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Miss Teen Extraordinaire.

March 1, 2013
The Miss Teen Extraordinaire Pageant is one of my favorite nights of the whole year.
The past two years, I’ve had the opportunity of helping with hair and makeup. I get to help girls who are happy with honestly whatever they wear, who are so thrilled with all the makeup that they want lipstick as eye shadow, who hand out compliments to each other like candy. There is so much sweetness, and so much sass. I am beyond grateful to my Aunt Sheral for involving me. I’m also so happy I got to share it with McCall this year. I knew she would understand it, and feel it, too. 
We shared this really cool moment during the first minutes of a girl’s talent. She was onstage, nervous and beaming, and I was totally overcome by love and admiration for her. I said, “Can you imagine how happy this makes her?” This peaceful, pressing joy just washed over us. We were both bawling and grinning like idiots for the remainder of the night.
We got to see the most beautiful girls with Down Syndrome rock dance numbers and Taylor Swift lyrics, and girls with Autism absolutely own the stage. We laughed, and cried, and made new friends who inspire me more than I know how to say. 
These girls truly know how to give, how to love, how to be in the moment, to be themselves, and to share that with others.
ALL pageants should be special needs pageants. 
Also, they should pass out tissues with programs. These kids make me happy. Plain and simple. We are so lucky to have spirits this strong, this vibrant, in our lives. They deeply deserve to be celebrated.
Last year, I left the pageant thinking, someone needs to do this in Kaysville. But obviously not me. I’m not Miss Kaysville, Miss Davis County, or Miss-anything to be able to make that happen. I mean. Sometimes I miss a button doing my shirts up in the morning, let’s be real. :/ But this year, as it approached, the stronger and stronger the feeling got for me that Davis County needed a pageant like this. It’s weird to be in parallel situations in life and happen upon the change in yourself. A year later, whether because of China, because of new influences in my life, because of timing, because of all of it, I am going to make this happen. I know firsthand that nothing qualifies someone more than a genuine love for people, and a desire to do the task at hand. 
I am so excited to see how this turns out. I feel extremely humbled and thankful for the help I am already receiving. Let’s do this thing!

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7 comments

Shelby March 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Oh my word girl! This is amazing!! If you need any help you have my numba. But like for real, why do you do the coolest things, and why do I always find myself inviting myself to join. I just need to stop. Haha

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Ashley March 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Shelby. I want to help with this! This is so cool. Seriously. I can help with publicity/flyers/posters, etc. And hair and makeup would be so fun. Let me know.
P.S. Lunch, soon, too?

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Kailee March 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

Haha so you don't even know me, but I found your blog a little bit ago because it was posted on Marissa Anderson's fbook page or something like that and I just wanted to tell you that I love reading your blog. You always post very real and heartfelt things that are written so well. This looks way fun and if you do it in Davis County, I know you could find a lot of people to help and support you (count me in! :)) You are right though, every pageant should be a special needs pageant because this looks awesome.

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Shelby March 7, 2013 at 4:28 am

Girrrrrl. Never stop inviting yourself. You are wonderful! I would love your help.

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Shelby March 7, 2013 at 4:29 am

Okay. Shut your mouth. Yep. Lunch ASAP. You are a dream. We should get together and figure out flyers and spread the word! Mostly I just love you. Soooo, hi.

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Shelby March 7, 2013 at 4:30 am

Um. How fantastic are YOU?! Seriously. Thank you for making my day. Love new blog friends. I so appreciate everything you said. And I would love, love, love your help! Thank you SO much for making my day with your kind words.

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Rachel Nell March 9, 2013 at 4:26 am

Let me know if there is anything I can do from far away in ice land!

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