Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dear Annalee

Dear Annalee--

  Hello, and welcome to the world! My name is Elissa, and I am writing this to you from a island town in Washington. I met your biggest sister, Jayna, here a little over four years ago. Your brother hadn't even made his entrance yet; he was still cooking. :-)

This is going to be a fun adventure! I am so excited that you are here. I will take you shopping, and drive you around; know you are always welcome in my house. I'm sure your family will introduce you to the ocean pretty soon- I'm across that ocean! I know your sisters can't wait to paint your nails and dress you.

I hate to tell you this, but what people are going to do to you isn't always going to be fun. That mean nurse is going to make you cry. Your poopy dippers are going to have to be changed. I'm sorry to break it to you, but sometimes your just going to have to nap.


Jayna and Annalee


Little Annalee, you are a beautiful, precious blessing. There are gonna be times when you hear a small voice tell you that you are not a miracle. Big people are gonna tell you that your too young. You are going to be let down when someone tells you no. Sweet baby, it's not always going to be fun.

But whatever happens in this big world Annalee, you will always have your family loving you and cheering you on. Your mama is a amazing lady, and she will always stand up for you. Your dad love you more then you know, and will always hang out with you. Your three big sisters are there for you too: Jayna will always let you be the princess. Sky will give you a push on the swing, and sweet Lilly will always make you laugh. Your big brother will forever watch out for you, even though he originally thought you were a fish.


I know it's probably not as cozy here then it is in your mama's stomach.
There's lots of weird smells too.
But those people that are holding you?
They are amazing, Annalee Maribel.

  I cannot wait to meet you, my new extra sister!

love you,

   -Elissa

Monday, May 25, 2015

What I'm Up Too....


This quote perfectly sums my current emotional state. I am completely overwhelmed with the sheer mass of things I need to do. 7 page science paper. Research paper. Final biology exam. Algebra. Let's not forget the never ending Algebra. Yay.

Oh yeah, and my six hour rehearsal tomorrow.

I am slightly panicked. A little irritable. And totally ready for summer break.

  Cancer is once again touching a dear family friend. Big sis is looking at collages. We got rid of our car seats yesterday.

 And in the midst of this panic, this feeling of overwhelm, I keep coming back to these verses:


"But I trust in you, Lord;    I say, “You are my God.”  My times are in your hands;
    deliver me from the hands of my enemies,    from those who pursue me.  Let your face shine on your servant;
    save me in your unfailing love. "-Psalm 31: 14-16

Q: Do you find it easier to trust God when you are feeling in control, or totally overwhelmed? 

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

A few things about my Mom




My very first clear memory of my mom, is 'praying the prayer' in Christian lingo. I was three years old, sitting on my dad's lap in our living room while my mom and sister were sitting together in a chair. 

My mom isn't a supper outgoing person, but she has the gift of leadership.
Her silky, dark brown hair rests underneath my chin every morning as she squeezes love into me. 
She isn't atrociously smart, but she sits with her kids every morning to give them the best education possible. 
She makes everyone feel welcome when they enter our home, and is generous with her kind words.

These pictures show her beautiful heart as she receives a home-made gift from one of her kiddos.






               Happy Mothers Day Mama! 

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

10 Rather Unusual Facts About Me

  1. I have been chased by a moose.*
  2. I died a part of my hair hot pink (temporarily!) at my very first youth event in 7th grade. I know. So rebellious. 
  3. I have a weird fetish about burping- it totally grosses me out!
  4. I was born in a ambulance on the freeway
  5. When my big sister and I were little we would fill our t-shirt up with sand from our sand box and act like we were pregnant. Surprisingly, our parents didn't find this nearly us funny as we did. 
  6. Even though I have gnarly dancer feet I wear flip-flops all the time. 
  7. I wouldn't mind marring a Australian. Just throwing that out there. 
  8. I hate hate hate gardening. Mainly, I can not stand pulling weeds. Killing my back to puck little jerks out of the ground that are going to grow back next week isn't my idea of fun. 
  9. I always feel uncomfortable when people ask me if I like my teacher. Umm, she cooked me for nine months inside of her body, changed my poopy diapers, wiped my sandy nose, has served as my short order cook, and gives me a hug every single morning. But what kind of teacher won't let you dissect a sheep heart on her kitchen table?
  10. I play the violin- and not very many people know that. So shhhh.
So now I'm curious- what are some weird facts about you? 

*I'm just going to leave this up to your imagination.

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