Early in my high school days, I was very involved in a small group Bible study through my church, led by a lovely couple named Fred and Janet. They encouraged us to keep a journal of ideas and verses we discussed, our own personal thoughts and a running list of prayer requests. Going to this small group was the highlight of my week and it was the first place I felt like I was allowed to ask real questions about God and religion and beliefs.

Don’t worry, this post isn’t about all that. And no, I’m not going to try to convert you.

In the back of this journal full of Bible verses and deep thoughts like “Where did dinosaurs come from????” I kept a list of things I was looking for in my future husband. I wish I could find this journal to show you just how ridiculously specific some of my requests were (like, “must be taller than I am but not too tall it hurts my neck to look up a lot” and “older than me same age as me two years younger ok definitely older”) and I KNOW I still have it, but my attic is cold and the boxes of Christmas decorations are heavy and I have better things to do with my time than open five hundred tubs of depressingly skimpy sundresses and tank tops to find the one containing my Pink Box of High School Ridiculousness.

So you’ll just have to take my word for it that right at the top of my list, underlined twice, it says “Red hair so future children have red/blonde hair too”.

I think this is what they call a wish come true.

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5 Responses to “Ginger”

  1. OMG this is adorable. Both the ginger baby and your high school list of husband requirements.

    My husbands father has these gorgeous blue eyes (we both have brown) and long before we ever even seriously considered becoming parents we were talking about what they would look like and I said “Wouldn’t it be great if our kids got dark hair and your dads blue eyes?” Then Ivy comes along and bingo! brown hair and blue eyes.

    I call this winning the genetic lottery.

  2. bellegourmande says:

    Isn’t genetics so much fun! I cannot wait to see how this baby of mine turns out. I too looooooove red hair, and my husband E’s grandfather had reddish hair, and his sister is strawberry blonde, so it’s not totally unlikely, but I still doubt we’ll have a ginger. My second request from the genetics gods is what babyinbrooklyn said, blue eyes and brown hair. Blue eyes seem to be weirdly dominant in my husband’s family, so it’s possible. He and I are both pretty pale/pasty, but we have totally different colored eyes and hair, so I am very excited to see what the results are.

    Baby Evan’s red hair is gorgeous!

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  4. Jessica says:

    How sweet is that!!!

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