Hello, my name is Kelly, and this is my blog!
I’m sixteen years old with a big family and an awesome life. I love Jesus, coffee, baking, writing, fashion, makeup, and anything to do with pink. I’m a proud city girl (how can you live without the bustle, hustle and lights of the city?) and a mad lover of babies. Be assured that I’ll keep those boys in line, have every Frozen lyric memorized, and know in what year Brett Favre retired. (And I honestly don’t care what people say – I love Ted Cruz.) I’m a bookworm, a proud big sister and aunt, and an emphatic lover of Keith Green and Jamie Grace. To top it, I’m a Green Bay Packer fanatic and am the proudest Cheesehead that’s ever lived in Missouri.
Thanks for coming! Please drop a comment and tell me about yourself!
For those who care to read a little more, I’ll tell you a few more details about myself.
Born to two awesome parents and nine older siblings in a small house in Odenton, Maryland, my life has always been different, but it’s always rocked. In the same house we greeted the newest addition, my little bro Josiah. Soon afterwards, when he was only a few months old, the whole family moved to Missouri, where we settled and added two new little additions, Isaac Hezekiah and then, three years later, Molly Christina.
FIRST AND FOREMOST
First of all, I’m a born-again Christian who loves Jesus Christ. Here’s a quote I once heard: “Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.” I believe it’s most important to live out your faith, show the world the impact Jesus has, and let them notice. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscious, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” – 1 Peter 3:15-16
From 1998-2014, we ran a magazine called SALT, in which my parents, some guest writers, and even a sibling or two wrote about the Christian life, family, and so on. I grew up with SALT, and I have lots of memories of licking nasty envelopes and shutting clasps. It wasn’t always fun work, but when Dad came home with the traditional pizzas in celebration of SALT’s mailing, we all found it quite worth the while.
I remember going to a few speaking engagements because of SALT, and those were great. “I studied the back of the magazine really hard before I met you guys,” I’ve heard so many subscribers tell us when we met them at an event. (The whole family was on the back of the magazine, along with our ages.)
The last subscription was bittersweet, and the refunds we sent for overlapping subscriptions to our subscribers were often sent back (it was extremely touching, seeing those letters in the mail). We had our first professional photo shoot with the whole family because of it, and though we went through the process knowing it was our last time and it was indeed saddening, I consider that last edition one of our greatest.
And so in the summer of 2014, SALT ended. And, though we’ve moved on from SALT, we still remember it fondly, and all the subscribers that contributed to it.
I love fashion. Let me tell you that right now. If someone asked me my hobby, fashion would be plastered across every answer. I love writing and baking immensely, but fashion is by far what my hobbies revolve around.
I love the color pink, sparkle, dangle earrings, and high heels. (Basically, I’m just a big girly-girl.) It is one of my many dreams to walk down a runway someday. I love designing outfits and making myself—and others—look beautiful. There’s something fulfilling about contributing into making someone feel a little prettier than before.
LOVES AND HATES
Just for fun, let’s go over a few loves and hates, shall we?
I love water. We go to the beach every year for my sister’s birthday, and I love it. The water there is filthy—it’s hard for me, at first, to stand even thinking about it—but I love splashing around, attempting to swim, and exploring the depths.
I hate dirt. I can stand it at the beach, but dirt and mud are off limits everywhere else. I can tolerate it, because I have five brothers and I was forced into it. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
I hate canned mushrooms and lime sherbet. I hate watermelon and cornmeal. I hate eggnog and tomato juice. But actually, besides those things, I like pretty much everything.
I love sugar—I have the McDermott sweet tooth.
I hate bugs. Especially spiders. They send shivers up my spine. No, I am not a wimp. I am a girl. Let the boys squish the bugs, okay?
I love the Green Bay Packers. I grew up loving the green and gold. (My siblings say we used to like the Packers and the Ravens, but I don’t like thinking about that.)
I hate the Seahawks, the Patriots, and Cam Newton. (When you get called for taunting after a 1-yard run on 3rd and 13, you know you have a problem.)
I’m in the thick of my senior year in high school. Now, in early 2017, I’m battling through the algebra to get to graduation. (Almost there!)
I work with my sister Meghan at Myristica Studios, acting as a makeup artist and post-production assistant. I also create the blooper reels. Myristica’s pretty awesome, so check them out at www.myristicastudios.com. We make videos on Youtube as well, so go here to watch some of them!
Though SALT Magazine is ended, SALT Christian Press and SALT online lives on. Visit at www.saltmagazine.com.
My sister Shannon is, like, the best writer EVER! (No, I’m serious.) The Valley of Decision is honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read. To check up on her, visit www.shannonmcdermott.com. (Why are you still here? Go do it!)
At age sixteen, with twelve siblings, two sisters-in-law, and nine nieces and nephews, with a pair of pretty awesome parents, my life is a portrait of God’s fervent blessings. It is a miracle that He loves us, and that He cares for us and gives us our daily bread—and then some! Thank God for his amazing grace upon us all, and that we may all be His children.
God bless you, and may His face shine upon you, and give you peace. Amen.