Watching Tiff *Sparkle* at the conference was so awesome. She was totally herself and was embraced by everyone there. She and I were flipping through the conference schedule and noticed that there was a "Leonardo Da Vinci Invention Contest". I asked her if she would be interested and she said "Yes.
We walked down to the main floor and picked up our bag of invention materials. Everyone gets the exact same materials to create their invention with. Then conference attendees vote on 100 inventions and the winners from 3 categories get a prize.
Tiff created a "Barbie Doll Clothes Rack" to hang Barbie clothes. She did a really great job creating her invention. It was quite challenging, but something she found great pleasure in. She wanted to win so badly.
The last night of the Conference, they announced the winners of the Contest. My heart swelled when they announced "Tiffy" as the winner in the "Most Useful" category! She was so excited and shyly, but proudly, walked up on stage to claim her prize. Everyone clapped and cheered for her. I smile thinking of that special moment in her life.
Today she shares that winning that prize was one of her favorite things about the conference. It was so beautiful watching her up on stage... so proud... so confident. I am so grateful for this Conference. It was so important to all of us.