Friday, October 25, 2013

shhh, it's a surprise!

Dear Jayna,

Rachel's 16th Birthday party has officially come and gone! And boy oh boy, it was exciting!
It was a surprise party (hence the post title...;p) and it was a h-a-r-d secret to keep.
We had it on a Friday night: the who swim team, home school friends, and anyone else that crossed her mind was invited.
                                                        waiting for the birthday girl


                                                     The banner that Sarah and I made




Sunday, October 20, 2013

How to Make a Ballet Bun

Dear Jayna,

So remember the bun conversation?

Step 1)
First you brush our all of you hair, and spray it lightly with water or a dab of hair spray. Brush this in with your hair: it just helps keep all the little frizzes down.

Step 2)
Brush your hair into a pony tail. This could be any where from low to high depending on where you want the bun, but remember that the hair will spread out 1-2 inches around the pony tail, depending on how long your hair is.

Step 3)
Pull the hair straight away from your head, and twist it

Step 4)
Take the hair and twist it all around in a circle: I always bobby pin as I go

Step 5)
(Optional) Take a hair net and plop it over the bun once, twist the rest around the bun and tuck it in with a bobby pin.

Step 6)
Spray a few puffs of hair spray, and you are ready to go!

P.S. If you would like to make a cimmion roll bun, separate the pony tail in half. Twist and bobby pin down each of the two pieces individually.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A wet, cold, and rainy baptism

   Dear Jayna,

So on Sunday, I was baptized.
In the rain.
In the cold.
In a mettle horse trough.

 And, let me tell you it wasn't perfect.
It wasn't in some beautiful lake on the island on the perfect summer day.
But it was enough. Enough for me to be crying.
And more then enough for God to do his thing, without me stepping in and telling him how 'we' could do it better.
Because that is what it is about, right?
It is a public decoration that my life is his, and he can do his thing through me. And as you know, (a little to well) that I am far from perfect. I do not wake up every morning and live my life in submission to him. I mess up, I yell at my mom, and I get jealous of other people.
But this spring, God brought me to a place in my life were I needed to change, and he is the only source of the hope that I have today.
I could tell you a whole list of things that would have made it better: but I am truly thankful.
And it would have been amazing if you were there, and I only thought about that five billion times.
But any just want you to know, that I am thinkin about you, and that I hope and pray that this post finds you all right:-)
                                         Love you - Elissa
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