"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Sunday, May 18, 2014

eagle scout

Christian sat at the kitchen table. A list of sample questions for the upcoming Board of Review before the Denver Council leaders, lay on the counter. I quizzed him one by one as I absentmindedly loaded the dishwasher. 

"What do you consider your greatest weakness?" I read from the list and bend to place a dish and a fork.

"Well," he drifts, eyes absently unfocused, "Mostly donuts … the kind with the custard in the middle especially … "

No, son. As it applies to scouting. But  I love your simplicity ;)

That quest for the honor of Eagle Scout takes years of work and a hefty culminating service project.

Last year at this time, he and his friends were digging and grading and pouring concrete for this pad (in the freezing cold spring, mind you) so that the special needs kids of a therapeutic riding ranch wouldn't have to get from wheelchair to horse in the muddy muck anymore.

Looking back, I can't believe how much he changed over the year.

We threw a Court of Honor celebration in our yard to honor these boys and their accomplishment.

Couldn't have asked for a prettier evening.

One happy dad and one proud mom.

Christian … despite his now really small scout shirt ;) … spoke about his project. For a mom who sews, I'm probably the worst at getting those patches on that shirt. I think a couple are held on with duct tape ;)

or at least spray adhesive.

Receiving his award.

Newel should have been given both the father's pin and the mother's pin. We'd still be working on all those requirements for at least a few more years, had I been at the helm.

There comes a time where a leader can either make or break scouting for a fella. I tell you what .. this leader is one of Christian's favorite people on planet earth.

And then we partied into the sunset with our friends, family and neighbors.

A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. My heart nearly bursts to see you becoming all of those things.


  1. So proud of him! The first thing I was going to say....before you even said it, was...."Wow! That boy has changed a lot in one year!" He is turning into a fantastic young man....good job mom and dad....and God!

  2. Congrats on Christian becoming an Eagle Scout!! How wonderful!!! hugs, cathy