Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What A Blessed Mom I Am!

What makes me a proud mom? First and foremost, I thank the Lord for blessing me (and my husband) with three precious children! Being their mom is priceless. I am so humbled by what the Lord has done in my children's lives. Yes, proud and humbled at the same time! I am most proud (filled with indescribable joy) that all my three children love the Lord and walk in the truth (God's truth). "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." (3 John 4) They are living a life of faith, love, and integrity. They are obedient, respectful, truthful, cheerful, thoughtful, and thankful (most of the time :)).

To me, my children's soul, heart, and character are way more important than their accomplishments. With that said, they have accomplished plenty. My 17 year old daughter, Alyssa, loves kids and has a heart for orphans and for saving the preborn. She enjoys volunteering as a teacher's helper in the pre-school class at church. Last summer, for her 17th birthday party, she asked people to give money to help the orphans in Russia, instead of giving her birthday gifts. She was able to collect $200 to give to The Harbor Ministry at St. Petersburg. Alyssa has donated her beautiful dark brown hair three times to Locks of Love to help financially disadvantaged children be able to receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. This year marks the 12th year she has been participating in Steps for Life, an annual fund-raising walkathon supporting the work of the Pregnancy Resource Centers of Greater Portland (PRC). PRC help 8,000 women (and pre-born babies) annually through five Centers by providing free pregnancy tests, comprehensive peer counseling, free Ultrasound (given by RNs), practical help, adoption referrals and real hope (the Gospel message) to those facing unplanned pregnancies. She has raised more than $10,000 in total over the years! Alyssa is also passionate about reaching the unreached with the Gospel. She applied to serve on The Logos Hope, a ship ministry of OM (Operation Mobilization). She desires to be a missionary sharing God's love, hope, and the message of salvation with those who have never heard. Alyssa delights in God's Word. Last year, she participated in the Bible Bee competition. She memorized 800 verses. She placed third in our local competition and qualified for the national competition but decided not to go to Illinois for the national competition due to the expenses involved.

Alyssa is a freelance writer whose work has been published by various online and print publications such as The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Encounter Magazine, Keys for Kids (Daily Devotionals for Kids), and The Kids' Ark Magazine. In addition, Alyssa is an aspiring filmmaker. She has made pro-life videos and a video promoting a mission organization that we love to support. She has entered a few video contests. Recently, she has won first prize ($250) for our state in the "You Are Here" Teen Video Challenge 2011. Her video was chosen to represent the state of Oregon to promote summer reading at libraries. Alyssa uses her time, talents, and treasures wisely for God's glory and for the furtherance of His kingdom. I couldn't be more proud of her.

My 12 year old son, Josiah, has struggled with anxiety disorder but he has come a long way. I'm proud of him for who God made him to be. He is very candid. He always displays wonderful sportsmanship. He tells me he loves me everyday...several times a day. He has a great sense of humor. He is witty and intelligent. At age 4, he started to play chess and then eventually beat even adults. When he was about 6 or 7, he was undefeated in the chess tournament between our homeschool chess club and the local public school's chess club (he played against older kids). He is athletic and he is musically gifted.

My 9 year old son, Isaiah, is a true gentleman. He is kind-hearted and always ready to lend others a hand. He is affectionate and compassionate. He generously gives me hugs and kisses. He is clever, creative, and adventurous like MacGyver. He is mechanically inclined and loves to fix things. Whenever I need assistance, he is the first one I call. He is diligent and hard-working. I'm proud of my "I think I can" man.

By the way, all three of my children excel academically. I'm a proud homschool mom. They've been in the 99th percentile on all their state-required tests. They are quick learners and curious explorers. They make my job easy. I probably could boast about them all day long. However, I want to say it again that I'm so in awe of what the Lord has done for my children, in them, and through them. "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31b)
When my children share, when they chat, play, laugh together, when they help one another, when they apologize to their siblings, when they stand up for their siblings, when they encourage one another, makes this mom's heart proud :). My kids are not perfect but they're perfect for me. You know what? Although there are tons of reasons why I should be proud of my delightful children, I am proud of them no matter what because they are precious gifts from the Lord and He has entrusted me to be their mom! What an honor and a privilege!

~ This is an entry to the Proud Mom contest for a $50 prize sponsored by UPrinting event ticket printing services.

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