2017: The Best Year of My Life

There are lots of words I would use to describe what I’ve realized 2017 has been for me: Acceleration. Saturation. Growth. God’s taken me places I never imagined I would be, blowing even my biggest dreams out of the water.

Today, looking back at the past twelve months of my life makes me want to drop to my knees and shed tears of thankfulness to God for not only the epicness He’s done in my life, but what I’ve told Him He’s more than free to take over and do through me for others.

Let me share it with you!

 

To kick off the best year ever, I finished my very first novel at 123,000 words on January 31st. It was my most amazing, exhilarating writing experience to that date!

… not to mention absolutely terrible writing but WE DON’T NEED TO MENTION THAT.

Writing the last few words felt so surreal, I couldn’t believe the story world I had been absorbed in for ten months of my life was on a pause until editing.

At the time of finishing book I, I planned to make it into a trilogy, but now it’s turned into at least a six-book series called Warfare

Other significant things in January were:

  • Getting a Propel procedure done on my teeth so they’d move faster with both my Invisalign and braces (we’re not going to go into any specifics of it in case you freak out, because I totally more than freaked, and #PAIN).
  • Finishing the plot of an evangelistic outreach movie I’d been planning since December called The Goodbye. I collect dolls professionally and enjoy making stopmotion animations with them.

Editing of the first draft of Loyalty Book I began not hours after I had finished writing the book and just before February 1st. I knew nothing about writing and that you should wait a little before beginning editing, but 🤷🏻‍♀️

I documented my arduous editing journey here, but here’s a very small snippet of my multiple anguished reactions at the notorious chapter two.

2:30 AM – EWW THIS IS SO GAHH… I AM HATING CHAPTER 2 RIGHT NOW! This is so horrible! EEEEWWWW!!! AAAGGGHHH!!!

2:32 AM – I can’t stand this anymore! This is HORRIBLE!!! I might just COMPLETELY rewrite chapter 2! I can’t stand this!

I quit.

The second draft wasn’t much different. I’m so embarrassed I was enough of an idiot to enlist beta readers. I’ve scarred them for life. 😩

  • On February 7, I asked my parents when I could start my personal blog I had talked to them about. With the answer of “Oh, whenever you want”, I bought the domain name madigrace.org that night.

I spent wayyy too much time with the theme and everything over those next two days. XD


photo taken by my best friend

  • In early February, my best friends in Texas flew me down for the week of Valentine’s Day.


photo taken by my best friend

THEY HAD THE CUTEST BABY GOATS.

Really loud, too.

I was still really missing Texas at the time, so God went out of His way to bless me multiple times. I talk more about that here.

  • The latter end of February was even more epic. I started preparing my dolls for shooting The Goodbye and made amazing memories with my brother. Certain songs we obsessed over still remind me of the epic times February held.

  • Madi Grace launched on March 2nd. I’m not going to link you to the first post because I don’t want you to read it.

I’ll link you to Charis‘ interview of me and launch party instead.

  • On March 4th, a year after I first began writing Loyalty Book I, I did the dumbest thing of the entire year. I put that 123k hunk of junk up for beta-reading.

I’m seriously so embarrassed people read it! I DON’T ACTUALLY WRITE THAT BAD ANYMORE, GUYS, I PROMISE.

WHY DID I THINK IT WAS GOOD BACK THEN. 😩

  • After watching people do NaNoWriMo in 2016, I wondered if I was capable of writing 50k in a month. So in March, I decided to see.

I thought it would be a lot harder, and it was a ton of fun.

  • Due to my 50k goal, I did a ton of sprinting on My Write Club and increased my WPM (words per minute). I was obsessed with sprinting.
  • My awesome missionary friend Michael came to stay with us! Ever since 2014, he’s been staying with us every summer. He’s like my older brother and my dad’s spiritual son, and the funniest person I’ve ever met in my entire life. He’s now a missionary in Thailand!

Each month topped the one before it, but can I just take a moment and say how amazing April was?

  • My April Fools Day pranks on my little brother and Michael kinda backfired, but…
  • I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo! One of the best experiences EVER. I fully recapped it in this post.

  • In addition to Camp NaNo, I wrote my first novelette called Hora: Everything I Never Said. I’d link you, but while it was the best thing I’d written up to that point (my writing skyrocketed over the year, and I learned a lot), it still stinks.

But it’s coming out in 2018, edited and polished, available to all of you for free. I think. I hope. If I have time. (Pfft, when do I ever NOT take the chance to shove my stuff down your esophagus.)

  • I made a ton of epic memories of sprinting until 4 A.M. in the morning and roleplaying with my friend Blue.
  • A week in to Camp NaNo, I took a weeklong break to finish filming The Goodbye and released it on Easter. It was the hardest I had worked that year. I pulled my first all-nighter on its release date to edit and upload that 15-minute mammoth of a stopmotion.

THE LONG STORY BELOW IS PRETTY NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND THE MIRACLE THAT HAPPENED IN APRIL IF YOU DON’T ALREADY KNOW MY BATTLE WITH JUVENILE ARTHRITIS. BUT NOBODY’S FORCING YOU NOT TO SKIM OR SKIP IT.

Some of you may know this, but I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when I was 6.

When it jumped sides of my body, inflamed multiple joints at once, then went to my eyes, doctors were freaking out and put me on the same medicine used for chemotherapy. It would eventually destroy my ability to have children. I took it through weekly injections for years and also had a few steroid shots in my knee.

But the report of the doctor is not the report of the Lord. I’ve never doubted once that Jesus is still in the miracle-working business.

Instead of being blind and in a wheelchair today like the doctors were preparing for, I’m up and kicking butt like never before. The devil’s thrown a lot of arthritic curveballs in my health over the years, so I’m cracking his skull for it with every soul I win.

After almost a year of joints 100% clear from inflammation, my left knee; the one that had given me the most problems; began to swell again in April 2015.

Since then, I’d been believing for a miracle once again for my knee, and in April of this year, it came to pass.

Since April 2015, I couldn’t bend my knee back all the way. The farther I tried to bend it, the more excruciating it became. In 2016, we decided we were done with the methotrexate (the weekly injections I took). I attended a healing school in November 2016, where I learned how to apply the Word of God to my life, take authority over my body, and command healing. Every day, I quote Scriptures from the Bible about healing and miracles over my body.

HAVE YOU SKIMMED ALL OF THAT. I DON’T BLAME YOU, ‘CAUSE IT WAS LONG. IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, YOU MIGHT JUST READ THIS GOOD PART FIRST AND THEN GO BACK FOR NECESSARY DETAILS.

After an awesome day of yard work with my family and Michael, I came inside and tried sitting down with my bottom on my heels again, something my knee was getting closer and closer to doing, and eventually could do over those two years but still hurt.

My eyes widened as I sat down and realized nothing was hurting. I wasn’t having to lean to one side to avoid pain. I could hardly believe it.

I told my family, and we were all casually like “YES. We knew this day would come.” I thought I’d scream and jump around, but I do most of my rejoicing before the miracle comes as a statement of faith. So I had celebrated already. XD

I know a lot of people don’t believe healing is for today. But Jesus took 39 stripes on His back, and there are 39 routes to all known diseases. With all my heart, I believe that by His stripes, we were healed!

APRIL WAS OFF-THE-CHAIN AWESOME, GUYS.

And the awesomeness didn’t stop there!

  • I finished off the last of Hora: Everything I Never Said. I learned a lot, had the time of my life, and learned to discipline myself to write 1k an hour. Now I can write 4k an hour. 😱
  • I began roleplaying with Chloe and Josie on May 8th. We have had some awesome times and EPIC roleplay sagas to the wee hours of the morning on tlk.io. Chloe and Josie are such amazing friends, and I’m really blessed to be able to know them.

We still haven’t stopped RPing, though seriously, guys; we’ve got to do an epic group one in the Elven realm again!

  • May ministers and leaders’ conference! Lots of great times with God during these 16 services in 8 days. I was gonna register myself to get a minister badge to wear because I believe in being a minister now, but since the state of Florida won’t legally let me marry & bury until I’m 17, we figured it wasn’t ethical. BUT THEN MY FRIEND WHO’S BARELY OLDER THAN ME WORE ONE AND I WAS ALL JELLY.

  • Best Memorial Day ever! I made so many awesome memories with my family and Michael, roleplaying, and editing the plot line for Loyalty Book II, which I planed to write for July Camp NaNo.

  • I began rewriting Loyalty Book I! I was becoming less of an idiot enough to realize it stank, but still dumb enough not to realize that the problem was not only in the terrible writing quality, but the fact that there was no plot, purpose, theme, character arcs… 😫

  • My family including Michael were blessed with a night at this really awesome resort. I was extremely shy and did barely any swimming, but lots of daydreaming and imagining. I wrote a Loyalty short story called Timeless based off of what I imagined.

Ah, June. Always an awesome month, because summer and my birthday. I can’t think of a single June in my life that I didn’t like.


picture taken by Jenny Wymore

  • We went on the first ministry trip of the year! My parents are evangelists but slowed down on their traveling during 2015-2017 so they could support my sister in Bible college, focusing more on our missions base in East Africa, Pakistan, and Iraq instead. So this rare summer trip was super exciting. I got to demonstrate the miracle-working power of God in my knee at a church we preached at.

I documented the entire trip here!


why don’t I get cool pixels on my face? >:(

  • With my IRL best friends Allie and Piper (the ones who flew me down to visit in February) I went to the American Girl store in Dallas while we were there in Texas… and was able to meet Chloe and her sister Sophie! It was my very first time having a meet up with an online friend, and such an incredible experience!

You’re such a sweet and incredible person, Chloe, and I’m so glad we got to meet!! I must apologize for giving you so many hugs. I was quite excited. XD

You’re next, Josie! >:)

  • I TURNED ONE YEAR OLD ON JUNE 27.

Just kidding. I turned 14 but no one had a 4 candle anywhere.

My birthday party was spent pre-writing all day for July Camp NaNo. I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to do but write. It was the best.

Ahh, July. Could summer ever get any greater? Definitely my favorite season.

  • I started writing Loyalty Book II: Pursuit of No One. I woke up at 4:00 in the morning on July 1 and wrote 20k that day. Most exhilarating writing experience ever! I documented the month of Camp here, with plenty of snippets. Probably too many.

My goal for the month was 75k, and the goal for the book to be 130k. But because I outlined it wrong, it ended up being barely 60k.

Embarrassing, I know. Chloe is the only one who has read the entirety of the epic fail known as the first draft of Pursuit of No One.

(If you have to fail, guys, at least fail epically. Go out with a bang.)

Then my goal changed to 100k in a month. So for the other 40k, I picked up rewriting Loyalty Book I.

JUST LOOK AT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOCK COVER IN THE WORLD THAT SARAH MADE FOR PURSUIT OF NO ONE IT’S LITERALLY THE MOST PERFECT THING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE IT LITERALLY COULDN’T BE ANY MORE PERFECT SARAH THANK YOU SO MUCH.

 Most of my July days were spent like this:

  1. Wake up anytime from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.
  2. Start the day off with roleplay.
  3. Take a shower while roleplaying.
  4. Get dressed while roleplaying. (This includes makeup. It’s an incredible feat.)
  5. Eat a late lunch while roleplaying.
  6. Take care of any blog stuff while roleplaying.
  7. Swim while roleplaying.
  8. Eat dinner while roleplaying.
  9. Go to bed and procrastinate getting started on writing while roleplaying.
  10. Write Loyalty Book II: Pursuit of No One from 11 P.M. to 5-7 A.M. While roleplaying until Chloe and Josie have to go or fall asleep.
  11. Fall asleep around 5-7 A.M.
  • Michael left for Thailand on July 6. *cries* We can’t visit him for two years.

  • I got to meet up with Light4theLord at the American Girl store in Orlando, Florida on July 10th!

Light4theLord, you’re just the sweetest and it was such an incredible experience to meet you and your family in person! I think I hugged you too much, but I was really excited. XD

And what do you know, I was wearing the same shirt that I wore when I met Chloe. XD

  • Summer campmeeting! I went to the night services only (yeah, there’s no way I’m going to be there at 9 A.M. if I’m falling asleep from 5-7), which let out at twelve A.M., so they were perfectly synced to my writing times.

  • My writing life was changed forever.

(Which has nothing to do with cake.)

Josie (bet you never heard me mention Chloe or her ever!) introduced me to Helping Writers Become Authors, and I literally don’t know what I would do without K.M. Weiland and her mind-blowing blog and books.

I had no idea about story structure or character arcs, and since reading Outlining Your NovelStructuring Your Novel5 Secrets to Story Structure, working through the coordinating OYN and SYN workbooks as well as the Creating Character Arcs Workbook later in the year, my writing and writing knowledge have skyrocketed.

  • Youth camp began on July 31, so I had to finish my 100k goal early.

*shudders* Youth camp. -_-

My reaction about being forced to go to my first summer camp can be summed up in this perfect photo taken during field day:


photo credit @ IM Student Ministries

Yup, there’s me. There’s my face I wore all field day. I’m ashamed. I knew I should be focusing on joy despite the circumstances.

My poor team. They got so annoyed at me. XD I opted out of every single activity I could and did the least amount of everything I could.

We lost.


photo credit @ IM Student Ministries

I hid behind everyone so I wouldn’t have to participate in this game, but they made me go twice. Which they shouldn’t have, because I was terrible at everything and didn’t want to do anything.


photo credit @ IM Student Ministries

Luckily, I got to be in a cabin (ha, yeah right, “cabin”. Super nice hotel room instead! >:)) with friends, one of which was my best friend (in the middle and right in front of me).

Cabin Mate: Are you excited?
Me: No.
Cabin Mate: Did you want to come?
Me: No.
Cabin Mate: I hope you get your $380 worth.
Me: My parents paid and forced me to come.


photo credit @ IM Student Ministries

Even though I initially had a bad attitude about having to go to youth camp, I learned to make it worth my while. The theme of the youth camp was a subject important to me; living life undefeated and taking authority in this life!

I went into the week believing for the courage to take the next steps in both my personal life and ministry, and after days of saturation in God’s presence and getting re-baptized, I was able to take the biggest step in front of me—one I was scared of and had been daunting me for years—a couple weeks later in August. My relationship with God went like 💥

  • I pulled my second all-nighter to work on the plot of the series.
  • The Goodbye hit a quarter million views while I was at youth camp, and I got the best hate comments ever. I actually adore persecution, because that means I’m making the devil in people really mad. You can’t make an impact tickling people’s ears.

I was smiling so wide at the F-bombs and people telling me the movie was “unproffesional”… as they misspelled unprofessional. 😂 I SERIOUSLY LOVE PERSECUTION SO MUCH IT’S NOT EVEN FUNNY. Actually, it is, because it makes me laugh. 😂

I’ll have to make a post about handling persecution sometime, but I’m afraid I’m not really a good judge of it so far. All of the persecution I’ve ever gotten since I was eight, even from adults, were from people I didn’t know and whose opinions I couldn’t care less about. It would’ve actually hurt had it come from people I love, so I’ll make a post about it when I have a little more experience. XD

  • I began P.E. I’m not an athletic person, so people really enjoyed dying laughing at my 25 strike-outs in softball. I got the coach to call me Madi, though, and I’m witnessing to the Muslim kids there. >:)

  • Having to evacuate due to Hurricane Irma ruined a lot of my plans, but I still managed to continue working through the OYN workbook and write an entire novelette practicing proper scene structure. I documented our evacuation trip here.

  • The rest of September was spent outlining like crazy (and continuing to shoot for the photostory series). I discovered major problems with the outlining and had to start all over, which I documented here.

  • Up to this point, I was trying to outline and structure my entire novel in time for NaNoWriMo, but after realizing a lot of important things about quality over quantity, I decided to share my thoughts in this post, and with a heavy heart, give up my dream of participating in “real” NaNo.

This post aroused a lot of hate, too, especially on the NaNo forums which I shared it on. >:) I guess people took it the wrong way and thought I was trying to convince people to quit NaNo, which I wasn’t. I was actually simply sharing my reasons why I chose not to participate this year in case anyone else was dealing with the same novel problems.

Just to clear that up in case you read that and wanted to throw tomatoes at me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • I FINISHED OUTLINING AND BEGAN STRUCTURING. You don’t know how EXCITED I was.

When you can’t keyboard-slam your excitement, scribble it instead.

  • I got to go to a Planetshakers concert (as part of their Legacy tour) at my church for free. My pastors helped Planetshakers get started, and now they’re an awesome ministry in Australia with super epic praise and worship that are modern and have undefeated theology. It was the best concert I’ve ever been to.

Granted, I’ve only been to two.

  • Another ministry asked my dad to help them with a lawsuit, so we visited fam in Texas again while he flew to Oklahoma. Thanks to God’s favor, the ministry he’s helping has the big dogs on their side; the same lawyers who helped Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, and other influential ministers.

  • I finished the structuring of my novel on October 30th! Now I could start on my beloved scene outline… or so I thought, as I documented here.

  • I wrote my 50-scene, 27k scene outline in ten days! It was such an epic experience. I documented it here.

  • I began my novel research. Not a fun experience, as I document here.

  • I got to meet the machine gun preacher and shake his hand! Heh heh.

I planned everything so well, sitting on the second row right behind him. I felt like a mastermind genius; look him in the eyes at this moment when he turns around, hold his gaze, he’ll shake your hand. And it worked. >:) He’s not at all like I thought he was. He’s awesome! If for any reason you don’t like him, just comment your questions and I’ll tell you what he’s really about. ‘Cause I met him.

  • I pulled my third all-nighter, working on stuff I talk about here.
  • I finished updating my entire scene outline with all my research and historical “fixations”, as I call them. XD

2017’S BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • WORDS WRITTEN: At least 436,258
  • BOOKS OF THE BIBLE READ: New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs
  • SOULS SAVED: I kept track of it all wrong, so I there are more, but I was honored to help at least 157 people give their hearts to Jesus.
  • MONEY GIVEN TO WORLD MISSIONS: I believe every Christian should fulfill the Great Commission! While I soul-win here in America, I have a passion for world missions, too. Personally, I gave around $690 to world missions.
  • CHILDREN FED: I was personally able to feed one child a month for I think $72 this year. I forgot how many my parents fed, but as I state, that was completely my decision and money. You can literally change someone’s life for only $6 a month! Yeah, you! You can find out how to do it right here!
  • MAJOR PROJECTS COMPLETED: I finished two novels, two novelettes, numerous short stories, one stopmotion movie, my annual photostory series, outlined, structured, researched, and scene-outlined a novel, and launched Madi Grace.

That sounds kind of braggy and look-what-I-did, and I apologize if it does. But I’m close to tears as I type this, because nothing could’ve been done like it was without the favor of God.

The fact that God can use me at my young age to help impact people for eternity through what I have available is something I’m still trying to wrap my mind around. If people don’t even remember I was the one who told them about the life-changing love of Jesus or posted an encouraging sermonette, GOOD. I live my life to make Jesus famous, and I love every bit of it.

2017 was by far the greatest year of my life. I made the most amazing memories, had the most amazing times, and most importantly, am closer to Jesus than ever before.

I’d say 2017 is going to be pretty hard to top by next year; I’m scared about a bunch of things that are coming up and keep thinking 2018 is going to be terrible. But who am I kidding? Nothing’s hard for God! I can’t wait to watch Him blow 2017 out of the water with 2018’s coming epicness.

WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE PARTS OF 2017? ARE YOU READY FOR 2018, JUST LIKE YOU’RE READY FOR ME TO SHUT UP NOW? ME TOO. I’VE WORKED ON THIS POST FOR WEEKS.

I can’t wait to start writing Warfare Book I: One of Them tomorrow. You don’t know how much self-control it’s taking not to keyboard slam my excitement right now along with hundreds of exclamation points. Expect tons of updates and, heh, of course, more snippets shoved down your esophagus!

P.S. At a loss for unique and awesome New Year’s resolutions? Check out my friend’s awesome post full of ideas here.

By |2017-12-30T15:14:18+00:00December 31st, 2017|Butt-Kicking, Encouragement, Photography, Recaps, Writing|85 Comments

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85 Comments

  1. Charis Rae • charisrae.com December 31, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    2017 was a fabulous year for both of us! You’ve accomplished so so much, Madi, and I couldn’t be prouder! I’m so happy to have grown our friendship in 2017, and I can’t wait to see where 2018 takes us! 😀

    • Madi December 31, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Awww, thank you so much, Charis! <3 (I literally just went "AWW!" out loud 😂) I can't wait to see where 2018 takes us too! Thanks for being such an awesome friend. :D

  2. AGs in Alaska December 31, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I SWEAR YOU ARE LIKE THE MOST AMAZING PERSON EVER.

  3. Hope from AG Doll Dreams December 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    WHOA. Madi, I had no idea about your health problems!!! That’ awful!!! I am SO GLAD Jesus has helped you OVERCOME that!!!! Praise God!!!! It sounds like you had a good year!!!! One of my goals for this new year is to meet up with you sometime!!!!!!

    • Madi December 31, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      God has been SO GOOD to me in helping me overcome them!! 💪💪 AWWW, I really hope we can meet up! THAT WOULD BE AMAZING!

  4. Julia M December 31, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Would it be weird if I asked you what denomination of Christianity you like believe in or whatever? Because I’m like just finding out stuff about this ’cause like I go to a Presbyterian church but I’m not Presbyterian? Yeah, any way that was so cool that you got to do all this stuff! Being public schooled REALLY cuts down on my free time for like anything.. And before you mentioned that you went to Camp Kulaqua right? ‘Cause I went there in July and it was so much fun!
    Happy New Year!
    ~Julia <3

    • Madi December 31, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Not at all! I’m Pentecostal (but not the overly religious long-skirts-no-makeup-long-hair kind), so I believe in the power of God and miracles. Thank you so much, Julia! Awww, yeah, public school does sound like it would cut down on a lot of your time. And YES, I went to Camp Kulaqua for youth camp! It was amazing!!

      Happy New Year! Thanks for commenting!

      • Julia M January 1, 2018 at 9:37 am - Reply

        Ohh okay, cool! Have a nice 2018!
        ~Julia <3

        • Madi January 1, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

          You too!

  5. Lydia December 31, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Wow, you had such an amazing year! You’re so great at keeping everything in an optimistic perspective. I hope 2018 is an amazing year for you!

    • Madi December 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Lydia! I hope the same for you as well!

  6. Hannah December 31, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    This was so good! Was your propel procedure as bad as the photos on bing? AHH that must have hurt! Other than that and the thing with your knee, it looks like you had a good year!

    • Madi December 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      ARGH, yes! *cries eternally* PAINFUL. I sure did! Thank you so much, Hannah!

  7. Abby Franklin December 31, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Aw, man. My accomplishments seem *tiny* compared to yours (sitting at computer writing 24/7???)

    Honestly my favorite part of this whole post is your journal scribbling/screaming. Because that’s brilliant.

    And wouldn’t it be cool if we could meet up sometime? I’m in Florida a ton with my family being obsessed with Disney World <3

    • Madi December 31, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Most of my accomplishments were all made at a computer too. XDD

      That literally made me laugh out loud. 😂😂

      Oh my goodness, that would be so awesome! My parents are totally okay with me meeting up with people, so next time you’re in Florida, just let me know and maybe we could meet! 😮

      • Abby Franklin December 31, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

        *gasp* that would be fun! I might be going in may but we’re not sure yet. So maybe!

        • Madi December 31, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

          Ooh! That would be awesome!

  8. Zella T December 31, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    For some weird reason my comments don’t load for like day or so after, but you seemed like you had a great year! I love world missions too! Currently my heart is in Nicaragua, and I even went there for a week to do missions work with families there!

    • Madi December 31, 2017 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Oh, that’s weird! Your comment is loading just fine for me, sorry ’bout that. Thank you so much! Oh my goodness, that is SO awesome! I bet you had an incredible time!

  9. Julia December 31, 2017 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Awesome year! I’m excited to hear all about your new book. 😃 And I agree, I can’t wait for tomorrow! I’m going to start my new book as well. 😉 (Or, well, I’m going to be researching. You’ll be writing. 😆)

    • Madi December 31, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Julia! (Hey, research! *high-five* Best of luck with that!)

  10. EnniMorgan December 31, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    I’m really having a difficult time trying to figure out what to comment. I guess…I’ll just say that this whole post is just-just well….*struggles to find word* awesome? Nah, that’s too weak.

    • Madi December 31, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      I always have that problem. XD Thanks, Enni! <3

      • EnniMorgan December 31, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

        😛 It’s just…I love this post, and I don’t have words.

  11. Zella T December 31, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    I also wanted to say that it was great to hear about your powerful healing. I also believe in commanding inanimate objects to be healed, be productive, work according to their manufacturing, yada yada yada. Are you Pentecostal, by any chance? Weird question, I know, but this girl at my school is Pentecostal and she believes in the same thing, but lots of kids at my school are other, more traditional denominations and they don’t quite fancy that practice.

    • Madi December 31, 2017 at 5:11 pm - Reply

      Aww, thanks so much, Zella! Yes, I am Pentecostal, so I believe in the power of God! I’m just not the religious long-skirt-long-hair-no-makeup sect of it. XD

      • Zella T December 31, 2017 at 5:14 pm - Reply

        Ahh ok, I see the lines of Pentecostal whenever you speak about God XD. I and my family are nondenominational, so we definitely agree with some Pentecostal values. You definitely have inspired me to pursue my relationship with Jesus and speak of Him with more conviction! You are a bold little warrior! (well not little, you’re older than me, but….nvm)

        And yes, I wear makeup and jeans too! XD XD

        • Madi December 31, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

          Hehe, I was wondering if people could tell. XD Ooh, that’s so awesome! AWWW, that means so much! That makes me so glad! <3 (XDD Well, I'm little to some people! XD)

          Yes! *high-five* XD XD

  12. Maddy December 31, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Wow Madi. You have such a heart for the Lord and it really reflects on your blog. You definitely inspire me to dig deeper with my relationship with the Lord. ❤️

    I am so glad that 2017 was your best year, and I hope that 2018 is even better!

    • Madi December 31, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Awww, thank you so much, Maddy! That means so much. Jesus is definitely amazing. ❤️

      Same to you!!

  13. Sarah @ for all who wander December 31, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    I LOVE YOU SO MUCH OKAY MADS. ❤️ Your big heart is amazing, and the way that you really strive to love all for the Lord is super awesome!! I’m honestly so glad that we got to become good friends this year 💕 and AHHH IT LITERALLY MAKES ME SMILE SO MUCH THAT YOU LIKE THE MOCK COVER AJSKDLFJDJ.

    Also you were so productive?? Like how?? Teach me your ways pls?? 😂 Seriously though, I’m SO thankful for our friendship and I love you so much!! 💞

    • Madi January 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      AWW I LOVE YOU TOO! ❤️ Awww, that means so much! Thank you spoo much, Sarah! You’re the sweetest!!

      THE MOCK COVER WAS SO PERFECT AHHHHHH. *drools all day*

      I think it was a very unhealthy productiveness. 😂 AWW, it’s been such a blessing to be able to know you! You’re amazing! I hope you have an awesome 2018, I love you so much too!!

  14. May @ Forever and Everly December 31, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Aww, Madi, I had no idea you had all these health problems! I’m so glad that you got through them, that’s amazing. 💖 Congrats on ALL the writing things you achieved — I’m in awe of how much you did???? 😂 And aaahh, that’s so cool that you got to meet all these internet friends! I want to meet a few but I’d probably just be a stammering mess (and they also live all over the world 😂).

    The picture of you with the thinking cloud “I hate this day” is hilarious!! 😂 Hope you have a FABULOUS 2018. I’m sure you’ll accomplish so many things. 😘

    • Madi January 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you SO much, May! ❤️❤️

      I did write a lot, but it wasn’t a very healthy thing. 😂😂 Thank you so much! Heh, that was my main worry. I thought I’d be too shy to speak. XD

      HAHA, thank you! 😂😂 I hope you have an absolutely incredible 2018! <33

  15. Chloë December 31, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Wowza, Madi, your year was packed!
    Awww, thank you! Nope, you didn’t give me too many hugs, I adore hugs, I can never have enough.
    AND MADIIIIIIIII ALL OF YOUR WRITING IS AMAZING, ESPECIALLY COMPARED TO MINE STOP THINKING THAT IT’S NOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
    Happy New Year!

    • Madi January 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      I can’t believe it! 😱

      Oh, phew! 😅 HEHE I ADORE HUGS TOO.

      ASDFGJSKDFHSLADKFHJL NO IT WAS TERRIBLEEEEEEE. I LIKED YOURS A LOT BETTERRRRR.

      Happy New Year! <3

      • Chloë January 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

        NO IT WAS NOT TERRIBLEEEEEE MADIIIIII WHAT CAN I SAY TO CONVINCE YOU THAT IT WASN’T

        • Madi January 3, 2018 at 9:04 am - Reply

          NOTHINGGGG IT IS SO BAAAAD.

          • Chloë January 3, 2018 at 9:34 am - Reply

            NO IT’S NOTTTTTT

            • Madi January 3, 2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

              YES IT ISSSSS

  16. Mya December 31, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    This is so inspirational! And hey, Loyalty was amazing when I beta read! Don’t be too hard on yourself. 😉😉😂

    • Madi January 1, 2018 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Mya! AWWW, you’re the sweetest. I’m so glad you liked it. 😂

  17. kaitlynrh1 December 31, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Wow!!! You did a lot of amazing stuff in 2017! It’s sad that it’s over today. Happy (almost) new year, Madi! 😀

    • Madi January 1, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      I can’t believe it!! I’m sad it’s over too, but excited for 2018! Happy New Year, Kaitlyn! 😀

  18. Kendall December 31, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Awe, 2017 was such a growing year for me too! God is clearly displaying His grace in me daily, but especially in this past year.
    I am so glad 2017 was so wonderful for you, and I am impressed with and grateful for all of the work you are doing for the Kingdom!
    Here’s to following God into 2018! 🙂

    • Madi January 1, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      I know, right? 2017 was just amazing.

      Aww, thank you so much, Kendall! That means so much. <3

      Amen! 😀

  19. Nicole @ Wild Pennings January 1, 2018 at 12:56 am - Reply

    I laughed so hard during some parts while reading this! 😂😂😂 You’re literally one of THE MOST dedicated people I have ever met, and that’s realy inspiring. I hope you have a wonderful 2018!!!

    • Madi January 1, 2018 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      THAT MAKES ME VERY HAPPY. 😂😂😂 Awww, thank you SO much, Nicole! I hope you have an absolutely amazing 2018!!

  20. Olive January 1, 2018 at 9:10 am - Reply

    I WAS NOT SCARED FOR LIFE I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT.
    and no, I won’t stop saying that. 😛
    Uuuhhhhhhgggghhhh, it would be so AWESOME to meet you! I wish I could. ☹️
    Ahhh, youth camp. I went in 2016, and I can’t decide if it was awesome or awful. I’m gonna go with memorable, but I never want to do it again. Because I didn’t want to last year, and I’m not going this year unless my younger sister wants to go, then I’ll go to protect her. Because I’m not letting her get overwhelmed by everything, lost, and tense for an entire week, while I sit at home in peace and quiet. (Weeeeellll, not exactly. There’s the sibs.😛) I mean, it was fun, but the breakfast food didn’t agree with me, but I could have pizza for lunch AND dinner every day, and we had to stay up reeeeaaaaally late, (and that was back when I would be in bed by 9:00pm) and everyone expected you to be just so darn ENERGIZED. I’m an introvert, person, and I haven’t had a recharge in two days. Don’t talk to me. (Just multiply that by a week….) and I’d never been away from my family overnight before, (not even for sleepovers) and then go from nothing to a week? It was scary. It was also on a college campus, so it took FOREVER to walk anywhere.
    Ok, am I complaining too much?
    I think I am.
    I’ll shut up now.
    No wait!
    I can never exactly tell whether it’s been a good or bad year, so I usually just say it was a great year. 😂 so, I had a great year! 😃
    And now to go have some cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and try not to worry about the fact that my CHRISTMAS post will be up after New Years which is weird….and while I’m worrying I haven’t worked on my book in so long I’ve forgotten what I named my characters. 😳
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madi January 1, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      AWWWWWW I’M SO GLAD YOU WERE NOT SCARRED. Hehe, I think this is why I wanted you to alpha, you’re so nice and encouraging 😂😂

      UGH, it would!! Seriously, if you’re ever in Florida, just lemme know. My parents are totally okay with me meeting up with people.

      AHHHH DUDE YOUR CAMP EXPERIENCE SOUNDS SCARY. Mine was, too. I hadn’t been at an overnight camp before, but it wasn’t that bad. I just had a bad attitude about going. XDD

      Yeah, always go with great! 😂

      MMm, cinnamon rolls. Haha, don’t worry, everyone will love your post. Speaking of which, I think my reader has a problem because it’s not even alerting me of your posts! *pouts*

      😂😂😂 I shouldn’t have laughed but I did. XDD I’ve forgotten a few key characters, too. XD

  21. Maddie January 1, 2018 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I think it’s amazing what you accomplished in 2017. And I’m sure God is just beaming down at you right now, so proud of you!! And I’m proud of you too <3 What an amazing year!!

    • Madi January 1, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Maddie! AWWW YOU’RE THE SWEETEST. <3 <3 Happy New Year, Maddie!! <3

  22. blackiesunshine January 1, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Happy New year! I’m super duper proud of all you’ve done…if my measly pride in you means anything hahaha! This post made me laugh so much, in particular your scribbles and he birthday cake. Does this mean you’re only 18 months old or so? 😛
    My new year’s resolution is to do as much awesome ministry stuff as you. So yeah. I’m not currently involved with a church (we have been burned a lot) so that will be a challenge, but you don’t need a church to witness. You just need to be convincing lol. Right?
    *Hopes madi doesn’t think I’m going to hell for not going to church* I’m religious I promise.

    • Madi January 3, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Happy New Year! AWWW, you’re the sweetest! And yep, only 18 months or so. XD Juuuust kidding…

      Awww!! I hope you find lots of AWESOME opportunities to witness. 💪

      Yeah, it is hard to find a good church. We had to move across the Unites States to come to ours! XD Nuuu I don’t think you’re not going to hell 😂

      • blackiesunshine January 3, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        So relieved XD I’ve found that there are creative awesome people where you least expect them (the bagger at our grocery store writes poetry), so it must work the same way for people who need witnessing 😉

        • Madi January 3, 2018 at 6:37 pm - Reply

          Woah, that’s so neat! Indeed, it must 😉

  23. Starling January 2, 2018 at 3:47 am - Reply

    Wow, sounds like you accomplished a lot! Great job!

    • Madi January 3, 2018 at 8:53 am - Reply

      I think I did! Thank you so much!

  24. Mukta January 2, 2018 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Sounds like you had an awesome year, eh? By far 2017 was ALSO the best year of my life (then again, EVERY year feels like that -_- ) and I can hardly believe it’s 2018 already IS THAT LEGAL OR WHAT?

    • Madi January 3, 2018 at 8:54 am - Reply

      SAME, every years feels that way. XD NO IT IS NOT LEGAL. I miss 2017 already! XD

      • Mukta January 3, 2018 at 9:34 am - Reply

        Yeah, it’s like a lost friend now… 😢 I hope 2018 and I get along well!

        • Madi January 3, 2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

          Right? 😢 I’m forcing 2018 and I to get along well or there will be serious consequences for it. >:D 😂 😏

  25. silverfoxstudios January 3, 2018 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Don’t feel bad about not bringing your game face. I don’t want to scar you for life when you see me at sports day. Its the 3rd last day of school and our school does races and stuff like that. But I can’t ever even get close to winning. My fails to kick, catch, hit, or throw are known in my class. Just to put it this way, I’m a very non-sporty person. My ideal day is writing, filming, or reading. Not running around after a ball of something like that.

    • Madi January 5, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

      You and I are so alike! That’s EXACTLY how I am. XDD

      • silverfoxstudios January 5, 2018 at 5:19 pm - Reply

        I know, it’s so funny. We’re also both writers, doll-lovers, a middle child, and glasses wearers. Plus, we’re both children of God. The only sport I could maybe win at the Olympics competitive book reading, or writing. XD

        • Madi January 6, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

          Exactly! XD HAHA, they should totally have Olympics for that. XD

  26. Olivia Bell (aka Livy) January 5, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    I loved this, you’ve done so much for Christ! I praise Him for healing you of your arthritis, that is a miracle! I pray always for you regarding that. 🙂 What a fun year you had! And I am so proud of you kicking but when it comes to persecution on your doll movie, those people are just pure evil and I am just so amazed at all the views you got and I’ve watched it twice because I love it and it’s message so much! Never stop kicking the devils butt, with Christ we will win!!!! 😀 I’m curious, who is the said machine gun preacher you mentioned? Hehe! 😀

    Happy New Year! Here’s to an incredible 2018! 😀

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      AWW, thank you so much, Livy! You’re just the sweetest!! <3 You always make my day! <3

      The machine gun preacher is an amazing man of God who runs 10 businesses, builds orphanages and wells in South Sudan, and goes on missions to rescue sexually abused children from rebel-run territories there. He's now 50 years old and not slowing down! He literally goes in with soldiers and guns and fearlessly rescues those precious children. He is a hero.

  27. kirstyntodd January 22, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    I see you hated Youth Camp. I’ve been to literally ONE Youth Camp a/o right now besides the one my church does, and IT. IS. SO. FUN!!!!!!!!!! It’s in Pell City, AL. Website:

    http://faithbaptistchurchpellcity.com/camp.htm

    • Madi January 24, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      OOH, your youth camp sounds SO fun!

      • kirstyntodd January 24, 2018 at 6:39 pm - Reply

        IT IS. OH MY WORD, IT’S SO FUN!!! They divide the entire group into four teams (Red, green, yellow, and white) and give the teams names according to the year’s theme. The teams get to make up their own cheers, and then they play games like Bible Jeopardy, volleyball, basketball, etc. to win points. At the end, the team with the most points wins and each member on the winning team gets a free thingy off the snack bar HEHE. Last year’s theme was military and I was on the Marines (red). We didn’t win, though. >:( Also, there’s a boys versus girls dorm cleaning contest every morning and the losers have to clean for the rest of the day. Most the time the girls win HEHEHE.

        • Madi January 27, 2018 at 2:07 am - Reply

          WOAH, that sounds incredible! HEHE YAY FOR THE GIRLS. Are you going to that youth camp this summer?

          • kirstyntodd February 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

            Oh, I REEEEEAALLLLYYY hope so, but it might not work out. If it doesn’t, I’ll be pretty upset. But I’m fairly certain we’re going in 2019.

            • Madi February 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm - Reply

              I hope you’ll be able to!

  28. kirstyntodd January 24, 2018 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    MUAHAHA I HUNTED DOWN YOUR FIRST POST AND READ IT HEHEHE!!! It’s actually good. Stop putting yourself down. Past Madi doesn’t appreciate it.

    • Madi January 27, 2018 at 2:08 am - Reply

      A;KFJBERGKJ KIRSTYN HOW DARE YOU. 😂 Awww, you’re the sweetest! <3

      • kirstyntodd February 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm - Reply

        FHUFLHEAIF;D;VOL BECAUSE I’M EVIL HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        But I guess I CAN be sweet. SOMETIMES HEHE.

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