FatherSon Ventures

Building a Relationship through Adventure

Treasure Hunt

Written By: Scot Butwell - Apr• 09•16

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D started talking about a treasure hunt, and until he pointed out the map, I thought he wanted me to create clues and hide a treasure.

I took a picture and we followed the clues. We went across a bridge and began to search for a rabbit patch, but it was nowhere to be found.

“Maybe, we went in the wrong direction,” I said.

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Written By: Scot Butwell - Apr• 09•16

pj in treeThis boy…who swings like a monkey…he is moving all the way to Grouchland completely!

 

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Unhypocritical Spirit

Written By: Scot Butwell - Apr• 03•16

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Every once in awhile I can see glimpses of the genuine faith developing in D. In the Greek language, the word genuine literally means “unhypocritical.”

His speech is still sprinkled with words like “stupid,” “stupid head,” “whatever,” and “shut up,” which he knows will get a reaction from mom and dad.

Those will likely remain as he can be an ornery eight-year-old boy, but I am seeing glimpses of this unhypocritical spirit on a more regular basis.

Late one night, right before he went to bed, I first saw it when he was deeply apologetic to his mom for something he’d done, earlier in the day.

I know this is a work of God’s grace because he does not like apologize when he’s done something wrong.

In the middle of another day, I saw it again when he confessed another wrong to his mome in a text on my phone. “Sorry for peeing on the floor,” it said.

Usually, his confessions are to his mom because she is the main arbitrator of right and wrong in his life while I am quicker be forgive his misdeeds.

My attitude is to give him more latitude to express some of boyish rambunctiousness while the Wife monitors his every behavior.

I have regularly praying for D, particularly this verse from 2 Timothy 1:5:

“I thank God…when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”

Sometimes, for the Wife and myself, it’s easier to see the wrong behavior because they tend to stand out more.

But I see in D’s confessions, and warm expressions of love to his mom, God shaping his heart to have an unhypocritical spirit.

I thank God for D’s unhypocritical faith, and even with the glimpses of this new D, I know it’s a work in progress.

Tonight, as we were driving home from church, his behavior wasn’t the best, and he didn’t get to watch a movie.

So, there is good and bad in his behavior. I am sure there will remain plenty of both, but I can see God’s hand shaping his spirit.

 

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Sunday Trifecta

Written By: Scot Butwell - Apr• 03•16

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This is how we’ve been spending our Sunday mornings…hash browns from Chic-Fila, a quiet time with God, and then time at the beach.

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Coffee Thief

Written By: Scot Butwell - Mar• 21•16

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“Listen up, my dad’s students, I am a coffee thief. I like to eat pie, cookies, Wonka bars, and Kinder Joy eggs.”

This is D’s entrance into the blogosphere as the co-writer of this post, and here is the back story on the Wonka Bar (aka Hershey’s Bar):

D opens every Hershey’s bar hoping to find a golden ticket inside. The latest Wonka bar was his first time trying a Cookies and Cream bar.

I made the mistake of telling him that it was a father and son secret. And I knew was wrong to ask him to keep it a secret from his mom.

But since D is dairy-free, I knew the Wife wouldn’t want me to buy him a candy bar…and in the grand scheme of things, this didn’t seem like a big deal.

So I told D the Wonka bar was a reward for agreeing to go to a summer camp Expo. Anything chocolate is a great reward-motivator with D.

The Wonka Bar must have been the highlight of the trip. D mentioned it when we got home, and the Wife went on a five-minute monologue.

“You’re a bad dad,” he said.

But the next day he said that I could still buy him Wonka bars, and as wrong as I was in this incident, I am glad to let D know that I am not perfect.

“I made a mistake,” I told him.

Every dad makes mistakes, and I want D to see that I man-up to my mistakes, so that I can model for him how to handle mistakes in his life.

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Dracula

Written By: Scot Butwell - Mar• 21•16

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We found Dracula’s daughter Mavis from Hotel Transylvania 2 at the tree near the beach.

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Best Buds

Written By: Scot Butwell - Mar• 18•16

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Family Affair

Written By: Scot Butwell - Mar• 18•16

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A space cake made by the entire family for the Blue and Gold Cub Scout Banquet.

There were some emotional highs and lows, and I thought we had a good shot at first place, and so did some scouts I overhead talking about our cake.

But the most important thing is we succeeded in doing it together. D’s favorite part was doing the icing while his mom went outside for a walk.

It was perfect timing. D and I thoroughly enjoyed icing the cake. It was, as they say about a certain fried chicken, finger-licking good.

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The Funnies

Written By: Scot Butwell - Mar• 18•16

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A boy reading the newspaper…what the heck? Oh yeah, it’s his favorite section the Funnies.

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Looking for Uncle Ian

Written By: Scot Butwell - Mar• 18•16

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D and I had the exact same thought as we were walking on the beach and our eyes simultaneously noticed two large duck web prints…aka flippers.

We both looked at each other and said, “Uncle Ian.”

Uncle Ian is one of the characters from the movie Alvin and Chipmunks. He is the mascot on a cruise ship and wears a pelican costume with webbed feet.

He is the nemesis to Dave and the chipmunks. Uncle Ian and Dave end up on an island (long story) looking for the chipmunks.

Anyways, D and I followed Uncle Ian’s web prints until they became washed away by the tide.

“Uncle Ian and Dave must be swimming to the island to find the chipmunks and chipettes,” I said.

And then D’s attention shifted to some birds on the beach. But his memory of Uncle Ian’s web prints stayed in his mind.

Later that day, D told his mom, “Mom, mom, mom, guess whose footprints we saw at the beach? We saw Uncle Ian’s footprints.”

“Cool!” she said.

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