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TBT: Angel, Before We Cut His Hair

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Looking forward in just over a month to my sweet baby’s 5th birthday. But before a milestone he’s been looking forward to for quite some time (and lying about having reached to a point that by some time in July I started actually telling people he was 5 because, conditioning) a little look back to a year ago.

Chuck E. Cheese in our neighborhood had just opened and it was awesome. It couldn’t have showed up around the corner at a better time. Birthday. Party.

On a just-because visit we had a few turns at the games and left with a bag of sweets. Most notably the ‘Kramer’ lollipop. (I know, but that is the first place I ever remember seeing one of these, and either you know what I’m talking about or you don’t!!)




Angel was born with a head of thick, dark hair. When he arrived in the world I did not get to see him until Kevin demanded it (I was a little busy shaking, crying and being medically paralyzed, so please don’t start with self-advocate speak). I mention this because when I did see him he was swaddled and capped. I only briefly laid eyes on him. When I called my mother to tell her he had been born she asked if he had hair and I said something along the lines of, ‘No, well, I don’t know… I don’t think so…’.

Would you look at that?

I just admitted that once, I was incorrect.




Last year in the fall, suddenly and inexplicably, the curl fell out of his signature locks. So we cut it and have kept it relatively short since. It was time and I am glad we waited until the time was right.





I don’t really miss it. Not because I didn’t like it (I loved it), not because it was unmanageable (it was a nightmare) but because I’m usually too busy looking forward to lament what’s in the past. It suited him until it didn’t. When I think too hard on it I miss every bit of past, but then a present smile lights up in front of me and I can’t stay there.




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About EchoStenger.com

EchoStenger.com began in early 2013 as a side project of Echoia.com. Namely, Echoia Photography. Wanting to expand to include more varied content, it seemed only appropriate to change the site's title.

It currently is an outlet for many of my interests and passions. I share my work in and write tutorials for Adobe Illustrator, review products (mostly purchased by me), experiment with my Silhouette Cameo machine (hashtag vector in flesh!), share my day-to-day and still post photographs on a regular basis.

Thank you for visiting and coming along with me as I grow and seek out beauty in everything.

I am a Christian mom, girlfriend, dog-mom, cat-mom and pseudo step-mom. I take up hobbies faster than I can put them back down. I am from Texas, but currently reside in Utah.

I. Love. Air conditioning.

Fiona Apple.

Angel : My seraph son. I’ll likely speak of nothing and no one so much. Born October 2009. He likes the color orange blue and almost anything Marvel.

Veda : Black. Lab-like. Born Summer 2008. A life changer. Full name and title: Princess Darth Veda Jane Sultanfuss Stenger. Usually just Veda/Veda Jane when she’s bad. Also ‘Monster’. In your way? Just say, 'Scoot, Veda.' Taken March 18, 2018. Missed every day.

Trinity : Rescued from the pound about 9 weeks of age, Summer 2009. I call her ‘Wiggle Bottoms’, 'Dummy' (lovingly, of course) or ‘Little Bit’. Big time cuddler.

Li : Dog cat. Scarier than both the dogs put together.

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