This week, each of our girls received their Character Award for the year. What I love most about this time of year is that on Awards Day, I haven't the slightest clue who is the smartest kid in class, who makes the A-honor roll or who struggles with his/her grades. None of that is talked about and I always find that so refreshing and in line with God's principles of loving and encouraging us all equally.
Instead every child receives an award that emphasizes a Biblical Trait that his/her teacher found was evident all year.
This year, Emma received the award for Worship. This was interesting to me because I've never heard of anyone receiving that award. As her teacher was talking, it all became clear to me. What started out as her teacher asking her to sing a song one morning turned into Emma organizing a worship time each morning for her class.
She took that encouragement from her teacher and had an idea for it to become a regular worship time. She started taking hymn books to school and searching for music online and then encouraged her friends to join her. It turned into something bigger with the majority of the class singing praise songs to open the class each morning.
Mr. Brown explains it better ...
Sadly, I wasn't able to go to Olivia's presentation because I was with my Small Group, but Eric captured it on video. She received the Gentle Spirit Award.
I admit I was shocked. Though Olivia is a sweet, sensitive child, she is a spit-fire at home and keeps us in stitches with her quick-wit and sarcasm. I must say when I hear her teacher in the video say, "Olivia is a natural quiet and gentle spirit", I had to wonder if she had the right child. That made me laugh!!! Gentle Spirit never crossed my mind, but I'm so proud of her for showing such character to her teachers and classmates. Olivia, you are a stinker!
I'm so proud of both my girls!