Monday, December 10, 2012
It's kind of a play on light, but when I saw this picture of me, I said "Yikes, I'm really going gray". Then as I looked at it I said, well, it looks more silver, maybe even platinum. We can make it sound better by changing the word from gray to silver. Then it dawned on me, I am a Grandma and middle aged, and I love this part of my life. Just look at my first Grandchild, he is so sweet and precious and I just melt inside every time I hold him. In this picture a week ago I was changing his diaper and clothes and picked him up to cuddle, my daughter had her camera and snapped a picture of us.
Of course I am the typical gushing Grandma, so full of happiness at how rich and full my life has become because of little Roman. I want to see him regularly, at least every week, he's growing up so fast. I had to create a reason for my daughter Christina to come over with him regularly or I seem to go through Grandma withdrawals. I began to think and talk it over with her, and said, "We need to plan one day per week to get together at least". She agreed to every Wednesday and we are planning to do a homestead craft on that day. This week we are going to make goat's milk soap, next Wednesday we are making candles, then we'll take a break for the holiday's and resume in January. She wants to learn cheese making, bread making, pies, we want to paint, and do whatever we can think of. I'm so excited because my daughter truly wants to learn from me, and the added bonus for you reader's on this blog is that I will photograph what we're learning and doing and write about it. You will get to meet her and she may even write a few posts. The best part is that I know every week I'll get to see my grandson and daughter!
Back to the silver hair, I decided over the summer not to put any more hair color on my hair, I used to do it myself with a wash out hair color called Natural Instincts, it costs about $8 and washes out every couple months. I put it on 4 or 5 times per year. Then something interesting began to happen last Spring, I noticed that the top of my head would go numb when I went outside in the sun. I'm outside a lot, so I began to wear a hat, it was bothering me that bad. A hat is a good idea anyway at my age, simply to preserve the skin. I really had to think about this whole hair color thing, because in my family history my Grandma died due to a brain tumor, she always dyed her hair dark brown. I began to wonder, could it be the hair color making it go numb, and then I carefully noted it happened every time. I'm not a vain person, but being a girl we all have a certain vanity and want to look our best. I really struggled with not doing it anymore, I had many discussions with my husband and children about it. They love me and want me to be healthy and said don't do it anymore, so, I decided not to. It's not that I will never do it again, I might, especially since I have a twin sister that still has dark hair.
Over the years I've always cut my own hair, in the front I do it myself and then will ask my husband or daughter to cut it across the back. I've also cut my children's and husband's hair because often times money has been tight. I know that's not for everyone, it's simply what I do. If you have blonde hair I've read the hair dye is not as bad for you as the brunette color. I've also looked into natural hair dyes like henna, sage, and tea. If anyone has a great tip on naturally dying hair I'd love to hear it. For now I'm embracing my new look and feeling good about my decision. Onward with the changes of life!
Somewhere there is a scripture in the bible, I tried to find this morning, I think it's in Proverbs and it talks about silver hair being a crown of glory. If you know where it is I'd love to print it out here.
Here's the scripture, shared from a reader named Olivia, Thank you Olivia I so much appreciate it. It sure does make gray hair sound good what the bible has to say about it! I will now walk with a knowing that my gray hair is a crown of glory gained through a righteous life!
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.
Proverbs 16:30-32 (in Context) Proverbs 16 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
The glory of youths is their strength, but the beauty of the aged is their gray hair.
PS. I'm planning to share some Christmas decorating and am hoping today I'll have enough light to take a few pictures, my flash doesn't work on my camera, so natural lighting is important for taking photo's. We put up our tree last Wednesday and I made a wreath for the front door and swags over the windows. It feels good to walk around my house and feel the Christmas magic.