Girls Write Out
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Warts and all! Mel and I were asked to do a photo shoot for an article in The Netherlands, and they needed it by the end of the week. Our lives have been over-the-top hectic this week, and we had no time to do anything special. So we asked one of our dearest friends, Grant Schmidt--who, incidentally, is the minister who performed our wedding ceremony--to take some casual shots. He asked, "Nose hairs and all?" We said yes.

I had no makeup on and hadn't combed my hair, Mel's beard wasn't trimmed, but we just decided that what they see is what they get. Remember the phrase, "Let it all hang out"? To me, it means just be myself and they can take me or leave me. (Count the cliches in this paragraph.) It felt so good. Usually I find myself changing clothes up to five times before church on Sunday morning. What if I'd spent that extra time studying the Sunday school lesson, instead? I don't go out of the house without my makeup on. Does anyone notice? Only me, I think. Maybe makeup enhances my complexion a little, makes my eyes pop (EEWW!!!), but who am I trying to impress? Other men? Other women?

Don't get me wrong. I'm not throwing away my makeup. I want to look at myself in the mirror every so often and not die of fright, but I think I'm going to stop worrying quite so much about the outside of me, and start working more on the inside. My heart.

What makeup is a must for you when you step out the door? What kind of work do you crave to do on the inside, in your heart?

Hannah Alexander  
posted at 5:07 PM  
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At 7:21 PM, Blogger jel said...

hey that's a very good shot of you and your husband!

as for the makeup, never did wear the stuff,until i was in my early 20's, and friend from work show me how to put it on, and I liked to wear it, But guess what when I got married DH didn't like it, so that was that.
and when i step outside it's to feed the critter, and the only thing that impresses them is if I got the feed! :)

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

LOL. Our cats are that way. Go figure.

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

GREAT picture of you and Mel! No wonder you don't worry about makeup--if my naked face looked that good, I wouldn't worry about it, either!!

I rarely go out of the house without my makeup on. I don't wear a lot, but enough to say I'm not dead yet. I don't do it to impress anyone else. I do it for me. It makes me feel better.

I try to spend my time with the Lord before I go out and face the world, but there are times when that doesn't happen until I get home. I've no doubt I'm much "prettier" inside when I meet with Him first.

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Okay, Diann, time for new glasses. ;-)

I got out of the habit of wearing mascara, and now when I wear it, half my face ends up smudged. And I've seen you without makeup. You are so beautiful, why mess with perfection?

At 11:56 PM, Blogger Ruthie said...

I agree with Diann: You need makeup? Mercy, woman! I should look so good WITH my makeup! LOL I use natural minerals that allows me to put it on in less than 5 minutes...I don't believe in spending much time in the bathroom.

Inwardly, I'm working on my prayer life. It's a difficult discipline at best but so necessary if I want an intimate relationship with Jesus. Thankfully, He's very forgiving when I am not so disciplined.

At 7:40 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Good for you, Hannah! I rarely bother with make-up. The only times I wear it is when I dress up, and then like you, it's for me. It makes me feel finished. But I have trouble without my super magnifying mirror any more. LOL If I'm traveling, the results can be scarier than no make-up. ;)

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

i've got tomatoes for us to throw at her, girls! NO ONE should look that good without makeup. LOL

I use mineral makeup. Soo fast and easy.

At 9:06 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Ruthie, I know what you mean about the prayer life--and yes, it takes less than five minutes for me with makeup, too.

A few years I faithfully read my Bible and prayed from my journal every day. One reason I'm not an addictive personality is because I never stick with routine, and so I got distracted early in the morning with other things and forgot to pray. I've found that often, I just need to listen and read His word, and wait.

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

GREAT point, Ane! I depend on my 10X magnification mirrors every day. They are vital, even if no one else can see what can't be seen by the naked eye.

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

LOL, Colleen. You can't be serious!!!

Yep, mineral makeup is what I use. Very fast and protects from sun damage as well. And thank you for your comments

At 1:34 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Mascara, erase (for the under-eye circles), and blush so I don't look so pasty-white.

Great picture! :)

Inside work? Oh, boy! Lots need doing in the heart. The older I get, the more fallen I see I am. Paul's words about needing God's grace make a lot of sense to me. I am selfish and self-centered. That needs to change.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Oh, yeah, I see more of my own ugliness every day. I thought we were supposed to mellow and mature as we age. I'm just getting more crotchety.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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