Good things happen when you don’t cut your hair for a year

My last haircut was November 2, 2009.  It is now January 28th, 2011.  I made this impromptu decision to stop cutting my hair to cut out an expense when we started the adoption process.  I realized later that it was more than eliminating an expense, I mean if I really wanted to keep cutting my hair I could go to Great Clips with a coupon and spend $6 plus a tip.  It was more like a matching of wills.  Not cutting my hair was a way of not giving up, seeing this long, intense process through to the end.  I started announcing that I wasn’t going to cut my hair until Liam was home.  That probably sounds noble, cool or self-sacrificing but I doubt he’ll ever care that I did this.  Like most things we do for our kids a certain percentage of this has to do with my growth, not his.  And as if my self-serving reasons weren’t enough to make me look silly for doing this in the first place, I have to admit that I look markedly better with long hair.  So I guess I owe Liam a thank-you for inspiring me to do this.

Here’s a picture from November 09, and one I took yesterday with the web cam.  Charlotte is present in each because, my goodness my hair has grown, but so has she!

November 2009: Last Haircut

January 2011: Long and Wavy!

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Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.


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  • I have not paid for a haircut in over 10 years. I grow it out to donate to Locks for Love and then get it cut for free by a salon that participates in the program. Your hair does look great by the way!

  • Both you and Charlotte look beautiful. I have stopped getting my hair cut as often…hasn’t been a year but I have not been in months and have started coloring my own. It’s sort of my own “growing” experience as well. Things have taken on such a different perspective to me now…maybe I’ll do better once Grace is home. Or, maybe not. 🙂

  • What a great way to grow. I am dealing with some issues as well and was just praying to see if the Lord was telling me to grow my hair out as a vanity thing or because of the work he is doing in me.

    Also, I think you look great with long hair!!

  • I cannot believe how much Charlotte has grown…and your hair! I love it! Keep it up because one day Liam will know and understand. Might be a long time from now, but he’ll understand and love the reason you did this! I can’t wait to meet him!

  • Erica, this journey that you and your family is undertaking is, for lack of an adequate word, wonderful. Wonderful seems to be the best word I can find…full of wonder.

    Each proverbial step that you all take brings you closer to Liam—-and brings Liam closer to you.

    You look great in long and short hair and I love to see Charlotte’s picture as she grows.

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