Monday, February 25, 2008


Ok those of you who know me, know how very much I love everything Paula Deen! A little while back my bff Aimee and I decided we are going to try and get on Paula's Party. So we investigated the process of how to get on a taping of the show. It was like applying for a job! I submitted bios on us which included our basic information, pictures, and a short essay. In the essay I wrote about the journey's Aimee and I are currently on and that we are celebrating the big 3-0 this year and wanted to party with Paula. Here is what I wrote:

First let me begin by saying how much I love Paula Deen! I TIVO all her shows, have every cookbook, and subscribe to Cooking With Paula. (I even gave subscriptions to the magazine as Christmas gifts) Ok that may make me sound a little fanatic, but I just really enjoy watching the fun Paula has in the kitchen. I especially enjoy the segments where Paula cooks with her family. That is so important to me! My name is Jessica Crow and I have been married to the most wonderful man, Jason, for 6 ½ years. We have 2 beautiful children, Jackson who is 3 ½ years old and Madeline who is 14 months old. I am so blessed to be a stay at home mommy. Not only is Jason a wonderful husband and daddy, he is our HERO! He is in the United States Army Reserves and is currently deployed for the 2nd time in Operation Iraqi Freedom. We are so proud of him! This year I am turning the big 3-0 and there is absolutely nothing I want to do more than spend it partying with Paula Deen and my best friend Aimee (who just turned the big 3-0 ). Aimee is the most precious friend anyone could ever pray for. She knows me completely and has been with me through deployments and childbirth (and everything in between). Aimee and her precious husband, Carlton, will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary this summer. Carlton is the pastor at the church we attend and Aimee is a stay at home mommy as well. They are blessed with a daughter Hannah Grace who will be 6 in April and a son Noah who is 3 ½ years old. On January 22 of this year Aimee gave birth to a beautiful little girl, Sophie Ann, but because God chose to make her special He took her home to be with Him after just 9 minutes. This has been an incredibly difficult journey for them, but with God’s grace they are making it.
Being on Paula’s Party would give us the opportunity to take a break, celebrate being 30!, and just let our hair down! Thank you for taking the time to read our stories. If you have additional questions about us or our stories please call us! It would be difficult to write our complete stories without it turning into a short novel, but we will gladly talk with you anytime.

Well this morning I got a call from the company that produces Paula's Party (Follow Productions). WE WERE CHOSEN TO BE ON THE SHOW!!! (can you tell how excited I am???) What's even more exciting than that is we are going to New York for the taping! Oh I am so excited. Poor Jackson is laid up on the couch with stomach virus watching me scream and dance around like a fool. (oh I hope the neighbors could not see in through the blinds) I called Aimee and we screamed some more. When we finally calmed down from all the excitement we decided on our date and I called the Production Company back. The lady tells me we were in her "SPECIAL PILE". She could not tell me what the topic for the show is, but here is what I know: we are going to New York the week of April 14th. We will attend the taping on April 16th and we have to wear cocktail dresses! (COCKTAIL DRESSES!!! wardrobe consists of jeans, jogging suits, and I think there is a pair of black pants in there somewhere...can we say SHOPPING TRIP!) The taping is in Manhattan (Chelsea Market) at the Food Network Studios. Did I say yet that I am so excited? Aimee and I can not even talk on the phone we are just too busy screaming. She and I need this trip sooo bad! And it should be interesting, neither one of us have ever been to New York. Anyone been to New York that could offer some advice???

Just when I think my day is going to be a fun filled day of cleaning up puke I get a call like really brightened my day. God is so good all the time! In my deepest moments of depression He is so sweet and real to me. And then for this to happen...He knows me so well...He knows that I need some girl time :)

I will keep you updated about Paula's Party as I learn more. :)


Anonymous said...

That is so cool! You deserve this trip! I hope that you and Aimee have a great time and relax!


Anonymous said...

oh my gosh! jessica my smile got progressively bigger as i read your post! have soo much fun!

april said...

First let me say how much I have enjoyed reading your blogs and have wanted to comment sooner so today seemed like the perfect day. How exciting! I am excited so I cannot imagine how excited you are. I love Paula too, "Ya'll"! I hope you have a great time and take lots of pictures. I went to New York in October for the first time since I have been an adult and if Paula needs a third girl you can certainly count on me! The only advice I can give is to have the time of your life (and buckle your seat belt in the taxi). I will be looking for you on the Party and I guess we will need to ask for an autograph when you get back. Love ya, APRIL BROWN

Jenn said...

Congrats! That's going to be awesome!

Jessica said...

WOW! Paula's Party I am so excited for the two of you. Yall will have so much fun. Jessica Kadle

The Terrells said...

I gasped in excitement as I read it!! I am so excited and a little jealous of y'all!! Sorry Jackson has the funk- but atleast you have some fun stuff to keep you going! hope he feels better soon
have a great day!!

Briana said...

This is sooooooo awesome!!! I love Paula!!! If anyone deserves it, it's you!! I've been to the big NYC and can offer a bit of advice of what and what not to do!! Just call me girl! And I must say, I am a little jealous, but am so happy for you!!!!

The Davis Family said...

What a great time for you two. My smile is soo big right now. Your letter was great. You need to write one to Extreme Home Makeover for me. I love Paula. Can anyone say BUTTER.

Tamara said...

I am so excited for you guys!! You're going to have so much fun. No two people deserve it more.


Jennifer said...

You guys are going to see PAULA!!! Talk about a girls night out!! This will give you guys some wonderful memories. We do serve an awesome God who cares about things we sometimes think a huge God wouldn't care about. I hope you guys will take some video highlights and then all the ladies of Grace could get together and watch, I know it will make for some good TV! I am praying for you both.
Jennifer Henry

Anonymous said...

happy to hear that you are going to the big apple. i have been there and loved it so much. i ready to plan my next trip. really been planning since i got back from that one two years ago. next time that we are out when the kids are playing remind me and i will tell you some things that we did. if the weather ever warms up enough for us to go out. LOL. i have met Paula one time before in b-ham, I will tell you all about that as well. she is too funny.
hope all is well and hope to see you outside soon.
Jessica Benefield

Barb said...

I am so excited for you and Aimee. What a blast to meet Paula Dean and also to be in NYC. I love NYC. My grandma lived on Staten Island, which is just a ferry ride across the Hudson River, so I have spent many times in NYC.

jengallahar said...

Jessica!!! I am so glad to find you and your blog! I found your site through Aimee. I did not know you two were friends. She is a beautiful soul! Congratulations on Paula. We also record her shows and I know you must be so excited! Please let me know when the taping will air. Also, many blessings to you and your family. We will be praying for you.
Jennifer Gallahar

Jobetty said...

I love you sweetheart this is so heartwarming