Tuesday, March 19, 2013

It's true....

They told us you'd learn lots of life skills on this adventure to be "Miss Iowa 2013" at the National American Miss Pageant. And it's true...you are! 

Recently we've learned you will get lots of practice on your handwriting! And I can see a difference in it already. So much better than when we started to write Thank-You notes.


And without a whimper or complaint. You happily do it.
And tell me every time you write one, "they could win Mommy!" 


You even wrote all the entry tickets yourself. And your writing skills are getting a work-out. We are so proud of you--and your teacher will be so impressed when you return after spring break. 

And again--you do it without complaint.



As the tickets began to sell--you said, "Mom, can you believe how many people believe in me? Even people I have never met! Isn't that great!? I sure hope I win!" Yes it is my sweet girl. 


Once we finished--you wanted to do a video to let folks know--there is still time to WIN. Anyone can win the Kindle Fire Tablet! 


And you're right--giving it away to someone is the perfect way to use the prize! 

What did we do without you in our lives? Clearly we were lost...and didn't even know it.


There aren't many entries--so there's a great chance to win! You can still enter: 
Just click this button--to purchase your ticket and support Izabella on her wish to become "Miss Iowa". She'll have so much fun writing you a thank-you note--and YOUR tickets for the drawing!







THANK YOU to all the sweet friends and family that have supported her so far. You all blow my mind with your generosity and kindness. I am forever grateful.

Remember you can get an entry just by sharing it on Facebook or your blog. Be sure to let us know you shared it--by leaving a comment on this post--so we can put your name in the drawing.
Love and God Bless!

Friday, March 8, 2013

A long way from your Pink Castle Orphanage Days....

Izabella:

We are so proud of you. As we were preparing for your big run for the National American Miss Pagaent--we asked you to introduce yourself--in your own words. I didn't video it--I wish I had--but you brought us to tears with your story. You are such a brave and beautiful girl.

I wish I could wash away the past--make your world all perfect and right--but we all know that's not possible--all we can do is HOPE. Something you give us all--when we watch you today.

video

Watching you on this video...is bittersweet--it reminds me of the trauma of your early years--yet gives me such JOY and PRIDE to see how strong and resilient you are! So pround of you my sweet girl.

You'll rock it!

If anyone wants to support Izabella--she's selling (no not GIRL SCOUT cookies) RAFFLE TICKETS to win a KINDLE FIRE! We'd be blessed with your donation of any amount, however, if you donate the following amounts, you will be entered accordingly: 
--Sponsors donating $50 + (made before March 10th--that's tomorrow!!!) will additionally recieve recognition in the pagaent program that's this FRIDAY. The program book sponsors are due to the National American Miss office by March 17th. So we need to mail it in this weekend.

--$10/entry or
--2 entries for $15 or
--3 entries $25 

Click here to buy Raffle Tickets and take her to the State Pageant in Waterloo next month. 





Monday, March 4, 2013

Izabella Needs Your Help...

The pageant journey to become Miss National American Miss Iowa continues and we're in full swing. Daddy (yes Daddy) was working with her on her evening gown walk and "pretty feet" this weekend. It's precious to see him so committed to this.  

Izabella wants to tell you about her journey. Here's a little presentation she did for you. She's working hard and learning so much.  So proud of her. 


But now comes the hardest part—she must to raise the money for the pageant fees. This is where she needs your support.

If you'll support her in your effort to win the National American Miss Iowa Title--she wants to give YOU a chance to win an Amazon Kindle Fire - 8 G? Izabella loves to read, so we thought it is perfect item to give-away and make this a whole lot more fun.

The Kindle Fire Raffle Give-Away Details: 
We'd be blessed with your donation of any amount, however, if you donate the following amounts, you will be entered accordingly: 
--$10/entry or
--2 entries for $15 or
--3 entries $25 
--Sponsors donating $50 + (made before March 10th) will recieve recognition in the pagaent program that's this FRIDAY. The program book sponsors are due to the National American Miss office by March 17th. So we need to mail it in this weekend.







You can also enter without donating, just share this give-away on your facebook page with your friends or on your blog--encouraging them to help Izabella, then leave the link to the "sharing" post in a comment on this post. Be sure to leave your name and email address so if you win we know where to send the Kindle to. Please note, if you choose to donate, you do not have to leave your address in a comment, we will have that information with your donation.

Drawing: "The Izabella Kindle Fire Giveaway" will end at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 31st, 2013. The winner will be chosen at random and announced shortly thereafter, on this blog with a video of Izabella drawing the winning name. Her State Pageant is On April 13 & 14, 2012 in Waterloo, IA. She will be selling tickets to the Pageant-email me if you're interested in attending with us.

Know that she will be working! In addition to raising the money for the pagaent fees. She will need to put together a 30 second personal introduction (about herself) speech to give on stage at the pageant--30% of her score (her dry run for this on Sunday had me in tears it was so precious). She will need to pass another judges interview--30% of her score. She will purchase school supplies for a donation for 10% of her score. And finally take part in the evening gown competition--which is about how she presents herself--not about the dress--and Daddy will have the honor of escorting her on stage!

A few details on Fill Their Stockings…
- An Orphan’s Wish will be blessed by any amount you would like to give. We do ask that you consider a minimum donation of $5 – additional entries will be given for multiples of $5. You can also enter without donating, just leave your name, email and mailing address in a comment on this post. Please note, if you choose to donate, you do not have to leave your address in a comment, we will have that information with your donation.
- To donate, simply use the button below and you’ll be directed to AOW’s PayPal page. All donations go directly to An Orphan’s Wish.
- You must have a shipping address in the US to win.
- The Flights, Camera, Action giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 14th. The winner will be chosen at random and announced shortly thereafter.
- See more at: http://nihaoyall.com/2012/12/fill-their-stockings-the-big-finale-flights-camera-action.html#sthash.yHmELnOw.dpuf
A few details on Fill Their Stockings…
- An Orphan’s Wish will be blessed by any amount you would like to give. We do ask that you consider a minimum donation of $5 – additional entries will be given for multiples of $5. You can also enter without donating, just leave your name, email and mailing address in a comment on this post. Please note, if you choose to donate, you do not have to leave your address in a comment, we will have that information with your donation.
- To donate, simply use the button below and you’ll be directed to AOW’s PayPal page. All donations go directly to An Orphan’s Wish.
- You must have a shipping address in the US to win.
- The Flights, Camera, Action giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 14th. The winner will be chosen at random and announced shortly thereafter.
- See more at: http://nihaoyall.com/2012/12/fill-their-stockings-the-big-finale-flights-camera-action.html#sthash.yHmELnOw.dpuf
You must have a shipping address in the US to win.
Win or lose the title--she will gain so much from this experience.  It is not about money! It is not even about beauty. It's about learning life skills she will use in all aspects of her life. In fact, as I was video-taping her for her presentation video here--I was shocked at how well she handled herself. She's a natural at this and like all parents, we want to support her. (For all the details about how this all came about-read my previous post-"Your first interview and you rocked it".)

Thank you so much for your support. This is a new adventure for our family! And we so appreciate your support! 

Watch for more fun updates on this journey! It's going to be a wild one--that we hope ends in a win. :)