I know people are wondering why, and I actually do have an answer.....Not so much an answer as a testimony though really....
The gaggle of children in because I love kids, and I love being a Mom. And when I could no longer physically have children, Heavenly Father opened the door for us to foster/adopt.
The skirts are comfy, and I really havent worn pants except maybe a handful of times in the past 5+ years. I am not comfortable in pants, give me a prairie skirt and an apron any day of the week. Shoes.... I cannot stand shoes ( I hear gasps lol ) but really. I never had. I feel like my toes are being held captive LOL.
Now the dreads.... I have had the same hairstyle for 20 years. Seriously. Maybe not the same color, but style for sure. I kept thinking I should make a change. Nothing drastic, maybe one of those cute bob's, maybe some bangs. Then I kept feeling prompted to get dreads. Which honestly I thought was the most ridiculous thing ever. This has gone on for almost a year and I just ignored it, but the feeling never went away. So I started researching them. I wanted to know WHY people had them. I knew some was religious reasons, and some were fashion, but I really wanted to know the deeper meaning......
I read this
I have had some deep struggles lately with everything that goes on with mental illness in my house. I have been wanting... NEEDING to separate myself from the world and focus more on my Faith, so this spoke to me on that level......All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.— Book of Numbers 6:5, KJV
I learned this about the Hindu's: " Hindu holy men and women, locks are sacred, considered to be a religious practice, an expression of disregard for profane vanity"
And this about the Buddhists: "For many practicing Buddhists, dreadlocks are a way to let go of material vanity and excessive attachments."
Which I loved reading... BUT I am Mormon, so how does this apply to me?! So while I was going through this, one day there was a knock at the door. I opened it up to find 3 missionaries from the Church standing there. One I am not seeing them in a group of 3, and 2 I thought it funny they were at my door. They told me that they felt prompted to come into the circle of where my house is, and felt particularly prompted to stop at our house. I let them know that I found that funny since we are the only members in the circle of our street. We talked for a minute and for some reason it came up that my husband has full sleeve tattoos. The one that spoke that most said " That is awesome! We need more people in the church that look outside of the box. We are having a really hard time with that lately." ....... After they left, I shut the door and the fate of my hair was pretty much sealed. It still took me weeks of prayer, but the answer never changed.
Now that I have had them for a few weeks, I have grown to understand. I have got to share my testimony of the gospel with so many different kinds of awesome people and encourage them to return to Church. It is actually amazing to me how Heavenly Father puts people in our path to meet, and perhaps help.
So yes the dreads are kind of a crazy choice, but I love them and they are between myself and Heavenly Father who understands things far better then I ever will.
( I will post better pics later )