Saturday, January 1, 2011

Top Ten Highlights from 2010

We are so grateful for the Lord's blessings, love, grace, mercy, and faithfulness throughout the years.  I like to take a look back each year at what He had done for us, in us, and through us.  We're especially thankful for the Lord's healing on our 12 year old son.  There's a big difference in him between 2009 and 2010.

1. Our daughter, Alyssa (16 then), gave 2 wonderful speeches at our local speech/apologetics club.

2. I was the Grand Prize Winner for Focus on the Family's Celebrating Life Contest in February. I've won a trip for two to Colorado and lunch with Jim Daly, the President of Focus on the Family, but Focus on the Family has not given me the prize yet (Update as of Feb., 2011: FOTF is arranging an all expense paid trip for our whole family of 5 to visit Colorado in July! Praise God!). I also won a Rosetta Stone Giveaway (from Rosetta Stone via a blog).  We picked Mandarin Chinese.

3. I was one of the contributors (by the name, "LivingforGod") at Faithful Feet, an international Christian blog.

4. Alyssa (16 then) raised $1,670 for Pregnancy Resource Centers via Steps for Life (which she has participated in for over 11 years).  $1,670 was her highest amount so far :).

5. Alyssa (16 then) and our youngest son (8 then) made a video titled, "Trying to Forget."

6. Alyssa (17) launched Childlike Faith Publishing in November.  Currently, there are two ebooks for sale (see my blog's right sidebar for more information).

7. Alyssa (17) made another video titled, "Why I Believe God Exists."

8. Alyssa (17) won 3rd place at our local Bible Bee competition and qualified for the National Bible Bee Competition but decided not to travel to Illinois to compete due to the expenses.

9. Alyssa (17) won 1st place at the Homeschool Writer of the Year Competition.  It’s a competition to see which homeschool writer can enter the most contests on the contest chart from February 1st to November 30th.  She entered 67 contests within those 10 months.  Her prize was a William Wallace sword.
10. Alyssa (17) won $50 cash as the first runner-up in the local VFW's Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest and also won $25 at the district level.

In addition, Alyssa's writing has been accepted for publication by various online and print magazines.  Our youngest son (8 then) got an honorable mention in a coloring contest; he won 2 books.

We're looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us in 2011.  We hope and pray that we will bear much fruit for His glory in 2011.

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