On this day, in 1979, a dark-fuzzy-haired wee babe arrived to bless our family. Except for Pink Kitty, Ashes is my "bestest friend in the world!" Ashes has endured many a wild 'n' woolly Elena moment, including those involving my learning to drive. She went through my first "living away from the parents" experience with me as one of my three roomies. She has been there through boyfriends and countless crushes (ie. long conversations about boys and men and our confusion about them). She has advised me on all things artistic, from interior decorating to my wardrobe. I credit her with drawing out my growing sense for color. She encourages me, keeps me accountable, laughs with me, cries with me, and cooks me food! ;o) She is loyal and generous, creative and hard-working. I admire the determined person she has become.
Seven years ago, we went before the church together to profess our faiths in Christ. (Neither one of us knew the other was going down front to talk to the pastor. We ended up on the aisle and walking to the altar together!) Three weeks later we both were baptized in the same worship service. Ashes is the only woman who is doubly my sister: by family blood and by the blood of Christ.
Happy 25th, little sister! I love you!!!