6 TBSP cocoa, 1/4 C butter, 1 C sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/3 C flour, 2 eggs, Cook 350 - 25 mins.



Brian was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout. Their Cub Scout meetings were held in the basement of their local library.  When he graduated to Boy Scouts the meetings were held in the basement of a church in Jeddo, Michigan. Funny thing about basements, they are not often thought to be an official "part" of a house or building, yet they seem to be the place where so many memories are made.

Brian has fond, nostalgic thoughts from those basement scouting years; swimming, earning badges, pine wood derby races (that he never won), camping in Jeddo at a Boy Scout Camp where he fished, canoed, shot a bow and arrow and swam, swam, swam.
Did I mention that he loved to swim?

Kazz and Brisan were never interested in Cub Scouts or Football, much to Brian's chagrin.  He, however, never pushed them to do these things.

He allowed them to forge their own path and they've loved the activities they joined, just as much as Brian enjoyed Scouting....but that was our "Varsity" boys.  We are now raising our Jr. Varsity "team" and they happen to LOVE scouting!!

We give the kids a long list of activities to choose from each year, but they may only choose one thing to participate in, because we have a large family, and one "thing" turns into 15 meetings a month.  After mulling over the list of choices they get to announce their decision. 

Dad:  "Vinze, You're up first. What do you want to do this year?"
Vinze: "Basketball!" came his response.  (He takes after his older brothers.)

Dad: "Kole what do you want to do this year?"
Kole: "Boy Scouts!!"

Dad: "Daxx, what do you want to do this year?"
Daxx: "Boy Scouts!!"

Dad: "Jaibrian, what do you want to do this year?"
Jaibrian: "Dad. know."
Dad: "No, I don't know. What do you want to do?"
Jaibrian: "Daaaaddd...American Herrrrritage Girls...*sigh*"  (said in her most as-if-there-were-even-a-doubt-he's-so-silly kind of way.)

This year Brian is a happy, happy man.  He's been smiling and whistling, reading manuals, attending leader meetings and heading to Detroit to take a Scouting seminar.

Who is this man and what has he done with my husband?

Today, he woke up, got a shower and announced that we're taking a trip.  Guess where we ended up.

I have a feeling that we have morphed into a scouting family.  Any more changes you got coming God?  Just wondering where we're heading next?  It's been a roller-coaster of a ride so far; and I have to say, I'm Loving The Journey.

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