Getting ready for tonight was bittersweet... I had enjoyed my reign as Mrs. Eastern States and had wanted to continue advocating for PTSD as Mrs. International 2014... but something in my gut just wasn't right. I think I knew I wasn't going to make top 15, and it sickened me to even think my best wasn't good enough.
|with South Africa and Wyoming... |
the two tallest gals there!
We finish with the opening number and introductions... and it was time to announce the top 15. I was so hopeful...
Called in random order (I added their platforms, because everyone always asks)!
UK -Juanita Ingram Platform is Building Self-Esteem Through Dress for Success,
CA - Christy Van Der Westhuizen Platform is Alzheimer’s Association,
IL - Randi Moxi Platform is Saving Our Children,
CO - Christina Schlachter Platform is Creating Bright Futures for Every Child,
WV - Judy Ridenour Platform is Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,
AR - Dana Wessel Platform is Mentoring from the Heart,
Great Plains - Maggie Thorne Platform is Soles4Souls,
VA - Cheryl Nelson Platform is Natural Disaster Preparedness for Families and Pets,
GA - Kira Anderson Douglas Platform is Building a S.T.A.R. Through Performing Arts,
Canada - Angie Shilliday Platform is Habitat for Humanity Global Village,
SD -Whitney Fretham Platform is We Live Fit,
TX -Whitney Montgomery Platform is CASA,
Great Lakes -Heidi Scheer Platform is Treating the Puzzle of Autism,
CT - Christine Blake Platform is Prevention and Intervention,
Australia - Kate Johnson Platform is Chic Nation
As the curtain closed on the rest of us on stage, I was stunned with what to do next... I wasn't sure if I should be sad or angry that I didn't prepare well enough. I was surrounded by others not called, who obviously saw my disappointment.
We were escorted to the back of the auditorium to watch the first half of the show.. once we sat down, I couldn't contain my emotions. Thankfully, I was shielded by darkness, and got a grip of them to focus on the platforms and onstage questions for those fortunate to make the cut.
After the onstage interviews were done, we headed back to the dressing rooms to get ready for our return to the stage for crowning... but that wasn't for another hour... at least.
We anxiously awaited the announcement of the TOP TEN:
UK, CO, WV, Great Plains, VA, GA, TX, Great Lakes, CT, and Australia.
Those ladies competed in fitness and evening gown again.
Finally, the culmination of the whole week rested on this... the announcement of Mrs. International 2014.
We all went back to the stage, and took some funny photos... mainly to take our minds off of the fact that we weren't in the front.
4 RU- Australia
3 RU- Great Lakes
2 RU- UK
1 RU- WV
Mrs. International 2014- Great Plains
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Overall, my experience wasn't what I had hoped for. I was prepared and knew I would be a top contender, but I guess the judges didn't think so. It is hard to gauge yourself on how five strangers judge you... it's rather boggling.
I am truly blessed and overwhelmed with my friends and family who have supported me through this year. First and foremost, my "Hubbs" for letting me spend so much time, money, and effort in doing something I am so passionate about and supporting me every step of the way; My in-laws (Wendy, Ron, Gma Ginny, and Papa Bernie) for constantly sending me notes and positive encouragements; my Mom for making a cross-country trip to watch me compete for the first time; Chris Franz for being such an amazing friend and pageant extraordinaire; and last but DEFINITELY NOT LEAST, my #1 pageant sister and friend, Shana. I could not have done this without your honest opinion on.... pretty much everything. I love you all! On to the next!!!!
|with Shana and Krystina <3|
|with my Momma and the Hubbs|
Yours in Service,