Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Salvation Army Bell Ringing with My Sister Queens

Hello World!

In my last blog post I discussed the several ways to get involved in the community this

holiday season and today I want to tell you how I did just that!

As mentioned before, one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to bell

ring for the Salvation Army—this year I did just that! I was invited to bell ring at a local grocery

store with several of our 2017 North Dakota contestants and I had a blast! Bell ringing is one of

my favorite things to do because it is easy to sign-up, it is a great thing to do with family or

friends, and everyone knows about it! What made this year so fun was being able to do it with

girls I hardly knew or did not know at all. These girls with their local titles took time out of their

weekend to make a difference in our Fargo community and that just warms my heart. Each one

of them will be competing this January at our state pageant and it was so fun getting to know

them, their platforms, and how they decided to join our international family.

During our time ringing, we got to talk with several people, share our platforms, and

gained friendships. It truly was a wonderful time and it really brought me back to why pageants

are so fun—the friendships. Each person I have met along this journey has influenced my life

and I love that I get to meet these people while also doing what I love, volunteering. Each day

we have the ability to build our communities whether it is with a smile, one extra helping hand,

and one extra giving heart, we can better this Holiday season.

I have already scheduled my next bell-ringing time for the Salvation Army at and you can too!

For only a little while longer,

Your Miss North Dakota International 2016

Taylor Woodruff

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Special Christmas Wish from Our Family to Yours – ‘Two Horses’

There were two horses in a field. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse, but the difference was quite amazing. Looking into the eyes of the older horse will disclose that he is blind. His owners have chosen not to have him put down and have made a good home for him. If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. The sound is coming from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse’s halter is a small bell. It lets the blind horse know where the other horse is so he can follow. The horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse. The blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the horse with the bell is, trusting that he will not be led astray. When the horse with the bell returns to the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks back to make sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse helping others to find their way. Good friends and family are like that. You may not always see them, but you know they are always there. Please listen for our bell and we will listen for yours.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
The Klinger’s - Andrew, Ashley, Bella & Barklee

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Volunteering for the Holidays

Greetings world!
            The holiday season is approaching and I cannot wait to celebrate!
This time of year it feels like there is always so much going on whether it is preparing for your pageant (which is a handful in itself), making plans with family and friends, shopping, perhaps finals, and constant weather changes ( at least in North Dakota).
Something that many people forget about this time of year is that it is a prime time to get out and volunteer! Like I mentioned, there is so much going on and people are looking for volunteers left and right! Whether it is bell ringing for the salvation army ( one of my personal favorites), Santas elves at the mall, a tree carrier at a tree farm, food banks ( this is their busiest time of year), and shelters as the weather changes.
            My challenge to you these holidays is to grab a group of people, whether it is your parents, siblings, friends, or pageant directors/sisters, get out and volunteer a couple of hours of your time. You won’t regret it! Not sure how to get involved or where to look, send me a message and I will help you find something close to you!
One extra hand, one extra giving heart, and one extra smile can make the difference our communities need.
I hope you all get out of your comfort zone and do just that! I would love to hear about your experience!

Your  Miss North Dakota International 2016
Taylor Woodruff