Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Siam's Crowning Moment

The smell of hairspray, sweaty palms, and nervous women filled the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre. “Now for the Miss Category…” the booming voice fled through the speakers. Just as rehearsed, we all came forward into the intense spot light of the stage. There I was joining hands with women who we had just met less than 24 hours ago but had already established a life long bond. The comfort we found in each other proved that I was in entering a family instead of a pageant system. “Your first runner up…” Nerves began to settle in, and a split second of relief. Then it began, the remainder of the beautiful group of women joined hands again. I could feel my pulse in my toes and hear the beating of my heart in my ear drums. “Your Miss North Dakota International 2017…” Has any man ever told you that the longest moment in their life is the moment they wait for the girlfriend to respond to the question, “will you marry me?”, imagine that anticipation but in a split second I was filled with tranquility. Peace filled my body for I knew that it if this crown was for meant for me and my platform it was in Gods’ hands and will. I knew that every single woman on that stage was beyond deserving of the crown. The moment I heard my name my heart filled with joy, my eyes swelled with tears, and a smile from ear to ear. A true moment of relief and disbelief. I could not help but to reach for the first open arms to find comfort and share my pure bliss. I could hear my friends and family cheering in the crowd their voices carried their pride. I was twirled around from left to right, smiling for one flash to the next. Meeting so many amazing current queens, former queens, and sponsors. The moment I was able to hug and thank my family for being there, I was over the moon. I was so overwhelmed with the support my family had showed for me and my platform. This journey is no longer mine, it’s ours.

Forever and Always,
Siam Simpfenderfer, Miss North Dakota International 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Payton's Crowning Moment

My Crowning Moment…
“There are moments that mark your life, moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same, and time is divided into two parts, before this and after this.” –Anonymous
I vaguely remember standing on the stage that night, with my head down, breathless… listening…. and time stood still for a moment as I heard the emcee announce, “And our Miss Teen North Dakota International, 2017 is…. (After what seemed like a five-minute pause)… PAYTON HAUSAUER.  The flood of emotion when I heard my name called was indescribable and surreal.  It was like a dream, only better. This had actually happened.
In that moment, everything that lead me to this point in my life began rushing back to me.  I remember thinking this was a defining moment in my life and the emotion that I remember feeling, was almost overwhelming. I was thinking how blessed I was with this amazing honor and how much my life was about to change.  The tears just came…I briefly remember thinking…don’t do the ugly cry, don’t do the ugly cry, I repeated to myself, but it was too late!
I remember waving graciously to the judges and the crowd.  The gratitude that I felt in this moment was so incredible.  Thank you for believing in me enough to be your Miss Teen North Dakota International 2017, I thought to myself, as the tears continued to fall.  I will not let you down.  I realize how fortunate I am and I WILL make the most of every minute of this year! I know I will never have the same opportunity again. 
This is my story of the day that divided time into two parts, the before and the after. The beginning was unbelievable and exciting.  Please stay tuned over the next year, as the work begins and the chapters to follow, unfold. I do not know exactly where this story will take me, but I do know it will be worth it in the end.
Yours in Harmony,
Payton Hausauer, Miss Teen North Dakota International 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Meet Miss Junior Teen North Dakota International 2017

I am SO excited to be representing North Dakota this year! I still need to pinch myself that it really was MY name that was called just a few short weeks ago. Winning the state title was truly a dream come true for me!
Here are a few things about me:
I am a 3rd grader at an awesome school in Bismarck, ND. I LOVE school! I recently took a big reading test and when I got the results, it showed I read at an 11th grade level – and I’m only 9!  I couldn’t believe it!  My favorite subjects in school are reading and math. I love writing too, so if my blogs are a little long, I’m sorry! :)
For a long time, I had been asking my mom and dad for a cat.   My dad was the tough one to convince. So, to see if I was really serious about wanting a cat (and then taking care of it!), he created a 6 month contract that I needed to follow. The contract was 4 pages long and I had to do everything on it for 6 MONTHS!  And I did!  All my hard work totally paid off and now we have an adorable, white fuzz-ball named Cici Couture living in our home!  And better yet, I got to choose her! We ended up getting her from a friend who had 5 kittens. So, I chose the one who liked me best, and CiCi totally knows she’s my cat. I love her SO much!
Another interesting thing about me is that I illustrated a children’s book called “Don’t Be Sad, Sad Sally.”  The book is all about the author, my aunt Sally, when she was a kid and how she always looked over her fence at her neighbor and wanted what her neighbor had. The book also talks about how Sally’s dad helped her realize the good things in life, and that her life wasn’t really all that bad.  He also taught her how to be grateful and thankful for the things she has. I started illustrating the book when I was 7 and it was published when I was 8. Now I’m 9, and people still talk to me about my book and how special it is, and I think that’s pretty cool.
I am also a competitive dancer. My dance team has won many local and regional competitions – typically getting 1st or 2nd place! We work really hard and are all super proud of how well we dance together. This year, I also have 2 solos that I will compete with. They are to the songs “If My Friends Could See Me Now (musical theatre) and “Better When I’m Dancin’” (jazz.)  I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and I still think it’s really fun!
I love sewing! Sewing is something I think everyone should learn to do, because say you’re at a dance competition and you find out your costume is broken. What do you do? DON’T PANIC AND SEW IT BACK TOGETHER! I learned how to sew from 2 amazing seamstresses – my grandma and my aunt who can sew just about anything! I love sewing doll clothes, pillow cases, pajamas, embroidering and cross-stitching.  I think sewing is a great way to pass time and if I ever get good enough, I plan to make my own pageant dresses!
When I grow up, I want to be a surgeon. I had to have my tonsils and adenoids removed when I was 4 years old. I was very scared, but I had an amazing doctor who make took great care of me.  My doctor inspired me to become a doctor someday, so that I can give back by helping others and assure kids that everything is going to be ok!
Thanks for reading my first blog and getting to know a little bit more about me. Like I said before, this would be long, so I am impressed if you read the entire thing! :)
I look forward to serving North Dakota this year and meeting you along the way!
Alexis Thompson
Junior Miss Teen North Dakota International 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Meet Mrs. North Dakota International 2017

Welcome to my first blog post as your Mrs. North Dakota International! I have had this title for a couple weeks now, but it is still surreal every time I say it out loud. If you would have told me a couple years ago that I would be here, doing this, I might not have not taken you seriously. But as I sit here writing to you, I am filled with gratefulness for this blessing! I am humbled and honored by this opportunity. Now, I don't want to be that random pageant queen you follow on Facebook or Instagram, I want you to really get to know me. So allow me to introduce myself:
My name is Angelina Elizabeth Yarbrough and  I am 24 years old. I live in Wahpeton, North Dakota with my husband, Jake, and our 1-year old Dalmatian, Koda. Jake and I recently celebrated our 3-year anniversary in December. We have no kids, yet! In due time my friends, in due time.
I am not your typical North Dakotan. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I went to college there, got married there - I spent 22 years of my life in a place that some have described as the “exact opposite” of Wahpeton, ND. So how did I end up here? Well, there are some things in life that only God can orchestrate.
My husband got a job offer to be the youth and associate pastor for a church in Wahpeton - a place neither of us had ever been before. So, we decided to visit North Dakota on a February weekend. Although the temperatures were colder than we had ever experienced, the people and the community had a way of warming our hearts. When we got here, we knew that this was where we were meant to be. In June of 2014, we packed our things, said goodbye to our friends and family, and headed over 1800 miles to our new adventure!

Jake and I now serve as the associate and youth pastors at our local church, and I work part time as an administrative assistant at ComDel Innovation. I also teach dance from time to time and volunteer for the local Richland-Wilkin Kinship organization. Jake and I enjoy finding unique ways to connect with the youth in our church and community.
Through our position as youth pastors, Jake and I got connected with North Dakota Youth Ministries, an organization that invests in the lives of junior high and high school students throughout the state. Through the pastors, leaders and volunteers of NDYM, youth all around the state are being poured into on a daily basis. NDYM hosts several events throughout the year with the purpose of positioning students to discover their God-given purpose. Their mission is “Turning Moments into Movements” because they believe a single moment of positive impact can change lives for the better.

NDYM is my platform because I believe in the value of investing in the next generation. I believe every, single person has a responsibility to be a positive influence to our youth. Young people are not the generation of tomorrow, they matter today and are worth investing in. When we take those moments to invest in our youth, they become movements that will impact generations to come.

So, here I am, living in North Dakota, not for a job, but for a calling. I believe I was called here to serve my church and community however I can. Becoming Mrs. North Dakota International is now one more way for me to make a difference. Now that you’ve gotten to know a little more about me, let’s journey together and see where this year takes us!
Until next time,
Angelina Yarbrough
Mrs. North Dakota International 2017
Turning Moments Into Movements