Here it is. What has become one of my favorite times of year. I look forward to this weekend every year. I can't wait to see, in person, the women who have become part of the sisterhood of women who helped me learn how to live a successful life with my wheelchair. I absolutely love a weekend where I don't have to think about accessibility for one minute. I love heading into the room and there already being spaces for wheelchairs at every table. I love not having to physically manipulate obstacles. And, if there happen to be any, everyone is working to make sure they don't exist. I love the familiarity of seeing old friends. And, I love the chance to meet new friends and add women to the sisterhood. :)
This year was a slightly different experience since I am Ms. Wheelchair 2013. I had the privilege of getting to meet the amazing contestants, two of whom I had the chance to meet before. I had the chance to get to spend time with them and share what I had learned throughout this year. I loved answering questions and just getting to know these amazing women. I hope they plan to remain connected and a permanent part of the sisterhood.
On Saturday, we got the chance to give back after a full day of judging and sessions for the ladies. We got to work together and make a meal for the Ronald McDonald House. It is always telling to work side by side with someone and I love the bonding that happens during that experience. A big thank you to the steering committee for making that happen smoothly. Even a little rain didn't dampen our spirits. In fact, a little rain in Kansas is often a welcome event. :) After the Ronald McDonald House was the opportunity to share some more bonding and girl time with the party in my suite. :) That is a moment I've been looking forward to all year. I love when we can all relax and just enjoy our time together.
Some more bonding pictures from the weekend:
|Dinner Friday Night|
|Breakfast Saturday morning|
|Enjoying the sisterhood on Saturday|
Stay tuned for my post about the Crowning Ceremony and Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2014
TO BE CONTINUED . . .
Thankful thoughts for today:
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"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues."
Marcus Tullius Cicero