CHILDREN - Earth's Greatest Resource
"Helping orphans has been a lifelong passion of Tammy’s . Having been born an orphan back in the 60’s, she went through foster care as well as the adoption process here in the United States. Though she felt as an outsider looking in most of her life since she was placed within a family of children who were naturally born to the parents, she nevertheless, feels blessed that she had a roof over her head and food to eat. “We don’t realize how many orphans there are in the world today that have absolutely nothing and rely solely on the good will of others,” says Tammy. Having a family of her own was of high importance to her. Being able to overcome the possibilities of infertility due to cancer cells within her reproductive organs, Tammy and her husband Bruce were ecstatic to welcome the birth of their daughter in 2006. Feeling as if her life is bountiful she is giving back to the world through being an avid volunteer serving as a Director for G2OK, helping orphans in need. She has personally provided and delivered care packages and supplies to orphans in Mexico and Namibia. She feels that providing personal attention in the form of a party for the orphans is integral to providing hope for children. Tammy is thrilled to be working with G2OK to educate others on orphan need, fundraise and visit these forgotten children."

Take a look at the wonderful pageant I am competing's ranked in the top ten Mrs. pageants!
Congratulations Mykhael Michaels (Owner) and Rachel Fikes (Director)

The reigning Mrs. Earth - Priyanka Khurana Goyal

Mrs. Earth 2016, Priyanka Khurana Goyal. Photo courtesy of the Mrs. Earth Website.
A family tradition....ISE Denver.  Each year my family and I head to Denver for the ISE show at the Convention Center.

Fishing with kids, rock wall climbing, shooting a bow and arrow and learning about animals are always favorite activities at the show.  The kids really love it (so do we!)  My daughter caught a few fish and said she liked seeing the puppies the best.  I knew she was going to say that since we visited those cute pups at least 10 times!
The Nutcracker has always been a family tradition.  Seriously, who can resist?  Hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies and ballet.  It's the best!  I didn't think it could be outdone....but then, they added crafting for a cause.  Did I mention the dressing up part too?  Always a favorite for my daughter (ok, maybe for me too.)  Hubby?  I think he'd rather wear slacks a button down and loafers but he goes along with us with the suit. 

Here's to the Colorado Ballet and Kids Feeding Kids Through Art!!!

The fabulous Ms. Earth, Rachel Fikes, made a wonderful new page header for me!  What do you think?  I think it's absolutely outstanding...Thank you  Rachel!  Look for more great things from this Director/Titleholder...she's on the move!

Helping children learn is such a great way to give back to the community.  Having been to Africa multiple times, I was asked by the local elementary school to be a part of their annual Africa Day for the fourth grade students.  The kids studied animals, customs, food and other aspects of Africa for weeks before having their special day.  I was honored to bring in artifacts and run two classes teaching the children many of the things I've learned in my travels abroad.

Conifer High School Ladies Soccer Mentoring and Support

I just love coaching the Pink Panthers Soccer Team.  I've been coaching for 3 years and have been on the Board of Directors for Altitude FC (the soccer organization/league) for 2 years.  The pay is great, not monetarily as I am a volunteer in both capacities, but in the knowing that I am having a positive impact on these kids.  The coach of CHS, Mark Friedrich, and I have been working together ever since I started coaching to bring in a mentor aspect getting his high school players and my elementary school players together to learn from and support each other. Here are THE PINK PANTHERS supporting the CHS Team at the seniors last home game.  The girls escort the seniors onto the field for a special ceremony then cheer the team on from the bleachers while eating their specially made soccer cookies (thank you Katie!)

Limpopo Province South Africa 2016

We have been visiting Africa and Mexico for many years bringing supplies, clothing, food and hope to orphans and villagers.  This year's Africa trip we decided to do something different.  We loaded Easter eggs with money and candy and held a good old fashioned Easter Egg Hunt!  Everyone had so much fun.  The kids told us that they are going to use the money to buy school supplies, shoes and clothes.  Volunteering and helping others is such a rewarding experience.  Knowing that what we do really does make a difference makes our job of providing for those who can't provide for themselves so much sweeter.  I miss Africa and the people already.