Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Husband's Point of View

It has been a month since Ashley was crowned Mrs. North Dakota! So naturally a lot of my friends (3 out of the 6) are asking me if that makes me Mr. North Dakota, “you know like the First Man.”  After some long thought, and some bantering back and forth, I have finally figured out what being married to Mrs. North Dakota makes me. But before we get to the answer, I want you to know how this past month and being crowned has changed Ashley.

As life continues to get a little busier and a little more exciting, I have continually been reminding Ashley not to let this crown thing go to her head. This of course causes some creative conversation and random teasing in the household! But, what I want everyone to know, especially for those that don’t know Ashley personally, is that she would never let that happen. You see, I have dated and married Mrs. North Dakota long before she was crowned.  If being Mrs. North Dakota means you have a passion for life and the others around you, or that you have a drive to help others and the determination to follow through with your drive, or the love you have for family and friends, then I knew that right when I married her. Oh yeah, of course her looks didn’t cheapen the deal either!

I guess what I am saying is that the only thing that has changed in Ashley’s attitude or character is that she now has a tool to help those around her. Ashley has always had a passion for life and people. But being crowned has now given her an opportunity to reach further into the communities of people that prior to, she would have not had. It will hopefully give her more opportunities to impact other people’s lives as much as she has impacted mine.

So if you are wondering what my title is… whether it be Mr. North Dakota, or the First Man, or just one lucky guy, I think the answer is none of the above, but instead just one of the lucky people to have met such a wonderful woman. I hope she knows, even though I can also be a critic, that I will continue to support her even after her reign and continue to be her biggest fan.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Well, I can’t believe how fast December flew by and now it is almost mid-January! I had a wonderful Christmas break and I loved every minute I spent with my family. It was the first Christmas without my grandpa and great grandma. My grandpa passed away in November and not even a month later my great-grandma passed away. It was two days before the pageant, and I still thank them for helping me win because every time before I stepped on stage I prayed that they would help me show the judges who I really was. It was tough losing them, but a blessing to become Miss North Dakota International. 

On Christmas day I was asked to be the Godmother of my new baby cousin Morgan MaryAnn Lemna, and I gladly accepted. She was just baptized this last weekend it was a wonderful time. This past weekend I also spent time with my directors and pageant sisters trying on gowns for our photo shoot coming up at the end of January. It was such a great time! 

I also spent time during break helping my older sister plan her wedding. She is getting married this next summer and I am so excited for her. She jokes that I should just elope when I get married because planning a wedding is very stressful. My sister is currently in school getting her teaching degree. I also have a younger brother who is in college as well. All three of us, even though we are all different ages, will graduate at the same time. It is funny how that works out. We are very close to one another and I would do anything for them. 

I am back at school and already stressed. The nursing program has a ton of demands, but I love every bit of it. The first couple weeks are always the toughest until you get back into the swing of things. I know that God wouldn’t give me anything that I couldn’t handle, so I know that I can do whatever he throws my way. I am very excited to get going educating people on ALS and raising money. I have been working with Mary-Sue, who is a good friend of mine, and she is helping me get things going. I am so blessed to have her help me. She was a former title holder of Mrs. North Dakota International and is an amazing woman who works for closely with the ALS Association. 

Each time I blog I am going to try to leave a fun fact about myself or quote that means a lot to me so that you get to know me more. My fun fact today is that I wear a ring on my left pointer finger that says “FAITH”. My mom gave me this ring a couple years ago and I never take it off. I actually even have a permanent indent on my finger because it never comes off. It reminds me every day that God is with me, and that even though you may have bad days you need to always remember to have faith and He will help you through them. 

Erica Lemna