Award-Winning Dress

June 9, 2009 at 7:55 am 7 comments

(I’m sorry for shamelessly being proud of my daughter in this post.  I’ve made fun of her here and there on my blog, so to be fair, I ought to say some good things from time to time.)

Last night, Kristen had her graduation celebration from junior high school. In the past years, they only had an awards ceremony without much fanfare.  But this year, the leadership class organized a more formal graduation celebration. Kristen was one of the student organizers for the event and stayed up until 2:30 AM Sunday night planning for it, including designing the invitation cards to the teachers, a thank you bouquet for the principal, a graphic design for the backdrop, and many other logistical details! (Remind you of someone?)

During the departmental awards segment, I was secretly hoping that she would win the science or math award.  I got my camera ready in video mode to capture that moment, but alas, she didn’t get it!  (I was hoping that she got my genes since I received the top math student award in my junior high.)  Instead, Kristen got the leadership gene from Susanna and received the school’s leadership award.  She was involved with leadership for two years and organized many of the school’s events with Excel spreadsheets galore!  (Yes, she got a few templates from Susanna, and in a few years, she’ll tackle being the food czar for G-Live!)

CongradsThe other award she got was “The Husky Award” [their mascot is a husky],  selected by the staff for “demonstrated excellent character” where the criteria includes “being a positive influence on others, honesty, hard work, good attendance, good behavior, and service to others.”  It turns out that this is a big award and her name will be engraved on a permanent plaque in the school office!

But I was even prouder for this…  Background info:  Last week, I got mad at her for wanting to wear a dress for a dinner banquet which was way too short — it was above the knee by a couple of meters!  (I kid you not, that is how I felt!) I immediately made her change her attire and her attitude of complaining and whining.  Yesterday, to my surprise, I found out that she actually made a dress for this graduation celebration — one that I would approve of.  She had an old dress that didn’t fit her (but fit my knee criteria), and so she borrowed a sewing machine and sewed on a top for it!  It turned out great: It was modest, looked very fashionable, and didn’t cost any extra money.  I was so proud of her that I wanted to go out and buy her a new dress! Instead, we settled for Quickly’s tapioca drinks after the ceremony, supersized for everyone.  🙂

Kristen, for such demonstrated excellent character, your name is permanently engraved in my heart as a wonderful daughter…

Entry filed under: About Life, Leadership Lessons, Parenting Lessons.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. akim  |  June 9, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I’m so proud of Kristen. And yes, the apple does not fall far from the tree…I’m reserving an extra large tapioca drink for her as well!

  • 2. mom  |  June 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

    We thank God for you Kristen!
    The most touching part (made me cry) is Kristen obeys Mom & Dad
    Thank you Jonathan & Susanna for nurturing your children with God’s word and praying with love.
    Kristen, We are so proud of you.
    We love you. See you soon.


    • 3. joongwlee  |  June 9, 2009 at 11:45 am

      Hi Mom,

      Thank you for your prayers! Without you and Dad’s daily prayers, we would not be as blessed…
      And Kristen got your sewing genes! I still remember you sewing my pants throughout my junior high school days. 🙂

      We’ll see you soon!


  • 4. eileen  |  June 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    this is a great post pastor joong!

    kristen – congratulations!! i can’t believe you’re in high school… !

  • 5. sarah yue  |  June 10, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Congratulations, Kristen! It’s great to see that you’re practicing leadership skills, but I think it’s a greater honor to be awarded for demonstrating excellent character (esp. during those tough youth days that I remember very well). I’m really encouraged by my younger sister in Christ. By the way, the dress you sewed together is much nicer than most things we’d find in a store these days. Good job and congratulations again!!

  • 6. Jacob  |  June 11, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Wow, congratulations Kristen, not only on graduating, but on being recognized for your leadership and character. I know that’s not easy, and I’m glad that our kids at Waypoint have such a good example to look up to.

  • 7. MD  |  June 24, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Congrats Kristen!


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