I had a great weekend. I did something this weekend I've never done before. It was certainly an experience but it was a blast! I can't wait to tell you about it tomorrow. Sorry, that's all your getting tonight.
Did anyone else do anything fun & exciting or for the first time this weekend? Tell me about it...

**Oh and for all of you that read my blog and have yet to leave your idea(s) for a new name for my little world here...I'm giving you one more day. I'm extending it until Wed. Soooo, come on, think for me...Puh-lease!!! BTW..."Dude, For Real"...definitely one of my favorites ;)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A new name

One thing I love the most about other people's blogs are the names of their blogs. Some are funny, some have a special meaning, and some are the names of family's. But they are all clever. When I first began my blog I was so overwhelmed with even starting a blog I didn't put much thought into my blogs name. I've been trying to come up with something clever for a while now but I got nothing. I had thought that I would just leave it as is but no, I would love something else besides just my name. So here's the deal...I would like to get your ideas for names. You all read my blog, you know what I'm about, where I'm at in my life, and a little bit in between. Soooo....I'm taking suggestions until this coming Tuesday. So come on people help me out, be creative, get clever, give my blog a new name!

Peace I'm out!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I've been tagged...again

Okay so it has been my goal to post something everyday during the week and leave the weekends as my off days. I haven't had anything exciting to post about today BUT I have been tagged by this girl. So here ya go...ok so the rules are to take the 6th picture from your 6th album and post it with a little description about it. Not sure I really get it but hey, I'll do it...
This is a pic of me and my dog Izzy. She was about 3 months old here. The picture was taken on a Saturday night in 2006 just before my friend Alicia and I were about to go to a place called 37 Main. Anyway, Izzy is a miniature dachshund. And miniature describes her to a T! She is almost 2 years old if not already (can't remember when she was born) and she is still very small. Izzy is full of life. We also have another miniature dachshund and her name is Gracie. Gracie is 11 years old I think. She is a short hair and she is chocolate. Both of my dogs are the sweetest dogs you will ever meet. Love them, love them, love them.

Okay so I did it now I am suppose to tag four others to participate in this lovely little game. Sooo, here ya go...

Lindsey
Morgan
Rebecca
Amber

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Gifts, Talents, Etc...

Sooo, I've been thinking today about my friends. I am so blessed to have the wonderful friends that I have. Some of them I've been friends with for 24 years and some only a few years but each of them are very special to me and hold a very special place in my heart. Each person is their own unique self. They each bring something different to the table and I love that about all of them. But then again that's the way God designed us to be...unique, right? Love that!!!

As I was thinking about my friends today and how different they all are compared to one another and even myself I began to think of their gifts, their talents, etc. Like my friend Morgan, sorry callin' ya out here dog, she makes cakes. She does amazing work. She has never taken a class or anything...strictly self taught. Morgan makes and sells her cakes to her friends and others for a more than reasonable cost. Then, there is Lindsey, yep callin' you out too homegirl, she makes little girls hair bows, bow holders, diaper cakes, etc. I must say I knew that she made these things on the side but I wasn't aware until recently just how amazing each one is. Lindsey has not started selling her stuff yet but she needs too...soon...hint, hint! Then, there is Amanda, you didn't think you were gettin' off the hook did you? Ha, no way! Amanda has a natural talent with cutting, and styling people's hair. She has never been to cosmetology school yet other people along with myself are constantly asking her "Hey, will you cut my hair, will you fix my hair for this or for that"? She is wonderful! Then, there is Alicia, oh yes callin' you out as well, she is an amazing makeup artist. Just like Amanda, Alicia has never been to cosmetology school and she does an awesome job every time. I can not even begin to count how many times she has done my makeup for a wedding or others for prom, etc. I could sit here all night and continue to call each and every single one of my girl friends out but I'll stop here.

My point here is this...we all have our talents, our gifts, that special thing that sets us apart from the rest. A gift from God that we can choose to either embrace and run with or that we can let just go to waste. But have any of you ever actually thought about your gifts and how you can use those to minister to others and bring glory to God and His Kingdom? You may think that you don't have a gift or talent or that yours is not good enough. Well, I'm telling you right now that is CRAP. God uses people in ways that are unimaginable every single day. Do you know what your gift is, your talent, what sets you apart from the rest? If not I encourage you to find it, dig down deep and embrace it. You never know your gift just might lead you on a whole new path...

So I wanna know...what are some of your talents, your gifts, etc.??? And are you using them???

**Oh and to everyone that was called out...just using you as examples. And I don't think that those specific things are your only gifts...love y'all. And if you weren't called out please don't think I don't think you aren't talented b/c I do...I just thought I was getting a little lengthy :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

And the winner is...

Last week I asked for suggestions for my next book. I had a few responses and they were all great. Thanks to everyone who suggested. I did make a decision...I ended up going with Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about the book. I am borrowing Morgan's copy of it. This is what she said to me as she handed me the book "Just get ready b/c this book is gonna kick your ace". Well, I must say I am stoked to begin reading! Some people might shy away from a book that will make you think about things on a much deeper level but you know what...I'm ready for something to knock me on my ace! While my last book, Same Kind of Different As Me, was thought provoking and did a good job of bringing me to a realization about things; I have a feeling that Crazy Love is gonna rock my world on an entire different level. Bring it on!!!

You ready Katie????

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Funny...*Proceed With Caution*

The following is a story I received in an email today. It was a forward. The author is unknown. And before you ask...yes the author really is unknown...it is NOT me, any of my friends, or anyone that I even know. It was just so hilarious that I just had to post it.
*********** WARNING*********** If you are of the male gender continue reading with caution. If you choose to continue reading I will not take responsibility for the mental picture you may get in your head or for any scaring images the following story may leave in your memory. AGAIN if you are of the male gender proceed with caution!!!
If you are a female...you will get it...you may laugh, you may cry, you may cringe...but you will get it. Trust me! Enjoy....

Waxing

All hair removal methods have tricked women with their promises of easy, painless removal - The Epilady, scissors, razors, Nair and now...the wax. Read on...

My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner, play with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours:

'Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet.' So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom…

It was one of those 'cold wax' kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off.

No muss, no fuss…How hard can it be? I mean, I'm not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out. (YA THINK!?!)

So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees.

('Cold wax,' yeah...right!) I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull. It works! OK, so it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me! I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire.

With my next wax strip I move north. After checking on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair fighting championship. I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet. Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (it *was* a long strip) I inhale deeply and brace myself....RRRRIIIPPP!!!! I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!....OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!! Vision returning, I notice that I've only managed to pull off half the strip. CRAP! Another deep breath and RIPP! Everything is spinning and spotted. I think I may pass out...must stay conscious...must stay conscious. Do I hear crashing drums??? Breathe, breathe...OK, back to normal.

I want to see my trophy - a wax covered strip, the one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair. I hold up the strip. There's no hair on it. Where is the hair??? WHERE IS THE WAX??? Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip...it's not! I touch. I am touching wax. I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair. Then I make the next BIG mistake...remember my foot is still propped upon the toilet? I know I need to do something. So I put my foot down.

Sealed shut! My butt is sealed shut. Sealed shut! I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself Please don't let me get the urge to poop. My head may pop off!' What can I do to melt the wax? Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!! I'll run the hottest water I can stand into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right??? *WRONG!!!!!!!* I get in the tub - the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit.

Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together, is having them glued together and then glued to the bottom of the tub...in scalding hot water. Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax. So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cemented myself to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!!

I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some secret of how to get me undone. It's a very good conversation starter 'So, my butt and hoo-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!' There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants to know exactly where the wax is located, 'Are we talking cheeks or hole or hoo-ha?' She's laughing out loud by now...I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box. YEAH Right!! I should be the joke of someone else's night.

While we go through various solutions. I resort to trying to scrape the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels better than to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!! By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event. My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace....the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax. What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub some on and OH MY GOD!!!!!!! The scream probably woke the kids and scared the dickens out of my friend. It's sooo painful, but I really don't care. 'IT WORKS!! It works !!'

I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up. I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and despair.....THE HAIR IS STILL THERE.......ALL OF IT! So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now. Nothing hurts. I could have amputated my own leg at this point. Next week I'm going to try hair color...