Friday, February 24, 2012


It's happening soon!

We're beginning a new focus here at the Smiles by Sutherland blog. Dr. Ethan Larson and I will be writing weekly on all kinds of new topics. Occasionally, posts will be related to orthodontics, of course. But the rest? Well, I think you'll enjoy the surprise we have in store.

To kick off this new adventure, we're starting a new contest!

The winner will receive 2000 dollars off  new patient treatment in our office!

So, does someone you love need a new smile? Do you have a child just waiting to begin treatment? You can win this huge treatment discount by following a few simple steps. . .

Each of the following activities counts as one entry. Enter as often as you wish! Just let us know what you’ve done by leaving a comment, either on our facebook page, or on our blog. Contest ends August 31st, 2012. To enter, simply:

1. Like us on facebook
2. Read the new blog and leave a comment.
3. Read the blog and become a regular follower.
4. Leave a comment on our regular facebook posts.
5. "Share" our facebook posts on your facebook page.
6. "Share" our blog links (as we release them) on your facebook page.

We'll do all the record keeping for you. But, you MUST be sure to let us know what you've done to help us spread the word. Who knows? Maybe you'll be the lucky winner! At the same time, we're sure you'll have fun keeping up with the latest news and refreshing content of our new blog! Best wishes, 

Dr. Sutherland 

Monday, February 20, 2012

{Who is your Valentine} 2012 Smiles By Sutherland

Thank you to all who participated in the "Who is your Valentine" contest in our office at Smiles By Sutherland. We wanted to share with you a selected few along with who the winner is :)

*Winner - A gift is not a hundred dollars for this person. Instead it is the bringing of her loved one home. My mom has undergone a lot this past year. She said adieu to her husband, my dad, for our country needed his help. Since then we've faced trials at the farm such as her traumatic indecent with the horses. In late September my mom, Christi was in the barn with me when a horse was spooked. This then caused a chain reaction to have her be trampled by horses. No broken bones and alive with a few bruises and a concussion. I thank God it wasn't me and that he placed his love and mercy around her with his angels. She gets lonesome sometimes. She wishes that my daddy was here almost as much as I do, if not more. So if we don't win, I know it doesn't matter because in just a few short months the real gift will have arrived. My dad! 

*Valentine's Day isn't about chocolate or flowers, its about showing someone you love just how much you really love them.  Valentine's Day has turned into this day where men and women are required to supply a gift for their sweetheart or their spouse.  There's a couple people who really understand the meaning of this day.  I believe my Valentine is one of those people.  Although I get gifts from my Valentine, the way I receive them makes me smile even more.  When I wake up and go to the kitchen barely awake, I notice that the kitchen table is decorated.  There are streamers and red hearts everywhere.  In the middle of the table there is a bag, naturally I grab it and peek inside.  Pulling the tissue papers out one by one finally when I get to the bottom there lies my cookie monster PJs.  These made me smile, I wanted those PJs so much! My Valentine knew what I wanted, not flowers, balloons or another teddy bear.  Knowing how much this person knows me, to get something I actually wanted made my day.  But more than anything, knowing that my Valentine spent the time to decorate the kitchen.  Because they spent the time making all the hearts made me smile even more.  My Valentine may not be Cupid, but they sure know how to make my day and that's all that matters to me. My Valentine is my Mother!
*I think my Valentine (my husband) would be a wonderful recipient of the Valentine Contest, because of his never-ending giving.  This could be a time for him to be given something in return that he has no idea about.  (What a surprise!)  My husband gives of his time to serve the citizens of Washington State with his law enforcement duties, then comes home and constantly gives to our four children and myself.  He is always there at the many games, meets, lessons, activities, etc., whether it is as a cheering fan or as a coach.  He is very actively involved in all that we do as a family - helping with homeschooling, speaking at AWANA, youth groups and retreats.  He also will always be sure our needs and wants are taken care of long before his own.  He is certain to teach the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ to our children and anyone else who he's able to share with.  He does this everyday wherever he is -  at work, the grocery store, with neighbors, teaching Sunday School, small group, or a stranger he's having a conversation with.  He knows what's truly important in life and lives his life this way!

*On Valentine’s Day, everybody remembers the people who love them. For me, one of those significant people is my dad. I believe that my dad deserves a $100 gift card because of three important things. He helps me, encourages me to do my best, and loves his family and spends lots of time with them. Whenever I need anything that my dad can help me with, he’s always there. He has taught me so many things from how to ride a bicycle, to love reading books, and how to make charts on Excel. He not only helps me with things that are great for my life here on earth, but also for my spiritual life. In addition to church, my dad works hard on fitting family devotions into our busy schedule, last year having helped in my Sunday school class, and is one of the leaders for my Junior High Bible Study. If I ever feel really discouraged, my dad encourages me to do my best. Whenever I have a soccer game, violin recital, or other important event going on, he is there snapping pictures and cheering me on. Finally, he loves his family and spends lots of time with them. When my Grandpa had a stroke and my Grandma was sick, Dad stayed with them on days when he didn’t have enough work to do at his job, despite the rising gas costs and the long drive. After my Grandma died, my dad was heart-broken. Even though he was in grief, he comforted his siblings, Grandpa, and me. That’s why I think he deserves $100 and why I love my awesome dad!

Monday, February 6, 2012

{Miss Brittney Henry is Back} Smiles By Sutherland

As most all of you know, Miss WA; AKA Brittney Henry went to Las Vegas to represent WA in the Miss America Pageant. We did a follow up with her about her experience and this is what she had to say :) We all know how hard she worked and what an accomplishment this is! Congrats on your journey!

Brittney Henry: "The whole Miss America experience was, without a doubt, the most incredible journey Ive ever been on! I left for Vegas on January 3rd and returned home on January 17th so it was a long two weeks in Vegas and exhausting to say the very least. We spent HOURS everyday rehearsing for the show. The pageant itself is actually 5 nights long, not just the one night that is shown on TV.

Before I left for Vegas I was feeling nervous and excited at the same time. I made the decision to not let what any of the other contestants were doing effect my focus and energy. This meant, not comparing myself to the other girls, not trying to guess who was going to do well, not worrying about who was going to win, just making sure I was putting all of my energy toward being the best competitor that I could be.

Once I got there I actually got really sick just two days in! I started antibiotics and was so thankful that I got sick early in the first week and not during the competition itself. With 53 girls, and schedules pushing exhaustion MANY girls got sick as well. I quickly reunited with some of the girls that I knew before arriving in Vegas and that made the whole week a BLAST! we spent a lot of our time laughing and enjoying each others company.

As each night of came and went, I was feeling wonderful about how I had performed. My first night was on-stage question and my question was about HOW I inspire low-income youth that a college education is for them. I felt like I gave a great answer and was able to share a little bit more about my personal experience getting to college. The second night I competed in Swimsuit and Evening gown managed to make it down the flight of stairs with no hesitation and really show my energy in swim and my poise in Evening gown. Talent was my last night of competition and the highest scoring phase of competition. My talent performance was not as good as it went in dress rehearsal butI was pleased with it! (you can see pictures from all phases of competition on my facebook- feel free to use them).

When finals night came, I anxiously waited to hear my name be called into the top 15 and I was very sad when it didn't. I had worked so hard preparing for hat moment and I really wanted to have the opportunity to compete on live television. I was worried that everybody who had came all the way to Vegas and everyone who had tuned in to see me would be disappointed. I soon found out that I was very wrong. My support team who had come to Vegas to cheer me on, were just as proud and excited for me as if I had won Miss America!

The greatest lesson I have learned from this whole process is that things don't always turn out the way we hope, but everything happens for a reason, and now the exciting part is to watch that reason unfold before our very eyes. My advice for anyone is that every failure or loss, even ones that we have been working our whole lives to achieve, bring us one step closer to finding our purpose.

Now that I have returned home to Washington (and after 4 days of no heat, hot water, or electricity) I am back to full-time duties as Miss Washington. I have 6 more months and just because I didn't win Miss America, does not mean that my job as MIss Washington is over. Its just begun! I have many school visits booked and several other fun engagements to support organizations and charities around the state.

I am so thankful that my teeth are looking incredibly beautiful and with all of the smiling and photo ops, my confidence in my appearance has never been better. Thank you to Smiles by Sutherland for giving me my beautiful smile and for the entire office always treating me like a super star!

Smiles By Sutherland: Thank you Brittney for taking us with you to Miss America, we had so much fun cheering you on and thank you for showing off that wonderful Invisalign smile :) We cannot wait to see you at the office again!

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