Friday, January 15, 2010

Not my normal type of post

I normally don't get very personal on this blog-its a craft blog and I like it that way but I thought I would make an exception today.
I've been wanting to cut my hair and donate it to Locks of love for about three years. It has always been something special to me-My cousin had cancer when she was only six and with that came chemo and loosing her long, thick, gorgeous hair. At the time her only options were an itchy wig (made for older women) or a bandanna/scarf to cover her head. At only four years old I remember this how sad it made her and she would tell me how much she missed her hair. Her hair never grew back to how it was and it was always something she worried about. That was over 20 years ago! She still has occasional complications and health issues but overall is very healthy, has very beautiful hair, an adorable husband, and teaches kindergarten. I don't know if I've ever told her how much I admire her. I don't know how she has handled all she has been through. She is one of my heroes and I love her.
A side story-My mom and I would go to the hospital almost daily when she was there. One of my only memories is her getting really mad at me for playing with her barbie. She also likes to remind me of the time we went to visit her and when I got out of the car I accidentally let go of the balloon bouquet we were bringing her. Did I mention I was really young-maybe one day she will forgive me.
Well this week she went through another surgery. All of the reality and worrying about her came back. She is fine, her surgery went great, and its not cancer! With her in mind and she being the reason I wanted to do this I figured what better time. She didn't have many options back then but hopefully some other little child can use it. I know its just hair-but I remember how important it was to my cousin.
So here we go-Before DuringAfter

Also thanks to my cousin Mindy for cutting my hair and my Aunt Sharon for taking the pictures and watching my kids. Also thanks to those out there that have already donated their hair-you helped give me that extra push to do it.


  1. it looks so cute!!
    i did locks of love about 2.5 years ago, and it was so rewarding!
    that's so awesome!

  2. Such an admirable thing to do! Not to mention you look fabulous!

  3. What a great cause...good for you. your new shorter style looks very nice

  4. I love your story behind this. My daughter and I have donated our hair to locks for love too. It feels great! Though honestly our hair grows fast and so we can do this about every 3 years. Last time my daughter donated about 12 inches and I donated about 15! Good for you. I love the new, shorter do anyway!
    Rebecca of the R&W Gals

  5. I chopped off my waist-length hair in High School for locks of love. And my niece just cut her hair for LoL last week- she's 2!

  6. That is so awesome and it looks so cute! I did locks of love a few years ago, I think it's great!

  7. Very cute! I have donated my hair 4 times now and I am growing it out again! I love your new look and it is for a good cause too! : )