Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Little Girl & A Haircut

I love my daughter. I simply cannot imagine my life without her. Yesterday, she got a haircut that I will not forget for some time. You see, she cut off four long sections of her hair, each over ten inches long in order to donate it to Locks of Love. I will get to that in a minute, but you have to know the history first to appreciate this story. It actually starts with a dad not leading his daughter. You see, I have somewhat glorified my daughter having long hair. I will sit at night and tell her how beautiful her hair is. I will run my hands through it. I have told her for so long how much I love her having long hair. I would even quote passages in the Bible like 1 Corinthians 11:15, "but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory." I loved that she loved it.

But something happened in recent months that has caused me to stop doing that. Several weeks ago, my wife came to me and gently told me that my glory in her long hair was teaching her to glory in her hair. Anni was growing to love her hair, in a very idolatrous way. That made stop and think. As a parent, am I subtly leading my daughter to love and glory in herself or anything this world has to offer and not in Jesus? The answer was yes.

And so, what I had to do was to teach her. To help her see that the best thing to do when we love something too much is to give it away. That is when we came up with the idea of donating her hair to Locks of Love. This is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. The prostheses they provide helps the young children have confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

It is with anything else in life. Giving things away tests our heart to see if we are holding onto it too much or whether we are truly holding onto Christ. I pray that someday she holds onto Christ and never lets go. But I also pray that she will not hold onto anything this world has to offer. I hope you pray that for your children as well. And model it as a parent.

Well, below I have just a bunch of pictures. I can honestly say, she is cuter than ever. At the bottom, you will want to check out the video of the haircut. I am so proud of her for doing this!

She had enough hair to pull back into 4 sections to be cut,
each over 10 inches long. They say it takes 8 sections
like this to make one prostheses
Here goes, the hair is getting cut
It is almost all gone. She did such a great job
There's the hair. Wow, that's a lot
Here's the after picture. Doesn't she just look the cutest. Her hair
has a lot of curl to it, but since it was so long, the weight
made is seem straight.
This is a side shot of her hair


10 comments:

  1. This moves me. Thanks for sharing Thad..give her a kiss from her Kansas gramma.

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  2. Wow, Anni your hair looks so cute! And yes, Thad - that curl will really show up now that it's shorter. She'll come to love her natural curly hair as she gets older (speaking from experience!) :)
    This is a wonderful post, Thad. Not just because of the haircut and her donating it to Locks of Love, but the relationship you have with your daughter. Jack appreciates you as a mentor as he watches our little "Cinderella" grow up!
    - Amy

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  3. Anni is a cutie...no matter what length her hair!! The lesson for you and Annie is huge. Amazing how God uses all things in our life to draw us closer to Him and glorify Him. Thanks for being so vulnerable.

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  4. Thanks for all the comments....she is amazing. I can't wait to see what God has in store for her in the future!

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  5. Love this post and loved seeing Anni! She is such a young lady now. And beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Thad. We sure do miss all of you!

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  6. Anni's new hair cut is very cute. May God richly bless her for her generousity.

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  7. Great post Thad, thanks for sharing! And she is really growing up. So what happened to all your hair, did you donate it too? :-)

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  8. Keith, I did donate my hair a few years ago.....it just hasn't grown back yet.

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  9. Thanks for tying back the curtains and letting us peer in through the windows of your family's life to learn a great truth.

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  10. "We came up with the idea..." Who's 'we'??? It seems to me that you and your wife are very controlling and imposed this 'donation' on her. Shame on you!

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