(Dave was in China and was sad to miss, but I was so glad Grace could be there…we loved it.)
…and it made my eyes well up with tears.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, he does so much for these kids. He’s taught 374 kids in his teaching career and sitting there thinking about the ripple effect of his efforts and the impact he’s had in their lives made me just well up with so much gratitude and love for him. I come across people all the time who’s praise for him is just gushing.
There were nine categories of awards. “Teacher of the Year” was near the end. And as they went through each category I just felt more and more love and admiration for that brother of mine.
Finally they got to that category and yes, Josh won.
He was so incredibly gracious accepting that award.
…and Grace and I sat in the audience hugging in tears.
Here he is with the other winners:
We went home and had ice cream and just basked in the wonder of such a great night.
The next week Lucy had a daddy-daughter date for Activity Days at church.
She was SO excited.
…Until she realized Dave had to be in China that night.
She asked Josh first if he could be her substitute date, but he had some conflicts with school. We asked around a little…her Grandpa (Dave’s Dad) was out of town too…the Bishop had meetings, even our neighbor was gone. I told her I could be a good Dad substitute but she told me that just wouldn’t work. I was a girl after all.
So she opted to take Bo.
Who is a girl too, but somehow in dog form that was ok. HA!
But I explained that of course Bo couldn’t do the hoedown dance with her and couldn’t be trusted not to wreck havoc on the daddy/daughter night.
At the last minute, that Josh came through for the win. I guess he rearranged things so that he could be there.
And that Lucy girl glowed with wonder and excitement about that little fact.
The leaders sent me these pics. of this cute duo:
The third thing I wanted to talk about concerning Josh is is big end-of-the-year party.
He always throws it at our house, and I love it because the parents come with the kids and it is a PARTY I tell you!
They swim, have a bbq, eat dinner…
I love that he totally swims with all the kids.
It’s so fun for my girls (and me) to see him in his element.
The best thing is how he’s trained these kids so well. Every single one of them came up to me at some point in the night and shook my hand and told me thank you so much for hosting.
Seriously every single one.
And it’s so fun to get to know the parents who gush on and on about how that brother of mine has changed their child’s life for the better.
Sure love that guy and the impact he is making on the world through teaching. I know it takes so much patience and work and sometimes frustration, yet he claims it’s the best job in the whole wide world and puts his all into doing the best job he can.
I sure love him.