Guys, I’m pooped. Not enough coffee in my house and not enough creativity in my head. I’ve been sitting here, grasping for inspiration, and a moment outside caught my attention.. a little boy doing backflips on his trampoline. Do you remember that? Boundless energy. No fear. The adrenaline rush of trying something like a flip and boom–just doing it. That little guy isn’t thinking about everything on his to-do list, or how nice a nap sounds right now.. he is enjoying every second of springing backward without a care in the world.
As adults, we take every moment for granted. We don’t just jump.. we dwell on all of the reasons why we can’t; we don’t have time, we should be working, we could get hurt. But then I see things like this:
At 10:10 am on March 3, 2017, in his mamma’s arms, Trucker took his last breath here and went home to be with Jesus.💔💔💔 We prayed that his passing (and I say passing because we have hope of seeing him again in Heaven) would be peaceful, not painful and with ohana there.
This brave child, just 3 years old, died Friday after a valiant battle with cancer. This morning, I just stared at my boys for a few seconds. How do I ever take for granted each precious second God has given me with them? How do I think of anything but how blessed we are that we have two happy, healthy boys?
The simple answer is.. because we subconsciously have an ‘invincible’ mentality. ‘This is so sad.. but it could never happen to me.’ We get busy with work and drama and what we think is so important, and we forget the everyday beauty that life truly is all about. Even after 15 years of covering terrible things that DID happen to us, right here in Nebraska.. it takes moments like this to wake me up. To remind me to celebrate everything special we have and to never, ever assume the next day will happen.
“Life is too short to go one second without a smile,” I heard recently. “Whether I am having the most stressful day of my life or I am having one of the most exciting days of my life I always remember to stay positive and smile through it all.”
Miss Kool-Aid Days 2017 Krista Hinrichs
Krista is a brand new titleholder in the Miss Nebraska Organization, showcasing her own ‘live for the moment’ mantra when she signed up to compete for Miss Kool-Aid Days last summer.
“Before 2016 I don’t think I could ever picture myself gliding across a stage in a formal gown or speaking in front of hundreds people,” said Krista. “One of my close friends, Chelsea Arnold (Miss Kool-Aid Days 2016, click here to read more) asked me if I would be interested in participating. I always followed her journey and I thought it looked like an amazing experience. I told myself to just go for it and see what would happen. I was overjoyed to hear my name called as the new titleholder and it is a moment I will never forget.”
And since that night, Krista has graciously accepted and embraced every life experience that crown and sash have offered her.
“In the past few months I have had the opportunity to go to parades and perform, speak to schools about my platform and participate in so many fun events that I will cherish forever,” said Krista. “I have been able to volunteer throughout my community and help others in need and find out more about how others live around me. I have learned so much about communicating with others and being able to stand up in front of others and express what is important to me. The Miss Nebraska [program] has given me more confidence than I knew I was capable of.”
Krista also knows the impact she can have on children who view her as nothing less than royalty every time she enters a classroom. She’s used that exposure to teach kids a lesson that will be important now and long after her pageant days are done.
“My platform is Distracted Driving,” said Krista. “[This] affects all ages and everyone has a voice when it comes to protecting the ones we love. It is important for older ages to be informed on the dangers they have on others if they are driving while distracted. It is also important for younger ages to understand that even though they are not driving they can always remind their parents or older siblings that they love them and they want everyone to arrive at the destination safely.”
Krista does all of this; speaking at schools, volunteering at events and advocating for important causes, while studying at Midland University, where she’s majoring in Psychology and Art Management and performing for the school’s award winning dance squad.
“I always remember to set goals for myself and push myself to achieve my goals one step at a time,” said Krista. “Whether its working towards a first place award at a dance competition, achieving a high GPA or going for Miss Nebraska, everything comes in steps and each step will bring me closer to achieving my dreams. While balancing school, dance team, family, friends and pageant events I have learned to make the balance equal between all of these activities so I can be the best I can be in each area.”
This young woman is making the most of every day, filling her life with meaningful moments while appreciating every person and experience. Much of that she credits to self determination, compassion for others and positivity.. traits she hopes to impress upon others throughout this special year.
“I love taking any opportunity I can get to be a role model for others,” said Krista. “This organization has allowed me to serve in a way where younger girls can look up to me and I can offer them words of encouragement and allow them to believe in themselves.”
Krista’s goals: she wants to take the feedback she receives competing and use that to improve as a person, while also supporting her fellow contestants in anyway she can. She wants to raise as much money as possible for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals, money that goes straight to our local hospitals and doctors finding ways to save little boys like Trucker. (To date, she’s raised $1857) To everyone who meets Miss Kool-Aid Days 2017 Krista Hinrichs, whether it be a little girl at a parade or a someone simply looking for inspiration, she offers a reminder to live in the now and to be grateful for every minute.
“I would be honored and thrilled if I was crowned the next Miss Nebraska,” said Krista. “I also hope to always continue to be a role model to others throughout my life and be there for others whenever they may need me. My final goal is to always be happy and positive and enjoy every moment of this amazing experience.”
My sincere condolences to those who loved Trucker Dukes, especially his mom and dad. My heart is broken for you, and your sweet boy is in my prayers.
For more information about the Miss Kool-Aid Days Pageant or to become a contestant, CLICK HERE to visit their website, or CLICK HERE to visit their site on Facebook. You can also emails Directors Angie Trausch at email@example.com or Angela Keiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Miss Nebraska Pageant takes place June 7-10 in North Platte, Nebraska.
To read more about this year’s contestants, or the Miss Nebraska/Miss Nebraska’s OT classes of 2014-2016 click the THERE SHE IS link at the top of the page!