My kids offered a little help in compiling our family awards.
If we were to recognize each child in our family for some of his or her unique contributions to our home they would go something like this . . .
Most knowledgeable Baseball fan and sports buff in general: Blake
He knows the players, the stats, the standings, the rules. He has had the privilege of attending a few major league ball games this year and can tell you who was at bat and what the score was in almost all of his pictures. His baseball devotion is well suited to the Chicago fan he has become.
Best Little Mother: Paige
Paige has a tender heart for the little ones and has an amazing ability to calm them and love them. They love to hear stories and snuggle with her whenever she has time. She already exhibits amazing patience and wisdom in her dealings with them.
Best Animal lover and Knitter (clearly, she is the most opposite of me out of all my children): Faith
Faith loves animals of all shapes and sizes. From the worm to the walrus she loves them all.
Despite my complete lack of creative ability, Faith has learned from my mother-in-law how to knit dish rags and adorable hats. She made this blue one for her new cousin a couple months back:
Most Precious ballerina: Brooke
Although not yet five years old, Brooke has shown a love for and early talent in the area of gymnastics and ballet. She works to follow her teacher's and coach's instructions with precision and pushes herself to practice at home to improve her balance and flexibility. I have never seen anything like it. Blake has offered to train her for the 2020 Olympics (all things sports, he is).
Best Actor (and supporting actor): Nathan
All boy, and all his own. As the youngest of our five kids he has learned to make himself known. Generally easy going, many mistake him for quiet. He may be polite, but he has already made a name for himself in our household. He knows what to say to have us rolling on the floor and rolling our eyes. Already witty at the age of three, I can't wait to see what the future holds for this little dramatic child.
Best living vacuum: Daisy
While I do not remotely consider our dog a member of our family (it bothers me when people blur that distinction between human and animal . . .), my kids did want to give her a reward. And, in this area, I need to admit that it is well earned.
For more awards check out this week's Homeschool Memoirs.