|Game Boy on Cub Scout field trip|
to police station
For years after that the boys begged Doug and I to allow them to join the Boy Scouts again. They wanted to go camping and do all the outdoor activities, our family was never a big "camping" family. My version of camping runs somewhere along the line of Holiday Inn. (Maybe if our tent was a magic tent like Harry Potter's I might consider it). As the boys got older I wanted them to have more Godly adult men in their lives. When I was growing up I was surrounded by not only my mother, aunts and grandmothers, but there was an extended family of women who "mothered" me. My Mom's friends, ladies whose children I babysat, my Sunday School teachers and my own friends' moms all allowed me a front row seat into their lives. They showed, by many different examples, what it looked like to live as a woman for Christ. My boys spend the day with me as I tutor them through their lessons, but I cannot model masculinity for them. Their Father has purposely taken a more active role in their schooling and mentoring as they have hit the middle school years. They also have their grandfathers and uncles who we are blessed to live nearby. But we wanted more Christ following men to mentor and sharpen our young men. This is where the Boy Scouts fit into our lives.
|At Game Boy's Blue & Gold Banquet|
The Cub Scout Troop's Blue and Gold Banquet made for a very busy day for our family (read, me). We had originally planned on attending second service at church but we were running late so settled for third service and didn't make it home until 12:30pm. Changed clothes, then a quick lunch and threw together a green bean casserole for the banquet. After getting it in the oven I ran over to pick up 12 boutiques of balloons, got them all in the van and drove over to help decorate and set out the awards. Then raced back home with a 1/2 hour to spare to get myself dressed and make sure everyone were in uniform (the older boys were attending too), grab the food and get back. Whew, tired just thinking about it!
|Toddler Boy amused himself by coloring|
on the paper tablecloth
Our family would attend the Boy Scout Troop's Court of Honor a few weeks later. Firstborn would receive recognition for earning his Second Class rank and Soccer Boy received his badge for swimming. I didn't have anything to do for that banquet except bring a couple side dishes. It was going to be a longer ceremony so my parents came up to babysit the two youngest kids.
|Doug & Firstborn|
|Campfire and last Boy Scout vespers|
|First official Trail Life meeting|
|Soccer Boy & Firstborn modeling the|
new Trail Life shirts