Monday, February 8, 2010

MJ's Gift of Love

Ever since I had my hair cut last summer for Locks of Love in honor of my four-year-old cousin, Trenton, who has leukemia, my daughter MJ has been growing out her hair to donate as well. After nine months, she was finally ready to make the plunge! Here's a photo tour of our trip to Great Clips.

The BEFORE pictures. Look at all that long hair! It was "fun" to put in a bun every week for dance.
(Can we pause for a moment so I can say I absolutely LOVE MJ's hair color. 
It's like caramel candy. It's gorgeous!)


 

The braids . . .  Aren't they so Pippi Longstocking?


Then we pulled out MJ's ruler (yes, she brought one with her) to make sure we had a full 10 inches. The 10 inch mark is where the top rubber band is.

 

The first cut . . . 
While the stylist was cutting MJ's hair, MJ was telling her all about how she got to cut my hair when I donated my hair & how she cut it crooked. It was really fun to tease her and say, 
"Oops! Guess we'll have to buzz your hair after all!"


 

Oh no! It's all gone!


And the AFTER pictures:

 

  

  

The hair cut is totally cute on MJ. It's stacked in the back, then comes down at an angle to her chin - which you can't really tell cause she wanted to wear her headband - but trust me, she's a cutie! 
This was a really fun experience to share with MJ. She's already asked me how much longer it will take for my hair to grow out enough so she can cut it again for Locks of Love - and she plans to grow her hair out again as well. I actually think my youngest daughter, Anna, will be the next one who has hair long enough to cut for Locks of Love. She'll be 3 years old next week. I think in about six more months, she'll be ready to make a trip to Great Clips, too. What a fun Mother-Daughter tradition!

Happy Valentine's Week!

14 comments:

L.T. Elliot said...

What a great lesson to teach your daughter! She sounds like a pretty great kid.

Cindy (C.L.) Beck said...

What a great way to teach your girls to be concerned about others. Way to go ... you should get a Super Mom award!

Laura said...

Way to go, MJ!!!!!

Sara said...

She did look absolutely adorable yesterday! I love the look MJ!!! :)

Regina said...

M.J. looks as beautiful inside as she does outside! Way to remind us which is more important!

Janice said...

We learned about Locks of Love when my friend's daughter had cancer ten or so years ago. My daughter Becca now donates her hair every other year. She loves long hair, so her hair is almost to her waist before she cuts it so that she'll have shoulder-length hair after she's donated.

Amy said...

MJ that's awesome that you grew your hair out for Locks of Love. Your new haircut looks so cute. love ya

Kellie said...

That is awesome! I wish we could have done that when we had Megan's hair cut, but we did it because she got a comb stuck in it. The comb was too far down to give us enough length and it was on a Sunday that she did it.

MJ's hair looks great! It's a very becoming style on her.

giddymomof6 said...

Wow! What an amazing tradition! I love it! And you're right, your daughter is soo adorable!

Jenni

Donna said...

Wonderful family tradition! MJ also looks so cute with her new style.

Northern Nickle Clan said...

Congrats. That's awesome. I know the times I've donated mine, it feels really good too. I bet MJ felt really good after she did that. It's one of those warm fuzzies.:)

Michele Ashman Bell said...

I love that MJ did this. She will forever remember this sacrifice and gift.
Also, thanks for agreeing to review my book, "Summer in Paris". I can't wait to return the favor.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

What courage your daughter has! And to be so selfless. She's amazing. You must be very proud of her. Thanks for sharing the experience with us. :)

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

Super cute haircut! What a fabulous gift.

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