Every year our family hosts an egg hunt at Tiffin University in memory of Christi. I had a blast today running around and "laying eggs" with the college students in preparation for the hunts. My favorite moment was when a little boy helped put eggs in an infant's basket who was struggling. What a sweet kid!
Last summer, I attended Miss America's Outstanding Teen's "Teens in Training Camp" held along with the national pageant. If you would like to compete, I encourage you to attend. Registration for the 2013 Teens in Training Camp is being offered at a discounted rate of $500 for a limited time. All of the information you need is on their website. I had a fabulous week last summer and many of the Camp Participants have won their first locals this year and are headed to their state pageants - I'm one of them! To learn more, check out this video (located below) we helped make!
Dancers have great compassion! Today I brought several Dr. Seuss books ("Oh, the Places You'll Go") to dance and asked the girls if they would write messages in them to four kids who have recently finished their cancer treatments. I want to thank everyone who wrote messages. On the car ride home, when I finally got to read the notes, I had to wipe away tears. My favorite comment was, "Let your spirit soar like a high flying kite on a beautiful windy day!"
A trip to Walmart was never as meaningful as today's. With the money I collected from my birthday, I was able to make gifts for three cancer patients. I can still remember my family playing with things sent to Christi. Hours in a hospital room can get boring and little games like these kept our family close. Hopefully, these packages will remind them that they have lots of people supporting them, people they can find strength in. I said a prayer for each of these brave kids and will be thinking of them.
Early this morning, my school's competitive writing team packed onto a bus and headed to Lourdes University for a writing competition! At the competition, we were asked to respond to three writing prompts with only forty minutes each to create something outstanding. I feel blessed to have been a part of this writing team. It was fun to get to spend the day with so many creative people! Our team didn't place, but I was honored to be recognized by receiving the Meg Heminger Memorial Award. This award was started to carry on the legacy of Meg Heminger, who recently passed away. I hope to be able to learn more about the family and Meg Heminger. It's exceedingly kind of them to give this award in memory of her. Unlike athletes, many writers aren't recognized for their talent. When I received this award, I couldn't stop smiling because all of the hours I had spent writing passionately in my room, paid off.