I'm not going to lie, my heart was a little anxious today when I realized what would be taking place this evening. It's not everyday you wake up and can say "Oh, I think I will shave my head today" or at least if you're a woman, you don't look forward to those words. I knew there was no doubt it had to be tonight because getting ready for work this morning, I felt like a gorilla. A lot of hair was coming out today and if I waited much longer, I would have gaps in my hair from so much hair loss. As the time continued to draw closer, it was really hard to visualize myself being bald. Later this afternoon I received a text from Rhyanne Ketron with this scripture verse and it was exactly what I needed for this day. 1 Peter 3:3-4 "Do not let your adorning be external-the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear-but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." We had to wait until after youth services for this to take place. Jordan and I arrived home to lots of people waiting outside. Tony was inside but had no idea people had tried ringing the door bell(which doesn't work) and knocking on the door. He and Grandma were in their own worlds. We Skyped in my brother and sister-in-law from Texas and my niece and her husband from Virgina. Everyone gathered in our garage, not enough room in our house for that many people, and didn't care to have that much hair all in my house. I think we had a total of 35 people in our garage, including our family. I didn't want to be alone doing this and I am so thankful for all the friends God brought to our home tonight to share this moment with us. I figured the shock value wouldn't be so disturbing if friends were with us to share in the process of having our heads shaved. My brother wanted to shave his head at the same time as Tony and I, so we were able to watch each other on the computer. Richard Knipple got out his clippers and the process began. He started with me first as everyone gathered around to watch. I must say, I didn't feel like I was the one in the chair. I felt like everyone was watching someone else. I wasn't scared, anxious or nervous, I knew it was time and God was the One that gave me the strength and peace to sit in that chair as the hairs were shaved off. It's called "Amazing Grace!" Once it was all gone Tony brought out the full length mirror so I could see myself and it wasn't so scary and I know having my friends and family with me, and having Jesus looking down upon me is what got me thru this night. Once it was all done, I felt like a huge burden was dropped off my shoulders and I could breath life again. Tony was next and I think Richard had a little more fun messing with his hair. He looked like a "Monk" then he looked like the "etch a sketch" guy. We were both very thankful not to have lumpy heads. I am so thankful to have a husband and brother to shave their heads and go thru this with me. I have posted pictures so you won't be curious how we look without hats or scarves on.
It's really me and we could have gone inside and skipped the garage scene.
Me and my bestest friend ever, my husband, Tony (he is still handsome)
My brother, David (what an amazing brother he is)
I will have more professional pictures later from Bryan but didn't want to bother him after such a long night. Hudson, our 17 month old grandson, was with us thru the whole process and he didn't seemed freaked out at all. Just another day for his young eyes. Thank you again to all my friends and family that were with us in person tonight in the garage, but to all those out there that couldn't be here but were praying. Once my head was shaved we all sang "This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made, we will rejoice, we will rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it. This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it, this is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made."
Richard closed in prayer, and I gave lots of hugs to friends and family.
Psalms 118:24 "This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." I can truly say that and go to bed and rest in His loving care tonight.
Katie Cole Photography take TWO
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