Hello, reader! If you don’t already know, my name is Mary Madeline. I am an curly-haired twenty-one-year-old girl seeking an authentic Jesus in this technological and modern age. My name is often marked by thoughts of braids with scrunchies, standing on chairs, random dancing and singing, as well as rants about racial reconciliation and Taylor Swift. Some of my favorite things to do are travel, play guitar, oh-ah over aesthetically pleasing food, and discuss statistics and poetry. I’m definitely Taylor Swift’s, the Oh Hello’s, and Katie Davis-Majors’, overalls’ and rompers’ biggest fan. I likely have a compulsive singing disorder, and so you stand a high risk of being annoyed by the perpetual repetition of a two-lyrics phrase in you’re in my zone.
I love hanging out with people that are different than me, and talking about controversial topics! So hit me up for those things if you are so compelled.
I also have the strong belief that boring minds bore easily… so I think most every moment, no matter how mundane, is important and has the potential to be an adventure and life-altering.
I’m one “of those people”– God did not mold me to be an even-kill.
Just a few other random facts about my life:
- The Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of the blues and Koolaid pickles, is also my birthplace and where I call home.
- I am a student at Mississippi State University, where I study psychology in hopes of graduating and doing something. Just something. (Hopefully involves writing?)
- I came to know Christ at age fourteen, when I was radically exposed to the unfiltered fact of my desperate need of scandalous grace.
- I love, love, love RUF (Reformed University Fellowship), and it’s where I’ve formed the closest and most rewarding relationships in college.
- I am a graduate of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, which is a public boarding school, where, ironically, I began a love affair with the humanities.
- I am a psychology major. Not really sure what I’m doing with my life, but the uncertainty is teaching me to listen for God and dig deeper into what “His will” means.
- I LOVE TRAVELING! So far, I’ve been to eight countries. Three of those (the Philippines and Japan; and Kenya) were on two different missions trip. The other five (Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, England, and Ireland) were on a city-to-city backpacking extravaganza with my best friend. Email me for tips and tricks on traveling cheaply as a student– or email me with advice from a fellow travel junkie! 😉 I really want to go to Switzerland, Greece, Australia, or Canada soon.
- I grew up in the Presbyterian Church of America, which is a reformed denomination. I’m always in a constant state of questioning and struggling with reformed theology. I truly believe that if you haven’t struggled with it and you accept it, you really don’t know what you’re accepting. I’m just beginning to figure out what I personally believe about reformed doctrine, and I’m not really sold on all of it. However, this is my general background, and I am officially part of the PCA denomination.
If you want to know about my sweet family:
My mom – (Renee) often found dancing to eights music, making soap, calling my name to rub her feet, and being a BOMB principal to lots of little lucky kiddos.
My dad – (Mack) often found fixing things, snuggling our cat while watching cat videos, buying Christmas lights during July, and fixing computers like a BOSS.
Gib – my coordinated, sixteen-year-old brother who is always attempting to make me play Call of Duty, jump off the roof, burn something, or hurt myself in some other thrilling way.
Duke – my yellow lab who enjoys licking my toes and any other visible skin on my body but I will readily defend his case when meanies call him fat
Nate – My old-man skinny cat with a tiny little pudge. He loves pawing my face, sticking his tongue out at any and every one, and staring at me for endless hours to earn my love.
I also have sweet friends that it would take a lifetime to list them and describe to you how absolutely much I adore them. So I will refrain for now until they become less fantastic so the list will be shorter of all the reasons they should be adored….
If you have any questions about life, theology, how to set up a blog, how to travel cheaply as a student, what boarding school is like, Taylor Swift’s new album, or you want cute pictures of my pets, or you feel like you can offer advice, you wanna grab tea, or anything else, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a title starting as “Earth to MM!” (that way I don’t trash your sweet letter into my spam folder.) Emails from my readers are my absolute favorite, and I will try to make haste with my responses.