Welcome to the 2nd Annual Lydia’s Choice Awards 2008*

I just want to say that I love all of you so much. You are precious to me and it’s my joy to be able to do this. To tell you (at least) once a year how much you mean to me; what reminds me of you. God has blessed me beyond words and I am honored to call each and every one of you my friend.

Best Person of the Year –
1. Father Love (I am in awe more and more of Your love and forgiveness for me. The mere fact that You chose to save me from certain death is astonishing. That knowledge alone makes me want to serve You with all of my heart, mind and soul.
2. Ron Paul (Thanks for being a voice of reason in our crazy political world.)
3. Hannah M. (I amazed that you have put up with our family. You have endured a lot and I admire you for that.)

Best Female Friends of the Year –
1. Bethany and Anna (I love you both so much. I love spending time with you guys. We laugh, cry, challenge each other, get mad and forgive. I have the best sisters in the universe!)
2. Anna Kathleen (I love and miss you. I know you are busy with school, but I miss hearing about your life, send me an email or call! We should get together over Christmas.)
3. Carrie (You are my dearest girl friend in Hawkinsville. I love hanging out with you. You make me laugh and you know how to light up a room. Your heart for the Lord is amazing.)
4. Ms. Leah (I’m so thankful for your godly wisdom, advice and encouragement. I don’t know what I’d do without you. I love you.)
5. Annie (Thank you for your friendship. You are the sweetest person I’ve ever met. Your children are incredible. I’ve told Bethany that your kids are what I’ve always imagined her children to be like: smart, beautiful, polite and sweet as can be. I love talking with them. You and Ed have much to be proud of. I look forward to many more years of godly fellowship with you and your family.)
6. Hannah R. (So we may not be best friends [yet!], but I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to getting to know you better! You make my day. I love just being around you. The sweet aroma of our Lord shines forth in your life and through your heart. You amaze me. I wish I could be more like you.)

Best Male Friends of the Year –
1. Joe (Even though I don’t like staying up late to get you from work, I cannot tell you how much the time spent during those car rides have meant to me. It means so much that I can tell you everything and I know it won’t go beyond us. I love you.)
2. James (God put you in my life right when I needed you. I love you. Thanks for being my brother; for calling to check on me; remembering things I don’t even remember telling you; encouraging me. I thank our Lord for you.)
3. RG (You have opened my eyes to so many things. In the past year my relationship with the Lord has grown in leaps and bounds and it’s because you allowed the Holy Spirit to speak through you. I have been convicted, released, moved and challenged in so many ways. I am very thankful for your friendship. I trust you and tell you just about everything. You are incredible.)

Funniest Person of the Year –
1. Joe (I had to leave you in first! You are still the funniest person I know and I love when we go past being G rated! Lunch conversations are amazing!)
2. Jesse (You and Joe had to have been twins separated at birth! I love it when you come to the house and just hang. You are part of our family.)
3. Bethany (Oh my word. I can’t have a conversation with you without laughing.)
4. Micah and Spank (Wow. You guys crack me up! It seems like the older you two get the funnier you get! I love you guys!)
5. Chad (Just thinking about you puts a smile on my face. Thanks for being my friend!)

Happiest Person of the Year –
1. Wren R. (I have never seen you as happy as you’ve been since Kendall’s birth. It’s so sweet. I’m praying for a baby boy by the way. 🙂 Every family needs a boy!)
2. Bonnie (I don’t think I’ve ever heard of you being unhappy. You are so joyful and I love your spirit.)
3. Kasey Wyms (You are so upbeat! I’ve never seen you down; it’s awesome.)
4. Jess G. (Girl, you have to be the happiest person I know. When we talk you are so excited about life and the future and it makes me excited. I’m sorry we didn’t get to hang out last week, but we will! Soon.)

Craziest Person of the Year –
1. Joe (haha. You are crazy!)
2. Jesse (you and Joe are just great. You’re crazy. Insane. And I love being around you guys!)
3. David Allen (It won’t surprise me if you blow something up one day and come inside without hair or eye-brows! I’m going to laugh my head off too! Love.)

Most Loving Person of the Year –
1. Dad (I think you are the best dad ever. I love you.)
2. My Lord and Savior (Daily I am moved by your deep and unconditional love for me. I would be nothing without you. Keep me close. Be my only desire.)
3. Jess W. (Thank you for being there for Bethany. I hate that she can’t be with the family, but it makes me feel so much better knowing that she has loving and supportive friends at TFC.)

Most Challenging Person of the Year –
1. Bethany (You make me so mad sometimes, but I don’t know what I would do without you to make me dig deeper and truly get to the bottom of things I don’t even want to deal with. I think you are wonderful.)
2. RG (I really don’t know what to say. You probably don’t even know it, but your friendship has been very challenging. You’ve made me mad a few times!)
3. Ms. Leah (I know that I can count on you to tell me like it is and not hold anything back… especially since we are so much alike and you just understand me!)

Most Beautiful (Female) of the Year –
1. Bethany (You are… inside and out. I still want to be like you in every way I can without changing “me” and that includes your outward and inward beauty.)
2. Bethany Mac (You are still the most beautiful woman I know!)
3. Sara (I know this may be a bit irritating, but I really hope it’s not. I hadn’t seen you in years and when I looked at your pictures and saw how much you’d grown up I was amazed. You are incredibly beautiful and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.)
4. Hannah R. (You are one of those girls that have an endless list of good qualities! You are lovely and not just on the outside.)

Most Drop-Dead Gorgeous (Male) of the Year –
1. Caleb, Joe, David, John Mark and Micah (I seriously have the most gorgeous brothers ever! Ya’ll are just soo handsome!)
2. Jared Wagnac. (You are good looking!)
3. RG (All the ladies think so!)
4. Jonas Quinn (from Stargate SG1!! lol. My brothers watch that show all the time and I think he’s pretty good looking!)

Most Talented Person of the Year –
1. David Allen (How in the world you can do all the things you can and do are awesome. I am proud of you. You’re smart and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for you!)
2. Marianna (Girl, you know how to break it down! You can dance!)
3. Carrie (You are soo good on the guitar! It’s been awesome to hear your gift. The Lord has blessed you.)

Most Mysterious Person of the Year –
1. The guy down the road who has a sweet truck, a very scary dog and a small house.

Best Personality of the Year –
1. Meg (I just love you. We need to get together sometime soon.)
2. Annie W. (You remind me of my mom. She loved life; never met a stranger; had a heart for not only her children, but kids in general; loved to encourage and pray for others. I see all of that and more in you. You are such a blessing.)
3. Micah (I love when we get sarcastic with each other; it’s like what it would be if I was talking to my twin or clone. I think we should get started on our talent for next year!)

Wonder Woman of the Year –
1.Carrie (I have worried about you with everything you’ve taken on this year, but you’ve handled it all with amazing strength. God has been your refuge and the fact that you lean on Him and trust him in all things has been so encouraging.)

Super Man of the Year –
1. Dad (You are still my hero. The way you took care of Mom during all of the years she was sick and then the way you’ve taken care of us kids – wow. I want to marry a man who is as dedicated to his family as you are.)
2. Jonathan Knight (I am so proud of you. You have worked long and hard to get where you are. Keep fighting the good fight.)

Most Inspiring Person of the Year –
1. Carrie (Your passion for the Lord and for other people has inspired me in more ways than you’ll ever know. You’ve reminded me that I need to love people no matter who they are or what they’ve done. Thanks girl. I love you!)
2. Sara (I was so encouraged that there were young people interested in politics. It’s so important. I have a great amount of respect for you because of not only your interest, but your ability to discuss it without getting heated if someone disagrees with you. Keep at girl! I’m excited with you to see the great things Obama is going to do for our country.)

Most Helpful Person of the Year –
1. Ms. Susie and Ms. Mary Jane (I cannot tell you guy’s thank-you enough. The way you stepped in and pulled together a meal for the volleyball night was stunning. I was overwhelmed by your hard work and willingness to help me.)
2. Marianna (I think I would have pulled out my hair by now if you weren’t here to help me! You do so much and I’m afraid a lot of it goes unnoticed. But I have seen and I appreciate and love you very, very much.

Most Encouraging Female of the Year –
1. Ms. Leah (Wow. You have been a major source of encouragement for me. I am so thankful for your wisdom and guidance. You have become my mother figure and I couldn’t have asked for a better one. Thanks for always being available to talk and for praying for and with me.)
2. Bethany (I love you. I love that God saw fit to make us sisters. Goodness, He knew I’d need you! I can’t wait for our trip to Europe! We’re going to have soo much fun!)
3. Marianna (I love you too. We are so crazy together, but at the same time, I know I can count on you for anything. )

Most Encouraging Male of the Year –
1. James (Need I say more? I love my big brother!)
2. Joe (You’ve become one of my best friends! I love you so much. Thanks for listening to all of my craziness!)
3. RG (Thank you for encouraging me to pursue life beyond what I’m doing now. I needed it.)

Best “Old” or New Female Friend of the Year –
1. Annie (I can’t wait to visit again.)
2. Hannah R. (I am praying for you.)
3. Anna Kathleen (We need to talk more!)
4. Ginger (I love you. You are incredible. Thanks for being my friend and for praying for me.)

Best “Old” or New Male Friend of the Year –
1. Jared Wagnac (You are so sweet and when you give me a hug and ask how I’m doing it makes me smile. I’m glad we’re friends!)
2. John H. (My first big brother. I can remember growing up and wishing I had a big brother and even asking God why He hadn’t given Bethany and me one. And then He sent you! I miss you, but am very thankful for Facebook so I can keep up with you. I think and pray for you and Kim often.)
3. Jay Pope (You are such a dear friend. Praying for you.)

Best Dressed Female of the Year –
1. Candace (You are always so artsy in your style. It fits you perfectly and it’s simply adorable!)
2. Marianna (I love how you are not afraid to rock Hville with your style! Keep those hats coming!)
3. The Mac Girls (All three of you look like models! You are all just gorgeous.)

Best Movie of the Year –
1. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (It was moving. I highly recommend it.)
2. Fireproof (If you haven’t seen this movie, go watch it!)
3. The Dark Knight (It was surprisingly good. Well, the parts I watched were… I covered my eyes for a good bit of the movie!!)

Best Music of the Year –
1. Jadon Lavik (Love his latest CD – Roots Run Deep)
2. Anything with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., or Nat King Cole (I love all of them!)

Best Books (I’ve read!) of the Year –
1. 9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever (It was enlightening).
2. The Love Dare (I’ve only read a few pages, but it was incredible.)
3. Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney (I love her books, but this one was almost hard to read. When I read, I get into the character and feeling her pain was real; it broke my heart. But I loved it.)

Best Music Videos of the Year –
1. Jonas Brothers Love Bug (Super cute!)

Thus ends the 2008 Lydia’s Choice Awards!

**These “Awards” are to make you laugh, cry, wonder, and hopefully laugh some more. I hope they weren’t taken in the wrong way at all. I didn’t mean for them to hurt anyone. Please let me know if that occurred and I will do my best to fix it.

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