Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Locks of Love

School will be starting in just a few short days, and in preparation for the new year, I took Eden to see Carrie to get her hair cut tonight. (which will probably be last night by the time I finish this post, I'm getting a late start) We got there a few minutes early because Eden had decided that she wanted to cut her hair short, but wanted to look at some idea books. We weren't able to find any of the style books, but we waited just a few minutes for Eden's turn and when Carrie came over to get us, she asked what we were going to do. I told her, "She wants it short." and she asked us "How short?" and when I told her at least to her shoulders, Carrie asked if we wanted to donate it. She said she thinks it's long enough. The requirement for donating your hair to locks of love is at least 10 inches.

I'll be honest. It never occurred to me that you could donate a child's hair. My best friend Billie did this several months ago and was so happy with her decision.

When Eden sat down in the chair, Carrie pulled her hair back in the ponytail and explained to her what donating her hair would mean. My sweet little girl (not always so sweet, but what can you do?) looks at me and says, "Mommy, didn't aunt Joy have cancer?" and I said "Yes, sweetie." and she said "I'm so glad that this time I get to donate it to someone who really needs it instead of just watching it hit the floor and get thrown away."

Can you see my pride shining in these words???? If not, you should be able too. Not only am I proud of her, but she's pretty proud too and she's already talking about letting it grow out long enough to be able to donate it again. I think it might be because we called aunt Billie and she says that she's growing hers out again right now, just so she can donate it again.

So, here are some pictures of my baby girl and what she looked like before and after her new hair cut. I'm not sure how good the pictures of her getting it cut turned out. I forgot to take the camera with me to the salon so I had to improvise and I used the camera in my little phone.

Here she is in May at the zoo. I know it's not a great picture of how long her hair was, I just really like this picture of her.

This one is a little better. This was the beginning of June at the river.

This is her with her Kodak camera. She has been lobbying for a Canon for a few months now. We just keep telling her that maybe Santa can bring her a Canon.

This one shows how long it was in the back. If the backpack wasn't in the way, her hair reaches to the bottom of the little blue pocket.

She hopped right up in that chair and didn't even think twice about cutting her hair so short. I want to say that I was kinda scared she's be upset once it was so short, but she wasn't at all. Not even now that it's been cut into a really cute little bob. I guess these didn't turn out half bad considering it's just a little camera phone. I think it's 2 mega pix.

Does this look like a kid who's sorry she cut ALL of her hair off?!? She's ecstatic!

Side view so you can see how short.

and the view from behind. We just let it air dry tonight, I'm sure when we blow dry it, it will curl right under and lay in a perfect little bob.

Is she not one of the most adorable little girls you've ever seen?!

I couldn't be more proud of my smart, funny, precious, loving, caring little girl! She never ceases to amaze me!

Here is a picture of her hair in a ponytail. I will be packaging it up to be mailed out to locks of love in the next few days. To learn more about this incredible charity, you can check out their website at locksoflove.org.

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