Mrs. America

Happy Labor Day!!

Well, I've returned from Mrs. America grateful for such a wonderful experience.  Mrs. Texas, Austen Williams, took the title of Mrs. America.  She is a true gem and will serve the title well.  Getting to know all of the titleholders is something that I will always treasure.  If you haven't checked out the videos on please be sure that you do!

The competition was a full 9 days!  Most days I was up at the 5 o'clock hour, either getting ready for the day or trying my best to get some exercise.  Our days ended at 10:00 pm with either a formal or a rehearsal.  Crazy!! 

 The women were fantastic!  I had some amazing conversations and not just about everyday stuff. We talked about about the challenges and problems facing our nation and our youth.  We discussed how we as wives, mothers and leaders in our communities can bring about change.  This was the good stuff of my time spent in Arizona.  Even though I didn't bring home a crown, I brought home something much better ~ friendships that will last a lifetime.

I am so very thankful for all of the amazing people that came into my life and made it so easy for me go to Mrs. America.  You are truly a blessing!  Kari Kisch, DJ and Tiffany Yee for helping me look my best; Dr. Kirk Maxey of Maxey Cosmetics; Dr. Rocci Trumper of Orthopedic Center of the Rockies and Dr. Rebecca de la Torre and Yvonne Hampson at Allura Skin and Laser Clinic.

 Special thanks to Tiffany Phillips, Ed Stoner, Ryan Martorano, Victoria Grissom, Cathy Robinson, Tina Sono, Patrician Brennen, Mike and Danette Haag, Tom and Erin Wick, Michael and Regina Warne, Joe Jelnick, Erin Rogers, Pam Gabarron, Carol Shima, Shayna Leone, Tracy Nash and Katie Markley for their individual contributions.  Chris Monfort, Christine Perich and Tricia Dampier for their donations of state gifts.

My amazing director, Emily Stark, won Director of the Year!  I can contest that she is the BEST!  I am so blessed to have her in my corner.

All of my queen sisters for their expertise and friendship, especially Shalon Polson for her continued coaching and willingness to sew coins in my dress (that's a story for another time!)  and Sharon Nuanes for help with my state costume.  My family has been so supportive of this journey; mom, Walt, dad, Judy, Mary Adair, Nancy and my sweet kids Christian and Ashley thank you so very much!

Finally, my dear sweet amazing husband, Walter. You never wavered in your commitment to me or this dream.  I could not have done it without your love and support.  Thank you, my love.

with Austen Williams, the new Mrs. America 2013

Fun night with dancing and BBQ!

Presenting my state gift

Fabulous ladies!

My family - prelim night


State Costumes - An Indian between 2 diamonds!