Have you seen my big boys lately? Probably not, since I haven't been around these blog parts lately. Well, here they are:
Anything stand out to you about the look of these two? Besides being charming and cheerful, you may have (Haha!) noticed their long hair. Wow! They both decided to let it grow about 16 months ago, after my sister Hannah's wedding. Isn't it fun?
I always said that as a parent I wanted to let my children make the choices about their exterior appearance--my focus is on the inside stuff, on their hearts. I think their hair is great, but I've noticed in the past few months that it is beginning to affect their hearts. It's so easy to look for our identity in what we look like or what we have or what we can do, isn't it? I've worked hard as an adult to plant my identity in what God thinks about me, not what others think, but I'll be the first to admit that it is a challenge! And so here are my boys, with a challenge.
We've had a few conversations about how to respond to this, and thanks to Kerri Grigor's idea, and the inspiration of others (MaryBeth, Aaron, Cathleen...) who have been in this place before, we came up with a plan:
We decided together that we want our identity to be in the way our hearts serve and the way we love people. Yes! So the boys have been raising money for their favorite cause (along with all the kids in our church!)--our local food bank's backpack program. It's such a great part of the school lunch program--$200 provides one child in our area with a backpack of food over the weekend for the entire school year. There's a great video to watch that explains this here. Asa and Phin are hoping to raise $1000, which would provide backpacks for 5 kids for a year. Wow! They're up to $560.00 now. We made this poster and it's been so fun to watch it fill up. They'd love to see it overflow!
We're planning a party for this Friday afternoon at 4 PM for the official buzz-off. You are welcome to come! We'll have some treats and games and, well, a buzz-off! What's extra fun is that Phin's hair is long enough to donate to Locks of Love and so he'll be doing that, too.
I'm so grateful to the Lord for this idea and the fun that it's been. It's been challenging, too--it's not easy to let go of this hair, to trust that kids at school won't make fun of them, to believe that it will grow back...I am trusting that this will help build a foundation in my boys hearts that to serve and sacrifice brings blessing and great satisfaction.
Feel free to join us for the party! You're also welcome to send donashins if you're out of town and want to participate!