#16 Y’all

Ok, so I will explain the title of this post first! This is my cousin, Elissa, who just turned #16, y’all! So, naturally…I made a “16” prop once her mother said she wanted one. So, it is a #16yall kind of thing!

Anywho, yes, this growing lass is Elissa, and she is on the side of the mountain and climbing toward adulthood(if you couldn’t tell!). She has been 16 for a few months, now(sshhh..it’s a secret! these pictures weren’t exactly ‘on time’) and has been driving a little bit here and there. She seems to be a good driver, so far, as her mother still lets he drive her sisters around! She is a good kid, and has ties in church, as well. I specifically told her “Good! Now I don’t have to have the Jesus talk with you!” You all know I love some Jesus talk!

It’s pictures like the one above that we like to hold on to. It makes us realize that, while she IS growing up, she IS still a kid(even if it will be ‘at heart’ here in just 2 years)!


Elissa was a good model, and I barely had to direct her on poses. She was a natural for the camera, and made this photo shoot a breeze! It was fun to get to connect with a another cousin, as well. (You remember my last post about my other cousin, Kathryn, right? It’s right here.)


As you can see, she went from a more laid back “teenage” outfit to a dressed up, classy one! And that hat! It is loved by her.

We discussed what she might want to do when she steps into the real world. An aspiration of Elissa’s is helping people! She first stated that her desire is to help children as a social worker, to get them out of bad situations. Wow! That is definitely an awesome route to follow!



But children are not the only individuals this young lady wants to help. She wants to be able to help as many people as possible! She stated she might have a desire for small politics, as being in charge of a large area would grant her the ability to help the most amount of people.

Being a police officer was also on her list, so the future is still wide open. Reach for what you want, Elissa! You can achieve anything. Thank you for allowing me to show the world your #16 status!


I end this post with an image that helps reinstate her as a kid. She went back and forth with looking like an adult to still being seen as a young kid, but she couldn’t help but keep the kid grin when she smiled! That’s a look that is full of life!



Until next time,




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