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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Miss Tennessee Week

I apologize for not blogging yesterday. Mama was whooped & not feeling 100%. I for sure choose going to bed early & sleeping in late over being a responsible mom blogger!

It's Miss Tennessee Week, and my sweet family couldn't be more excited. I mean, we all, Joe & the boys included, were snuggled up in the living room watching it together. We've been fully in this pageant life now for almost 2 years, and we've met the majority of the girls at some point over the past two years. The ladies on that stage this week are seriously some of the absolute best girls I've ever met, and the fact that Nat wants to grow up to be just like them is one of my favorite things ever! They are the best quality of women; strong, smart, kind, hardworking, and beautiful. 

Nataleigh with Grace Burgess, Miss Tennessee 2016.
She's beautiful, kind, and oh so talented, and she took the time to make a 3-year old, this past fall, feel like the most important person in the room!
These women are true role models, and our tribe keeps getting more sparkly and more beautiful every day!

I know a lot of you out there will think or have thought that pageants are frivolous, and I'll be the first to admit that I prejudged pageant moms and kids. I think that dang show "Toddlers & Tiaras" has ruined pageants for the most part. There is nothing more pro-feminist than watching these women grow in confidence and grace. This year alone we've seen singers, dancers, and an aerial silks artist, and that was night one alone. My own pageant mom experience has had a couple of negative bumps, but mostly it has been a positive experience full of the most uplifting, inspiring, and strong women!
 {It's exhausting being queen}
The friendships that have been forged through pageants border more on the line of a sisterhood. My daughter at 4 years old knows more about being loyal & kind than most people 5 or 6 times her age. The women who are pouring into her now are some of the absolute finest I've ever known, and they are part of that mom tribe that will shape her into the confident, smart woman that she'll be one day. She has so many amazing role models to look up to, so to the fabulous & fierce women she and I call friends, THANK YOU from this mama!

So if you are looking for any of the #Hensley5 after 9pm [Central Time] then we'll be cheering on our favorite girls on stage, and if you are looking for some incredible entertainment, check it out as well. The emcees are Allison & Jay DeMarcus. Jay is one of the three members of Rascal Flatts, and his wife, Allison, was Miss Tennessee 1999. They are serious marriage goals & the funniest couple ever!

See y'all tomorrow for Friday Favorites



  1. What a great way to build confidence in girls! I love that it is more a sisterhood. Have a wonderful day and enjoy!

    1. I truly believe that a genuine investment from strong women in a single girl's life will do tons in the long run.

  2. Love this and learning all about it through you :) Miss Iowa this year was a member of my sorority (obviously much younger ;). xoxo ERIN

    1. Not obviously much younger! ;) it's definitely a different world, but it's been amazing!