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Maddie Murray  #MissMontana 2017 // #GiftYourGift Gonzaga U → Carroll College Nursing Just an imperfect girl serving our truly perfect God

Learning to find comfort in the chaos (aka - school) ✨

It’s been exactly one year since these very moments & the nostalgia is real. It still seems surreal that I actually had the opportunity to represent Montana on THE Miss America stage (like what?!). 👑 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. Competing in swimsuit (#forever1.0) & having my VS Angel moment. Forever thankful for @kyle_radaker for helping me become strong & confident. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. Wearing my dream gown that I sketched & designed all thanks to the amazing @gregoryellenburg!
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3. Introducing myself on stage... “A Human Physiology major from Gonzaga University... ZAG UP... I’m Maddie Murray, Miss Montana” (SO FUN!)
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4. Singing my heart out to “God Help the Outcasts”... not going to lie, I definitely cried happy tears afterwards!
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5. Speaking about my platform #GiftYourGift & how important community service really is. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My two weeks in Atlantic City were 2 of the best weeks of my life thus far. I made 51 friends who I now consider sisters & who are my best friends. I also had the chance to watch @realcaramund’s dreams come to life on September 10th & that is something I will never forget. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To our current @missamericamt, Montana & I are so proud of you!! I wish I could be there to cheer you on, but please know that I will be screaming so loud for you while watching the TV & studying for my A&P exam in Helena (who said you can’t multitask?!). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To the 51 girls competing for #MissAmerica2019, have the time of your life, cherish every second & know that you have so many people cheering you on. ✨
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#MissMontana #MissAmerica #MissAmerica2018 #MissMontana2017

Missing Nica & these niños something fierce lately. Praying for peace, unity & justice in the country’s current state of violence. 🇸🇻

New school, same friend. ✨ From first grade to now, thanks for being my number 1. I’m really glad our mommas asked me to be your friend 14 years ago (thanks @alibrandmurray & @alexmor1109. 💓) Happy early birthday, Lex! Love you forever... even though you’re a bulldog & y’all beat us today. 🙃 #GoSaints

Mondays sure can get ya! Wishing I was on the beaches of HI today, but instead I just spent $467 on ONE book & have been doing homework all afternoon. Wahoo!! The struggle is real... but so is God. 🎉

Finished my first week of classes (& am not failing), have started making great friends & found an incredible church this AM... so all in all, Jesus is awesome & Helena isn’t too bad, either. 🤗

2 months ago I closed one chapter of my life & in 1 week, I’ll be opening the next. In just a few days, I’ll be moving in and starting Carroll College’s Nursing program. I’m excited, sad, nervous, etc. I’m so excited to be taking the steps towards my dream career, but when the opportunity first arose I was so so grateful, but also conflicted. I’ve wanted to be a nurse for so long, but it hurt my heart thinking about leaving Gonzaga. Not much can come close to being a Zag. I’ll miss the people, the school and the community, but I also know that I need to take the steps towards my future and I’m so grateful that Carroll has given me this opportunity. I’m putting my full trust in Him as I enter this new chapter. I’ll always be a Zag, but I’m excited to now be a Saint, too. So here’s to new experiences & forever following Him. ✨

Spent the last few days out of service - fishing, crabbing, shrimping & even hunting! Ended the trip keeping an 80 lb halibut, 3 silvers, 2 pinks, 2 Dungeness crab, a couple rock cod, several shrimp & a black tailed buck! So often times we forget what it’s like to truly disconnect from our phones, social media, emails, etc., but it’s so nice to have that detox and to look up, put down our phones and focus on the here and now. This trip was so last minute, but it was the perfect way to end the summer. Alaska, you’ll be missed. 🌊

No luck catching fish today, but life’s still great & I’ve decided to move to the ocean. 🤗

I’ve always liked silver(s) better than gold. 🎣 (be prepared for lots of fishing posts this week... sorry)

Traveling back to the place where my parents grew up with my favorite travel accessory from @crown_catchers... swipe for another view of it! ✨ To all the pageant girls, boyfriends & moms out there, seriously check her stuff out! It’s amazing! ✨ Ketchikan, AK here we come! It’s been 16 years since I was in Alaska and I’m so excited to go back.

Witnessed one of my favorite couples say “I Do” 5 days ago & it was one of the most beautiful things ever. Congrats Manny & Chloe - I love you both to the moon! (Side note... this first picture reminds me of this little guy 🐳 and it cracks me up) #RiveraWedding2018

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