Okay, I have thought about this post for a week now. I have wanted to come up with something beautiful to say, something to be able to convey what I have felt in the last week. But honestly, words have failed me. I am not sure how to put into words the gratitude I feel that an 11 year old girl has taught my children that they should think of others before themselves.
Here are pictures of my youngest 2 getting their hair cut. Laney was able to give 9 inches and Morgan was able to give 11 inches to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. As they both were getting their ponytails cut, they said "I can't wait for it to grow out so I can do this again!" I was blown away by their excitement to be able to do this.
Thank you A2Z for sharing Martha Anne's story with us. Thank you for allowing her to impact our daughters, and showing them that helping others is so much more beautiful than a head of long hair.
Morgan's hair before
Laney's hair before
Morgan's 11 inches
Laney's 9 inches
Madison, Morgan and Laney - look at those happy faces!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Woo-hoo spring break starts tomorrow! Ralph has the whole week off - first time that has happened. We will be hanging out, going to Tally to the capital, getting the girls hair cut to donate. It will be a busy week, that will probably end to soon, but I am so looking forward to it!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
OK, so something just happened that kind of ties into my previous post from today. My youngest here -Yes, she is adorable, but she has a problem - she is addicted to candy. It's so bad that she decided tonight to disobey and eat candy she was told not to eat, and then lie about it. I asked her why she lied about it, she said "Because it's fun." Plain and simple. Hard part is, how can I argue with that? Don't worry, I did, argue (discipline) with her. How to make a 5 year old understand that what may be fun now, can later on hurt her. Maybe I have just had too much time to think the last few days....
I have had a lot of time to think the last 2 days, I have been painting something for the new series at church for Sunday. Listening to music, and listening to Louie Giglio from a talk 2 years ago. Man, that talk has kicked my butt. I find that I put my kids in a sanitized world, but is that teaching them to reach those out there that are headed to hell? What am I doing to reach those headed there? I want my children to be strong in their faith, but I don't think I am doing a good job training them. Lots of thought running through my head. I want them grounded, and I want them to fly.....Just a lot of thoughts running through my head today. Yeah, I said that twice.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Well, this afternoon I have nothing left, but a migraine. Speaking in front of more than 2 people kind of has a way of draining me, and this afternoon I am spent. I am so thankful that I was allowed to share my story today. I sat on stage and just told the kids of my struggles, and I could see some would not even look at me and others just stared, not quiet sure what to do with what I was saying. Two young ladies came to me afterwards and wanted to talk, they shared what was going on in their lives. Honestly, sometimes I am scared for my little girls and what high school has in store for them. God, be with us! One thing that made me sad was one girl asked how reading the Bible helped, she said, "I just don't understand it. It's hard to read." I plan on finding one that is not KJV and getting it to her.
If one girl is reached, I will have more understanding on what I have gone through. I don't know if that makes sense. Except, I want something that is negative, to be used for a positive. I want God to be glorified. Ok, enough rambling. My head feel like it's going to explode - Ralph can't get home soon enough!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I need prayer on Monday morning at 10:30 CST. I will have the opportunity to share my story with some high schoolers and to say the least, I am a little nervous. I can honestly say that 10 years ago, I would have never imagined having buried a baby, struggled with self-injury, and then be able to share my story to girls who are wrestling with the same issue. God is sovereign, and for that I am thankful.