Day Twenty.. Nicknames?

Nicknames? What a boring blog post. Instead, I think I'll post some catchy Taylor Swift lyrics. Enjoy.:)

"So I'll watch your life in pictures like I used to watch you sleep
And I'll feel you forget me like I used to feel you breathe
And I'll keep up with our old friends just to ask them how you are
Hope it's nice where you are

And I hope the sun shines
And it's a beautiful day
And something reminds you
You wish you had stayed
You can plan for a change in weather and town
But I never planned on you changing your mind"

Oh. Nicknames. Mal, The Big M, M-Sweezy, Smokey, Chica Chica Mal Mal (HATE that), Pookie (Only to Bling) 

Have a wonderful, rainy, blessed day. Jesus loves you :)

Woo Pig Sooie!!

Day 19: Something You Miss 

Well I have sat here staring at the keyboard for 5 minutes trying to think of something I miss. This is hard, because I honestly can't think of anything right now. I guess right now I'm so content with who I am, where I am, and all of the things in my life, I really don't have the time to miss anything. I don't miss my past, but sometimes I miss the people who were in it and the good times we had but I know I wouldn't be where I am if things hadn't gone the way they did, so it is hard for me to say that I miss them. It's confusing, but it makes sense in my head. I guess, I have just gotten so caught up in the "now" and looking forward to my future, I have learned not to long for my past. 
On a lighter note, Arkansas beat LSU last night. Isn't God good?!

"If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world."

Day 18: Something You Regret

I'm not sure I really have any regrets. I used to. I used to always think "Well if I could go back, I would do this differently." but.. I don't think I would. I think if by some miracle, I was able to go back in time, I would do all of the same things over again. I mean, all of those things served a purpose, and they all happened for a reason. All of those things have made me the person that I am today, and I am really happy with who I am. Sure, I have done some stupid things, I have been mean to people who did not deserve it, I have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, I have dated some jerks, and I have deliberately went against what I knew was the right thing to do at the time. But, I know that all of that happened for a reason and it's really cool to be able to look back on something wonder why it had to happen that way and then you look at where you are now and how far you've come and you are so thankful that things played out the way they did. One tiny thing I might regret, not cleaning up my bathroom like my mom asked last night and now she's yelling because it's dirty. But, hey, someday I'll be happy it played out this way. Or not. Haha! 

The Future... And Black Friday.

day 17: something you're looking forward to

1. Thanksgiving
2. Black Friday
3. Starting college at Harding next semester
4. Making new friends at college
5. Dorm shopping!
6. Christmas
7. The Razorback game tomorrow
8. Wearing all of my new clothes I got today!
9. Taylor Swift concert on October 4th
10. My future

So anyways, today was Black Friday. It was super fun! I just love being around family and I got to hang out with Tonia, my grandma, and my mom all day. So it was awesome. :) I got some super cute new clothes. Very classy! I seriously think that the girls at clothing stores have way too much fun with me trying on clothes, they always bring me outfit after outfit after outfit and get excited to dress me up, it's exciting! Haha. I got some of ths cool headband things that all the celebrities are wearing these days, they're SO cute. On a side note, I absolutely HATE the week after Thanksgiving. Everyone thinks you're supposed to eat Thanksgiving leftovers for Breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday until it's all gone! I'm not a huge fan of Thanksgiving food in the first place, so I do not want Thanksgiving leftovers for my three square meals for a week! I'm such a complainer. Anywho, I've been awake for a REALLY long time now (it IS Black Friday) so I'm out. :)

Happy Thanksgiving, have some turkey!

day ....16?: my dream house 

well, here's the story about my dream house :) 
I work at an appraisal firm, so we have sketch software that is used to draw out sketches of houses for the appraisal. I actually got bored at work about a year ago (as I often am) and drew out a sketch of my dream house. Haha. It's 5,930 square feet, and that includes the guest house. There are four bedrooms on the first floor along with a "study" and a recreation room. Then theres the second floor which has one bedroom and one bath, a kitchenette (because it's inconvienent to walk downstairs to the kitchen, right?), a game room, a music/recording room (complete with grand piano because I LOVE music), and an award room to put all my childrens awards in! And then there's the 790 Square foot guest house, because everyone needs a guest house. :) 
Realistic? Probably not, but that's why it's a dream house :) 

This Could Get Lengthy... :)

Okay, so I have been really excited for this blog post! I'm supposed to post A bible verse (as in one) but I have so many that I love, I'm going to post a few. This one may seem boring to people but this is one thing I'm passionate about, God's word and wisdom and I strive to apply it to my life daily. So here goes.. My favorite bible verses!! :D

1. "'For I know the plans I have for you' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11-- This verse particularly means a lot to me because I discovered it during one of the most difficult times of my life. I was going through a bunch of junk and I was walking through a store with my mom, feeling really really down this particular day, and I saw a picture on clearance because it was chipped and broken and it had this verse on it. I felt a sense of hope for the first time in a while and I have kept that verse close to heart ever sense. I have it stored in my phone and have it written on a piece of paper in my room so I will see it everyday. Since I first saw that verse, God was done amazing things in my life and really shown me that He does have amazing plans for me, I just have to have faith. 

2. "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, for I have overcome the world." John 16:33-- How awesome is that verse? I mean to think about the fact that we serve a God who has already been in our shoes and endured all the things we are faced with on earth. Yet he overcame all of that for us. Not only that, but He overcame death! That's a huge thing. This verse reminds me that I am going to experience tough stuff, but My God, my savior has overcome all of that and He is on my side so through Him I am made strong. 

3. "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." II Corinthians 4:16-18-- I actually just discovered this verse a few weeks ago while watching The Case for Faith. This one really stuck out to me since I was actually sick at the time with some sort of flu/stomach virus combination. It makes me feel great to know that one day when I get to heaven, I am going to look back on everything I endured while on Earth and I am going to be able to say, hands down, "that was worth it." All the hurt and pain and trials, they'll all be worth it and I can't wait to be able to say that. :) 

4. "But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5-- Every religion has a common thread.. And that is that we are all undeserving and sinful by nature. But Christianity is different than all those other religions because Jesus brought us a solution to that problem, He died so that we became deserving of all the things he has waiting for us and so that we are washed clean of that sin. I think that's awesome, and I think that's why so many people fall in love with Jesus; he didn't just give us a set of rules to follow and tell us we were unclean and unworthy, He died so that we could be made clean. That is an awesome God. 

5. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8-- This one is a little long to put on here, so I challenge you to look this one up, read it, and think about it. I think this one can apply to everyone's life no matter what "season" they're going through. So look it up, I promise you won't be disappointed. :)

Sorry this one is kind of long, I tend to ramble on about things I actually enjoy writing about. Haha. 

A Picture I Love!

This is my favorite picture of all time. Just because it's me and my brother on a regular basis, nothing special. And it makes me laugh. Enjoy :)

"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play it better than everyone else."

day 13: goals.

I'm a big dreamer. I'm one of those people who believes I can do anything I want to in this life if I want it bad enough. Therefore, my game plan for life changes pretty often. I have a general plan, but the outcome could turn out differently depending on where life takes me; where God leads me. The short term goal that I'm focusing on right now is going to Harding and doing very very well in all of my classes. I would like to maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout college; if not better. I'm going to be involved in everything I can be involved in and I plan on really growing and becoming "Me" while I'm there. That's the plan for college; to balance school and involvement and a social life. Ultimately, I want to graduate and go on to medical school. I haven't decided what exactly I want to do yet but I'm thinking it's going to go one of tow ways: One thing I am very interested in is becoming a psychiatrist. I would like to specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and open my own treatment center that incorporates Christianity into treatment. Currently, there are only two treatment centers in the world that use faith and Christianity as a cornerstone of treatment and it has been proven that patients not only recover quicker, but they are less likely to relapse. I think that's really important. The second thing I'm interested in is working with children with cancer. This disease fascinates me. Im fascinated by the fact that so many people are affected by it, but we aren't sure exactly how it works or how to stop it. i want to learn how it works and I want to learn how to treat it and cure it. I guess I have a fascination with the unknown factor the is involved with cancer. 
The ultimate goal for my life is simply to live my life for Christ and to never lose the fascination that i have for him. I want to have a family, and I want to build that family on Christ. I never want to be so successful that I forget what really matters in life and that I lose my relationship with Him. If me being successful or having money means losing that and losing my values then I want no part of it. I don't want to be a failure in my home with my family and I don't want to be that person that becomes rich and successful and becomes consumed with themselves and material things. 

"For what does it profit a man to gain the world, but forfeit his soul?" Mark 8:36

Day 12: What I believe...

I believe that being forgiven by others isn't always so important. Sometimes it is more crucial for us to forgive ourselves. 
I believe, also, that forgiveness takes time. 
I believe that family is the most important thing you can have. 
I believe that change is not always easy, but it is often necessary. 
I believe that you are never really "complete" without a relationship with God. 
I believe that no matter how successful you are, nothing makes up for failure in the home 
I believe in love. 
I believe in faith. 
I believe that you must change friends if you do not realize that friends change. 
I believe that honesty is the best policy. It's just not always easy and sometimes it hurts. 
I believe in trying to be better than "good enough" 
I believe in Jesus Christ. 
I believe that money buys pleasure, not true happiness. 
I believe that you can achieve anything if you want it bad enough. 
I believe that if you don't give, you will never receive 
I believe in saying "thank you" too much. Just to be certain people know they are appreciated. 
I believe that you must experience pain to grow. 
I believe that some people are meant to play a huge role in our lives and others are meant to only make an appearance. 
I believe that everything happens for a reason, and it will all make sense one day. 
I believe in setting high standards for myself, and never lowering those standards. 
I believe in striving to become more Christ-like everyday 
I believe in laughing at corny jokes. 
I believe that you can't move forward while looking backward, but I also believe that if the past didn't matter then we wouldn't have a resume.
I believe that I'm addicted to chapstick. 
I believe that sometimes, your best friend will stab you in the back. But you'll be okay.
I believe that when we hit rock bottom we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and find an escape. 
I believe that enemies are too much trouble. 
I believe jealousy is a wasted emotion. 
I believe that everyone is just happier at Christmas time. 
I believe in praying like everything depends on it. Oh wait.. It does. 
I believe in removing people from your life if they're going somewhere you don't need to be. 
I believe that you reap what you sow. 
I believe that where much is given, much is required. 
I believe that if you tolerate it, you lose the right to complain about it. 
I believe that people treat you how you treat yourself. 
I believe that if a person keeps running in and out of your life, that means your standing still. 
I believe in always giving your all, in everything. 
I believe that if God is for me, nothing could ever stand against me. 
I believe that if you can't go around it or over it, you just gotta go through it. 
I believe in speaking life. 
But, who really cares what I believe? 

Day 11 @ 11:11p.m.

favorite tv shows & a very magical day <3

Before I start, I should say, today has been a very good day. A lot of fun things happened. First off, I got to sleep in, which for me is like 9:30. Secondly, me and my mom started decorating for Christmas! We got all the decorations (including the tree) down from the attic and started putting everything out. Third, we went to Best Buy and I got accessories for my new MacBook that I got yesterday and then we ate at Kanpai, yummmmmmmyy!! And last, the hogs won tonight!! Woo pig SOOIE!!! It's been a terrific day!!
Anyways, today is day eleven which is my favorite tv shows! I watch a lot of different tv shows, pretty much whatever is on. I love love love the Kardashians, though. I've seen like every episode a bajillion times. Chelsea Lately is also one of my favorites, just because she cracks me up, and I love people who can make me laugh. And, I can't forget Billy the Exterminator and Swamp People. Guilty pleasures of mine along with Wizards of Waverly Place. Because Selena Gomez cracks me up. :) 
That's all for today, because I'm about to fall asleep on my keyboard right now. Good night :)

"Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing."

Well I skipped two days of blogging because I got bogged down with school so I'm just going to go ahead and go straight to Day 10 which is "Something You are Afraid of?" Well, I am afraid of a lot of things. A lot of stupid things that no one should even be scared of, so I have compiled a list below of the many (pointless) things that I am afraid of. Enjoy. :)

1. The Burger King "King"
2. Michael Jackson
3. Seeing someone through a window
4. Lighting Matches
5. Lighting Lighters
6. Driving too fast-- I might get a ticket.
7. My mom when I don't clean my bathroom up
8. Eating in a public place by myself
9. Not having chapstick with me at ALL times
11. Mexico
12. The Mexican Mafia
13. The strange noises I hear at my house when I'm alone

And that's basically it. I have a lot of pointless fears. Makes for a very pointless blog that just wasted about 5 minutes of your time. Oh well :)

Day Seven: Favorite Movies

So I'm not really the kind of person that's into movies, so I'm sorry if this blog post is a little boring. I just can't stay focused and sit still or stay awake long enough to watch a movie. Unless its REALLY good. Also, it's worth mentioning that I am a really annoying person to watch movies with because I ask too many questions and I don't follow the plot very well. Anyways, here is a list of my favorite (and not so favorite) movies.

1. The Blind Side- Because it's amazing. And a true story. Doesn't get much better than that.
2. The Case For Faith- Very inspirational, very informative, very interesting. Every Christian & Atheist alike should watch this one.
3. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs- It's just cute :)
4. I LOVE YOU BETH COOPER!!!- Okay, so I could watch this movie every day of my life and never get tired of it. Its amazing.
5. The Last Song- This movie actually kind of sort of made me a little bit tolerant of Miley Cyrus. It's really good.
6. The Hangover- I had high expectations because everyone always talks about how amazing it is. Wasn't impressed. This is one of my not so favorites.
7. All About Steve- Dumbest movie ever made. Don't waste your time.
8. The Omen- One of my all time favorite movies. Kind of scary, but also kind of believable at the same time and actually has a plot.
9. Dear John- I hated this movie. Only because John's dad made me sad. I felt really bad for him and wanted to just hug him. He was a sweet old man :((
10. Veggie Tales- Does this even need an explaination???

"There is only one happiness in this life; to love and to be loved"

Day 6: A Picture of Something that Makes Me Happy

Meet Braison. :) 
Braison is the newest addition to our family, and he will be officially adopted December 6, 2010. He is actually my cousin, but I consider him and his sister Haven (also adopted) more like siblings. Anyways, me and B go waaaaay back. I didn't much like him the first six months of his life, I mean I have just never been a baby person or a kid person for the matter. Braison kind of changed all of that though and now we're pretty tough to separate when we're together unless theres food or my grandma involved. :) Pretty much, Braison keeps me smiling all the time, and I'm really happy that he made me like him, because I think it softened me up a little bit and I actually kind of like babies and kids now! But aside from that, Braison can brighten anyones day just by being around them and I know he's gonna do great things with his life. So heres to you B, if you ever read this years and years from now, I love you a whole bunch and I'm always gonna be here for you so don't try to get rid of me. :)

"God smiles on my big brother; Inside and out, he's better than I am."

Okay, okay, so I missed a few days. But it was with good reason, because I've been sick. I'm all better now though so it's all good and I can continue with Day 5 of the 30 Day Challenge which is: My Siblings-- or more specifically-- my big brother!!

Where to begin, where to begin. First off, his name is Mark Sword. But he's more commonly known as the most amazing big brother in the entire world, no doubt. He's into like every sport known to man, I do believe. Besides golf, that is. The greatest thing about him, though, is that as long as I can remember, he has always been my protector and like my best friend. Something pretty cool about him? He's going to police school right now because he wants to be a police officer and I think ultimately plans to be a State Trooper. I'm really proud of him. I'm proud of everything he has become and everything he is doing to better his life and I know that God has awesome plans for him and he's gonna do amazing things. One not so cool thing about my brother? We play Words With Friends together all the time but I think he cheats. And I beat him once and he wouldn't even play me for like 6 months, go figure. :P Anyways...... here's to the best big brother in the entire universe: If you ever read this, I want you to know you're an amazing guy and you deserve nothing less than the best. I'm so thankful you're my big brother and thank you for always being here for me. I love you a whole bunch, LITTLE Mark!! :)

Time is Money and Life is a Day that Doesn't Last for Long

So...... I totally failed with the whole 30 day challenge thing. BUT, things got kind of busy. I went to Branson for a few days and since I got back I've been spending 90% of my time either at work or spending time with the family. I guess I can pick up where I left off with the 30 challenge today though and try to keep up. :)

Day 4: My Parents :) 
"If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings."
Okay, okay. So my parents are pretty much the best parents in the entire universe. First there's my dad. I mean, he is kind of a big loser (and only I am allowed to say that about him) and he has no idea how to match his clothes when he gets dressed but I still love him! Me and my dad have a weird relationship, I mean we don't say much to each other probably because neither one of us ever has anything to say but I know that he's proud of me and loves me and I hope he knows that I'm thankful for him and that I love him, I'm not sure what I would really do without him. I mean, as long as I can remember, he has always worked day in and day out to provide us with the things that we need and that we want. I don't recall ever having to "want" for something very long (Except that Cadillac I'm still working on Haha.) Also, he bought me two PINK screwdrivers in Branson, so that pretty much puts him at the top of the list for best dad ever, don't you think?
And then, theres my mom. My mom is kind of a cool little Mom + Best friend unit all rolled up into one. We pretty much do everything together. We shop together, we work together, we got to wal mart at midnight together, and we sand and paint cabinets together (Inside joke, haha). Anyways, people have let me down a lot in my life and people haven't always been there for me, but my mom has never let me down and my mom is always there for me. She's the best friend AND the best mom anyone could ever ask for, hands down.
All in all, if we are going by the quote that I mentioned at the beginning of this post, my parents have succeeded at being phenomenal parents because they have believed in every single one of my dreams and allowed me to believe in myself. 
So, if you read this mom and dad, thanks for all you do. Thanks for all the time and love and money you have invested in me. I love you more than anything. 

Hopefully I'll remember to do day five tomorrow, we'll see. ;)