I really love the scouting program!
I love that it teaches "man skills."
I love that it encourages goal setting, and pushes boys to reach higher.
I love the great scout leaders we have had who are mentors and influences for good in the lives of the young men they lead.
Caleb is raising money so he can attend the national Boy Scout Jamboree in 2017. He spent many hours going door to door, selling flag subscriptions. Sometimes Jonah helped him. Is that the cutest little helper you've ever seen???
So now every national holiday, Jeff or I get to drive him around in the morning to set up flags, and then again in the evening to take them down.
Every time I go with Caleb, I watch him do his job and think about how much I love scouts. Caleb is a really, really good kid. He is growing up to be confident, trustworthy and capable. We owe a lot of that to scouts.
I hope that his little brothers will follow in his footsteps, and let the skills and values taught in the scouting program influence their lives as well. Jonah is off to a good start! ;)
My inspiration for this record of my days:
“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen