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The morning after Miss Wisconsin, I had an interview with The Northwestern and met with Jeanne, Michael and Kim learning more about my new role, the rules and what to expect in the very near future. Kim was such an amazing Miss Wisconsin, I surely have HUGE shoes to fill!! Love you Kim!
Next, I was off to Crazy J's Campground in Marion where I spent time with these little princesses at a Princess Party! These girls were a delight to spend the day with. They were fun, smart and are guaranteed to have bright futures. We enjoyed the afternoon by participating in arts and crafts, socializing and I even got to sing for the girls.
This picture is with my favorite little princess, Zoey. She was the absolute sweetest little 5 year old, who truly touched a place in my heart. I was amazed at how smart she was, the amount of curious questions she had for me, and the love you could see in her eyes.
Then it was off to Columbus for what was undoubtedly the largest 4th of July Parade in Wisconsin! The parade lineup and actual parade totaled 3.5 hours! I had the exciting pleasure to share the day with Annie, Miss Wisconsin's Outsanding Teen. Since we had not seen eachother since the pageant, we had a great time catching up and talk exciting details of MAOT national competition!!
Off to Fond du Lac for a Car/Bike Show Fundraiser at the Open Road Harley-Davidson. This event was a dual event in that it showcased Harley-Davidson motorcylces and Mustang cars. It was so fun to see old, new and rebuilt Mustang models and there were even Mustang airplanes that were flown in from EAA to specifically attend this event. I was able to sign autographs, meet and greet an incredible amount of people, and speak about my platform.
Co-owner Lori was extremely welcoming, I truly felt a part of their tight-knit family. It was heart warming to see Lori call customers by name and ask how their families were doing. I could tell this was a community of truly caring individuals. However, I was curious to ask Lori if her customers mind Lori's golden retriever roaming around the store. Lori laughted and said "no, customers love it!" Her dog hates being home alone, so she brings him to work with her! So cute!
Off to...Kenosha! for my next appearance. That's right, my first appearance in my home town! I participated in The 31st World Congress of Poets. This was a gathering celebrating poetry and welcoming prominent women in Kenosha to speak on topics regarding "The Freedom to Pursue Work, Education, Family and Happiness. I spoke on "The Freedom to Pursue Happiness" and at a very joyous time in my life, this was very fitting. However, I mentioned that our happiness does not come from earthly pleasures or deeds, rather, our happiness should and does come from the Lord. Our happiness can be celebrated in trusting that God has lead us to do His will on earth, and while that causes happiness in our life, it also pleases Him.
It was then off to West Salem for a Youth Princess Program. I got to spend the evening with junior princesses, but also Miss Seven Rivers Raeanna Johnson and Miss Seven Rivers Outstanding Teen, Jenna Flick! The three of us had an awesome time together, and truly enjoyed making a positive impact on these adorable little ladies! We started the evening with games and arts and crafts, then had a fashion show, and ended the night with Raeanna, Jenna and myself speaking to the girls. Raeanna talked about empowerment, Jenna discussed bullying and I talked about positive self-esteem and confidence. This group of little princesses were absolutely adorable and are sure to have bright futures!!
Then, for a weekend my job shifted from Miss Wisconsin to Maid of Honor! M lifelong best friend, Michele got married July 22. It was beautiful, magical and full of unforgettable, unconditional love. Michele was an absolutely stunning bride - Here's a picture from the big day!
After a fun wedding weekend, it was off to Mishicot for their annual Riverfest Festival/Parade. This event was especially touching because of the incredible amount of love and support I was shown. Mishicot may be a small town, but it is populated by some of the most sincere and caring individuals I have ever met.
I had to take a picture with these mascots because one of them was named Smokey. For those of you who don't already know, I am the proud mom to a 1 year old Shih Tsu/Maltese named Smokey. This is his first appearance in this blog, but I'm sure he will appear many more times before the years end! He is the love of my life! :)
I was happy to be in my hometown of Kenosha for the next appearance! I spent the morning and afternoon at the Kenosha HarborMarket. Here I was able to meet and greet, sign autographs and sing for the wonderful people of Kenosha! I was humbly welcomed by many, and was beyond proud to represent my great city!
Up next, I had the privilege to share the stage with my dear friend, Miss Kenosha Ashley Dennis at The Kenosha Relay for Life! Ashley was honored as being an ambassador to the city, sang the National Anthem and a few inspirational songs during the survivor lap. As a lifelong resident of Kenosha, and yearly attendee of the Relay, I sang one of my absolute favorite songs, "Blessings" by Laura Story during the survivor lap for many of my family members who suffer from cancer and especially my Grandpa, who passed away from prostate cancer. It was an inspirational night for all who attended, full of celebration for those who have overcome this disease and immense hope for a cure for those who are living with cancer.
This has been the most incredible month of my life! I have seen God work in my life in ways I've never imagined possible, and I truly believe I have been led to this job to make a difference and make a mark in this world, especially through helping COIP. (children of incarcerated parents) I have been humbled by the overwhelming amount of love, support, prayers and guidance I have received and can only thank you for future support. In the month of August, I look forward to traveling to Orlando to cheer for Annie at MAOT as well as meet The Miss America Class of 2012!
Until next time, I will leave you with Psalm 37: 4-6 - Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart's desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
With love and blessings,