i am certain highschool for this generation is completely different than highschool days were for me. i’ve watched my three oldest daughters walk through these years with grace & resiliency. each of them having different experiences from each other, yet making their dad & i very, very proud.
saturday evening emily competed in the Miss Parkview pageant for her final time. we aren’t a pageant family & i wouldn’t know pageant strategies if they knocked on my front door. but i’ll tell you this, i sat in my seat that evening and was blown away. emi is comfortable in oversized t-shirts and chacos as well as her riding boots and free people sweaters. but seeing her all done up in a breathtaking gown was something else. i get onto her for her posture, yet that evening her poise was remarkable. she can be giggly and silly & yet that evening, she nailed her quote adding a little bit of her own words at the end. she spoke about being true to her self & her beliefs as she enters this next chapter in her life. i mean honestly, sweet little em, all grown up & stunning.
it sure takes a huge dose of bravery for those girls to get up on that stage. emi doesn’t have a competitive bone in her body. not one. in fact, before she left, she told me how much she wanted one of her friends to win. she just loves being with her peers and cheering others on. i’ve been considerably distracted these last two months & she basically did every single thing & took care of every detail on her own.
she might not have been crowned with a tangible rhinestone crown saturday evening, but i pray that she knows deep in her heart, her mama & daddy were BEYOND proud…she won our hearts over again & again and will always be our winner.