What is left is a tribute to Isabel. Isabel is special. And I am not just saying that because I am her mother. She truly is unique. I love ALL my kids! They are ALL special to me. They ALL have talents and gifts and make me smile and bring joy to my life. But every once and a while, I think God gifts one child with a little something extra. And that is Isabel.
But hey, before I get too ahead of myself, clearly this child is not perfect! She does annoying things. She has pride issues. She bugs her siblings. And she can REALLY get under my skin some days. So, she's human.
OK - now that all of that is settled, Isabel was awarded a pretty big award today. Last year, Joe and I were thrilled with one particular award she received closing out her years in elementary school. She got the Smile that Goes The Extra Mile Award (long title, I know!). Basically, it meant she was nice to everyone. Out of all the report cards, athletic abilities, plays, concerts...what Joe and I desire MOST in our children is kindness, gentleness, mercy. And I will clearly tell you that ALL our children exhibit those characteristics most days. I could not be more proud, as a momma, to have children who genuinely care about others.
We didn't think Isabel could get much better than being recognized for her ability to be kind to everyone. But, she topped it this year with the Joseph E. Beck Award. Here is what the principal read as he was announcing the award: