Thursday, October 7, 2010
I took a little break to rest and get caught up around my house and in my life when I got home. I have been doing some appearances, though, and it's time to update the blog. I have tons of pictures from my week at Mrs. A and I knew I would be here for three days trying to upload all of them to this site so I made a slideshow instead. You can click on it below and see all the pictures, both from my camera and from the official photographer. Hope you enjoy!
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Sunday, August 29, 2010
Why do you want to be Mrs. America? That was a question asked on my Mrs. America paperwork. Unfortunately, my answer could only be fifteen seconds in length because it will be recorded and possibly played the night of competition - if I make the top ten. While I'm content with my answer I gave, there is so much more I wanted to say. It's not that I expect all the judges will be web-surfing the contestant's blogs before the pageant, but let's just say they are.....What would I want them to read here that would give them better insight into why I want this title so badly - into why it means so much?
I can't really describe to you what it's like to be told your child's life will probably be cut short. For me, it was a combination of numbness, disbelief, fear, desperation and many other feelings I can't put into words. When my daughter was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth, I didn't know what to do other than to hold her, rock her, love her, and pray - pray that God would heal her of the horrific disease that I was learning more and more about each day.
When she was a couple of weeks old, however, something inside me shifted. I still wanted to pray and hold and rock - but there was a new desire inside me -a desire to fight. I made a decision that a life-expectancy of 36 was not ok with me. I made a decision that I was not going to let my daughter become a statistic. I made a decision that I was not going to be ruled by fear, but that, instead, I was going to get out and do whatever it took to change my daughter's fate.
I threw myself into volunteer work for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, flying to Washington, D.C. for conferences, chairing our gala year after year, attending walks, all the while telling everyone I could about CF and what they could do to help. This past year, however, I came to a point where I felt I had gotten about as far as I could as "Hayden's mommy". I needed something more - a title that could get me into the public eye. That is how I was led to enter the Mrs. Oklahoma pageant.
I need the job of Mrs. America. There are so many wonderful things I could do for my cause with the title. I have plans in my head for appearances on Ellen, The Today Show and Good Morning America. I have an entire hour planned for Oprah on orphan diseases with an emphasis on CF. I need to stand before Congress to fight for the Clinical Trials bill. Without it, many people have to choose between entering a trial or having health benefits. I need to encourage more people to become organ donors. Many people with CF are waiting for lung transplants and liver transplants. We have a boy in my local CF community waiting right now for the latter. Every two months when Hayden has a check up, I find myself holding my breath as the doctor feels her liver and checks her blood oxygen levels. Now matter how well she is doing now, I always have it in the back of my mind that it could be her someday - it could be her depending on an organ donation to live.
There are so many things I could do with this title. Not for me, and not even just for my daughter, but for the entire CF community. I want to have an active role in saving my daughter's life. I want her to grow up and know that her mother did everything in her power to make a difference on her behalf. That is why I want to be Mrs. America.
How precious is this little violin player???
After all the performances were finished, I had to kill time while the scores were tabulated. I started talking to the crowd about my daughter, Hayden, and her disease, cystic fibrosis. A lady shouted out from the audience that, if I took off my hat, she'd pass it around and collect money for the CF Foundation. I was blown away by the gesture and could not believe it when she set the hat back up on stage. It was FULL of money! In a matter of minutes, that crowd had donated over $120 to the foundation!
Before I left to head home, I had to take some pictures of the animals because I had promised Hayden I would. Her request was that I take a picture with a cow......It was a wonderful night! One I won't soon forget!
Here are some of the pictures from the shoot. Be sure to also look at the pictures I took of the new store toward the bottom of this post.
Have a formal event coming up??? They have an amazing selection of gowns.Jewelry and Bags!!!!
After the show, I performed a couple of songs and gave a speech on cystic fibrosis followed by a video I put together on the same topic. Once that was finished, everyone enjoyed some chocolate cake while looking a silent auctions items. The event was $10 at the door and all money raised that evening went to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We raised over $1200!!!! It was such a wonderful evening and I felt so blessed to be surrounded by so many loving friends and family members. I hope I do them proud in Tuscon!
My awesome cake provided by Mrs. Oklahoma 2010 contestant, Joy Rose Murpy
With my husband, Ryan
With Mrs. Greater Edmond 2011, Melinda Meadows
With Teresa and Quin from Avalon Correctional Facilities. Avalon is a major sponsor for the CF Foundation each year.
With my neighbors, Tiffany and Carson Wooster
With my awesome friends, Sandra Larby and Kelli Dupuy
With friends Graham and Adrienne Turner. Graham is one of my daughter, Hayden's, favorite babysitters!With Hannah Reid. Hannah was a student at my fine-arts preschool I used to own when she was five. I can't believe she's in 5th grade now!!!
With my great friend from high school, Stacy Nance
My mom, Cheryl Baldwin, with her BFF's, Glee Bertram and Donna Stevens.
I promise I only had three bites of this cake! It was sooo yummy!
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Website
Mrs. Oklahoma 2010 Sponsors
- Dillards - Penn Square Mall
- The Paper Lion
- Frankie Couture
- Tamara Mathews
- Larry Wright Photography
- Alberto Makali
- Jab Wear
- The Elephant Trunk
- Aspen Athletic
- Queen Chucks
- Smile Solutions
- Steve Clausen
- Anderson Creative Photography
- Paint Your Life Portraits
- The Gilcrease Museum
- Renaissance Salon
- The Colcord Hotel
- The Tulsa Zoo
- Pete Rohleder
- Southern Oaks Resort
- Winstar World Casino
- Ballerina Jewelers
- OK Citycard
- Sooo Lilly Cosmetics
- Shawnee Milling Company
- Woods and Water Winery
- Head Country Food
- Scott Farms
- Stick It In Stones
- The Bra Clip
- Java Daves Coffee
- Grandma's Soap
- All Things Cake
- Angel Acre Accents
- Capital Distributing
- Homeland Stores
- Suzzette's Cabin Candles
Sponsors for Mrs. Greater Edmond
- BC Pro - photography & videography
- Cross Oil Company
- Salon Avignon
- Pretty in Ink
- Rachel Newsom at Tangles Salon
- Drs. Quentin & Kelley Lobb
- Mr. and Mrs. Don & Tiffany Smith
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard & Vivian Cross
- Mr. and Mrs. Chris & Carol Palmer
- Mr. and Mrs. Brad & Cheryl Baldwin
- Mr. and Mrs. David & Jennifer Reid
- Mr. and Mrs. Steve & Glee Bertram
- Ms. Nancy Branch
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