Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Proud Mama

This week was a big one in our house. My children are involved in the AWANA children's program, and this week was the Awards Ceremony. We brought home some serious hardware.

My eldest, Heather, has been in AWANA for 15 years. Since she was three. She's completed 15 years of Bible memory, service projects, and Bible study. She's learned more than 500 Bible verses, read through the entire Bible, learned about world missions, supported AWANA clubs in foreign lands, and for the past six years has served as an AWANA leader in the Cubbies pre-school program. She has faithfully attended the weekly club, missing no more than a handful of meetings in 15 years.

All this hard work came to fruition when she was awarded the AWANA Citation Award. The highest award offered by the program. (Think Eagle Scout) I'm so proud of her!

Then there's my son, James. He received the Meritorious Award for completing eleven AWANA books, and he's set his sights on the Citation Award as well. I'm so proud of him, because memorization isn't his strong point, and he has to work hard at it. For the past two years, he has served as a Leader-in-Training in the Sparks (K-2) program. I've seen him grow by leaps and bounds (not just physically, though that has happened too) as he's lead his group of Kindergarteners.  

I would be remiss if I didn't mention my husband here as well. Peter has been an AWANA leader for more than 25 years, since he was in high-school. His heart for kids shows in his faithfulness to this ministry.

Congratulations, Heather, James, and Peter. I'm so very proud of all of you!

For those of you who don't know what AWANA is, I encourage you to check out their program at


  1. Pretty awesome! Congrats to all of you!

  2. Congratulations to your children! That is wonderful about their achievements! There is nothing that stirs our hearts like the success of our children. Shout it to the world!

  3. Congratulations to all of you!

  4. That is so cool. What a noble program to work hard at!

    Way to go.
    ~ Wendy

  5. That's great! Congratulations to all :D

  6. Super! Isn't it a nice reward when we can see the hard work we put into our children come to something like this? I guess they turn out pretty well in spite of us!

  7. Congratulations Heather and James!!

  8. Rachel Overton8:12 AM

    I grew up in AWANA. These are hard earned awards. Congratulations!

  9. HUGE congrats to you and your children! They'll take the things they learn from AWANA's and filter them into the rest of their lives. Well done!

  10. Tremendous accomplishment by your daughter and son, and thank you to your husband for his faithful service.

  11. Congratulations to your family members for their commitment to Awana and the Lord. I work at Awana headquarters as a Web copywriter and am putting together student and leader profiles for our 60th celebration Web site. I'd love to include Heather, James and Peter. What would be the best way to contact them? Can I e-mail them a profile to fill out? Please just let me know.
    Kim Anderson

  12. What a great accomplishment. Our kids attended Awana for several years when we lived in TX. A great grounding in scripture.

    Kudos to the whole family!

  13. Hi, Kim,

    you can email us at

    ducky1969 at hotmail dot com

    They are excited to participate!