Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Hikin' We Will Go

My parents just recently purchased a mountain house in Clayton, GA so a few of my girlfriends and I went up for the weekend about three weeks ago. It was such a fun and relaxing weekend. We went up on Friday evening after work. We took Friday night to get settled in and come up with a tentative plan for Saturday.

Saturday we got up pretty early. We had set it up where each person or two people would be in charge of one meal or dessert. Saturday morning was Lindsey's day for breakfast. She brought a breakfast keish. It was very yummy. After breakfast we got dressed and ready to go on our hike. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day. So we loaded up the car and set out to find Three Forks Trail. A couple of the guys I work with had told me about it and said that we should definitely check it out...so we did.

It took us about 20 min or so to get to the trail from the house. We finally arrived and found several other cars parked at the entrance to the trail. I had been warned that the trail could be a little difficult in certain places but I knew that we could do it so I didn't tell the girls what I knew. But they would soon learn from a guy that had just finished as we were about to go in what it was all about...his exact words were "It is a bi*** of a hike". There was a brief freak out moment for a few of them but we set out to conquer it anyway.

We did take a camera with us to document our little hike so come along and check it out...



After the hike we were all pretty tired. But we headed to little downtown Clayton and went in a few of the local shops. Small towns always have such interesting little stores. After rambling in the stores we finally made our way back up the mountain to the house just in time to watch the sunset. It was absolutely beautiful! Wish I had a picture to share with you but we were not quick enough to snap one. That evening we enjoyed Katie & Paige's Sante Fe Soup. It was just what we needed to replenish us after our long day. The rest of the evening was spent laughing, story telling, movie watching, and in a little friendly game of Cranium...ha! Who knew us gals could get so competitive with one another!

All in all it was such a wonderful weekend and just what each of us needed. I look forward to spending many more weekends at the mountain house with friends and family.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

2009 CMA Awards

The CMA's are one of my favorite award shows. Since I was young I have loved country music. I attended many different country concerts with my friend Amanda & her family very early on and my concert going has only increased over the years. As I have gotten older I have expanded my horizons as far as different genres that I listen to and I have come to appreciate the musicians even more. Everything that goes into writing a song, producing the album, the rehearsals for a show, and just the energy it takes to get up onto the stage and perform night after night makes me appreciate what each person involved does even more. The CMA's are a perfect example of all of that combined into one night.

As I watched the awards last night I watched it in a different way than I ever have before. I sat back and really paid attention to every single aspect of the show. I thought about how awesome it would be to be able to be apart of such a huge production. I know that I have expressed in the past how music is my passion and how much I would love to be able to work in the industry at some level. I have served on the production team at Buckhead Church for the last 2 years or more and I feel that I have really found my place. I have learned so much being apart of the team. I never really thought about working production though. I always thought that I would be better suited working in an office setting for a record company in Nashville. I have found though that I really like the hands on aspect of working behind the scenes. So as I watched the awards last night and really thought about how much hard work went into prepare for just one night, one awards show I was truly blown away. If I say that I wasn't discouraged or scared that I would never be able to be good enough to be apart of something so big I would be lying.

When I signed up be a volunteer on the production team at the church I had no idea exactly what all went into producing each Sunday’s services. It is truly a production. Each Sunday an environment is made to captivate and engage each person who walks through the door. An environment that is inviting and will allow everyone to be comfortable; even if it is their first Sunday to church in a while or their first Sunday ever. A lot of hard work and dedication is put into each and every service on Sunday much like what was put into the CMA award show. Watching from a different perspective last night really got me thinking a lot about the work involved in putting on any type of show or service. It is all really quite amazing to me.

I loved that there were so many different performances at the awards last night. I thought that Zac Brown Band did an AMAZING job doing their own rendition of Devil When Down to Georgia. It is really hard to believe they were not that long ago singing in the local bars and small clubs trying to make a name for their selves. They have come a very long way and I couldn't be more excited for those GA boys!!! Carrie Underwoods's performance was very sexy and I personally thought it was great. I've read several people's comments that they did not like what she was wearing, some felt has if she was trying to sell sex (so to say), etc. Carrie is a grown woman and an incredible artist. I do not feel that her performance portrayed her as trashy at all. I also really enjoyed the Vince Gill & Daughtry performance along with the Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews performance. I love watching as artist from different genres join together on songs. Last but certainly not least I will talk about Taylor Swift's two performances. I thought that her first performance was alright. I thought that the vocals were a little off. Her second song though I thought was wonderful. I love how the crowd got to interact with her. There were several other performances by others that I enjoyed but these are the ones that really have stuck in my mind.

So that is my take on the awards show last night. What did you think about it? Have you ever watched it from a different perspective before? What were your favorite performances?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Suggestions

Hello out there to anyone who still even reads this here blog of mine. What can I say I've been busy but also have had a mental block for some time now with what to blog about. I feel as if I always give you updates and that is just boring to me. I started the blog to actually write. Maybe if I just jump back into it my juices will start flowing for me again. Who knows! I sure could use all of your suggestions...got anything you want to hear about or anything you think would make a good post? Leave me a comment. Got something you want to ask me? Leave me a comment. I'll answer your questions and use your suggestions for new material! So come on now...don't be shy...help a homegirl out! :)

And to hold you over until next time here is a lil slideshow of Halloween this yr. It was such a fun day/night.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

HaPpY bIrThDaY...

to my wonderful Mama! I am so thankful for you and everything you do for me. Honestly don't know what I would do without you!

Just thinking back I can't believe it was this time last year that Peyton and I were planning your BIG surprise! Man, how time flies. So here is to another year...I LOVE YOU!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Time sure does fly

I can't believe it has been 5 1/2 months since Nolan Maddox was born! He has brought such joy to all of our lives. It is quite different having a lil man around. He is very laid back and just kinda go with the flow. I love him more and more every single day. Here are a few pics of him at 5 months...
Maddox & I
Such a cute lil man

This he will kill me for one day...it was just too funny not to put up!

De-Daddy w/ Addison and Maddox. Maddox is always mesmerized by De-Daddy's voice.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

September recap

Ok so I said I would try to post more regularly but as you can tell that hasn't happened. So here we are on the last day of September and I am finally getting around to blogging again. I guess it goes to show that my life hasn't seemed to calm down any since the beginning of the month. So I'll do a recap of Sept. for ya and go from there.

I celebrated my birthday on the 13th. I turned 28. YIKES, two more yrs and then the big 3.0. I will certainly be enjoying the last two yrs of my twenties! I spent my birthday weekend in Athens. It was a great time. My best guy friend in the entire world came down in the middle of the week so I got to spend some time w/ him on Friday night. We haven't gotten to have one of our fun filled nights in Athens in forever so it was great to be able to do that. Saturday morning I met up w/ Katie to spend the day with her. We got ready and headed to the tailgate since it was UGA's first home game. It was a long but fun day. We went to the game and cheered the Dawgs onto victory. I did A LOT of screaming at the game and woke up without a voice the next day.
Since Sunday was my actual birthday I requested that my mom cook lunch instead of going out. Since I'm not at home anymore it isn't very often I get one of my mama's good home cooked meals. So she cooked my birthday meal for me (that I have every yr) and boy was it yummy! That night she had gotten tickets to go and see Jeremy Camp in concert. I absolutely LOVE him so I was really excited. I had never seen him live before. And let me just tell you he looks even better in person than he does in pictures! That man is very easy on the eyes. Anyway, he puts on a great concert but what I loved about it so much was it was more than a concert...it was a night of worship.
That next week was pretty much just like any other week other than I ended up not having a voice at all for pretty much 3 days. I figured it was just from all the screaming I had done at the game the previous Saturday. By the weekend I was feeling pretty ok again. Lindsey came up to watch the ballgame with me on Sat. night. We went to Hudson Grille and cheered the Dawgs on w/ all the loyal fans. I didn't scream or anything during the game. I raised my voice but nothing like the weekend before. I say all this b/c it happened again the following week...no voice. Come to find out...it was strep throat. I should have known...that is the only thing I EVER get. So I was sick for pretty much two weeks straight. Fun times, fun times.

After being sick most of last week all I wanted was to go home...my parents home. I just wanted to be near my mama. Yes, I'm still such a baby when I am sick. So I packed up and headed home Thurs. evening. My mom and I had already planned that we would watch the season premier of Grey's together. I couldn't just not go home ;) Anyway, I ended up spending the entire weekend at home. It was exactly what I needed! Saturday night a very close family friend got married so we all went to that. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and could not have been any more perfect. My mom and I stayed the entire time and danced the night away w/ the rest of our good friends we don't get to see very often. It was such a fun time.

That brings us to this week. I am back to 100% health wise and I am feeling great. The week is half way over and the weekend is right around the corner. The weather could not be more perfect w/ fall finally in the air. I will spend another fun filled weekend in Athens this coming weekend w/ great friends and we will cheer the Dawgs on Saturday against LSU. In case you haven't figured it out yet...Fall is my favorite time of year...college football, great weather, and trips to the mountains! So there it is...the recap of September.

October 1st is tomorrow...wonder how many times in Oct. I will blog?!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Changes

I know that I haven't posted anything in a month and I do apologize for that. I hope that some of you who actually read this here outlet of mine will stick w/ me. I promise to get back on the bandwagon and post more frequently again. There have been several changes in my life since I last posted. I have just been taking some time to sit back take it all in and enjoy where I am right now in my life. I do believe though that I am ready to share a little about all the different changes that have occurred.

This time a month ago I was still very much getting adjusted to being in Atlanta away from my family and my friends. I was still getting adjusted to being on my own again and everything that comes with that. So while I was really excited to be on my own again I was sad and a little down. I can handle certain types of change (i.e. new hair color, etc.) but when it comes to big changes I don't always seem to do well with those. I have questioned if I acted too soon and jumped at the chance of moving. But after a lot of thinking and talking with others I don't think that was the case at all. If I had to do it all over again I would do it again in a heartbeat...well probably choose a different apartment but other than that I wouldn't change my decision. I know that the Lord opened up the door for this to happen and I am so glad that I finally took the step to make it happen. So in the last month I have really began to adjust to my new environment and I really do love it. I love being in the city. Who would have ever thought?! I certainly wouldn't have.

Another change that has occurred is that I am now a single female loving life in the city. The boy that I talked about in previous posts and I are no longer together. I won't go into it all just b/c there is really no point. The beginning was great and I was extremely happy. But just like all things everything is always great in the beginning. Things ended and that's that. Anyway, so while I have been adjusting to living in Atl. I have also been adjusting to being single again. I have bounced back pretty well I think. While I am waiting for my one prince in shining armor to come and sweep me off my feet I will continue to live, grow, and have fun while I wait.

Lastly I would like to share with you about a new thing I have been given the opportunity to do. One of my best friends Katie has recently made a few changes in her life as well. She is now living/working in Athens. I was very sad to see her go but she is living in the greatest town in GA so visiting will not be an issue! :) Since she has left though that left our small group without a leader. So I approached Katie about taking over the leader position in the group. Since I was her apprentice she thought that it was a great idea. So I am now the official leader of a small group. We have added four new girls and I am so so so excited about this new group. I really do feel that this is exactly what I am suppose to be doing and I can't wait to see where all the Lord will take us.

So that's it...that is the update on my life. Many changes all for the good though. So now that I have gotten the update of everything out of the way I hope to get back to posting regularly again. If you have anything you would like me to blog about I am open for suggestions....

Finally...

it is that time of the year again. The weather is just perfect and the Dawgs take the field!!! I have been counting down the days and couldn't be more excited that tomorrow is the day!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

It's funny how...

certain things will joggle your memory. I was grocery shopping this week and while I was on the candy aisle I was looking for a bag of Jolly Ranchers. I've gotten to the point that I like to have a hard piece of candy in the afternoons to help fight off cravings of other sweets. So I'm searching and searching but the only bag I see is GINORMOUS and not to mention $10! I guess they are already getting ready for Halloween or something. I mean seriously who only carries a 3 pound bag of Jolly Ranchers?!?! So I gave up on the Jolly Ranchers and decided to go with something else. I went with Werther's Original.

Oh how that delicious little piece of candy brings back so many wonderful memories of my daddy and me. But I didn't realize how much it would take me back until I opened up that little gold wrapper and put the piece of hard caramel into my mouth. Man was my brain flooded with memories!!! There is nothing like it.

So what about you...is there a piece of candy, a smell, a place, etc. that takes you back to special memories or a specific time?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Blood Song

My mom told me about this video last night. After I watched it I just had to share it with all of you. This precious little girl is too cute and also very dramatic. Enjoy...

Friday, July 31, 2009

New City, New Experiences

I have been in Atlanta now for two months. I am still getting adjusted and still trying to work on a new routine for myself. I am more aware of the cost of things now that I am on my own again. When I lived at home I was aware but just not as aware I guess you could say. I was fortunate enough to not have to be. So I have been trying to cut back on a lot of things. I knew moving to Atlanta I would soon do something about my car but I had not really planned on doing something within the first two months of being here. But as it goes my plans were not God's plans.

For the past three years I have been driving my beloved Acura TL. I got the car soon after beginning work at FTI. Since I was living at home I had no other expenses at the time and decided that I just had to have a new car. The TL was my first brand new car ever. I fell in love with it after driving it and could not wait to make it mine. So after much consideration and help from The Runald I decided that I would lease the car for 3 1/2 years. I knew that I would keep the car so the lease didn't really bother me. Well, my lease would have been up this coming Dec. I knew I had a decision to make if I was going to keep the car or turn it in. Well, I decided that I would trade it in for a new car. The TL had more miles than I wanted to have on a car so I decided the best thing to do would be to get rid of it.

Last week, I began researching and exploring to see what all of my options would be. I first went back to Acura to see what they would be willing to do to help me out. They were more than happy to work with me but they weren't willing to work with me enough to get my payments where I wanted them. So I began to look at other makes & models. I ended up venturing in to a VW Dealership right down the road from me. The salesman was very nice, attentive, patient, and wanted to do whatever it took to make me happy. I test drove several different cars. Since I have only driven a Japanese car test driving a German car was much different. I wasn't completely blown away by anything though. The salesman and his manager promised me they would continue to look and find the perfect car for me.

They both came through on their promise. Sat. morning I received a call that they had something that I just had to see and they knew it was the car for me. I went straight to the dealership, took one look at the car, drove it, and told them they were exactly right. So we began the negotiating process. I had already been very clear what I wanted and they were good in working with me. So once we went back and forth on a few things they had the right number. So I called The Runald explained it all to him. He did a little talking to the guys himself. He just wanted to be sure they weren't screwing me over :) Next thing I know I am signing the papers to a '06 VW Passat that is fully loaded. I really love the car a lot. It is really a lot of fun to drive.

So in the last two months I have moved to Atlanta and bought a new car all by myself (something I've never ever done before). It was such a great experience for me and I am so glad that I went through with it. Now I wonder what will be the next new experience I will have. This isn't my actual car but it looks just like this...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Speak of Christ or Don't speak of Christ...That is the question

I have been going back and forth on if I would write a post about this or not. I have decided to do so though b/c I would honestly just like to know every ones thoughts and opinions on the subject. I am open to them all and you may just make me think of it in a different way than I have before. Ok here I go...

In the last month or so I have seen a lot of death. Death of celebrities, death of family, death of friends family, death of neighbors, death of the old, death of the young, death from a disease, death that was unexpected, etc. Every situation was different but they were all as equally as sad. In each situation someone was lost and families, friends, and acquaintances were all left grieving.

There is typically one thing though during this time that is talked about which I've been thinking about a lot especially in the last several weeks. I have noticed that God, Jesus, Heaven, salvation, and God's love for us, are all usually mentioned in a funeral services regardless of a persons background. And the pastor who is speaking at the service usually talks about the deceased and how "they are in a better place now". As a Christian I do find that comforting. However, I only find that comforting when I know that the person was a believer and that Jesus Christ was the Lord of their life. I believe it is in the time when you are unsure about a persons salvation that their death can bring even more sadness. It is that way for me at least.

So my question is does everyone find comfort during the time of death by God, Heaven, and a better place? I guess it is just puzzling to me why a person would find comfort in God if they don't believe in Him. Why would God, Jesus, etc. be spoken of so often during a funeral service if the deceased did not believe or did not live their life for Christ? Is it solely to comfort those still here on this earth? How or why would a pastor say in the funeral service that "God has called so and so home" if the deceased was not a believer? Wouldn't that be only confusing to those at the service that were not believers? Wouldn't they think "well so and so lived this way or that way and they went to Heaven"? Is that not the wrong message to be sending out? I get that death is sad and you want to say whatever you can to comfort the grieving but if they are not believers is it really worth sending them the wrong message? Why don't you just tell the story of Christ and how one can come to have a relationship with Him? I get that this situation is sticky and many people have different beliefs on the matter. And please don't get me wrong I do strongly believe that if you have the opportunity to share Christ with others that you should whether that be in a funeral service, in a coffee house, at work, wherever. I just have a problem when you send mixed messages to others who are not believers.

I know that while I have been contemplating all of this the last several days I know God has been speaking to me. It has been very clear that He was saying "McCall this is why I have called you to live a certain way". I have been reminded and challenged to be cautious of my actions, my words, how I treat others, how I serve others, etc. Because when it is time for my Lord to call me home I do not want there to be any confusion as to whether or not I will be spending eternity with Him. So I would also like to take this time to challenge all the believers out there...be cautious how you are living your life. When others look at you do they see Christ in you? I know that I can say that I am a mess and I know that others can not see Christ in me all the time. So I will be making a conscious effort to live my life so that others may see Christ in all areas of my life.

Ok it's your turn...give me your feedback on this topic. Do you agree with me or disagree? Do you have any thoughts as to why this is the way things are? Can you help shed some light on all of this for me? Alright...go....

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy Birthday America!

What a great 4th of July it was! I was able to celebrate with my family, my boy, and my bff's. The weekend consisted of a lot of pool time, great food, great friends, lots of laughs, and all in all a great time.

Friday, I was off of work just like many of you. The day was spent in Atlanta with Joey and friends. We started it out by going to Waffle House for breakfast, then to the pool, and then to a cookout & game night. Which I will add that the girls beat the boys in Trivial Pursuit!!!

Saturday, my parents had invited all of us up to spend the day by their pool, cookout, and watch the fireworks that night. So we all headed up around lunch. It was such a gorgeous day. It was my first day back home since moving the previous weekend. I had not seen my parents in over a week and I was more than excited to get home and spend some time with them. The day could not have been any better. The girls stayed by the pool all day catching up. The guys joined us for a while but then made their way to the basement to play pool. My parents cooked a great 4th of July meal consisting of: BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken, baked beans, homemade potato salad, bread, fruit, and cupcakes for dessert. We were all pretty much stuffed when we got done. When it came time for the fireworks we all made our way over to their neighbors house to watch the fireworks. We set up chairs and just sat back and relaxed. I'm not sure the day could have gone any better. Here is a little slide show of our time...


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Good Food, Good Friends, Good Times

This past weekend was a pretty busy weekend. Not only did I move on Sunday but we celebrated Katie and Emily's birthday Fri. & Sat. It was a jam packed weekend but loads of fun.

Friday, Katie wanted to do dinner at Flemings (a nice steakhouse in Atl). The food was fantastic and the few of us that were able to join in on the celebration had a great time. Here are a few pics from that night...
From left to right: Daniel, Katie, Paige, Myself, and Joey
This is Katie and her yummy dessert! It was seriously amazing!

And of course a pic of me and my honey :)


Saturday, we had planned on "Shootin' the Hooch". We had a pretty big group of people going so we got up early and headed to the tubing place. I had never floated down the Chattahoochee before so this was a first for me. We all arrived in time to be on the first bus. We had a group of 17 people I do believe. The bus chartered us down to the drop off, we all unloaded and tied up together. I had been told that the water would be freezing but I don't think I really quite understood just how cold it was really going to be. One step in the water and I flew right back out!!! The temp of the water was probably somewhere around 50 degrees...that is a total guess too. :) Anyway, we all finally managed to get into our tubes and begin our float down the river. I must say it was a pretty fun experience. There were a couple of rope swings along the way and we of course had to stop so the boys and a few of the girls could play for a while. After that we started back on our trek down the river. I managed to flip outta my float at one point. I was NOT a happy camper by any means. Daniel let the air outta Katie's tube along the way so thank goodness we had an extra tube! We signed up for the 4 hour trip but it ended up taking us 6 hours instead. It was a very fun filled day full of adventure! Here are a few pics from the day...I have some really funny ones but have been told they could not be posted so the following is the best I could do :) ...
This is before we pushed off...
Katie and Emily the Birthday Girls
Christen, myself, and Joey...Joey was our paddle master for the day!
This is Katie after her tube "accidentally" deflated
Random shot of some of the group
All in all it was a very fun weekend. It left moving a little bit more tiring but it was all totally worth it!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Goodbye Suburbs, Hello Big City

I am officially an Atlanta resident as of this past Sunday. That's right the U-Haul was loaded with all of my belongings and the move to Atlanta was complete. I am so grateful for the best boyfriend in the world because without his dedication I would not have gotten moved. I also have to thank my bother-in-law, Jacob and Joey's roommate, Donnie for their help as well. Joey could have never done it alone. It was a very long and very hot day. The act of actually moving is never fun and it can press on your nerves and emotions like you wouldn't believe. But I'm sure you know exactly what I am talking about. I am still in the process of getting settled. But little by little it is getting done. For the most part though everything is done and by this weekend my roommate Sarah and I hope to be completely settled in.

I have been really excited about the move and could hardly wait for it to happen. I was prepared for the headache that usually comes along with moving but what I wasn't prepared for were all of the emotions that would flood my body. Even though I was extremely excited for the move a part of me was also saddened to leave home. In the 3 1/2 years since I had been back home I had a regular routine. A comfortable routine that I just came to expect. I would get to see my babies on Tues. & Thurs. when my mom kept them. I grew accustomed to seeing my mom & the Runald every single morning before leaving for work and telling them that I loved them. I was use to my dogs running to me every time I walked in the door or having Izzy sit at my door and cry until I let her in. These were all things that I knew would change but I didn't realize I would miss so much. I guess considering I am still pretty close to home I didn't think it would really make that big of a difference or change that much. But I have found that I do miss those things, my normal routine. I am not saying that I wish I wouldn't have made the move by any means I just wasn't expecting to have so many different emotions about it.

As I talked to my mom yesterday and we discussed all the little things that have changed, how it is a little weird and will take some getting use to she reminded me that change is not a bad thing. Change is good. It may not initially seem like you have made the right decision but having faith that God has you right where he wants you and will never lead you astray just reassures me that if God didn't want me in Atlanta then He wouldn't have allowed it to happen. I will now come up with a new routine, change some things around and find what will work best for me now. It will be good for me and what I should be doing at my age.

I don't want you to think that I have only focused on what all I will be missing out on because I haven't. I already have things that I love about being on my own again...coming home to a place I can call my own, being so close to my friends in Atlanta & also being so close to Joey, a sense of independence that I have longed for, and just taking this new adventure in life and running with it to wherever it might take me.

One thing I have learned in my life is that change isn't always fun and may leave you nervous and scared but it usually turns out being a good thing that brings along excitement and adventure. And I couldn't be happier to be on this new adventure in my life.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

What Do I Know of Holy?

I often will search for new music and new artist. I came across Addison Road a few days ago. They are not by any means new but they are new to me. They are a group from Texas and I find their music absolutely incredible. Each song is written beautifully. Several of their songs really touched me but one that stuck out was the song "What Do I Know of Holy". I am not sure if you have ever heard of this song but you must give it a listen...



When I first heard the song I was like wow, that is one amazing song. But then I went back and listened to it again and again. I even looked the lyrics up. The more I listened to it the words began to sink in and the wheels in my head began to turn. "What Do I Know of Holy"? Really, what do I know? I was raised in the church, learned all the right things to say and do but did I really ever get to know our Holy God? How many times did I make Him too small? Did I ever stop to listen to Him or did I just talk? Would I really know if He was speaking to me or if he was right in front of me? How many times did I put Him into my pocket and pull Him out just when I needed Him? Did I ever really understand just how big He was and how big His love for me was?

I was guilty of all of those things at one point and hey let's just be honest there are still times that I find myself guilty of them. I know that we serve an incredibly B.I.G. God I just think at times it is easy to forget just how big He really is. After beginning my real relationship with Jesus Christ I couldn't help but be in complete awe of the beauty he placed all around us. Just to think that the God we serve placed each blade of grass on this earth, each granule of sand, every mountain, body of water, every single ant, bird, monkey, etc. He gave breath to each and every single one of us. And to think about the beauty of creating a new life and how he allows women to carry such a precious little life inside of them for 9 months blows my mind. It is when I sit back and really think about every single thing God has blessed us with and how it is so easy to go about our days and not even stop to thank Him that I am completely humbled. He holds our lives in His hands. He knows exactly what is and is to come so how come we think we can do it better on our own? I speak to myself when I say all of these things. I often times get sucked into the busyness of day to day life and don't make time to stop and spend time getting to know our Savior better. I often times think that I know exactly what I am doing and that I can handle it just fine instead of taking the time to stop and ask God what it is I should be doing.

We serve a Holy & Loving God but do our lives reflect that? Do we live each day with a pure and holy passion for Him? This song made me really stop and think about all of these things. I was convicted & brought to my knees. So that's it...my thoughts on the song & what it spoke to me. Each of us might take something completely different away from it so I would like to know what are your thoughts on the song? Anything close to mine or very far off?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Guess what...

I'M MOVING!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, you read that right...after being back in my parents home for 3 1/2 years I am finally moving out. I've been wanting this for a while now and it is finally happening. I will be moving to Brookhaven next weekend. For those of you that are not aware I am already in Atlanta more than I am not. Pretty much everything I do is in Atlanta. So it just made a lot of sense to finally make the move. I am very excited about this yet a little nervous and little scared all at the same time. Since this will be my first place on my own completely this is a pretty big step. A step that I'm ready and have been needing to take for a while. So that is a little bit of news for ya. If you will please just keep me in your prayers. Since this is such a change for me there will also be other things that will change for me too. So if you would just pray for the move, the change & changes to come, and just for me to have faith that God wouldn't allow this to happen if this isn't where he wanted me. Thanks so much!

Look for more updates coming soon...

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Fun Friday Night

What do all of the following titles have in common: “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk like a Man”, “Rag Doll”, “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”, “My Eyes Adored You”, “Grease”, and “Can’t Take My Eyes off You”? If you answered they are all songs that Frankie Valli recorded you are correct. For those of you that are not aware who Frankie Valli is he was most famous as front man of The Four Seasons. They were very popular throughout the 50’s & 60’s. You’re probably wondering why in the world is she giving me all of this useless information?! That would be because Jersey Boys is now at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta and I went last Friday night.

One of my favorite things to do is to go to a show at The Fox. I don’t get to do it very often but really enjoy it when I’m able to go. Jersey Boys was wonderful! I honestly wasn’t quite sure who The Four Seasons were until they sang several of their songs. I had no idea they sang many of the songs. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” is one of my all time favorite songs. It takes me back to my childhood days and also reminds me a lot of Dirty Dancing. When they began to sing that song last week I was pleasantly surprised! It was also very interesting to learn the story behind the group and everything they went through. I’ve always known the music business is a difficult business but to hear someone’s story the good and the bad is very eye opening.

I went to the show with Joey. Our seats were fabulous thanks to him. We got to The Fox just in time to grab a glass of wine and find our seats. I of course was running late so we arrived just a little later than planned. We made it before the show started so no worries. I believe we were probably two of the youngest in the crowd that evening. There were a few others our age there but it was definitely more of an older crowd. It was so fun to listen to everyone sing and dance in their seats to the songs throughout the show. It was such a wonderful night! If you haven’t seen Jersey Boys I would highly recommend that you do! You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

Here is a pic of Joey and I all dressed up at the show :-)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Kids do the darndest things

A few mornings ago my sister, Peyton walked into her kitchen to find this...

Addison had decided that she would let Maddox wear a bow that day.  Where or why she got this idea from we may never know.  I thought I would die when P sent me the pic!  What are big sisters for?!?!  

Friday, May 29, 2009

Concerts galore

For anyone that knows me knows how much music is apart of my life and how much I love going to concerts big or small.  Last week I got the opportunity to go to two different shows!  Wednesday night was Hillsong United and Thursday night was Kenny Chesney.  Two VERY different shows but two incredible shows none the less.  

Hillsong United is a group from Australia.  They are the worship band at Hillsong Church there.  You may think you don't know anything they sing but I can assure you that you do.  You see their worship music is sweeping all over this world.  It has impacted lives over and over again.  And more than likely you sing many of their songs on Sunday morning at your church like Mighty To Save, From The Inside Out, Stand, Stronger, Salvation Is Here, etc.

The concert was amazing!  Well maybe I should rephrase that the worship service was amazing! The Lord was definitely present.  It was so incredible to see and be apart of the huge crowd joining together to worship our God.  Towards the middle of the service the sky opened up and the rain came down along with thunder and lightening.  You might think that was the end of the service but that was hardly the case.  The band continued to play, the crowd continued to worship and the Lord's name continued to be lifted high.  Our seats were covered so we were not in the rain but oh how I would have loved to have been out on the lawn in the rain worshiping with my hands lifted high.  It was such a powerful night and I am just so thankful that I was able to go and be apart of such an amazing service.  Here is a little collage of my mom and I, Katie, and her mom, Christen and her mom, and then us three girls.  Morgan also went with us but we didn't take any other pictures than the ones you see below.  So no pics of Morgan this go around but don't worry I'll be sure she is in the next ones!
 
Thursday night was the Kenny Chesney concert.  And once again if you know me at all you know how much I LOVE Kenny!  I have been a HUGE fan of his for the longest time.  I've been to pretty much every concert I could in Atl. and have also been apart of his fan club for several years now.  I'm telling you it is bad!  This year Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum were with him.  I really like LA a lot so I was stoked to be able see them live.  

The plan was to eat at La Parilla before and then head over to the concert.  So that is what we did.  When we got there the concert had already started but I was certain that Miranda Lambert would go on first.  I was very wrong.  And yes you guessed it I missed seeing Lady Antebellum all together.  Total bummer.  

I didn't stay bummed out for too long though b/c Kenny came out very soon after.  Amanda and Lindsey were with me so they knew exactly what to expect from me when Kenny came on stage. But there was one person with us who was experiencing it for the first time.  I don't believe that I scared them too much though.  Kenny did a lot of his older songs but it was a wonderful show. And he made my night when he sang "Me And You".  That is my all time favorite Kenny song EVER and he has not sang that song live in 6 yrs.  So I was absolutely ecstatic when I heard the music begin to play.

Our seats for the show were covered so they were pretty good seats.  I was especially glad we had them once it began to rain.  We were able to enjoy the concert and stay dry.  Well we stayed dry until it was time to go back to the car.  By the time we finally made it to the car we were all completely soaked from head to toe.  Since I had already been through the exact same thing the night before all I could do was laugh.  It certainly made for a great story to end the night!  Here are a few pics from the show...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Checking in

Just wanted to say a quick hello to everyone!  It has been an eventful past several days and it's still going.  So be sure to stay tuned...there will be several new post in the next couple of days.  I just haven't had much time to crank them out yet.  I hope everyone's holiday weekend was great!  I'll be sure to fill you in on mine very soon :) But until then enjoy this video of Kris Allen...


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I have to ask...

who's it gonna be. . . 

ADAM
OR

KRIS
I personally wanted Danny to win it all.  I was a huge fan of his from day one.  However, as the competition has gone on I have also become a pretty big fan of Kris too.  So Kris most definitely has my vote...as of matter of fact he has 80 of my votes...yes I voted 80 times last night.  Sad I know!  

Who do you want to win or do you even care?  

On the road again...

Last Wednesday was my girl Lindsey's birthday!  She turned 26...oops sorry Linds hope you don't mind I told everyone your age :) 

To celebrate Lindsey's birthday she, Amanda, and I took a little weekend trip down to the beach. We spent the weekend on Amelia Island (Fernandina Beach, FL).  I spent a lot of time on that beach growing up so memories always seem to flood when I arrive on the island.  

It was a very relaxing and fun filled weekend.  We spent our days on the beach or by the pool soaking up every bit of sunlight we could get.  We all came home with a little bit of color.  Most of mine has seemed to fade a little now though.  So I will be visiting the tanning bed again until the sun decides to appear here on the weekends.  Oh how I miss those summer college days when we would lay by the pool pretty much every day and end up with such glorious tans.  Those were the days!

Each night while we were on the island we went to dinner...sushi one night & the ritz the last night.  The food both nights was wonderful.  There isn't much of a nightlife on the island but we did manage to find a place to go after dinner on Fri.  It wasn't quite what we were use to but hey it worked (for an hour at least, haha).  

Sunday we had to get up and come home pretty early.  Amanda was going to the Coldplay concert that night and I had to be back for Nolan Maddoxs' dedication at the church.  I was a little worried about not making it back in time but we were successful and I made it to the dedication on time!  

It was a much needed weekend away and I loved having two of my favorite people in the world with me!  Now where to next girls. . .

Mother's Day Weekend

I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since I have posted last.  It was a busy week last week and this week is shaping up to be pretty busy as well.  I would rather not do an entire post to catch you up on everything so I am going to try and break things up a bit.  

Where to start...hmmm...oh yeah, Mother's Day weekend!

I spent all weekend at home with my family.  It was much needed and very relaxing.  Friday, the entire family went to watch Bradee Caroline play in the State Championship Soccer game. She is a senior at North Hall High School and this was her last game as a high school student. They were playing St. Pius High School.  Bradee played a great game.  They unfortunately did not win but they all gave it their very best.  

Saturday I helped my mom watch Addison and Nolan Maddox all day.  It was such a great day. I was able to rock, and hold Nolan Maddox as much as I wanted.  We took a couple of naps together which were wonderful of course.  I can remember when Addison was a baby how I would do the exact same thing with her.  Those are such special times.  

Sunday I had planned on cooking for my mom and spending the day with her.  I went to church with her that morning and then came home and cooked lunch for the fam.  

We had these yummy steaks, twice baked potatos, mushrooms, and salad.
  
  

It was simple but oh so delicious!  I got the steaks at the butcher and no lie I had to fillet the fillet mignon again they were so think!  
The rest of the afternoon we just spent hanging out together.  Mama opened her presents ( a new handbag and new flip flops) and we took a few pictures.  It was a very nice Mother's Day.  
  

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Have you seen this?

I was listening to the Bert Show on Q100 this morning like I do every morning. Bert played a commercial on air that he found on YouTube. This commercial is supposedly playing on television stations in North Carolina. After I did a little Google search I found that a lot of people are talking about this video. Take a look at the video. I couldn't stop laughing when I heard it this morning!!!



Any thoughts?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sometimes you need a change

I promised last week to give you a before and after look at my new "do" so here ya go...

The first two pictures were taken at the beginning of April.  We were celebrating my friend Adam's birthday...he's the guy in the pic being goofy. :)  Before....

The following pics were taken this weekend before and after the flood (new post below if you haven't read it already) Are you ready???  Here is the AFTER...


Soooooo what do you think???  Good, bad, snazzy, sassy, etc.???  I gotta know :)

Then the flood came

There was  a little bit of excitement this weekend at my friend Katie's apartment.  She was having some friends up from South GA for the weekend and decided to have everyone over Fri. night for appetizers and drinks.  We were all having a great time just hanging out and talking. Then the guys decide they want to go and sing karaoke.  So us gals changed clothes & got freshened up.  I was in the bathroom freshening up my makeup when it happened...

A picture frame that Katie had propped on the back of the toilet fell.  But not only did it fall it also broke the PVC pipe behind the valve to the toilet and water began gushing out everywhere.  I of course freaked and ran out of the bathroom to tell what had happened.  The water got up to ankle deep in a matter of minutes.  Everyone was scurrying around trying to find buckets, coolers, towels, etc. to help scoop up the water.  Then, as some are trying to scoop the water and others of us are trying to move Katie's belongings out of harms way the fire alarm begins to sound.  This went on for a while and all the residents in her building were now standing out in the parking lot.  The fire department came and they had to take a door down for us so we could get to where you turn the water off.  Katie's maintenance man for the apartment complex finally arrived an hour later.  Big fans were brought in to help dry out the carpet, the padding underneath the carpet was ripped out, and they used something to suck the remaining water up. 

Needless to say the boys did not get to sing karaoke.  Here are a few pics so you can get a visual of just how bad it was...