This is my first time to participate in Stefanie's Sunday Snapshot fun! If you don't know about Stefanie, please go check out her blog HERE and see the others who have some awesome Sunday snapshots. Then look at how precious Stefanie's heart is for others. You will fall in love with her family like I have!
I have lots of subjects for a Sunday Snapshot. But today's subject has done something quite special this week.
Martha Carlisle was born January 15, 2001, with beautiful red hair. She is our fourth biological child, our second daughter. She was the baby of the family for six years until her two little siblings from China came home in 2007. Let me assure you, our Carlie will always be the baby in her own little way!
Carlie has a mind of her own. Once she gets something in her head, she sticks with it, seeing it through to fruition. She works at everything with all her heart, as if she's working for the Lord, not for men. (Col. 3:23)
Not many things are just "passing fancies" for her. When she decided she wanted to ride horses, she stuck with that passion until her dream was realized on her 7th birthday. (Remember this?)
Her latest conviction was to grow her hair out to donate for Locks of Love. Her beautiful red curls. At first, I thought it was a sweet idea. "Go for it, honey!"
As the months passed by, and her hair indeed grew and grew, I watched the long red ringlets bounce as she'd walk and think to myself, "How can we EVER cut this hair?" Vanity on my part, I realize that.
Each time we went for a trim, she would ask if her hair was the required 10 inch length. "Just a little bit more time" was the reply. Or "Maybe by next summer".
Inside, I would sigh a big breath of relief.
This spring Carlie was "Annie" in her dance recital. Her teacher, who happens to be like a sister to me, suggested we cut it before the recital. Carlie really wanted to, but I made up excuse after excuse and put it off. She ended up wearing a cute little Annie wig, with her red tendrils hidden underneath.
Last week we had hair appointments. I knew she was itching to get that ponytail measured. I knew it was the right thing to do. She had prayed and prayed about it. She was passionate about donating her hair for all the right reasons.
The day before our "beauty salon" day, we ran into a sweet friend at the library. Her daughter just "happened" to get her hair cut and donated a few days prior. She told us that she had researched different options for donating ponytails and informed us about Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program. (Thank you Janet!) With Pantene, the ponytail only has to be 8 inches, and Pantene donates their wigs to cancer patients--FREE.
I knew this was not a "chance" meeting in the library. And I knew what Carlie would be doing in less than 24 hours.
And now Carlie has had yet another dream realized. And prayerfully her dream has helped someone else's dream come true too.