Monday, April 11, 2011

Made it to Victory Lane

Yep, that's right. We had a winner.

Justin, Jenna, and I took Jonah back to the Children's Ministry Area again this year at Texas Motor Speedway. He decorated another pinewood derby car on Friday morning, and we were told to come back to watch the "races" on Saturday at 10:30. I was determined to get him back over there, because last year he missed that portion of the fun.

We were delighted his car made it through some heats. Then we realized his car had made it to the finals.    His little car kept winning, and he ended up getting 3rd place. They did a ceremony and awarded the top three cars lots of prizes!

Several side notes:

*Jonah plays with all of his dad's pinewood derby cars from his youth at the house that I have saved.

*This is a great outreach ministry run by Christian volunteers from all over the country. Some of them literally go from race site to race site.

*Another major highlight.....while Jonah was decorating his car on Friday one of the ministry guys was passing out "Proud to be an American" stickers. I told the man Jonah had been reciting the pledge for a long time. Jonah proceeded to recite it for the man as he listened intently; the man then gave Jonah a BIG high five. Brought tears to this Nanna's eyes!


  1. I didn't know about the derby races at NASCAR. The AWANAs at church have a derby race each year, also. Jonah will remember this weekend for the rest of his life! Fun! Fun! Love the pictures!

  2. Congrats to Johan! And how wonderful about he Pledge of Allegiance! You should be proud! xxoo Diana

  3. This is precious and also a wonderful ministry...the races are so close we need to check on that ministry and see about volunteering.
    How priceless!

  4. I love this ministry idea. Our boys used to participate in races like these when they were young and had so much fun doing it. Congrats to Jonah!

  5. A wonderful idea, this brings back memories of when our sons were small. Your Jonah is adorable.

  6. These pictures & details are about to bring tears to my eyes. Love it! How did our little Jonah get this big?! Awe, I'm so glad you guys had a good weekend!

  7. Congratulations to Jonah! What a thrill that must have been for him! Our boys were big pinewood derby racers when they were growing up. Those were fun times....and we have trophies to prove it!

  8. Hey Diana! I must have lost you in the move to my new blog! I am so sorry! I need to go back again and make sure I didn't lose anyone else!
    Thanks for following!! And this story is precious! I remember when my brothers made derby cars!

  9. I love that he took such ownership of his own car. So many kids have "way too much" adult help.