Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Pageant

When Kenadee was born (almost 12 years ago), I used to think about what she would be like when she got older. What kind of person would she be? What would she be interested in? What would her personality be like? And I often used to hope (and pray) that WE would teach her what was important in life, help her to become a contributing member of society and not mess her up along the way.

Yesterday I got a glimpse into that world. And I think its safe to say we're doing an okay job. Even though she is only 11...almost 12, we got to see what a beautiful young lady she is becoming.



This pageant was her first experience at being on stage in front of a lot of people. After all of the excitement and preparation leading up to this day , Kenadee realised what was about to happen. The morning of her pageant her smile quickly faded as her nerves began to show through. She started to question why she had done this and wondered if she really wanted to get up on stage after all.

Ultimately she realised that this was an unforgettable experience that she would learn a lot from. I was impressed at her courage, her positive self talk and her motivation. She really wanted to grow from this experience and conquer her fear of being in front of a large group.

And so she went from practice rehearsals that morning where she looked slightly nervous and unsure of her 'walk' to the evening event where she confidently and excitedly knocked it out of the park.

This experience also reminded us that there is truth in the saying.... 'It takes a Village'.

From the sponsorships donated by family, friends and businesses, to Aunt Caity who so beautifully styled her hair and grandma who pulled out the needle and fixed her dress the morning of the pageant (PHEW!), to Aunt Molly and Co. for watching the kids for a good 5 hours so we could attend the pageant and Nana and Grandad who spent their evening watching Bailee....and to all of those who cheered her on!!

THANK YOU!

It's GREAT to be loved!!

Casual Wear reflected each girls style, personality and interests.

Kenadee and Grandma.....one of her biggest fans
Kenadee with Nana and Grandad.....more superfans!
Kenadee and Mum.....THE biggest fan (along with dad..who dodged the pictures)

8 comments:

Geoff, Becky and Macie said...

That is sooo great! Good work Kenadee!

FAMILY FAMILY FAMILY said...

I think you're doing more than an 'ok job'. Your kids are awesome! Just like their parents.

It looks fun, and she looks so pretty!

Penny said...

So, what happens now? How did she do?

Kenadee, you look beautiful! I hope it was a fun experience.

Chrissy-teeny said...

What a great experience for Kena! And she is an amazing young lady, you are doing a FABULOUS job!! What good parents you both are!

Collings Family said...

That was a great post. She has turned out well, hasn't she? We love you Kena!

Colton, Whitney, and Andee said...

I can't believe how grown up she is...she looks beautiful! Great job Kenadee!

Tracy Collings said...

It's hard to believe she's only 11, she looks so grown up. I'm glad she had fun.

ShaneandLauraFamily said...

Good job Kenadee. You look beautiful, inside and out. I know I wouldn't have had the courage to get up on stage! We miss you guys!