Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This season of life...

Sometime back in this post I left it up to my readers to ask me questions...anything at all, I'm a pretty open book.  Well Kristy (my cuz) asked me : "What is your favorite thing about this season of your life?"  After reading that I sat back and wondered myself.  At the time I could not seem to come up with what my favorite thing was.  It honestly really bothered me that I could not answer that question for myself.  So I've been contemplating for a while now and it finally hit me just a few weeks ago. . .

I am so happy and content where my life is right now that I am not sure I could choose just one favorite thing about this season of my life.  For a long time I was depressed because my life had not gone exactly as I thought it should have.  I've talked about this several times in other post so I won't go into all of that right now.  But after letting some things go, and making a few changes for myself I am finally at a place where I am happy and content like I said above.

I have really enjoyed growing closer and closer with my single girlfriends during this season.  I have such a great group of friends surrounding me.  We are having such a blast right now hanging out together and meeting new people. I'm not so sure this is something that I would have gotten the chance to experience if my circumstances were different. I'm really enjoying right where God has me.  I'm so lucky to have such strong Christian ladies in my life that I can count on to be there no matter what.  So that is one of my favorite things during this season of my life...the strong friendships that I have with my girls and the adventures that we experience together.

Another thing I am really enjoying in this season of life is growing in my relationship with the Lord.  I do strongly believe that  during this time of singleness one can grow the most in their relationship with Him.  I'm not saying that if you are not single you can't grow or you won't but I just feel that while being single you have nothing holding you back from where God wants to take you.  I do feel that my relationship with the Lord has grown tremendously since not being in a relationship.  I've learned so much about Him, what He wants for me, what He expects from me, how much He really loves me.  I'm blown away over and over again at how much He really does love me too!  I've come to learn to completely rely on Him for everything.  He is the reason I am exactly where I am at today.  So during this season I plan on continuing to dive in, learn, experience, and go just where He wants me to.

I am also enjoying being able to spend so much time with my family as it continues to grow. There was a time a couple years ago that I had thoughts about moving out of state.  That obviously did not happen and now I don't really regret it b/c I've been able to be here to join in on the happy times and the not so happy times without being so far away.  I was able to fulfill all of my sisterly duties during Peyton's pregnancy with Nolan Maddox.  I've been able to spend lots of time with my favorite little girl and make many memories with her.  My relationship with my parents has gotten even stronger and I've come to appreciate them and everything they have done and continue to do for me even more.  I do look forward to being able to bring a special someone home to join in our experiences but until then I'm enjoying just being there.

I've learned a lot about myself in this past year.  Who I am, who I want to be, what is and is not important to me and I'm so thankful that I have had the chance to learn all of those things about myself before entering into the relationship with the man that God has planned for me.  I am truly blessed far beyond what I deserve.  I am really looking forward to continuing this season of my life until it's time for the next!

Thanks Kristy for challenging me to think about this!  And if anyone  has anything else that they would like to ask please...feel free!  

Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday Recap

It's that time again for a Monday Recap. I had all intentions of updating more than once last week but my week ended up being extremely busy. So I'll do a little Monday Recap to bring you up to speed.
  • Last Monday after work I went to Peyton's to visit. Peyton needed to get out of the house so us gals took a little trip to the nail salon.  It was good for P to get out of the house for a little while. Then, we went back and I got to play with Nolan Maddox for a while. Well, really just hold him but that was exactly what I wanted to do. 
  • Last Tuesday was quite an eventful day for me. I had a hair appointment that evening. I honestly didn't go in thinking I wanted a complete change but that is exactly what I came out with.  Hair color and cut are much different. I do like it though. I feel awfully sassy that's for sure. And a certain someone told me just the other day that he "liked sassy McCall she was fun" so maybe the new hair does fit. ;) Once I get some decent pics I'll post a before and after for y'all.
  • Last Wednesday was a lot of fun. We had girls night at my house. Peyton, Addison, and Maddox all came to spend the night with us! Ron and Jacob both had tickets to the Hawks game so us girls plus Maddox made a night of it. It was so great having P back in the house...I didn't realize just how much I miss her being there all the time. It really felt like old times again.
  • Last Thursday we had Global Night of Worship at the church. It was such a great night of praising and worshipping our Savior. Through Global X we were able to link up with a few of our strategic partners in other countries over the Internet to all join together in worship. It was truly an awesome night!
  • Last Friday I went to watch the Gwinnett Braves play with a few friends. The stadium was really nice and our seats were really cheap (always a great thing). The G-Braves are not all that great so the game ended up being a little boring but we all still had a good time. We ended our night with a trip to Taco Mac for some food, drinks, and great conversation. It was a great Fri. night.
  • Saturday I was very excited to be able to lay by our pool for the first time! The weather could not have been any better. The water was still a little chilly but we heated up the hot tub and it was perfect. It was a fun filled day in the sun!
  • Sunday Katie and I went shopping before church. It was a very successful day of shopping! Church was great as always. We also had a small group leader training session afterwards. It was my first training session. I really enjoyed it a lot.  
So that brings you up to date with how busy my week and weekend were. This week will hopefully be much calmer. I will leave you with a few pics of Nolan Maddox from the past week and weekend.

  

Monday, April 20, 2009

Do.Justice

Saturday, I along with several of my friends participated in do.justice.  Do.Justice was put on by NPCC and also sponsored by Q100 Atlanta.  Basically singles from all over Atlanta joined together on Saturday to volunteer with non-profits all over Atlanta.  You can read more about it here.   

My group partnered with Open Hand in delivering Meals on Wheels to people living with symptomatic HIV/AIDS, home bound seniors, and individuals with other critical illnesses or disabilities.  Each group was given a different route they would be delivering meals to.  My friends and I were to deliver meals in the Brookhaven/Buckhead area.  I'm not gonna lie I was originally a little disappointed that we did not get a different area.  I guess I sorta had a different picture in my mind when I thought about delivering meals to people.  But boy was I in for a wake up call.

Our first stop was a house located on a very nice street in Buckhead.  As we were driving down the street everyone was blown away at each home. Once we arrived at the house we got out, picked up the newspaper, and then took the meal to the door.  We were greeted by a man I would say probably in his 60's.  He began to talk to us and we learned that he was disabled but also taking care of his 90 year old mother. He also told us to be sure to take care of our futures now b/c you never know what tomorrow holds. He was very appreciative and thanked us over and over.

The next stop was our only other stop because we were delivering to an apartment building. We had 19 meals to deliver in the building.  This stop is where my eyes were really opened. The building was right in the heart of Buckhead but it was not a place you would picture there. It was five stories high, each floor was about 80 degrees, and the smell would make you sick to your stomach.  In our orientation meeting we were told that there might be coolers sitting outside the doors and that this meant that the person was too sick for you to come in or to come to the door.  That was the case at this building.  Most of the meals we delivered we had to put into the coolers.  

There were only a handful of people that we were able to meet and talk to.  One of the men that I met did not speak English very well so the language barrier made it difficult to communicate. But we were able to understand a little of what he said.  He was confused on the schedule of the meal delivery.  And from what we understood he was not receiving the meals everyday.  Which lead us to wonder if they do not receive a meal every day do they just go without food?  And what about the people that were not home when we were there to deliver do they go without also? These are questions that went unanswered and that I am still wondering about.  Do any of you know?

Once we were finished delivering all the meals we took the left over meals back to Open Hand.  Then went on about our days.  Later in the day a few of the girls and I were talking and we began to discuss how selfish our worries and wants really are compared to the people that we came into contact with on Saturday.  Most of those people worry if they will have food from one day to the next, they are suffering from all kinds of illnesses, most are probably very lonely, etc.  These are people in our own backyard not in another country.  They live right down the street from you and me.  As we go about our days living our perfect little sheltered lives there are people right next door who are not as fortunate. To think that we complain about when we are gonna meet our husbands/wives, find a new job, get a new car, a new apartment, new clothes, losing weight, having a family, etc. it all begins to seem very silly now. When we stop and think just how fortunate we all are we have nothing to complain about. We should only be praising and thanking God for everything he has blessed us with.  I know that I am truly blessed with more than I deserve and I thank God for His blessings every single day.

Saturday was such a great experience and I'm so glad that I was able to be apart of do.justice. 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

He is here!!!

Nolan Maddox finally made his debut in this world at 10:51 p.m. on Wed. (4/15/09).  It was a very long day, night, and early morning for mom, dad, baby, and the rest of the family.  We were not able to go back and see him until into the early morning hours.  They were trying to stabilize a few minor issues.  Everything is fine and Nolan Maddox and mom are both doing great!  I am still very exhausted and will go back to work tomorrow so I must say goodnight for now but I will leave with you a little slideshow of my precious nephew Nolan Maddox...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Today's The Day

I will be an aunt again!!! Today my family will finally get to meet baby Maddox! Peyton was admitted to the hospital last night around 6:45 pm. She did not get settled until about 9pm and this is when they gave her her 1st pill of the night. As of early this morning there had not really been a lot of progress made. Dr. Bailey came in to check her around 8 this morning. She had still not dilated anymore. But we are praying that things begin to pick up quickly and we will get to meet Nolan Maddox Crowe very soon!

I would like to ask that everyone keep Peyton, Maddox, Jacob, and the rest of our family in your prayers today. Just for everything to go smoothly and comfort for Peyton. This is such an exciting day for all of us!

I just figured out how to post to my blog from my phone so hopefully I will be able to keep everyone updated as things progress. And I will get pictures up ASAP!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Weekend 2009

Wow, what a weekend! Let me tell you a little about it...

Friday, the plan was to go to the Good Friday service that
Passion City Church was doing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta. The weather left us questioning if we would even be able to attend. For those of you that do not live in GA we had severe thunderstorms warnings & watches along with tornado warning & watches from about 5pm - 10pm. We didn't let the weather stop us though.

My parents and I met everyone at Chili's for dinner. It was raining when we got there but by the time we were ready to leave there was supposed tornados headed right in our direction. We waited around for about 45 min to an hour before we decided to just go. The weather began to calm the closer we got the the Amphitheater. I honestly did not expect for many people to show up on account of the weather. But to my surprise it was packed! Have I mentioned that the service was outside? Yes, that's right and let me just tell you it was an incredible time of worship and reflection.

Saturday, was another full day. My mom and I worked on our fitness that morning and then spent pretty much the rest of the day in the kitchen getting ready for Easter lunch the next day. We ended up getting a lot done. Boy, were my legs & feet feeling it that night though from standing all day.

Peyton and Addison also came over Saturday afternoon to hang out. Addison wanted to color eggs. Someone had told my mom a new way to color eggs so we decided to try it out. You take a silk tie and cut it up. You only need the actual silk from the tie. Once you have it cut you take the silk and wrap it around the egg. You can secure it with a rubber band, string, really whatever you have. Then you place it in boiling water for a few min. Once the egg is cooked you take it out and set aside to cool for a few min. When you get ready to take the silk off from around the egg you will see that the pattern that was on the tie has now transferred to your egg! It was such a neat little project with hardly any mess whatsoever.



Sunday, everyone went to church that morning expect me b/c I stayed home to finish up lunch and have everything ready when everyone arrived. Well I say I didn't go to church but I did...I went to church that morning via NewSpring Church web campus. It was a very powerful service. Perry definitely brought it!

After everyone arrived after church we ate lunch and relaxed. But some of us didn't get to relax very long b/c Addison and Charlee wanted to have an Easter egg hunt. Addison wanted me to help find the eggs so my mom and Allison were the ones assigned to hide all the eggs. Addison and Charlee were the cutest little girls out there running around searching and searching.



Once all the eggs were found we then had to count each ones eggs to see who won, of course. Addison being a few years older than Charlee was much more competitive and got most of the eggs. But there are no losers at our house and each of them received a prize!

Sunday evening I went to Buckhead Church. It was another wonderful service. And it was still packed at 6! A sight I will never get tired of seeing. After the service my friends and I went to my favorite Mexican restaurant for our Easter meal together. It was a great time with great friends.

Sooo there ya have it...that was my jam packed weekend. But I wouldn't have had it any other way! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter as well and that you were able to spend some time with your family and friends.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Remembering

Today I am remembering someone very special to me and our very special memories together. It was on this day 3 years ago the world lost a woman of noble character but heaven gained her. My world and life were changed forever along with my family's lives but we rejoiced because she was suffering no more. She was now in heaven reuniting with loved ones and praising and worshipping our Savior. Instead of cooking an Easter spread for us down here she was eating a feast with our King. I don't believe I can think of a better way to get to spend Easter!

Often times it still feels as if it is all just a dream as if I can pick up the phone and call her. There have been several times in the last 3 years that I have too. Oh, how I miss our conversations. We could literally talk for hours and never run out of things to say. We would talk about everything from my latest love interest to cooking to my future and what my hopes and dreams were. Regardless of what it was she was always asking questions and giving advice; yet excited for whatever was going on.

Meme was such a Godly woman who loved others and loved doing for others. Whenever someone was sick or going through a difficult time I can remember how she would always cook something yummy for them and deliver it. I can just picture it now...I would have just pulled up at her and De-Daddy's house. He would be out in the shop building or working on something. I would ask, "Where is MeMe"? He would reply, "Ahh she ran up the road to so and so's to drop off a cake (or an entire meal in some cases) she'll be back in a min." Gosh, that feels just like yesterday.

I know that my love of cooking began at an early age when I would beg to help MeMe in the kitchen. She would let me help and eventually taught me how to make her homemade biscuits. They were amazing! I've tried since then to make them but I haven't exactly mastered them just yet. But I plan on it. :) MeMe was an extraordinary cook. I'm not sure there was anything she ever made that I did not like...well except for anything w/ bananas in it of course! She taught me so much just by letting me get in there and get my hands dirty but also just by watching her. I wish she was here today so that I could cook her a full course meal to enjoy.

One of Meme's other loves was her flowers. She had the most breathtaking flower gardens you could imagine. She enjoyed being outside so much and working in her yard. This was a love she and my mom shared. Their green thumbs were/are first-rate. I do love to look at the beautiful flowers in the yard but gardening isn't something that I love to do. Maybe I will one day when I have my own house but I highly doubt it. Hopefully my husband will love to work in the yard or I'll have to get my mom to come and tend it for me ;)

One other fun memory I have of MeMe is she and I playing the piano together. For those of you that don't know I grew up playing the piano. I spent a lot of time at MeMe & De-Daddy's growing up and there would be times I would have to practice my piano at their house. She always enjoyed listening to me play. But there would be times that I would be learning a new song or having a difficult time with one so she would stand over me and count and then make these "doot de doot de doot" sounds that would crack you up yet get under your skin so bad you would just want to get it right. I can hear her now! MeMe and I also had a favorite song together. It was a little more advanced than I could play so she would play and we both would sing. Go
here to see what our song was. I'm not sure why exactly I loved that song so much back then but I did. Years later I was listening to the radio and it came on...I picked my cell right up to call MeMe and tell her I had heard it on the radio. We both laughed and laughed.

As you can see I have many great memories of my MeMe and our time spent together. I could tell you many more but then this post would go on for days. I just wanted to share a few with you though. I hold each and every one close to my heart. I do miss her. I miss her everyday. But I know she is with me. And sometimes when I get a little sad all I have to do is think back to one of our many adventures together b/c there were plenty and I smile.


Do you have any special memories with your grandmother you would like to share? Did you know my MeMe? What is your favorite memory of her? Please, share them...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I WON, I WON, I WON

Oh yes, I won the NCAA Basketball Bracket pool at work! I've been in the pool the past 3 years and each year I have been the only female that joined in. The first year I came in 4th place, last year I bombed but this year I WON!!! The way our bracket works is you fill out the first two rounds, then the next two, and so on. You also get the option of buying teams back if you want. This obviously helps add to the pot. Some people I have told about our bracket system said that it is cheating but I don't believe that it is the case. It just gives everyone a better chance of winning :-) Anyway, I just wanted to do a little bragging since I beat all the guys this year and won $102. But I don't want to say too much b/c I may jinx myself for next year ;-) I must tell you though it was awfully hard for me to pull for UNC...I'm a Duke girl!!!

Sorry for the shadows in the pic but this was the best I could do at the time. You get the point though.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Update on Peyton & Maddox

I just wanted to take a few minutes to update everyone on Peyton and Maddox.

Peyton had a normal doctor appointment on Wed.(4/1) Everything was good except that her blood pressure was very high. She has also been experiencing a lot of swelling in her ankles and feet. So she was told to take it easy, not to be moving around a lot, and she also had to do a 24hour urine collection. So she had a day of rest at home yesterday and then went back to the doctor this morning.

Peyton just called to give me the update. Her blood pressure was good and all of her blood work came back great. The urine test will not be back in until Monday. Dr. Bailey ordered her to stay out of work until after her next appointment which is Wednesday (4/8). She is to continue to take it very easy. Then if everything looks good after her appointment next Wed. she will be able to go back to work then. Dr. Bailey seems to think that she will not go until her due date which is April 26th b/c her of blood pressure issues but he said he is watching her like a hawk.

So if you will all please keep Peyton and Maddox in your prayers. We want Peyton to be able to carry Maddox as long as she possibly can (without risk of course). And I will continue to keep everyone updated as things continue to progress.