Sunday, March 23, 2014

Izabella Needs Your Support -- 2013 Videos & Kindle Fire Give-away


Before we get to the GIVE-AWAY--first things first! 

Thank you to all my family and friends that supported Izabella last year. She did you all proud--and she could NOT have done it WITHOUT the support of each and everyone of you! As you all know by now--Izabella took 2nd Runner-up in the 2013 National American Miss Iowa Compeition last April. We were in shock and awe of our precious little girl that has survived and endured so much in so few years of life, and were so proud of her. She came away from it all with a new level of confidence and ability to stand on her own. This proved especially useful as she entered the turbulent 1st grade year, in a new school, and 1st year in public school! I don't know how she would have managed some of the challenges faced in this 1st year without the skills this pagaent gave her. 

NEXT a little Fun--ENJOY these Rough Cut Videos! Listen carefully as she accepts the ribbon for 3rd Runner up in the Photogenic competition--you'll hear her proud Daddy yelling to her on stage, "Way to Go Izabella!"

Here's a rough edit VIDEO Link of her Pagaent Finale Night! (winning moments) :) 


Here's a rough edit of their VERY special Daddy/Daughter Evening Gown Competition:

Here's a rough edit of her touching personal introduction. Dan and I looked at each other and said, "We can go home now--we accomplished what we wanted here." She stood up there and told her story, and was proud of herself,she was so brave, and so strong. That's all we can ask for. Proud doesn't tell the half of how we felt at this moment. Still brings me to tears hearing it. And it was all her own words. 

NEXT--Here's how you can help her make another trip to the NAM 2014 Competion:
As we tell her all the time, "Nothing in life is handed to you, you must earn it!" So, she is again doing work to raise funds with the raffle again. Since the Kindle Fire is a great item for anyone to have/win, and it's a great tool for learning and reading (both of which she loves to do), we're giving another one away this year. 

We appreciate your support. As you purchase the tickets, Izabella will write you a reciept and a thank-you and mail it to you. This is another great life-skill and habit to learn early on. 

The Kindle Fire Raffle Give-Away Details: 
We'd be blessed with your support - here are the entry ticket amounts:  
--$10/entry or
--2 entries for $15 or
--3 entries $25 
--Sponsors donating $50 + (made before March 31st) will recieve recognition in the pagaent program. The program book sponsors are due to the National American Miss office by April 4th. So we need to mail it in before the drawing 4/26/14, so all entries of $50 will need to be in before the 4th--to be listed in the Pageant Program. Here's a pic of last year's book: 
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Enter Now! Purchase Your Raffle Tickets see the

at the top left of this page to purchase a ticket. 
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Drawing: "The Izabella Kindle Fire Giveaway" will end at Noon EST on Saturday, April 25th. The winner wil be chosen at random and announced shortly thereafter, on this blog with a video of Izabela drawing the winning name. Her State Pageant is on May 2-4, 2014 in Waterloo, Iowa!


She is already working hard! In addition to raising the money for the pagaent fees, writing thank-you notes, raffle tickets and reciepts. As you can see here she's talking to her Aunt Kathy and Grampa Arndt about supporting her:


AND She is/will also:
  • putting together and practicing her 30 second personal introduction speech to give on stage at the pageant--30% of her score (her practice runs always have me tears it is still so precious). 
  • working on her interview skills --judges interview--30% of her score. We're working on her interview skills that she's using everyday when she meets new people and it's amazing the difference in how she can now hold a conversation with strangers even. (Don't worry she knows all about stranger danger). 
  • purchasing school supplies or a book to donate--for 10% of her score--community involvement. 
  • taking part in the formal wear competition--which is about how she presents herself--not about the dress--and Daddy will have the honor of escorting her on stage! This is one of the most memorable moments for us--Dad is beyond beaming 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.

Again this is about the experience and life skills she learns at this event, preparing for it and after. 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. It is a fun way to learn skills that will definitively help her reach for her dreams and have a full, happy and successful life.

Thank you so much for your support. This is such a sweet adventure for our family! And we so appreciate your support! I am moved deepy by the way our friends, family and sometimes complete strangers support our sweet girl. She deserves it, needs it, and Dan and I appreciate it so much!

Watch for more fun updates on this journey! It is already another magic carpet ride! :) 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A shower of love for another princess

Yesterday we attended a shower of love for a precious little sweet girl that has found her home in a most amazing family! It was a blessed day- and a great way for our Izabella to see first hand what it looks like to see a family open their hearts and arms to a little girl from half way around the world they've never met. Just like our family and friends did her- in October 2009. I wasn't sure she understood what was happening until I asked her to make a card for them.. And this is what she created! Brought me and the new little girls Aunt (who put in this amazing shower for her brother and sister in law and soon to be neice!) clearly she gets it! And she had to wear her princess best! :) thank you Dani for inviting us to share this special say with your family.

















(Above her new family and her new aunt Dani- blessed all around)