Wednesday, September 25, 2013
If you can't take time to listen to the whole talk, please hear the first 10 minutes~
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
|As Senior Patrol Leader, Joseph chairs the monthly PLC planning meeting for Troop 3.|
Joseph recently completed three weighty 'Eagle Required' Merit Badges, which rounded out all the necessary requirements for his Eagle Scout Rank. With his project complete, his merit badges signed off, and his service hours and leadership position fulfilled, he stands ready for the Scoutmaster Conference. Shortly following the conference, assuming all goes well, his completed application will be submitted to the local BSA office and before too long, Joseph will be called in for his Eagle Board of Review with the district's Eagle Review Board.
|Licensed pilot with a pilot in training at Bellingham International Airport|
|Look up in the sky! Joseph co-pilots over Bellingham as a Young Eagle participant.|
And last but actually first, we continue our regular participation in the sacramental life of the Church, including serving at daily Masses and volunteering as needed elsewhere. Let us not forget that 'grace builds upon nature', as our dear old priest used to say. How incredibly blessed I am to be able to stay home and teach my kid(s).
Sunday, September 15, 2013
|Peter hauls his gear to his new room at school.|
Peter's big day finally arrived on September 4th, after months of discerning, wondering, praying and waiting ~ the day he officially entered grade 8 at the Benedictine High School Seminary in BC. A packed schedule on move-in day included time for hauling and unpacking gear, community Midday Prayer in the Westminster Abbey Church, a shared potluck lunch in the dining hall, parent orientation sessions, book store stop, and many opportunities to visit with the parents of Peter's fellow seminarians and with the holy monks who will be Peter's teachers.
|Peter unpacks his belongings while Tim and Joseph visit with a brother.|
Consistent with every other visit to the Benedictine Monastery, our family was warmly greeted by the monks and shown outstanding, genuine Christian hospitality throughout the day. Peter set right to work unloading his crates and settling into his new space, quite independently and without need of suggestions or assistance. Gathered together in the foyer, a group of new 'monastery moms' like me shared the bittersweet experience of move-in day with long time monastery moms and dads. One couple, parents to four sons currently living under St. Benedict's roof (one a professed Benedictine Monk and teacher), and the dad a graduate of the seminary himself, offered abundant insight, wisdom and love for the rest of us in our various stages of coming to terms with the impending good-byes.
|The high school seminarians, together at midday prayer|
|Peter enjoys the company of his new friends at the family potluck luncheon on orientation day.|
|Father Abbot demonstrates true Benedictine hospitality, greeting parents and students, leading prayer and sharing a meal.|
Abundant insight and loving direction for parents flowed freely in the orientation session following lunch. Father Peter, Seminary Rector, gave an inspired talk on the mission of the school, beginning with a focus on the Benedictine charism of unity and community modeled after the Holy Trinity. Father Peter brilliantly witnessed to the core teaching within the seminary, the central themes underlying all aspects of the formation offered there: that each one is a beloved son of God, a loving Father who delights in each one; that becoming a good son/brother/student is to become a fit dwelling place for God; that the beginning and end of all male development is rooted in learning to be ever more like Jesus, life giver and lover.
|Father Abbot addresses the families before leading prayer prior to lunch, with Father Peter, Rector.|
Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth. - John 17:17
|Peter shows Tim his desk in the study hall classroom.|
The hour of our departure coincided with Peter's transition from his first game of roller hockey to Evening Prayer and supper. Time for our blessings, hugs, and a few parting words passed in a flash, and Peter set out for the locker room, hockey stick in hand, with a glance over his shoulder to call out cheerfully, "See you in October!"
|One last photo together before leaving Peter in the care of St. Benedict and heading back home to the US.|
Thursday, September 12, 2013
|Peter teaches Joseph how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours|
The final days before Peter departed to attend high school seminary in BC were slammed with fun and friends, and a few big packing errands and adventures. And lots of prayers.
|Racing around a salty pool on the shores of Puget Sound, Peter attempts to best his older brother.|
|A few days before the start of school, Peter discovered his bunk and desk assignments on a mission to Mission.|
The shopping list for Grade 8 included roller hockey gear, which isn't as easy to find here in the States as it is in Canada, so a trip up north for gear shopping was a must. Years ago we were experts at fitting hockey helmets, but it took us quite some time to find the right helmet for Peter. Sticks and pads were much easier to select, and the seminary's attic also offered a few key pieces of hand-me-down gear to alleviate the budgetary output.
|Enjoying the beach and catching dinner; Peter's Uncle/Godfather and family of expert crabbers visited us on his final weekend at home.|
Peter's years in Boy Scouts certainly helped him to 'be prepared' for this big departure, and with only a little assistance he prepared all his belongings and packed for school.
|Arranging for his dog's nail trimming by the family vets, Peter prepared to leave Rocky.|
Knowing that altar serving has played a key role in Peter's home schooling and faith formation, our local priest, Father Altenhofen, offered Peter the role of thurifer for the Holy Mass offered on the Feast of Saint Gregory the Great; Peter's last day at home. For the first time in who-knows-how-many-years, incense was used during the consecration. Peter considered it a great honor to assist on such an historic occasion in the life of our local parish, and many people promised him prayers as the news of his departure became known in the community.
|On the Feast of St. Gregory the Great, Peter served daily Mass on the day before departure.|
|Enoch, Peter, Jonah, Judah, and David together after Mass at Sacred Heart.|
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
|Peter awaits his Board of Review following his successful Scoutmaster Conference for LIFE Rank.|
|Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster, father and son combination|
|Senior Patrol Leader and older brother, Joseph awards Peter his LIFE badge of rank as Scoutmaster/dad looks on.|
|Judah and Peter, celebrating LIFE Rank|
|Troop 3 leaders at the Patrol Leaders' Council meeting; over half of these are Life Scouts, reaching for Eagle.|
...and now he's prepared for his next grand adventure: entering grade 8 studies at Christ the King Seminary in British Colombia, Canada.
God Speed, son, we love you dearly, and you will be dearly missed by many!
Monday, September 2, 2013
|Joseph hits snooze on day 5 at Big Beaver Camp|
Our final morning in camp mirrored every other morning in camp, except that on this day we had a strict timeline in order to meet our driver at the rendezvous spot on Highway 20. Various ailments plagued us, ranging from Judah's injured (splinted) finger, a strange growth/giant blister at the site of my wasp sting, Joseph's killer headache, and Tim's sore feet.
|A sight for sore |
|Who needs hiking boots?|
|Home-bound on day 5, hiking from Big Beaver Camp to Washington State Route 20 via Ross Dam|
|Ross Lake vista from the trail on day 5|
|Tim and me along the final stretch of the 50 mile trek, Ross Lake and Canada beyond|
|Lunch break atop Ross Dam|
|Looking down from Ross Dam to the Diablo below|
|Ross Dam from above|
|Peter, Bridget, Tim, Zachary and Joseph, pausing around mile 49 of 50, on our trek from Hannegan Pass to Ross Lake|
|Zachary pauses at the grave marker of Glen Harry Smith, buried in Ross Dam|
To the memory of Glen Harry Smith
Born March 31, 1885 Died September 10, 1939
Assistant Superintendent and one of the leaders of City Light. Associated with the City of Seattle Department of Lighting from June 13, 1909 to September 10, 1939.
Urn was placed in Ross Dam - Section 12 - Elevation 1327 - Midway between contraction joints eleven and twelve - Fifty feet from upstream face.
In grateful remembrance - by his associates
|Closing in on the 50-miler finish line, the crew treks over Ross Dam.|
|Peter, Judah and Joseph peer over the edge of Ross Dam to the spillway below.|
|Follow the signs|
|Following the dam portage/shuttle for canoeists, our crew treks out from the Ross Dam to Highway 20; one last mile.|
|Judah climbs the final sets of switchbacks on our short but steep climb to Hwy 20.|
|Caleb with his dad, our driver for the ride home|
|Cold drinks and fresh fruit, a welcome out gift from our driver, Dr. H|
|Last stop: Birdsview Burgers for old fashioned milkshakes|