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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