Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Pageant Poem

'Twas the Night Before Pageant by Janelle Steinberg
(based on the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore)

'Twas the night before Pageant, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The dresses were packed in the suitcase with care,
in hopes that morning soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of Mommy danced in their heads.
And me in my eye mask, and dad in his briefs,
had just settled in bed with hope of some sleeps.

When from the bed there arose such a clatter,
Keith sprang from his side to see what was the matter.
Away to the suitcase I flew like a flash,
tore open the cover, and searched for my sash.

The moon on the dresses packed tightly in line
gave peace to my heart; all my clothing was fine
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
all the clothing was packed.  I had nothing to fear.

We’re off to the airport, be lively and quick,
Had to say bye, but had to be quick
More rapid than eagles, my children they came,
as I shouted and hollered and called them by name:

"Now Claire! Now Loren!
Now, Nathan and Marc!
Oh, Karl! Oh, Aubrey!
Oh, Doggie and Birds!
To mommy give kisses!
and wish me good luck!
Now hug away! Hug away!
Hug away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
My stomach does twist when I mount to the sky
but the pageant is far so on we flew,
with new friends to meet, they have to fly too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard the pilot
We’ve landed in Jacksonville, you’re luggage go get
As I drew in my breathe and was turning around,
down the hallway I walk, to the hotel I’m bound.

I was dressed all in my best, from my head to my feet,
and my hair freshly dyed all curled and neat.
A bundle of clothes I had on my back,
and more in my suitcase, ahead to un pack.

Pageants--how they twinkle! Contestants, how merry!
our cheeks are like roses, our lips like a cherry!
our beautiful smiles are drawn up as a bow,
and the teeth in our mouths are as white as the snow.

I’ve been praying for this moment, planning and such,
and now came the moment that matters so much.
God has my future already all planned,
so here I am; on His future I stand

We stand and we wait for a name to be called,
It feels like time, air, sound are all stalled.
a life will be changed and a history made
soon a new Queen will be named.

The new Queen took her crown and went straight to work,
filled all her roles, met great people; a perk.
Her platform to showcase and great travel ahead,
we know her excitement will not allow sleep in bed.

She will wear the title for only a year,
but the memory of it will be held dear.
The pageant has ended and it’s time to take flight,
"Happy Pageant to all, and to all a good night!"


Janelle Steinberg, Mrs. North Dakota International 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Looks Can Be Deceiving

There is an old saying that goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. This quote came to life when someone made the comment, “You look like a million dollars,” while looking at my platform page. Honored, I thanked the person who complimented me but then started to think. In that moment in time while taking the picture for my platform page, I FELT like a million dollars, yet, I didn’t pay a dollar to look the way I did. It just proves that you do not need to be wealthy or spend a fortune to look beautiful. Jen Mauch, a former Mrs. North Dakota, allowed me to wear the beautiful Jovani in the photo-shoot that is seen on my platform page.  I had never worn such a beautiful dress that cost so much and I didn’t even have to pay a dollar. Without the help of Jen, sponsors, and other anonymous donations, I wouldn’t get to look or feel like a million dollars. I have been fortunate enough to have friends who are willing to borrow me dresses for nationals as well as finding a very inexpensive Sherri Hill on eBay. Without these donations and constant support, I would not be where I am today and I would not be able to do the things I do. Although I may look like a million dollars in a picture, does not mean I spent a million dollars to look that way.

Yours truly,

Madison Johnson

Miss Teen North Dakota International 2014 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Prayer for Nationals!

I am on my way or almost.  On July 22nd, 2014 I will take my first step out the door and into a full week of competition, adventure, and excitement.  I don’t want to take one single step without the Lord.  I would love to have you praying for and with me as I go. 

Please pray:
1 – That everything I do will be done in and for the name of Jesus.
Colossians 3:17   And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

2 – That because of what others see in me, they would give glory to God.
Matthew 5:16  Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

3 – That God’s will be done.
Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

4 – That God handles all the details of the week. 
Matthew 6:25-30 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you?”

5 – For my physical health and safety.
Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body, and refreshment to your bones.

6 – For God’s protection and care over my family and children.
Psalm 127:3-5 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.   Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.  They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

So there you have it… that’s a bit of God’s grace that I need for the week.  I am ready to walk with Him and for Him as I compete for the title of Mrs. International.  Pray for me as I go on this grand adventure.

Janelle Steinberg, Mrs. North Dakota International 2014

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything,
 but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dream BIG!

With graduating from High School under my belt, I have been focusing a lot on what exactly I want to do in my future. I have officially decided on attending Western Michigan University and will be double majoring in Mass Communications and Public Relations. With these majors I hope to be able to be a broadcaster at a large television station. One day I hope to work my way up to being a broadcaster on ESPN, and after that have my own talk show. Although I am dreaming big, I hope to be the next Oprah Winfrey. I want to be able to be successful and have a lot of money, but use it to give back to those in need and make other people’s wishes come true. Not many teenage girls dream like I do, but I know that I have the motivation and determination to make things happen.

Yours truly,

Madison Johnson

Miss Teen North Dakota International 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The International Pageant System is the One for Me

I started in pageants at the early age of 36.  Seriously!  They had always seemed fun, but something only the truly beautiful (and young) could do.  I never considered myself as anything special, and I certainly wasn’t young and unmarried anymore.  I thought my pageant days were over before they even had started.

And then…the North Dakota International State Director showed me just how wrong I was and just how right the International System was.

The Mrs. International System has been developed to celebrate today’s married women, their accomplishments, and commitment to family and marriage. It showcases the family, encourages work with charitable organizations, and promotes marriage. The Mrs. International Pageant System is for married women ages 21 to 56, married at least 6 months. Each contestant competes in Interview, which is valued at 50% of her overall score, Evening Gown, valued at 25% and Fitness Wear valued at 25%. Each contestant has the opportunity to select a platform of her choice that she spends the year promoting. Husbands are a direct part of the show, escorting their wives in the Evening Gown competition, and it is the husband who places the crown on his winning wife’s head.  My favorite part is that while the pageant still has a beauty component.  I am judged on my brain and my platform.  I am truly allowed the opportunity to share my passions with others.

So there you have it... the International System is the one for me.  I am a married women and I want to make a difference.  I want my life to matter.  The International crown has given me and opportunity to use my voice and tell my story in so many places I would have never had access to on my own.  I’d love to show you how it is the one for you.  Maybe you are the ONE I will pass the crown on to this December.  Together, let’s go on a grand adventure.

Janelle Steinberg, Mrs. North Dakota International 2014