Ironically I have an almost 5 year old. You do the math.
I am also posting this the same day that I have been released from serving as the President of the Young Men's Program for church. If you don't know what this is, it's a church calling/responsibility that over-sees the male youth ages 12 to graduation and includes the Boy Scout program.
In January of this year I crossed the 10 year mark for serving with the youth...a decade! Wowza. I was scared to death and incredibly intimidated when I was first asked to participate in this program. After 10 years I have come to love and respect the youth that ARE this program and their parents. And I will miss it terribly! It's been just over 7 hours since I was officially released but I feel an odd vacancy inside already! It's almost like I'm not sure what to do with myself.
To give you an idea:
My average Sunday responsibilities included a meeting before church, then 3 hours of normal church (3 Hours?!? Mormons are weird...), then often times a meeting after. I was often at church starting at 9:30am, and wouldn't leave until 3:00pm...ish. Yikes. Then there were our weekly activity nights that would take me away from my family for 2-3 hours (normally on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening). Then our weekend activities such as camp-outs, bike rides, hikes, etc. So in an average week, I'd spend as many as 4 days out of 7 away from my family.
Side Note: Shout out to my amazing wife! She has loved and supported me in these responsibilities. She has gotten our boys ready for church by herself, taken them home...by herself, for over 4 years now. To put THAT in perspective, you try lugging a church bag, a toy bag, a 30 pound purse that has enough provisions inside to support a small country, a 4 year old, and a baby carrier with a baby in it across a church parking lot, in a dress, on your own and still look as hot as she does by the time she gets inside... My wife rocks and I don't deserve her!
I am positive I made things more difficult than I should have...which I often do. And when I was asked (by my wife) why I was always gone (physically or mentally), all I could think of to tell her was that I was trying to be the youth leader I hope my boys will have when they grow up and start this program.
I know it sounds like I'm whining. I am actually honored that I had this opportunity to learn from the the youth. I was constantly learning from them and felt close to them in many ways. And my successors are well equipped and amazing people. So I have no reason but to feel thankful for the time I had and realize that, while I enjoyed serving in this capacity, I now get to spend some much anticipated time with the family!
Thus the blog! Now that I have thoroughly over-explained the situation, I am hoping to dedicate time to document the great things that are happening around me.
But first, I need to go back and fix my blog! You'll notice (depending on at what point you read this post) most of the previous posts have lost their pictures. Funny story-I deleted them. See, when I was a youngster newb, and I got my first Android phone, and I synced my blog to my phone, and the pictures from my blog showed up on my phone, and my mild OCD was bothering me having pictures on said phone that I wasn't interested in having on there, and so I deleted them...it deleted it from my blog as well. Stupid? Yes. So I'd like to go back and try to fix it!
With that, I will leave you with this quote from the famous Andy Bernard:
"I wish there was a way to know you're in
"the good old days", before you've actually left them."