Thursday, August 9, 2012

Loose Braid

Loose Braid

Here are a few not so great photos of a loose braid that I did a week or so ago. I apologize for the bad photography but hopefully you can get the general idea. All you need to do is braid your hair down the center of your head, curving the line to the side as you come to the bottom.  

Once you have your basic braid in place and secured, take your fingers and run them under the braid as far as they can comfortably go. I start with the top to set the level of fullness that I want to see.

(Starting with the sides can leave you with ruffled, uneven lift.)

Now slightly shake your hand back and forth, lifting upward.
Do the sides next and preferably do the left and right at the same time so they look even as well.
Slide fingers in and under, slightly shake and lift.
Lastly, repeat on the sides of the head below the ears to loosen the nape area.

Looks cute, huh?  It's a great relaxed and romantic summer braid. 

Check out this picture. My daughter and always ready assistant tried it out on me. Pretty good job my sweet girl.  

Alright, Hope you try this loose braid.  
Do you think it's time for me to work on my camera issues
and start getting some real pics????!!!!!!

*Ugh* #cameraspaz
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ya think??

I have the BEST Mama in the world.  Like for real - ya'll.
No joke.  She's like the bomb-diggity. 
And whether or not you  use that term doesn't matter because my Mama seriously is that.
She has patience that I can only hope for.
She has an ability to think things and NOT say them.
She may forget to get the rolls out of the oven for dinner;
 but I forget to BUY the rolls in the first place.
She loves helping people anyway she can.
She goes WAY out of her way to help people.  It's amazing.
And she' not going to tell you about it either.
Oh my friends, God made her good. 

So I tell you that to tell you about a card she gave me for my birthday this last year.
I was turning 43.  (* Eeegads *)
But the age is not important.  She gave me this card like I'm sure so many of you have seen before.
A card with all of these attributes that I'm supposed to have.
Well, for some reason it struck me like a MACK truck.
I'm not these things. 
I've seriously turned into the most lame person I know.
I won't bore you with the list of all the lame things that I am but I will let you know how it made me feel to think that maybe, just maybe, my Mama STILL thought I was what was written on the card.

Daring:   I definitely USED to be
Ambitious:    Again, USED to be
Unique:    I guess, who knows?
Gorgeous:  Well hardly, but this is my Mama we're talking about here and
 I'm sure she thought that at one time 
Hard working:   Maybe this one still applies.  Maybe
Talented:  Um,...NOT
Entertaining:    When I was little and could get away with it.
Remarkable:   That would be nice. 

Whether she actually READ this card, I don't know.  But I know for a little over 7 months now I have had this card sitting in my bathroom mirror to remind me of the girl I USED to be. 

Is she still in there?

Do I still have what it takes to - DO???

I thought if I had it there to remind me every day that I would act on it.
If you know me at all then you know I have a saying,
"Live who you want to be".
I don't know if I made that up or if I heard it somewhere but I've always thought if you want to
be a better Christian, then LIVE like a more devoted Christian.
If you want to be a healthy person, LIVE like a healthy person.
If you want to succeed, then LIVE like a successful person.
You get the picture.

I am praying for God to help me
At this time in my life
With my husband that I have
with my sweet children that I have
with the resources that I have
with the spot I am currently in.

It's a tall order.  Or is it?? 
I still have 5 months left in this 43rd year of my life to recapture the woman that I USED to be.
To make me the new, improved version of me.
For such a time as this.

As I was reminded of Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.

Thanks to Andrea and David who reminded me of this yesterday while playing out on the lake.
I saw the reference tattooed on David's back.  Haha
See God uses all things for our good and I needed to see that yesterday.
I almost tried to snag the "Daring" title by surfing behind the boat but
I think my son's embarrassment would've taken away any happiness that I would've felt. 
So I decided to hold off on the water surfing.
But there's still lots of lake weather here in Alabama, so ya never know ;-)

Here is my most recent pic of me with my Mama.
Sorry, no editing.
And sorry to my Mama.  Kind of mauling her a little bit.