Tuesday, January 21, 2020


I recently heard a story of a queen, maybe the queen of England, when she was a child, she was out and about in the city and someone recognized her and not wanting to be wrong about who they thought she was, they kept asking her, 
"Who are you?" 
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Trying to get her to say that she was indeed royalty. Finally, the little princess looked at the person questioning her, she squared her shoulders, threw her head back, looked them in the eye, and she said...
As Christians, we have to have the humility to know we are nobodies,
 with the pride of knowing, who our Father is!!!
"And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." (Romans 8:17)
♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, January 20, 2020

Happy Monday!!!

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeellllll this'll PREACH!!!
♥Mary Frances :)

This week take the time to SPEAK THE TRUTH...IN LOVE!!!

Friday, January 17, 2020

The easiest part of writing...

This past year, Denae Abbott wrote a brand new Christmas play for our church to produce, "The Gospel According to Luke" Of course Denae did an amazing job as writer and director of the play, buuuuuuuuuuuut of course every Christmas Drama, comes with it's DRAMA!!! HAHA!!! Which usually comes from the ones acting out the play. 
One Sunday morning, Denae and I were talking about it, having previously written a Christmas play together and I myself NEVER having the desire to ever direct a play again. (I'm NOT a director!!!) So we're talking about and at the same time we came to the conclusion, IT's not the writing part of the play that's hard, that's EASY!!!!  IT'S THE GETTING EVERYONE IN THE PLAY TO DO WHAT WE WROTE THATS HARD!!! The easiest part, IS the writing!!! 
Now, if your not a writer, you may see that differently, buuuuut if you are a writer, writing is just a natural part of who you are. Although, you may occasionally have a writer's block, something that I myself have never really struggled with, if you are a writer, writing is simply a creative way of expressing yourself. To me, writing is like creating a picture but with words instead of paint. To me, writing is not a hassle or a chore, it's part of who I am, my passion. When I don't write, it's never for lack of inspiration but a matter of time or balancing out my life with other responsibilities and hobby. However, It's not hard for me to write, it's easy. Yes, the hardest part of writing a play is not writing it, it's getting the players to cooperate in doing what you wrote
And that got me to thinking, God is the writer of our life stories. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:2 that we should look unto "Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith." God has already written each and every one of our life stories and I don't believe it was hard for him to do that. Writing our stories was the easy part, it's getting US to cooperate with His writing that is THE HARD PART. As one preacher said one year at a Heritage youth conference, "If you want God's will for your life, it's easy, just stay in His will." If you want a beautiful life story, it's simple, let the writer of your life, WRITE! 
We sit here below and we fret and we worry and we try to figure it all out, yet God already has it all written. Before we were ever even born, God had written our life stories. However, in the process of us fulfilling His will, we get frustrated or mad or sad or sometimes just bored so we meddle or we try and liven things up in God's plan. But it's already been written, we just need to trust in the writer of our lives and know that his ways are better than ours. And if you have stepped out of the writers plans for your life, it's not hard for the Lord to rewrite that part, if you'll only step back in and begin to cooperate again with the Author and Finisher of our faith. His mercies are new every morning. Writing our stories wasn't hard for the Lord, it was so easy for Him to write out beautiful stories for each and every one of us. HE has great things in store for us, for our lives. 
Just trust the writer.
"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)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Walker Family!!!

Sooooooooo about a month or so ago, my pastor was telling the church about a message is dad used to teach to the church about a family called The Walker Family!!! (Representing all the people that continually get up and walk around, going in and out of the sanctuary during the service!) He said his dad would talk about this family whenever people started getting up so much during the service for every little thing that it was becoming a distraction during the preaching...he then proceeded, like his father, to tell us basically that he noticed lately that The Walker family was back at church and to basically keep the movement and getting around to the minimum! (Of course if your child is screaming bloody murder or throwing up, please take them out! LOL) 
As a 3-4 year old child, I VERY MUCH remember Bishop Abbott preaching about this family! That night, a group of us went out to eat for Stultz's birthday, and Bishop Abbott and Bishop Sister Abbott, (That's what we call Elder sister Abbott...I think it sounds better than Elder Sister Abbott, cuz elder sounds old! Or as Odin calls her, The OTHER ABBOTT! LOL)
Soooooo we're all sitting there eating, and Bishop and Bishop Sister Abbott and I was like, SOOOOOOOO about THE WALKER FAMILY, I don't know if anyone else was listening, buuuuuuuuuuut I KNOW MY MOM was!!! I KNOW BECAUSE I peed my pants after TWO OF THE TIMES The Walker Family was preached about because my mom wouldn't let me go to the bathroom during the service when I said I HAAAAAAAAAAAD TO GO!!!
The Abbotts started laughing so hard...I was like, and remember how the church off of Highland in Scottsdale, you had to walk across the front of the church to get to the bathroom! They're like, YES!!! And we all started laughing again!!! You just have to know my mom...thinking, you can wait Mary, just hold it....she was sooooo determined to do the right thing...
THEN there's me...

even as a child...
I was the exception to the rules!!!
*For Example: Liiiiiike, don't get up during the service, UNLESS you really are going to pee your pants!!! OR, Always stop at the stop sign, UNLESS it means that the car behind you is going to crash into you!!!! (If you hear screeching brakes and your thinking, NO way she's actually going to hit me, MOST LIKELY, SHE IS!!! Jus sayin! ;)
♥Mary Frances :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Selfies?! I THINK NOT!!!

Everyone always says I take a lot of selfies, BUUUUUUUUUUUT...I was thinking about it the other day and I had an amazing MARY THOUGHT!!! I came to the conclusion, that contrary to popular belief,  I ACTUALLY do NOT take a lot of selfies!!! Whenever I am at an event or we go to some national park or monument with my family or friends, I courteously offer, before we take a group picture, to take a picture of each family unit on their own. My brother and his wife and kids, my sister and her kids, my friends and their spouse and kids and everyone asks me if I want my own pic that they'll take... YOU KNOW WHY???
BECAUSE, I'm my own family unit!!!! I am THE ONLY PERSON in my own family unit!!!! Therefore, every time I take a picture of myself, I'm actually taking a FAMILY PICTURE!!! Once I get married the selfies will END be much, much less!!! ;) 
 I THINK NOT!!! Let's get politically correct: if your single and you take pictures of yourself, the politically correct thing to say is NOT  selfies, it's family portraits...remember that guys...we live in a politically correct world lets not be sooooo negative!!! ;)))
Soooooooo I take a lot of selfies...
What can I say??? I'm a very FAMILY ORIENTED PERSON!!! 
Don't judge!!! Hee, hee!!! ;)
♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Sorry that I haven't been writing on here a lot this past month, our internet went down with a storm and is FINALLY fixed...sooooooooo the writing is BACK!!! Feels like i'm not fully living to my fullest potential when I'm not writing for people!!! Like I'm breathing...buuuuut it's a struggle!!! Buuuuuuuuuut I'm back and I promise to make up for what I haven't done and sooooooooo look forward to some good reads the rest of this month!!! Woooooohoooooo!!!! 

 ♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, January 13, 2020

Happy Monday!!!!

Enjoying this winter in AZ thanks to my Ugg boots, sweater tights, sweater dress and long sweaters over everything!!!!

I still haven't actually worn my winter jacket yet...it hasn't been quite cold enough to ACTUALLY not wear cute warm clothes!!! AHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Happy National Spagetti Day!!!

I looooooooooooove SPAGHETTI!!!

National Spaghetti Day is January 4th!:

JANUARY 4th  ~~ It’s National Spaghetti Day! :: Celebrate with Disney's "Lady & The Tramp":
♥Mary Frances :)

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

IT's so pretty...I just can't unwrap it!!!

You know how some people look at a beutifully wrapped present and the like gasp, like, "OMW!!! The wrapping is soooooooooo BEAUTIFUL!!! I don't even wanna OPEN it cuz I'll RUIN the wrapping!!!" Then they proceed to take like ten minutes NEATLY unwrapping the gift and your just standing there like, OH COME ON!!! Just OPEN IT!!! Ahahahaha!!! Weeeeeeeeeellllllll...the WAY I ROLL is...
I just make sure people 
No overly beautiful wrapping for this sista!!! Like, sometimes I don't even use a scissor to cut the paper...ahahahaha!!! LOL! I informed everyone of this Sunday night when we went out for a birthday and everyone busted up laughing...especially when I passed over the birthday present I had wrapped!!!
♥Mary Frances :)

Sunday, December 15, 2019


I have an announcement to make!!!
I lost all 4 pounds I 
gained on Thanksgiving!!! 
Juuuuuuust kidding!!!! That's NOT my actual announcement although I DID lose it!!! Hee, hee!!!! My announcement is that: I'm officially the lowest weight I've been my WHOLE ADULT AND TEEN LIFE!!! I mean, I had originally gotten there when I got to 279, buuuuuuuuuuut since then I've gotten down to 245 two times then gotten stuck there and gone back up a bit, then down to the same and back up a bit, buuuuuuuuuuuuut I finally broke through the 245 mark and got to 244 yesterday morning! My goal for this year is to get down to 235 and IF I can't make it to that, AT LEAST 239...I really think I can do it!!! 

♥Mary Frances :)
P.S. Isn't my sweater THE PERFECT thing to be wearing for this??? This struggle is real my friends, it REALLY IS!!! 

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Single Saturday!!!

Soooo I was reading through really old blog posts and came across a poem my niece MJ wrote me when she was REALLY LITTLE!!! It's the hilariously-cutest lil poem everrrrr! It goes like this:
Mary is Mary
By MJ Ginty
Mary IS MARY! Mary is Merry! Buuuuuuut Mary is NOT Married because Mary still needs to find someone to MARRY!!!
Buuuuuuuut understanding the sometimes awkward happenings of the life of ME, this leaves me with a very ethical question...
Is it technically considered a lie, if when asked by random strangers at gas stations or Starbucks or the grocery store, "Are you married?" If I respond back with, "Yes, I am Mary!"
What do you think??? Truth, lie OR creative truth??? Hee, hee!!!! ;)
♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, December 12, 2019

12 Apostolic Days Of Christmas!!!

I saw this post from 2010 and thought it was indeed time to repost an enjoy again
12 Apostolic Days Of Christmas
On the twelfth day of Christmas
my Apostolic friends gave to me...

12 cans of hairspray...

11 preachers preaching...

10 Bible studies...

9 potluck dinners...

8 packs of bobby pins...

7 days of fasting...

6 Gospel CDs...

5  looooooong skirts...

4 restaurant choices...

3 days of conference...

2 suits and ties...
0 Wedding Rings
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Annnnnnnnnnd a
King James Holy Bible!!!

Does this sound like an Apostolic Christmas OR WHAT?!?!!?! HAHA!
MERRY CHRISTMAS my friends!!! :]
♥Mary Frances :)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Classic Mary DREAM!!!

Sooooooo I've been working on memorizing this month's memory verse for our church. "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners, and purify your hearts ye double minded."  (James 4:7-8) And I'm doing good...I got it!!!

I had this dream that it was testing time at church and we were going around and saying it. And in my mind's dream, everyone that would say it, said it EXACTLY right from start to finish! THEN IT WAS MY TURN and what do you know, I stood up and started stumbling all over the place!!! And what do ya know, I completely FORGOT T!!!
When I woke up in the morning, I remembered the dream and my first thought was, weeeeeeeellllll, I GUESS YOU HAVE SOME MORE STUDYING TO DO GIRLFRIEND!!!! Then I was like WAIT...

Wouldn't that mean that I DO INDEED know the memory verse????
YES!!! Because my mind would still have to know it to quote it correctly for everyone else in my dream, RIGHT??? RIGHT-O!!!! Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaann your and airhead MARY!!!! That was such a MARY DREAM!!!
 I guess Mary will still be MARY
♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Fried Rice???

Okaaaaaaaaay this story just cracks me up!!! Its NOT even MY STORY, buuuuut its soooooo funny I have to share it!!! So my sister works for a Chinese family and the mom was telling her that they were traveling at Christmas time to visit family and that they were taking a box with them on the plane with some kind of expensive meat that they couldn't get wherever they were going.
So she says that they're going through security and the TSA worker asks her a question about her box. AND she THOUGHT that he asked her if she had any FRIED RICE in there? And she was like, EXCUSE ME??? What did you say to me???? And the workers like, "Do you have any DRY ICE in there??? And she goes OH, I thought you asked me if I had any FRIED RICE in there???
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That seriously CRACKS me up!!!
Do you have any FRIED RICE???
No, no, I said...
Dry ice
♥Mary Frances :)
P.S. I dont' get WHY people get offended when you relate a certain kind of food to them because of their ethnicity!!! If someone asked me if I had lasagna in my suitcase...I would NOT get mad!!! ITALIANS BE PROUD!!! Plus There's PROBALBY a good chance there actually IS!!! AHAHAHA!!!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Happy Monday!!!

Hiked into heaven this morning...
My Mom says HI!!!

♥Mary Frances :)
P.S. Isn't this the coolest picture everrrrr?!!?!  And guess what?! Little O took it!!! I have to say, I'm training him well!!!! If anyone wants to edit this pic so that the road I'm on is gold...so it looks like streets of gold...that would be superrrr COOL!!! It would really look heavenish then!!!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Grandpa's Cookies

Red and white dough twisted together, infused with peppermint flavoring and little pieces of peppermint candies- Grandpa’s Candy Cane Cookies. 
Shortbread dough dipped in milk then rolled in sesame seeds, cooked until golden brown. Best served while still warm with hot chocolate- that’s Grandpa’s Sesame Seed Cookies.
 As one takes a bite of this next cookie their mouth will be filled with a variety of delightful goodness. This cookie is crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. It is filled with the sweetness of almond paste and yet salty from the taste of pine nuts- these are Grandpa’s Pinoli Cookies. 
The all around favorite cookie is a 3-layered, Neapolitan-Italian-flag cookie. In between each layer is a filling of fruit preserves and topped with a thin layer of melted chocolate. Once the chocolate is hardened they are cut into tiny, bite-size squares. We simply call these- Grandpa’s Three-Colored Cookies...
Every year, at the end of November, my Grandfather, Joseph Mangino, a retired New York City Policeman, would begin his holiday baking. Grandpa was a big man with broad shoulders, a loud booming voice, chubby cheeks a big smile and a twinkle in his eye. Everyone loved his baking and looked forward to it. Then one year everything began to change. .
I don’t know Franny,” my grandpa says to his daughter who is my mom. “I don’t think I am going to be able to send cookies out to everyone this year.”

“Why not?” Asks my mom.
“I just don’t feel up to it,” he says with a sigh. “I don’t think I could get it all done.” I couldn’t imagine Christmas without Grandpa’s baking. It was a part of who he was and a part of what made Christmas.
“We’ll help you make them,” says my mom. “You can teach the girls. They need to learn anyways.”
.So the baking lessons began…The thing about Grandpa’s baking lessons was that it didn’t matter if you already knew how to bake. When you were in HIS kitchen, you did things HIS way! I remember standing in the kitchen one day after putting all of the dry ingredients in a bowl; I got out the hand mixture to blend it real well. I plugged it into the wall then stuck it into the bowl, which was on the kitchen counter.
“Uh, uh,” said Grandpa. “Stick the bowl in the sink and then begin mixing it. This way if any of the flour comes out it will go in the sink.”
“Okay Grandpa,” I said. Next I got out the eggs and began cracking them into the bowl.
“Uh, uh,” said Grandpa. You gotta get a separate bowl and crack each egg individually to make sure the egg is good. Otherwise if one egg is bad it will ruin the whole batter.”
“Okay Grandpa,” I said. I began rolling the cookies out and putting the lumps on the cookie sheets.
“Uh, uh,” said Grandpa. “Those cookies are way to big. Make them smaller.”
“Okay Grandpa,” I said with a sigh.
When I would get something right Grandpa would nod his head in approval.
“Atta girl Maria, atta girl.” Then when I would take the cookies out of the oven and they were just right Grandpa would smile. “Beautiful, beautiful,” he would say taking a bite.
So became our tradition, each year at Christmas time, my mom, my sister and I would take turns on different days baking cookies with Grandpa.
“You gotta get this right Mary” Grandpa said to me one year as I baked. “I might not be here next year to show you how to do it.” I was startled to hear him say this.
“Don’t say that.” I said looking up from what I was doing. I couldn’t imagine him not being here.
“Well you never know,” said Grandpa. “Everyone dies some time.”

We all knew that Grandpa was getting weaker with each passing year. His body was deteriorating from Parkinson disease, but we didn’t want to think about it.
Then one day it happened. Grandpa died. I remember sitting in his recliner in the living room watching as early in the morning two men from the mortuary came to take his body away. A soft blue blanket covered him as the men rolled his stretcher down the hallway, through his kitchen and out of his house. It took a while for the reality of the situation to really sink in. Grandpa was gone.
However the things that he taught us still live on...
As Christmas time comes around my family and I begin our baking. It’s a family thing and my brother John has picked up the role of BOSSING everyone around now. Through the laughter and teasing of who broke the cookies and who cooked them too long, I remember Grandpa’s words to me;
“You gotta get this right Mary, I might not be here next year.”
“ Don’t worry Grandpa. I promise, I am going to get it right!”
I start mixing the ingredients in a bowl on the counter. Then I remember and put the bowl in the sink. I pull out a separate bowl for the eggs and hope the cookies aren’t too big. As I take the cookies from the oven, I know Grandpa would be smiling, nodding his head in approval, satisfied in knowing that his cookies are still being baked. If I listen closely as I take a bite of a cookie I think I hear Grandpa.
“Atta girl Maria, atta girl.” I take another bite and savor the taste. “Beautiful, beautiful!”

♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Getting older...it's all good!!!

Sometimes, when I hear my friends and peers complaining about getting older...I just can't fully relate...I don't feel older and I don't mind saying that I'm almost 40!!! (ok, in 4.5 years buuuut I'm closer to 40 now than 30;) 
Buuuuuuuuuuuut when I friend recently sent me a comparison photo, I realized WHY perhaps I don't mind getting older...
Check this out!!!! 
I don't particularly relate, looking good and feeling good and good health, TO MY AGE!!! I feel better older, than I did younger!!! It's been a looooooong journey, and I'm not completed yet, buuuuuuuuuuut thank God for his help in getting me where I am today!!! God's given me A LOT of tools that I've had to choose to use and work with to get here, buuuuuuuut ultimately, I couldn't have done it without God's help!!! 
I meant to say this on Thanksgiving but ran out of time to post about it, but I really am SOOOOOOOOOOOO THANKFUL for my health! To be able to freely do active things and enjoy life to the fullest is such an amazing gift!!! Thank you Lord!!! 

♥Mary Frances :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Meeting Santa!!!

Sooooooo it was literally THE CUTEST thing everrrr last year...I just gotta remember it all over again!!! We went to a little kids Christmas play and as we were walking in, there was a group of people there for another show and OF COURSE little O just has to talk to everyone on our way into the theatre! Hi! I'm Odin, what's your name?
 So he sees this husky, older gentleman, wearing khacki slacks and a plaid shirt and who just happened to have a white beard and he greets him as usual, "Hi, I'm Odin!" and the man says back to him, I'm Santa Clause!
Odin just stops dead in his tracks, mouth agape, his WHOLE FACE JUST LIGHTS UP in sheer shock and joy! Then, without saying anything, he just walks over to the man and throws his arms around him in a HUGE ODIN HUG!!! 
The look on his face was liiiiiiiike NO WAY, I'M ACTUALLY MEETING SANTA!!! Everyone was laughing soooooooo hard and it completely made the man's night!!! It was literally THE CUUUUUTEST, FUNNIEST THING EVERRRRRR!!! Gotta love this kid, there's just no one quite like him!!! 
♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

If MY MOM was Rudolph!!!

Soooo one day, while my mom was alive, her and I were doing some Christmas baking at her house. We're just mixin an stirring, listenening to Christmas music, havin a good sweet, mother/daughter time together.
All of the sudden, over the radio comes on the song Rudolph The Red Nosed Raindeer! I've always liked this song, you know, its just kind of happy and fun....WELLL...My mom is like, "YOU KNOW, I've NEVER understood this song!!!" [So i'm thinkin like oh great, here comes a lecture about how this song has NOTHING to do with the birth of Christ...(Which is TRUE...BUT...its still a fun favorite of mine)] so she is like, "I've NEVER understood this song" ...she pauses then continues... 
"if I WERE Rudolph, her NYC accent kicks in like she never left 30 years ago, I would have just told THOSE OTHER Raindeers WHATS UP!!!" She's like waving flour in her hands, "I wouldn't of let them treat me like that!!! I just woulda let them know!!!" 
AHAHAHAHAAA!  I was  laughing soooo hard! "I'm like, "MOM, I'm SURE YOU WOULD HAVE!!! I'm SURE YOU WOULD HAVE!!!" (You know, MY MAMMA AIN'T NO ONES DOOR MAT!!! Trust me!!! ;)
Sooooooooo I saw this and thought...
Those Deers are BLESSED, that MY MAMMA wasn't Rudolph...
I seriousley have THE AWESOMEST MOM EVER!!!
♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, December 2, 2019

Happy Monday!!!

Let the Christmas
Joying begin!!!
Simply Having A Wonderful Christmastime
What will you do this week to put some
 Christmas Joy into someone's life???
♥Mary Frances :)

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Happy Sunday!!!

You guys...it's CHRISTMAS TIME!!!
New quotes bible christmas advent calendar 57 ideas #quotes
Take some time this year, with your family, friends or even just yourself,
 to put MORE JESUS into our festivities!!! You can neverrr have TOO MUCH of Jesus!!! :)))
♥Mary Frances :)Marks of a Christ Centered Home. #home #Christcentered #marksofhome #goodhome #parenting #Christmas

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Guess who's cookin???

I would like you all to take a WILD GUESS, from lookin at this pic below,
Hmmmmmmmmm...Whatda ya think???
Did you guess???
If you guessed...
You are absolutely CORRECT!!!
No one can cook like Mary...AND noooooooooo ONE... I mean...NO ONE can make a mess like MARY!!! OMW you guys, total and complete chaos when I cook, I literally amaze my sister...In BOTH aspects I believe!!! hee, hee!!! ;)
♥Mary Frances :)
P.S. God did His God of keeping me humble, everything I made turned out PHENOMINAL...Except the pumpkin fudge...it was a COMPLETE FLOP...like literally, it was FLOPPING!!! Buuuuuuuut I mean, God's gotta do stuff like that when you made a bomb Over-the-moon chocolate pie, A bomb Ritz-Caramel pie, Bomb Pumpkin Spice Cookies with browned butter icing, Delish NOT-yo-grandma's green bean casserole, and OMW I CAN'T STOP EATING THIS White-Castle-Cheeseburger Stuffing...YES MY FRIENDS, God keep me humble by letting me mess up one ONE THING...buuuuut really was it even ME or just a bad recipe??? ;) AHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Thanksgiving Results!!!

Gained 4 pounds on Thanksgiving!!!
Figure I may as well hold myself accountable to all the world...LOL
 Buuuuuuuuuuut it was worth EVERY BITE!!!

My two favorite things was my white castle burger stuffing annnnnd the turkey sandwich at midnight!!! My weight loss center was like, just fill your plate with meat first and THEN...I was liiiiiike...NOPE...it's Thanksgiving...I ain't even touching meat unless its on my turkey sandwich!!! I still have a month to reach my end of the year weight loss goal...I'm GONNA MAKE IT!!!
♥Mary Frances :)