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IMG_9473The Korean Church of the Lehigh Valley holds an annual “Children’s Art Festival“.

It is open to the Asian community around the Lehigh Valley.  This year it was held on May 4, 2013.

The children were asked to draw pictures under any one of the following categories, “My Family,” “Spring” or “My Friends”.

My daughter decided to draw a picture of a woman walking in the garden with a lovely parasol.  My younger son decided to draw a picture of everyone in our family surrounded by objects that each person is most interested in (such as soccer balls, ballet, music, math, books etc.,).IMG_9449

I really liked my son’s idea.  But the judge (an art professor from Lehigh County Community College) did not think so.  By the end of the contest, he didn’t win a prize.

However, my daughter ended up winning the “Grand Prize” for the best drawing.  It was so unexpected that I was totally caught off guard.  At first, I thought I heard her name wrong.  But as the crowd cheered and told her to come up to receive her prize, I realized that she was the big winner.  I became a proud mom.

This is my daughter’s second win in a competition this year.  Just last month, she won “Gold Prize” at a regional Korean Language Speech Contest where she talked about her dream of becoming a dancer.IMG_9446

Yesterday was my birthday and so her surprise win became the ‘icing on the cake’!

Great job Elisabeth!! Mom is so proud of all your accomplishments.

Now if only I can win a prize……IMG_9440

[read also:  My Birthday & Elisabeth S. Lee]


blog1Grace Ji-Sun Kim is Associate Professor of Doctrinal Theology and the Director of the MATS program at Moravian Theological Seminary. She is the author of Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit (Palgrave Pivot), The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology (Pilgrim Press).