I see the sunshine in your eyes, I'll try the things you'll never try

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. John 1:16 

So I have this neighbor, and he has a daughter that has something wrong with her mentally, she is in a wheel chair and she can't really communicate at all. Anyways, everyday when I leave my house for work, I see this man walking with his daughter around the block. Whether it is 110 degrees or -10 degrees, you will find him pushing his little girl around the block in her wheel chair everyday at 12:00 P.M. like clock work. I never really thought anything of it until I saw them walking the other day and it was SO cold outside, it had to be at least in the 30's. But even though it was cold, the man was pushing his daughter and he was pointing out to the trees for his daughter to see, and she had the biggest smile on her face. I'm sure she was enjoying every minute of just being outside and seeing the scenery. Meanwhile, I sat inside looking out my kitchen window while I was waiting for my car to warm up, because I really hate the cold weather. It got me thinking though, do we really appreciate the little things in life like this girl does? That walk around the block is the highlight of her day I'm sure, and I consider walking around the block more of a chore. Do I really appreciate the little things that I get to experience everyday or do I just go through the motions? I think for the most part, I just go through the motions. I get up, I eat lunch, I go to work, I hang out with my friends, I go home. Maybe it's time to stop and "smell the flowers" as they say. Maybe I need to start appreciating my "walks" a little more, and get more excited about the amazing life God has given me instead of just going through the motions. That will be my goal for this month, to appreciate the things I experience everyday. The things that other people don't get to experience that I take for granted. 

Carpe Diem

So today Brooke and I were talking about things we want to do before we die. And since I haven't blogged in days because I have nothing interesting to say, I thought this would be a great idea for a blog. Here is part of my list of things I want to do in my lifetime :) 

1. Read the entire bible. I think all my bible classes at Harding will assist me with that though. ;) 
2. Attend the International Program in Zambia my Junior year at Harding 
3. Really make a difference in someones life 
4. Become a psychiatrist at Remuda Ranch in Arizona 
5. Go to Europe and buy a very expensive bottle of wine 
6. Meet Taylor Swift 
7. Own a cranberry bog, or at least visit one 
8. Go hunting 
9. Attend an Apple WWDC (Nerdy, I know) 
10. Climb a mountain, a big mountain
11. Own a pink gun :) 
12. Fall in love <3 
13. Leave the waitress at a restaurant a huge tip. Like over $100
14. Go to the horse races and wear one of those cute, classy hats :) 
15. Dress up as Kourtney Kardashian and have my boyfriend dress up as Scott Disick for Halloween 
16. Go to Australia 
17. Own a pair of Red Bottom heels 
18. Go to a dueling piano bar 
19. Own a Newfoundland named Bear :) 
20. Have at least 3 children 
21. Become really good at playing piano 
22. Go to New York at Christmas/New Years 
23. Take a trip to Los Angeles 
24. Visit the Winchester Mansion 
25. Learn how to cook really well. Since I am currently horrible at cooking. 
26. Own a seafood restaurant with my uncle and use the money we make to come up with a cure to fix his back. 
27. Own a Range Rover! 
28. Buy a Taylor Acoustic/Electric 916ce 
29. Travel to Europe
30. Go roll someone's house and not chicken out at the last minute :)

It's clear enough to me, the ugliness I see is evidence of who I need

So I just read a really amazing blog post on someone else's blog and it's way too amazing not to share. The link is below, enjoy :) 

The most important thing I have ever learned in church...

So we all know that I work for two total jerks. I mean, the job would be WONDERFUL if it wasn't for those two. My co workers are fun and awesome, the job is easy, and the pay is good for an 18 year old with no bills. But those two, they make it a horrible place.. everyone who works there hates them. More often than not, I find myself texting my grandma for advice or praying for God to give me patience towards them throughout the day. I have even come to the conclusion that they are the two exceptions to the "Jesus loves everyone" rule. I seriously think they are the spawn of Satan or something. Anyways, thats not the point. I got home from church tonight and ran inside looking for my mom. I ran into her room waving my notes in the air yelling "Jesus said I don't have to honor the two jerks at work!!!" She gave me the weirdest look. See, we learned about honor in church tonight. Honoring people, honoring family, honoring peers, honoring authority. And I knew that I was going to feel convicted during this sermon because the past few weeks (knowing that I get to quit after this month) I have not been respectful or honorable to those two at all. Mostly because I feel like you get what you give. They don't treat me with dignity or respect so WHY should I treat them with dignity or respect? So by the time Pastor Marc was wrapping up the service, I was feeling like I needed to repent. Haha. But THEN, he said something that has made me feel SO great. Ready for this? 
At the bottom of the notes he handed out it said "Is there anyone who we should not honor?" 
Psalm 26:1 "Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a self-confident fool." 
Psalm 26:8 "Like he who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a self confident fool."

Maybe I'm taking it the wrong way, but I am going to take that as Jesus telling me that they are jerks and they are mean and they are arrogant and that they aren't worthy of any of my honor. But, hey, I call em how I see em. And that's how I want to see it. ;) 

On a side note, church tonight looked like the Christmas Sweater Department of the Goodwill threw up. So many old people. So many Christmas sweaters. Gotta love 'em though ;) 

Oh, also, yesterday I turned 18! Not all it's cracked up to be, really. I had to spend and hour and a half at the DMV today getting a new license and pay an extra $2 because it expired yesterday.. Ugh. But to celebrate turning 18, I went to the gas station where Tate works and bought a pack of cigarettes and a lottery ticket. And took pictures. So adult of me right? But I'm wrapping the cigarettes up and giving them to Paige for Christmas because I think I would throw up if I tried smoking a cigarette. Also so adult of me right? Hahah.  

My Best Tweets of All Time!!!!

So I thought it would be cool to do a blog post on some things I have posted on Twitter over the years. I have dug up some really funny, stupid, and also some what smart things I have tweeted.. Enjoy :)

1. "I have been called a narcissist not once, not twice, but three times today."
2. "Does 'expecting the unexpected' make the unexpected expected?"
3. "@ohmybrittbritt I didn't wanna say this .....but your parents are paying me so you feel like you have friends....."
4. "You can have whatever you like... Within reason.."
5. "What do a bicycle, frog, and chicken have in common? They all have handlebars! Except for the frog a chicken of course.."
6. "Kicking Drew's butt at bowling!" Hahahah.
7. "You can say whatever you want about the deaf....."
8. "On my way to church. In my mom's car. Bc my ex is a D.A. For real." Oh the anger in that tweet....
9. "Note to self, run in the opposite direction when a guy says he likes you."
10. "Well.. That was a mistake.. Maybe shoulda thought that one through."
11. "Five bucks to the first person who can tell me who's number this is: 5017438477" 
12. "Ge'ez o Pete, I lost my retainer. My mom is gonna kill me." 
13. "The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup. Mostly because there's no other good parts to waking up. Folgers wins by default." 
14. "And that's why I eat ice cream, its fat free." 
15. "Just dropped my iPhone on my face and busted my lip. Ow. Blood. Ow."
16. "Heading to the dentist. Tate, if you're reading this, DIE. :)" 
17. "So apparently April Fools doesn't last all month..." 
18. "I'm tired of every teenage girl in America putting their status as 'It's the Climb.' Original, are we?"
19. "I'm gonna kill Haven. True Story." 
20. "Are you there God? It's me Mallory, I have lost my retainer again."
21. "Oh I've gotten myself into a pickle." 
23. "It's sophisticated yet it says 'I have style and I'm ready to party'" 
24. "Wow. Hardcore drama going down on Facebook right now. Popcorn, I need popcorn." 
25. "'Sometimes I wish I was retarded... Like legally.'- Brittanie"
26. "As my brother proceeds to put a chopstick in my ear: 'Can I play your ear drum?'" 
27. "This just in: Adam lambert is gay. Also in the news, water is, indeed, wet!" 
28. "Life pre-iPhone was so lame." 
29. "Awww you can direct your tweets at me but not say it to my face. How freakin ADORABLE." -- Beginning of Twitter war with best friend...... 
30. "Threw my iPhone. Broke it. Now using my old phone. Grounded. Mad." -- End of Twitter argument with best friend 20 minutes later 
31. "The Taco Bell Chihuahua died today at age 15. Sad news, y'all." 
32. "Okay, guys. I cannot find my retainer. Dang it dang it dang it!!!!" 

And that's only half way through my twitter feed... Good times. ;) 

Stupidity is contagious so you had better get away.

So, I haven't blogged in a few days. I hope you'll forgive me. Even if you don't, it's not that big of a deal, I don't care. :) 
Anyways, this weekend was extremely busy for me, so I didn't get to blog. It was like.. the best worst weekend I've ever had if that makes any sense? Friday night I didn't get to do much of anything because everyone else was studying for the ACT's, so I went over to Tonia & Ty's to chill! We watched some show that Tonia is addicted to where these groups sing with no music and there was this one group called, brace yourself, the Whippenpoofs, and they were like the biggest group of nerds I had ever seen. I don't know why but they just made me mad to watch them, they weren't the nie kind of nerds, they were the arrogant kind of nerds. So that was disturbing. So Saturday was pretty cool-ish too! I had some best friend time with Tate, which was super fun. We went to Searcy and ate Mexican and then went shopping at Hays and then looked at Christmas lights! Then we met up with Paige & Hunter at the ice skating rink and that's about where the whole night goes downhill, but I won't get into all that stuff. Then yesterday was church and my family birthday party for me. I love being around my family so that was pretty fun! 
So, yeah, no deep life lesson blog today. I'm still in a little bit of shock over the drama this weekend. Have a wonderful day :)

No Pain, No Gain

So, in junior high I had this question I would always ask people, "If you could choose, would you choose to never have to experience emotional pain or to never have to experience physical pain?" I think about 90% of people said emotional pain, including myself. I started to think about this the other day and I think I would change my choice. I believe that if we never hurt, then we never learn, which means we never really get anywhere. I don't know about you but I'm a pretty stubborn person; I don't generally take those subtle "whispers" from God seriously. I mean, if God wants to show me something, he has to full on tear my world apart before I will get what he is trying to tell me and actually do something about it. I think it's during those times of intense emotional pain that we learn the most about ourselves and other people. I think that is how we learn our lessons 97% of the time. I know that physical pain heals, and it goes away most of the time but emotional pain stays with us forever, and I think that is what most people don't like about it, that it never completely heals sometimes. But if it did heal, if we did forget how we once felt when we were betrayed by a friend, we would go around breaking hurts and betraying others constantly. It's like I told one of my friends the other night,"Change brings growth, and change hurts sometimes, that's why they're called growing pains." 

A picture is worth somewhere between 867-1242 words....

Day 30: A Picture

"When the night is closing in, is falling on my skin, oh God will you come close? Light light light up the sky, you light up the sky to show me you are with me." -The Afters

I actually just took this picture the other day. I was on my way home and I was listening to "Light Up The Sky" by The Afters and then I actually looked up and for the first time in a long time, noticed how beautiful the sky was. So I took a picture so I could always be reminded of the beauty God can make out of nothing. 

I can't count to 30 properly

What have I learned about myself by doing this 30 day challenge thing?I have learned that I am not capable of counting to 30. Like seriously, my posts have been all over the place as far as the "day #" I have put. Oh well, I'll have to work on my counting before I start college in January. Anyways... here is todays post! 

DAY 29 (I swear that's right) : 3 WISHES

I hate this question. I always feel like people are judging me based on my answer. If I say the wrong thing then I'm selfish but if I give the typical "I want to end world hunger" thing, then I'm lying. Am I right? So if I ever get the opportunity to make 3 wishes, I won't know what to do. Probably just post a Facebook status about it, isn't that what everyone does these days? Anyways, here ya go, 3 wishes! Kinda...

1. I want unlimited wishes

That was easy. Now you can all make your own wish. Except for people who have been mean to me. You don't get a wish because you're a mean person. 

Dia de Vienteseis

something that stresses you out

going to the doctor stresses me out 
going to the dentist stresses me out 
losing my retainer stresses me out 
school stresses me out 
not having chapstick stresses me out 
not having coke stresses me out 
reckless people stress me out 
doing things I know I shouldn't be doing stresses me out 
hospitals stress me out 

but I try not to get stressed out. In the words of Rev Run "stress is an ignorant state, it believes everything is an emergency." Yup. 

Wake up, smell the break up.

You hold my every moment, you calm my raging sea. You walk with me through fire, and heal all my disease. I trust in You. I believe You're my healer, I believe You are all I need.

I know I already blogged today, but I really felt God speaking to me and urging me to write about something, because I know more than one person needs to hear it, and I myself need to be reminded of it. 
So I was just talking to one of my old friends who is going through a break up right now. Of course, everyone thinks when they break up with their first true love that the whole world will never be the same and that their life will forever be haunted by the "one who got away". I also find that there are a lot of good things that come out of the pain of break ups, and I think that those good things far outweigh the temporary miserable feeling that comes along with the split. For one, we find out who is really there for us. It's during those hard times that we need a support system and we needs friends and family. it is easy for friends to stick around during the good times when everything is going great, but the ones who come in and help you up and let you know it's all going to be okay, those are the people we should cherish the most in our lives. Another thing, we always seem to turn to God. Whenever we hurt, whenever things aren't going how we think they should be going, we always turn to God with questions and expect him to give us answers, give us change, and make everything perfect for us. Maybe it's just me.. But this seems a little selfish. I have been there before, I have been at the end of my rope and I have turned to God and expected him to miraculously fix what I had screwed up by being selfish and living for myself. God must be really tired of us always crawling back to him in the midst of our crisis and covered in sin and just expecting him to make everything all peachy. Now, on the other hand, I believe that God lets us encounter and endure these hard things so that we will draw near to him, because if everything was always perfect, we would never ask for him. 
Heres the thing, God wants us to come to him in our time of need, he wants to put us back together and fix us. He is our daddy. He wants to make us whole. BUT, after he fixes us, he doesn't want us to leave him. He wants us to stay near to him. He wants us to change our life and he wants us to surrender our life to him and live for him. But, doesn't that only seem fair? Not only did he bring us out of the pits of despair and out of our depression but.. He kind of hung on a cross so that our sins would not affect our eternity and so that through him we could have life. Sure, it's tough having to live for God, there are a lot of restrictions and people won't understand, but I think that it's all worth it because he deserves it. He gave his life for me, so why shouldn't I hand my life over to him?
I'm thankful that I have a God and a Savior who I can call on at any time to rescue me and be near to me. But I am also going to live my life as an offering to him, to show others how he has rescued me and I am changed because of that. I guess what I'm trying to say is... we are going to mess up, but God must be so sick of that being all we ever bring to the table in our relationship with him. He must be so sick of us never just bringing him praise or just spending time with him and talking with him.  
Another thing I'd like to add, because I know someone needs to hear this, if you lost it, it wasn't love. Love doesn't run away when things get tough. Love doesn't change its mind. Love stands and love fights. Love lasts forever. You can't realize counterfeit love until you've had the real thing. So cling to God. Because God is love, and love is movement. And God is forever. You can fact check that in I Corinthians 13. 

"Oh, darling, don't you ever grow up. I won't let nobody hurt you, won't let no one break your heart."


So, for those of you who don't know, my little cousin Braison has been a part of the family since he was just a few days old but today Tonia & Ty officially adopted him! It was a pretty cool deal, Tonia and Ty and B were all up there in front of the judge and the attorney asked them "Do you swear to raise this child as your birth child?" and without hesitation Tonia and Ty were like "YES!" Haha. Then the judge said he granted them adoption of Braison and everyone in the courtroom started clapping and the judge came down off his stand to Braison and little Braison shook his hand! Then we went to eat at this little restaurant in Stuttgart and Braison tried a lima bean (which he hated) and then we went to Mack's Prairie Wings and walked around before we drove back. And on the way back I entertained B with a dinosaur that was "eating" him, he enjoyed that I think. Lol. Anyways, that was my day. I'm really happy Tonia and Ty finally have a little baby since they've deserved it for a long time. I think B was definitely worth the wait, because he's perfect. God is good ALL the time! (Pics to come!) :) 

And now.....

Day 27: Pets 

We actually have two dogs, a wiener dog and a chocolate lab but I do not like the wiener dog at all. So he will not be included in this post. Haha. 
And then there's Angel! She's a chocolate lab and she's the best dog ever! She's kinda fat and kinda scary if she doesn't know who you are but once you get to know her, you fall in love. She's just a good dog. AND, her birthday is two days after mine, so we were meant to be buddies!! 

"People haven't always been there for me but music always has." -Taylor Swift

Day 25-Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs

1. Glitter In the Air, Pink
2. Anything Goes, Randy Houser
3. Soundtrack 2 My Life, Kid Cudi
4. Lifesong, Casting Crowns
5. Jump Rope, Blue October
6. Can't Be Tamed, Miley Cyrus
7. The Truth, Jason Aldean 
8. Your Hands, JJ Heller 
9. Gone, tobyMac
10. Hosana, Hillsong United

25 Things I've Learned

"For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding" Proverbs 2:6

1. Women understand women and we don't like each other. Men don't understand Women and they love us. Think that one over
2. Money neither creates or alters someone's personality; it merely magnifies it. 
3. Your taste buds don't really change every seven years.....
4. Family is the most important thing you will ever have
5. We are all hypocrites to some degree
6. Intelligence without wisdom is useless
7. Smoking cigarettes makes people look stupid
8. Throwing profanity into your normal conversation makes you look and sound unintelligent
9. Everyone should read the entire book of Proverbs at least once 
10. Contrary to popular belief, money cannot buy happiness
11. There is nothing like God's love 
12. Having a good education is more important than you think 
13. A woman should always be classy and present herself as such 
14. Being mean is so over rated. Don't listen to the Junior High girls when they tell you it's cool. 
15. Friends will come and go. When they go, use this as an opportunity for growth. 
16. Once you go Mac, you don't go back! 
17. Where much is given, much is required. Be careful what you ask for! 
18. There is, unfortunately, no cure for chapped lips :( 
19. Children can tell when a person has a good heart, trust that. 
20. You can't beat the wisdom and knowledge of your grandma, always cherish that 
21. Red headed people have very short fuses
22. Material things will never make you happy 
23. Always always always be nice to everyone, always
24. You reap what you sow, and you reap more of what you sow. Plant good seeds :) 
25. Those credentials hanging on the wall, they don't make a decent human being

If God is for me, who could be against me?

Second blog post of the day, but I felt this deserved it's own post. :)

So this morning, I wake up at 5 AM because I hear A LOT of police/ambulance sirens. Everytime I hear police sirens and my dad is on duty at night I feel just a little bit uneasy. But this was different. There were a whole bunch of sirens and they kept getting louder and louder and there seemed to be more of them as the seconds went on. Anyways, I go to my moms room to ask her to call my dad and make sure that he is okay since there are so many sirens, but by the time I got in there they had stopped so I felt it wasn't important to wake her up and worry her with it. I go back to my bed to lay down and just when I close my eyes, the phone rings. Have you ever heard the phone ring in the middle of the night and you just knew something was wrong? Because no one calls your house at almost 5 AM. So I jump up to go answer the phone in case my mom doesn't wake up, but by the time I get to the phone in the living room my mom had already answered it. So at this point I'm about to be in tears because I'm CERTAIN something has happened to my dad, and I run into my moms room yelling "WHAT HAPPENED?!". She is like "What do you mean?" and so I tell her and she explains that she's on the phone with my dad and that he's okay, there was just a fire somewhere in Cabot. So that was one of the best moments of my life, to find out that my dad is okay, you don't even know how relieved I was. I went to bed after that and decided to read some of my bible since I was wide awake, and I stumbled upon a really cool verse that will definitely bring me peace next time I'm worried about my dad. I'm thankful God is always there for me, even at 5 a.m.

"Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed" Psalm 41:1-3

Twenty-Three Enigma & Cancun

Okay, so I was googling the number 23 (don't ask) and I found out there is this thing called the 23 Enigma. Basically, it's the belief that all events are directly related to the number 23 or some variation of the number 23. I think that's a little weird. So if you believe in the 23 Enigma, you should probably go check yourself into the insane asylum or something of that sort. Lol. 


Day 23 is supposed to be about my favorite vacation, so here goes! 

Last summer we went to Cancun, Mexico! It was basically an all girls trip, me, my mom, Amy, and her mom went and it was pretty fun! It was the first time I had ever gotten to go on a plane, because my dad believes we should drive everywhere we go to "view the scenery" so that was pretty awesome! We stayed at this really cool hotel with like 5 AMAZING swimming pools and 10 restaurants that you could eat at anytime you wanted because it was included in the price. Awesome right? Oh, I can't forget the worst part of the trip that scarred me for life! We went on this submarine ride and I got SO sea sick. To this day, I will not get on any type of boat. We're going back this summer I think and since I'll be 18 we're going to Coco Bongo which is a really amazing night club, so I can't wait. So that's my amazing vacation, and I have some pictures below. Have an awesome day! :)

Seasick Mallory 
My beautiful mother and I!


The view from the balcony of our room

Me and AK!

The Pool.. We are in there somewhere


The view from one of the restaurants

Bob Marley Store! Haha!

Sideways.. But, Bob Marley Again!
A cool van we stumbled upon


Day 21 & 22

Day 20: A Recent Picture 

This was at the mall in Springfield a few weeks ago. I had just gotten the coolest new shoes, so I had to take a picture of me wearing them. Aren't they cute?!

Day 21: Favorite City
Okay, this may sound lame, but I absolutely love Branson. We go up there probably 5 or 6 times a year and I love it up there. Especially at Winter! I mean, it's not too big and it's not too small, and it's very easy to get around not to mention it doesn't take too long to get there if you decide on a whim that you want to go somewhere. I wouldn't pick it as my elite vacation spot, but it is probably my favorite city because of the atmosphere and pace they have up there. :)