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Then And Now

Ya'll it's official. I'm a H-B-B-Q.

Has Been Beauty Queen!!

So, in honor of Miss Kentucky week I would like to compare my life as a beauty queen with my life as a mommy.

Way back then I ran 20 miles a week, did 600 sit-ups a day and weight lifted 3x a week.
Now: I lift a fork to my mouth for exercise.

Then: I wore custom designed dresses worth thousands of dollars.
Now: I shop at Goodwill..and I am darn proud of it!!

Then: I glued my swimsuit to by butt.
Now: I'm lucky if my swimsuit covers my butt.

Then: I used baby wipes to remove butt glue.
Now: I use wipes to remove baby poop.

Then: I knew my opinion on every major and minor current event within the past decade.
Now: I know every song on the Yo Gabba Gabba DVD.

Then: I sang Broadway classics for my talent.
Now: I sing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" about a million times a day.

Then: I waxed my eyebrows, whitened my teeth, and did my nails.
Now: I look like a wooly mammoth and occasionally get to shower.

Then: I wore fake boobs.
Now: I wear a support bra!

Then: I spray tanned and had weekly body wraps.
Now: I sun bathe in a kiddy pool and avoid the body wraps in fear of scaring Eli.

Then: I considered it a good night when I won a crown.
Now: I consider it a good night when I sleep.

Then: I dreamed about my future.
Now: I praise the Lord for the way my life turned out.

I love to look back and laugh at myself. Competing in pageants was a wonderful part of my life. Like so many, my dreams revolved around that crown and I did silly things to make that happen. However, in the end God had different plans for me. And you know what? I'm so glad he did!!

There are days when I look in the mirror and miss being thin. There are days I would give anything to wear a designer dress and fake boobs. However, I wouldn't trade what I have now for a million Miss Kentucky crowns!!

I have the honor of waking up every morning next to my best friend. I get to be a mommy to the silliest toddler around, and my dream of becoming a journalist has come true.

Come Saturday night there will some sad young ladies, but I want them to know that this is not the end.

Ladies, your life will be full of wonderful blessings to come. So, store away the memories of your Miss Kentucky days because one day you'll need a good laugh!



  1. I love this post! Amazing the way what's important in life changes :) This is something that I really needed to hear today so thank you!


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