Does America Still Have Heroes?


Does America Still Have Heroes? That was the theme of the VFW’s 2009 Voice of Democracy speech contest for high school students. Rusty entered his audio recording and transcript in the local contest, and won first place. At the District level, he won first place again.

Last Saturday we traveled with Rusty and Ladybug to Boise for the state VFW Conference. There were seven District winners present, all tough competitors, but I am delighted to say that Rusty won first place for the state of Idaho!


In addition to a generous cash award, Rusty won an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. in March where the state winners will tour the capitol and possibly meet the President. In July the winners will travel again, this time to the Freedom Foundation in Valley Forge, PA, to learn more about our nation, judicial system, the American political process, and more.

He is very honored to have won this award and we are just a teeny, tiny bit proud of him.


Rusty’s speech was unique, focusing on military wives as heroes. He was inspired by his grandmother and our friend, Jillian, both of whom know what it is like to have a husband put himself in harm’s way for the sake of our country.

At some point I’ll try to make his speech available for anybody who would like to hear it.

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Melissa
    January 20, 2010

    AWESOME!!! Congratulations, Rusty!

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  2. Mamita J
    January 20, 2010

    Congratulations Rusty!!! You're making us homeschoolers look good!

    Julie

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  3. darci
    January 20, 2010

    That is fantastic! Congratulations, Rusty! 🙂

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  4. Anonymous
    January 20, 2010

    CONGRATULATIONS Rusty!!! That is awesome! Your summer trip that you won sounds like it will be such a neat experience. I didn't realize, Lisa, that we were both from the great state of Idaho!:-) If you're ever down our way again, and would like to get together, let me know. Congratulations again, Rusty. Becky

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  5. Marissa
    January 20, 2010

    Good job Rusty! I can't wait to hear it!

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  6. Eileen
    January 20, 2010

    What an honor! I feel inspired to sing the state song of Idaho, which we always belt out while crossing the border….."And here we have Idaho, winning her way to fame. Silver and gold in the sunrise, and romance lies in her name (a line that never ceases to make me giggle)! Anyway, congrats and WAY TO GO IDAHO!

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  7. Shari
    January 20, 2010

    Congratulations Rusty! That is awesome! Make the most of this experience as it will well remembered the rest of your life. Blessings!

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  8. Donna
    January 20, 2010

    Awesome job Rusty!

    And mom you have every right to be proud!

    Love his topic–especially seeing that both my daughters will become military wives this summer and one will be sending hers off to harms way about 3 months after their marriage.

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  9. neely
    January 20, 2010

    that's so cool! good job Rusty!!

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  10. Kathrin
    January 20, 2010

    Oh my, congratulations, Rusty! That is wonderful. I would love to hear the speech.

    What an amazing son you have. I love the picture of him recording.

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  11. The Barr Family
    January 20, 2010

    Proud of you all!

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  12. Jan J.
    January 20, 2010

    That is impressive indeed! Such a wonderful accomplishment – please do put the speech up!

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  13. Joelle
    January 30, 2010

    Rusty–great speech!!! It brought tears to my eyes reading about my mother. Thanks so much for focusing on those left at home. With your cousin Ben just having gone off on his great Air Force boot camp adventure I love thinking about the heroes that keep our country free–both home heroes and fighting soldier heroes.

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