Wednesday, April 30, 2014

time to party! ~ happy birthday {}

Get excited guys! it's time to party!!!! *begins dancing*

*slowly stops dancing* Wait, you mean you don't know WHY it is a joyous occasion cause for celebration?
You DON'T KNOW that the flawless Mackenzie has been blogging on her beyond beautiful blog *think. eat. write. read* for A YEAR!? 
You don't think that's cause for a party?
We are no longer friends.

Alright enough of the imaginary chit-chat because obviously there is no one who could be so silly as to think that this isn't the bestest time to celebrate ever, it is such an exciting occurrence, it must be recognized.

*begins dancing again*
*knocks over a lamp*
*runs into the wall*
*kills a cat*
*remembers I can't dance*
*casually stops dancing*

ahahaha... there were some questions I was supposed to answer, right? Yes that's right, let's do that now.

1. What do you like most about my blog?

Well aside from the fact that it is you, miss Kenzie, & you are so fabulous that it wouldn't matter what was on your blog, I would soak up every bit because you, my dear, are so awesome, I must say it is your writing. Which I know, sounds totally obvious & silly to say about a blog, but honestly, your words are just... flawless. I get so overwhelmed with excitement every time there is a new post in my blog feed because it is an opportunity to breathe in your lovely words.

2. What are some tips/advice I could use to help improve my blog?

Improve your blog? What? I cannot comprehend these words.... ummmm... perhaps you could post more often? I realize we all have busy lives & I understand that, but if I saw posts from you more often, I would be 100x happier :D

3. What is your favorite flower? (because, you know, it's spring.)

Well first, the argument can be made that you never truly know whether or not it's spring in Kentucky... It could snow at any moment & I'm not sure any of us would even be surprised anymore. regardless, I believe daffodils are my favorite, mostly because they're my momma's favorite so I've grown up loving them :)

Before I go...


That is all.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

What makes me, me? ~ a last minute contest entry

Hola world, today I am entering miss Rosie's "What makes you, YOU" contest, way past the very last second, so lets skip the chit-chat and get to it.

Who am I? I shall attempt to explain.

I am a girl who loves life, who loves herself (mostly), & loves others, but loves God most.

I laugh too loud, spend too much time making things "perfect", & I'm easily obsessed.

I find myself in love with fictional characters, & can't go anywhere without a book.

I have been called the "Queen of Shipping" by many, & it's fitting.

I'm in love with Disney, & I'm a little kid at heart.

I have many online friends who I love to the moon & back.

I'm awkward, & I laugh it off.

I'm not ashamed of being me.

I see beauty in everything.

I believe I was created for a greater purpose, & for such a time as this.

I am a girl, who desperately wants to change the world.

My heart sings when I'm serving others

I want to be somebody someone else looks up to.

The word "mzungu" makes my heart ache, but at the same time brings happy tears.

A day doesn't go by that I don't wish I was somewhere else.

Wanderlust doesn't even begin to cover it.

I get uncomfortable when I spend too much time in the United States.

I daydream about hearing the words "Nkwagala Nyo!" {I love you so much}


I'm a wannabe writer, not-quite-photographer, partially artsy, I read all day, when I'm not lost in thought,

I'm scatter-brained & this post shows it,

but one thing about me stays the same, every day, every hour, every minute, every second,

Uganda is consistent, attached to my heart as I am attached to it, the red dirt has found it's way into my heart, & it doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

Uganda is who I am, makes me, me. & I should've known this was how this post would turn out.

Don't be surprised when in a few years, you find me on the other side of the world, finally living where I belong, & with a huge smile on my face.


p.s. if you've ever wanted an accurate depiction of my brain, this post is it, scattered & messy, & that's ME.

Ups & Downs {#12}

-Thumbs Up-
Going to my little cousin's play last night!
& Getting an autograph from "Peter Pan" :D
The weather in KY has maybe just maybe FINALLY stopped being bipolar & temperamental & warming up a bit!
Planning summer adventures.
Talking to my beautiful cyber-twinnie, Hope, all the way from South Africa! [DUDE I'VE MISSED YOU]
Wearing my pretty Ugandan flip-flips <3 <3 <3

-Thumbs down-
Not knowing when I'll be back in My Uganda
We forgot to bring my cousin her cute paper flowers we made her.
I haven't done an Ups & Downs post since 2013!?
Not having any idea whether or not my favorite little one in the whole world is doing okay,
 & missing her [^^^] beyond what I can explain.
Getting behind on my 2014 reading goal... uh oh.

i love it when thumbs up is easier than thumbs down...

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Elite & Other Selection Stories

In the last 72 hours, I have found and read The Elite, The Prince, & The Guard, all Selection stories by Kiera Cass. (Click for links to each of them online for free. Don't judge I'm cheap)

So after plenty of thought on the topic, I've decided to give you my opinion on the famous love triangle.

I have told multiple people that I disliked Aspen, that he bugged me at least, but after reading The Guard, I realized that it was not Aspen I disliked, not in the slightest, it was the thought of America ending up with him.

Let me explain, to begin, I think Aspen loves America, with every fiber of his being and that he would go to the moon and back for her if it meant he could have her forever... Or even if it didn't. And for that very reason (bear with me for a minute) I don't think America deserves Aspen.

I think America does, love Aspen, or at least she did, but at the same time, part of her heart will always be tied to Maxon, even if she ended up with Aspen. He will always love her in ways she'll never be able to love him back, and Aspen doesn't deserve to have to share the girl he loves with anyone else, even if said person chose somebody else. Aspen needs someone he can love, who will love him back in every way America can't.

I also think America loves Maxon, I think she loves them both in very different ways, & I do think she loves Maxon more. The way she responds to them and the way their relationships have stood gives me the idea that she would have gotten over Aspen in much less time, and been beyond happy with Maxon had Aspen not shown up at the palace. Her having to get over Aspen while Aspen is still there fighting for her is nearly impossible, I think she still cares deeply for him, and doesn't want to hurt him, but she doesn't love him the way she once did.

And then there's Maxon, who was quite the character in this book to say the least. I think he loves America as much or more than Aspen, though in a different way. He'd go to any lengths to keep her safe & show that he cares about her, but you can tell he's torn at the thought that she could leave him at any second and if she genuinely told him she didn't want him, he'd have to let her go, because he does care about her enough to not force her into anything she doesn't want.

Also there is Kriss, who I do think loves Maxon, but I don't think he loves her. In moments of stress, heartbreak, and genuine confusion, he found comfort in her love & generosity, but I don't think he loves her, and Kriss doesn't deserve someone who doesn't genuinely care about her for her. I think Kriss and Maxon would have ended up together was America not in the picture whatsoever, but Maxon loves America too much to be with anyone else.

So, all of that being said, I am Team Maxon until the end for all three of their sakes.
Also I think Aspen should end up with Lucy...

Hopefully all of that made since to you, I'll see you all again soon!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Guess who's backkk!!!

Hello friends!

I have returned from the depths of my non-presence in the blogging world.
(That made no sense & I don't care in the slightest)

In case you are wondering, my "give-up-social-media-for-lent" thing didn't go over very well, but I do have reasons for my failure, we do a lot of things pertaining to our ministry that I really could not afford to be away from social media entirely I (obviously) managed to stay off Blogger, & mostly off of Pinterest, but I cannot say the same for the rest.

Regardless, I am back now, & in an effort to be a tad more organized & post more frequently, I've decided to come up with a schedule for myself for the coming days.

Starting tomorrow, Thursdays will be book posts, whether it be reviews, squealing anticipation of a new book on the horizon, movie comparisons, or other kinds of squealing for movies that are coming out for my favorite books, whatever it is will be book-related.

It will be a mostly every other day schedule, so Saturdays will be my "Ups & Downs" posts.

Mondays will be any kind of writing, whether it be thoughtful/meaningful, a poem (of sorts, I'm not very good at poems), just a photo with a few words, or my rambling thoughts, it'll simply be words.

Since there are 7 days in a week, it can't be exactly every other day, so the next will be Wednesday, where, since I can't think of anything else, there will be any kind of suggested post or tag that happens to come up, so be sure to give me any kind of request imaginable! You can comment on this post, or any post at any point and I'll be sure and get it posted, on a Wednesday, as soon as I can! 

All the other days of the week (Sunday, Tuesday, & Friday) there may be other posts, but they won't be planned, if I find a song I want to post, or have anything random to say, they'll be on any of those days.

SO the schedule is as follows:

Sunday: Free
Mondays: Writing/Words
Tuesday: Free
Wednesday: Requested/Tagged
Thursday: Books
Friday: Free
Saturday: Ups & Downs

(you will be able to find this at any time in my "about" page)

That's all folks! See you tomorrow with a post about (drum roll please....) The Elite! (And other Selection stories!)