Wife and Mother
I’ve held a lot of titles in my life, but the ones I am most proud of are wife and mother.
We’ve been married almost twenty years. The past two decades have been quite the roller coaster ride, but I wouldn’t want to be on this journey with anyone else.
We are currently loving life with our four “preemie princesses,” two pot-bellied pigs, and pandemic puppy.
Discipling my girls to become women who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind, and who use their unique gifts to serve others is my ultimate goal in everything that I do.
Has-Been Beauty Queen
When judges used to ask why I wanted to be Miss America, I would say, “Because I was conceived in Atlantic City during a Miss America Pageant week.”
I grew up listening to my mother and grandmother tell stories about their end-of-summer vacations with my great-grandmother in Atlantic City. Attending the crowning of the new Miss America was always part of their experience.
So, of course, when the first granddaughter was born, they just knew she was destined to become Miss America. My mom’s cousin even wrote a poem about me that ended, “Lord, bless her and keep her as she grows on her way because she might be Miss America someday.”
Well, God had other plans, for which I am grateful. I never brought home the Miss America crown, but in addition to completely paying for my college education, the Miss America Pageant gave me a voice to promote a cause that I felt deeply about it. It empowered me to find strength in my feminity and gave me skills that still serve me well today.
I now share the lessons I learned to help other young women find their strength and purpose, not in a crown, but through the experience of competing in pageantry.