A Beautiful Message


Lindsey Peterson of Quitman isn’t one to sit quietly for long; she kept a particularly full calendar of speaking engagements and special appearances this spring in her role as Mrs. Wood County. The poised 28-year-old promotes a multicultural adoption awareness campaign, spreading her message with the slogan, “Blended Child, Blended Family, A Beautiful Life.” 

An aspiring actress who is both biracial and adopted, Peterson was raised in the Hill Country with a sister who was also adopted — and in a family that often fostered children. 

“I have a cousin who was adopted and my mother-in-law was adopted too,” she says, “so I always tell people that they probably know somebody impacted by adoption, but in my case, it’s practically everybody.”

Mrs. Wood County has a one-year-old daughter and is married to Stuart Peterson, a Dallas firefighter. Until recently, she worked as a realtor in Mineola, but recently quit to focus on acting. In early May, she travels to Corsicana to compete for the title of Mrs. Texas, and her future plans include writing a children’s book about the merits of multicultural adoption.

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