22nd Annual 4-States Baby Contest Winners

22nd Annual 4-States Baby Contest Winners

 Each year, we are delighted and honored to share the sweetest babies with readers in our Annual Cutest Baby Contest while supporting a wonderful organization. All of these children are adorable, and we enjoyed seeing the precious photos that were submitted.  A big...

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 Love knows no boundaries: A journey of adoption and family

 Love knows no boundaries: A journey of adoption and family

By Amy Howe Brandi Schol’s journey to motherhood is a testament to the transformative power of love and the remarkable bonds that form within a family. With four beautiful children by her side, Brandi’s story encapsulates the essence of unconditional love and the...

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Since 2001, Show Me The Ozarks Magazine has showcased what makes the four-states such a fantastic place to live, work, play and visit.

We continue to celebrate with you, our loyal readers and advertisers, all that makes our region exceptional. The sights and the sounds. The parks and the trails. The dining. The shopping. The sports and the theatre. The nightlife and the day trips. The rich heritage and the promising future.

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From the Publisher

 

 “Time and tide wait for no man.” 

                                              Geoffrey Chaucer, English author and poet 

For many of us, May is a month filled with milestones and momentous occasions. Graduations, Memorial Decorations and Mother’s Day give us plenty of chances to celebrate our loved ones. This month also marks our 22nd Annual 4-States Baby Contest, starting on page 30. Proud moms, dads, nanas and papas submitted pictures of over 100 adorable little ones. This cuteness overload is for a great cause and has raised more than $25,000 for Children’s Miracle Network over the years! 

Beyond pictures of pets and babies, our readers also share their personal stories with us, with you. Whether it’s teachers or coaches, city leaders, or artists introduced through our Creative Edge features—we are honored to provide a small glimpse into the lives of your friends and neighbors. We trust that you’ll be inspired by the heartwarming stories of the two adoptive families we profile starting on page 36. As an adoptive mother myself, it was a precious reminder of how God miraculously creates families. It also made me think about how quickly time passes; see me trying to hold on to my son above. In the long busy days of motherhood, it can feel like one minute you’re holding them in your arms, and before you know it, they’re ready to fly and find their way. Savor the moments, mamas, they go by way too quickly! 

Can you believe it’s been 13 years since the devastating tornado struck Joplin in May 2011? On page 46, you’ll find the details for the final Freeman Joplin Memorial Run. Race Director Ruth Sawkins is proud of the top-notch event that’s raised more than $300,000 over the years to benefit relief and rebuilding efforts and other community programs. Dr. Phillip McClendon lost his home in the tornado, and his devotional on page 71 reflects on what’s been accomplished thanks to the hope and resiliency of community members. 

Other key events happening throughout the region this month, include the 7th Annual Toes in the Grand Festival in Grove, Oklahoma (page 62), and a National Corvette Convention will have Downtown Joplin buzzing on May 16 (page 52). You can enjoy a truly unique outdoor concert experience thanks to our friends at Connect2Culture (page 17) or stroll through a magical fairy world at Lendonwood Gardens (page 64). 

We are grateful to our business, nonprofit and civic partners who help us by sharing and promoting their events and activities. Our readers tell us that Show Me The Ozarks Magazine is a go-to source as they plan. No matter what’s on your calendar, I hope you make the most of the time and make precious memories with those you love! 

Sincerely,

Chonda Ralston, Publisher/Editor

 

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