Saturday, January 30, 2010

Operation Haircut

I would have done this earlier, but it was a long day, plus I am still recovering. So this post will be more pictures than reading, the pictures tell a better story than I can.

My hair was an easy 13-14 inches long, I know it doesn't look like it, but it is super curly. And I know I do not look happy, but this picture was taken early this morning as I rushed to shower, get all the kids ready and help Sarah out the door to pick up another kids for pre-school.
This is Andre, he is our barber, the best one in the Big "O". He owns Red Hot Barber Shop; and had a balloon with "Get well soon Xander" ready for him, along with a card, when we came in. He later told us he was in shock when he heard what was going on, and told us he would be praying for him. He spoiled X the entire time, offering him Ho-Ho's, cupcakes, and candy.

Andre uses an acual "Old School" straight razor to line us up, X was cool with it, but did tell me he was a little nervous. I took a picture of his coolness, then asked him to show me his nervous look.

Andre finished him up, and X, like always just stared at himself with a grin on his face; he loves getting haircuts. We then took a quick "tough guy" photo. By the way Thanks J for hanging with us, and taking photos.

It was now my turn, and I was NERVOUS! I know it's dumb, but over 2 1/2 years went into making this hair. There was a lot of talk at the shop about me actually doing this. I think they all would have talked me out of it, if I hadn't told them why I was cutting it.

Andre made sure that X helped him cut my hair, X was ear to ear smiles as he helped. He giggled and said "I got my dads hair", as he held up the first of 6 braids.

I could literally feel my head becoming lighter, the first picture shows me after all the braids had just been cut off. The second is just before my straight razor line-up.

The boys all cleaned up, looking fresh. Andre and X. Andre thanks a lot, you made it an even more special day.

Me and my baby boy are now ready for the Mayo Clinic. I am very proud of him because he always takes on challenges head on. I am donating my bag of hair to Wigs for Kids, I hope a kid out there will benefit from our adventure.

It is crunch time for us here, so keep up the praying. We have become very good at handling stress, that is the upside to all of this craziness in our lives. I hope you enjoyed our adventure, the next post will be about the party at pre-school.


  1. This made me smile and cry all at the same time! Thanks so much for sharing these pictures. Priceless! We continue to pray for all of you.

  2. P.S. You guys look great! And with all of that hair, you probably just provided wigs for several kids.

  3. Great post. That was very brave of you both. :)

  4. I agree with Lois, I smiled, cried and prayed while looking and reading this blog post. We will continue to pray. You have no idea how big an army of prayer warriors there are praying for each and every one of you.

    Dan, you are such a Godly example of a dad. It makes my heart so happy for Sarah that she has you to walk this journey with.

    On my knees before our Great Physician on your behalf,
    Laurie Gelo

  5. My name is Jamie Wallace, I'm 15 years old. Our family is a friend of the Wintons. I have been keeping up with your blog and really wanted to share the lyrics of my favorite song with you. Here is the youtube link if you would like to hear it sung. It is sung by a boys choir called Libera. I am praying for all of you.

    --Jamie Wallace

    Be still my soul

    Be still my soul - the Lord is on thy side;
    bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
    leave to thy God to order and provide;
    in every change - he faithful will remain.
    Be still, my soul - thy best thy heavenly Friend
    through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

    Be still my soul - when dearest friends depart,
    and all is darkened in the vale of tears,
    then shalt thou better know his love - his heart,
    who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
    Be still, my soul - the waves and winds still know
    his voice who ruled them - while he dwelt below.

    Be still my soul the hour is hastening on
    when we shall be forever with the Lord,
    when disappointment - grief and fear are gone,
    sorrow forgot - love's purest joys restored,.
    Be still my soul - when change and tears are past,
    all safe and blessed - we shall meet at last.