Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Because I am oh-so Glamorous

While Caden was in the hospital, a sweet friend of my mom's emailed and told us she had nominated me for a contest with Glamour magazine. I didn't think anything of it because 1- I was a little distracted by Caden's surgery and recovery and 2- I can't remember the last time I got dressed up enough to be considered glamorous. My life, in fact, is the opposite of glamorous.

A few weeks ago, however, I got an email from someone at Glamour magazine saying they had selected me as a semifinalist for the Sally-Hansen/Glamour "Best of You" contest. According to the website: "For the past 12 years, Glamour and Sally Hansen have joined forces to honor the most inspirational women from coast to coast." 

Wow. Y'all, I feel so honored even to be considered as a semi-finalist, and also so undeserving. I'm just a mom, albeit with a baby who had some special needs. But so so so many of you guys have babies or children who have been sick, spent time in the hospital, or even had open heart surgery. I know because you emailed and wrote and encouraged me with your own stories while Caden was in the hospital. And each of you helped inspire my strength through that.

The work we are doing with kids in Atlanta can be messy and hard, and exhausting, but someone needs to be doing it. Because these kids deserve someone who isn't going to give up on them, who loves them unconditionally, and expects great things from them. . . And for us, what we do doesn't seem amazing or inspiring. Just necessary. Because we have been given so much, and are loved so well by our Savior. There is nothing to do but to pass that love and blessing along to the "least of these."

So we are just ordinary and I am definitely not glamorous. In fact, I am writing this with one hand while I bounce Caden and try to keep him sleeping for more than 15 minutes. And I think I showered yesterday, but I can't be sure. And I'm still in my pajamas and probably will remain that way until I have to pick Jayci up from school.

I hate asking y'all to vote for me, but I'd really like to win, as it turns out. The top 4 semi-finalists get a trip to NY and a makeover. Can I just tell you how badly I need both of those things (remember the whole not-showering-thing)? Oh and we would also get money for our ministry, which is even more exciting. SO if you have a minute, would you mind popping over and voting for me? Plus, Glamour donates $1 for each vote cast to DKMS, the world's largest bone marrow donor center whose mission is to recruit bone marrow donors to help save the lives of leukemia patients. Also, when you vote, you are entered to win a basket of Sally Hansen goodies. So fun.

And if you wanted to tell other people to vote too, I wouldn't be opposed. Thanks so much friends! Adam and I were just talking the other day about how I have the BEST blog readers . . . y'all have been and continue to be such a continual source of inspiration and encouragement for us!


22 comments:

  1. OH YES MA'AM!!! I am all over some voting for you! Absolutely thrilled that you are being recognized for this :)

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  2. I voted!! :) I really really hope you win! How fun would that be to go to NYC and a makeover! And the best part is money going towards your ministry! :) Now, to share with everyone so they will vote too! :)

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  3. voted! and I am so very happy you found my blog!! Now I can bookmark yours. : ) you have such a beautiful family!

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  4. How AWESOME! I'm totally headed over to vote now!

    Also - I love how you put this -

    "And for us, what we do doesn't seem amazing or inspiring. Just necessary. Because we have been given so much, and are loved so well by our Savior. There is nothing to do but to pass that love and blessing along to the "least of these."

    That is exactly how I feel put into words. I always squirm when people tell me I'm "inspirational" because I don't feel that way at all...I just see what we're doing as obedient! I can't imagine NOT doing it!

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  5. Voting done! Good luck. You guys are amazing and doing wonderful things!

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  6. Just voted!!! Fingers crossed for you!

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  7. You TOTALLY deserve to win! I'm going to vote right now!

    I'm right there with you on the showering thing! HA!

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  8. totally voted for you, sweet friend!! you deserve it!

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  9. absolutely voted for ya! good luck :)

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  10. You totally deserve it!!! You are an inspiration to so many- who cares if you can't shower every day! : ) Good luck!

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  11. You're the most glamorous and deserving of ALL of those gals!!!! NY....here she comes!

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  12. Just voted...you're my favorite by far!!!

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  13. You deserve this and SO much more!!!! I voted for you, girl :)

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  14. I will vote but also wanted to pass on my blogpost... http://katieneumann.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/finished-the-book-start-something-that-matters-by-blake-mycoskie/ YOU are mentioned :) Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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  15. I don't see your picture on the voting page??? I am too late?

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