Splitting my time between two states can often lead to feeling like I don’t have a home base. My Colorado friends reminded me that roots help me reach higher. I had some of my friends from my first pageants come together (along with new friends) to give me an official and sparkly send off to Mrs. America! We had such a positive day with great food, for what is widely considered my last meal, and I feel so supported and encouraged. I am so grateful for my sisters, my friends and my family. What a great way to finish up my Colorado training.
One of my favorite events, the Gaylord Alpenfest is the highlight of the year in our little Alpen village of Gaylord. Last year my family attended and I befriended the queen, Kelly, and her court. I saw these girls at events throughout the year and they even watched me compete for Ms. America online. The did such a great job representing our community, it was a real honor to see them crown the next court. The pageant was beautifully executed, once again. The whole event is just so much fun, and I was honored to be recognized during the show.
Despite the fact that TWO people took phone calls during the competition (yes two- and older gentlemen at that! I thought that generation had better manners), it was a great event top to bottom. I got teary at the Queen’s farewell, only because she made me so proud over the last year. Good luck to you girls, out-going and in-coming. Life has so much more to bring you. Be ready for the next adventure!
So, tonight was my big Mrs. America fundraiser! I had over 30 donated items and baskets, totaling over $2000 in value. These represented hours and hours of pounding the pavement in Traverse City to find donors and sponsors for the event. We had people come by the event as well as bidding online. My All-American Starz Dance Team performed, as well as the Kalkaska Pom and Dance team dancers. Michigan Blood brought the blood bus and was accepting blood donations as well. Tonight was really encouraging and really made me feel supported by my community. Bidders included sister queens, students, parents of students, community members, families I’ve met at events and more. I am so touched by each and every person who donated, bid, attended or even just reached out to say good luck! Thank you, Traverse City!
The main event! The new Mrs. Michigan was chosen in a really tough competition of ten deserving women. I got to know some of these ladies, and the judges really couldn’t go wrong. Such passion and fire- and true inner beauty than only enhanced their appearance. They are what pageantry is all about! Lacrisha Saba is my new pageant sister and I can’t wait to see her again in Vegas! Congratulations to all these accomplished and motivated women, and a well deserved sister salute to the new Mrs. Georgia!
For our anniversary trip, my husband and I traveled to Atlanta for the Mrs. Georgia America Pageant. I know, I know- it’s an unusual way to celebrate an anniversary, but we are an unusual couple. Last year we did 100 appearances together. Together! Competing, volunteering and pageantry has become something really great for us. We have shared the time and activities and bonded through service to our community and state. Mrs. America would be a national adventure for us that would take us around the country- Will already has the RV picked out! So, Mrs. Georgia was our first out of state appearance beyond Colorado and Michigan.
We drove, with our youngest kid and our THREE dogs! It was quite the adventure. Luckily, Atlanta has doggie day care that the two rowdy fur babies just loved. It even helped get our biggest baby over his fear of strangers! While the doggies were occupied, we began our adventure at the Mrs. Georgia cocktail party. While we had just driven for hours on end and were hot, sweaty and exhausted, it was so lovely meeting these wonderful women. I have such kind directors, and they really attract wonderful contestants. It’s just so cool to socialize with like-minded, serviced-oriented individuals. My husband and I both made new besties!
I love competing! Meeting women like me who are trying to make a difference and have similar interests is so empowering. When I compete, I represent my sponsors and all who believe in me. When I win, I take on representing my fellow contestants as well. These are amazing women and I am honored to serve as their title holder for the next year.
I got sick on the way to orientation, so the weekend was a bit of a blur thanks to the cold meds that kept me going. My fellow contestants were super supportive, and the judges were able to see beyond my froggy voice and hear the message I have to share. My next year will be an amazing adventure and I look forward to every bit!
One of the highlights was getting to be on stage with my husband. He got to escort me in evening gown and come up right after crowning. It was really special for us and fitting since everything I do with my title I do with him!
I first got into pageantry when I saw the Mrs. American Pageant on television in 2005. I entered Mrs. Colorado America the following year and have been trying to get to that Mrs. America Pageant ever since! It took over ten years- but this August I will finally be competing for the title of Mrs. America!
Winning Mrs. Michigan was a dream come true and I have big plans for my year. I hope to use my new title to get my children’s story published. My book, “Pitty the Bully”, helps kids identify bullying behaviors in themselves and learn to solve their problems with positive choices. Its a story I developed as part of my Bully Prevention Program for elementary schools.
I am continuing my work with animal rescues as well as my All-American Starz Dance Team. Kids and furry creatures are near and dear to my heart and I can’t wait to use my new title to help and give hope. A special thank you to Mr. Michigan, my husband, Will Froehlich. Without him, none of this would be possible. The best is yet to come!