Heart Month Recap....

 I am going to open with a quote I came across recently from the amazing and inspirational Suzy Boots: 
“When we try to climb mountains one step at a time, we learn what obstacles await us and how we can step around them rather than having to go through them. Enjoy your steps and realize that pausing to take your breath or standing back up again when we fall is all part of the journey.”

I am having such a hard time believing that February has come and is gone! It has been such an amazing whirlwind of a month! The other queens and I were able to take part in the American Heart Association Heart Ball at the beginning of the month. We spent a good part of the day together prior to the Heart Ball greeting and bringing some smiles to the amazing kids in the Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo, getting our hair done, and then to the ball (sounds so 'Cinderalla-like'!). The Heart Ball is a wonderful fund-raising event for the American Heart Association and it was wonderful to take part in such an amazing event where people opened up their hearts and their checkbook to help this amazing organization! 

I was also invited to speak at other community events in the month of February to really drive home the importance of heart health and the role that tobacco plays into heart disease. What a blessing it has been to share in this message and to help promote the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women!  


In this part of the region, the weather has not been terribly kind to us! So when we planned on leaving for Bismarck the night before our scheduled day at the Capitol with the American Heart Association and we had such a bad storm that roads were closed, I was so disappointed! Even before the state International pageant, once I heard about spending a day at the North Dakota Capitol, I hoped I would be able to take part in it! But persistence, patience, and prayer prevailed!! I got to Fargo and picked my sister queen, Taylor, up and we headed out on our adventure. The driving was not great but I was in great company! Part of this journey is just getting to meet and know some pretty amazing people. We were able to stay with Taylor's sister in Bismarck, and after a short night of sleep and then having to push my car out (as I got stuck in the snow!) we headed to the Capitol. We were greeted by the wonderful people who work for and with the American Heart Association. Most of the day we spent visiting with Legislators and other key folks who work at the Capitol. We were able to meet Governor Jack Dalrymple, visit with Erv Inniger, not only the winningest men's basketball coach in North Dakota State history, but also a heart attack survivor, serve chili to the Legislators and others, and meet Dr. Haldis, an Interventional Cardiologist from Sanford Health. We had posed by photo at the Heart Ball so it made us laugh when he arrived at the Capitol and recognized us! We took part in the House session that afternoon and then headed home. This was such a great experience, meeting some of the amazing men and women who are making history and we were able to be a part of it! Thank you Kathy and Allison, The International Pageant System, and The American Heart Association, for this incredible opportunity! 

Jennifer Mauch
Mrs. ND International, 2013

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