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Sam’s Treasure

I have three sons. And so scouting is a big part of our lives. Jake is an Eagle Scout. Our oldest is a Life Scout. He should be earning his Eagle this summer. Josh is a Webelos in Cub Scouts and will be in Boy Scouts shortly. And Sam just joined Cub Scouts when he turned eight. He recently earned his Bobcat. Which a really big deal when you you are eight years old. He learned the Cub Scout Law, Promise, Sign, Handshake, Salute… the whole deal. We’re so proud of him.

The other day he was looking through old posts I had written on our family blog. He stumbled upon this one (click here if you are interested) where I took a picture of Josh in his Cub Scout uniform shortly after he turned eight (almost 3 years ago!). And then he asked me why I hadn’t taken a picture of him in his uniform.

I knew right then that I wanted to get some special pictures of my Sam-a-lam in his uniform. He’s so proud to wear it. It’s not fancy. It’s a hand-me down that has seen a lot of wear in six years. Both his older brothers wore it and it’s beginning to look a bit threadbare. But Sam has looked forward to wearing it for years.

I also wanted to use the family flag for the pictures. It’s a flag that I coordinated with Senator Ted Steven’s office to have flown over the U.S. Capital Building on the day Jake graduated from pilot training 11+ years ago. Jake has kept it with him on every flight he’s flown. It’s been all over the world with him. It’s flown with him in combat in Afghanistan. And in rescue missions on the C-130.

Being the youngest son is difficult sometimes. It’s not often you get to be the first one to do something special. Someone has always done it before you. And often you get the hand-me downs rather than brand new. Perhaps that’s why these images mean so much to me. Sam is growing up quicker than I like, but I like who he’s growing into. I’m glad I was able to capture these images for him. His own special treasure. (And way cooler than Josh’s snapshot! ;))

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March 2, 2011 - 9:25 pm

Nancy - Amy those are beautiful!!!! Not to tell you what you must do but, You HAVE to enlarge the one of Sam and Jake and hang that in Sam’s room!!! Absolutely stunning….the father/son love, respect, looking up to, etc that is in that….I LOVE IT!!!!!

March 2, 2011 - 9:27 pm

Nancy - Ken just had a great idea….you should send those to Boy Scouts of America!!!!! They would so use those for flyers etc!

March 2, 2011 - 9:57 pm

Jen - I agree with Nancy.. AMAZING job woman!

March 3, 2011 - 5:58 am

Audrey Litfin - What special captures Amy. Being a middle child can be hard when it comes to feeling special sometimes so I’m sure he really treasures these pictures!!!

March 3, 2011 - 6:06 am

camille Duckworth - Every time I read your blog it brings tears to my eyes. I just always hope that some day I’m as amazing of a mom as you are! These pictures were amazing before, but now knowing the story of the flag makes them even MORE amazing! Love. IT.

March 3, 2011 - 9:22 am

Cindy - super sweet images. I love them all but especially the last few with that delicious back light. I get so weepy with American pride when I see images with the flag and children. You must be very proud of those boys (:

March 3, 2011 - 9:22 am

Tami - WOW! That last picture is AMAZING I love it!!!!! You do such beautiful work my friend!

March 3, 2011 - 11:51 am

Juliette Holmes - Those are great! You are an awesome mom to actually buy the full uniform and sew the patches ON! I am still getting there…

March 3, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Becca - These are all absolutely amazing shots (especially the last two). What a great special day – and forever memories – for Sam!

March 3, 2011 - 8:55 pm

sandy - Love the picture with Sam and Jake. What a treasure for both of them. Truly touched! And what a handsome kid he is!!! I can see so much of both of you in him. Fun to see old friends’ kids. Keep up the amazing work….

March 6, 2011 - 6:54 pm

Tonia - My. Absolute. Favorite. EVER!!!

Hands down, the best. Makes me want to hang it up in my own home and that is just wrong! You’re crazy good girlfriend.

May 26, 2014 - 10:04 pm

May we always remember | The Big Blue Bus Tour » Simply b Photos - […] becoming a pilot. We love this flag! I took pictures of it with Sam (in his Cub Scout uniform) three years ago. It’s flown on the flag pole here at the Country Home and tonight it saw a little love from […]

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