The Victory Is In the Doing
My beautiful sister Annie participated in Junior Miss (Distinguished Young Women) last week. For those of you who don't know this program, it is a scholarship pageant, and no, they do not wear swimsuits.
It was a hard decision for Annie whether or not to even do it. Not just because of the huge time commitment, but because ANYONE who has to answer a question on stage in heels, or interview in front of strangers and be judged on it, is stinking HARD!
For months Annie has had 5:30 am practices, mock interviews, talent practices, fitness practices, poise practices and many other rehearsals in preparation for this pageant. (I haven't even mentioned all the time it took my mom and Annie to find dresses, shoes, music ect.)
My sweet, shy, Annie was up for the challenge. I can't even tell you how proud I am of her for even doing it because it isn't for the faint of heart! I of course encouraged her knowing personally how much I grew in the process. Annie knows she couldn't have done it without the support of her family. My mom in particular was her greatest support and biggest fan. My mom taught Annie one of her favorite quotes by Ghandi that states, "The victory is in the doing." This became the Rigby family motto during the process. As we pummeled Annie with questions to help her practice for interview we joked that every question could be answered with, "The victory is in the doing." So TRUE!
Annie, thank you for inspiring me to become better even when it isn't easy. Thank you for showing my own little girls true inner beauty by just being you! Thank you for letting me be a part of this fun experience. I was beaming with absolute delight watching you on stage and seeing the beautiful woman you have become. You have taught us all that the victory is absolutely in the doing! Love you!
I know I look crazy in this picture but man were we glad it was over!