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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Wednesday, September 24

We have a lion cub

On Monday night, Finn had his first pack meeting for Boy Scouts. Since he is in Kindergarten, he is a lion cub. I think Finn had a good time. It was a little boring in that it was very informational and the boys had to just sit there for a while. But then they got to go play games while the Cub Master spoke to just the parents. I really hope that Finn likes it and sticks with it for a few years, at least.

That being said, holy unorganized! I know I am new to the whole thing but I felt like nobody knew what was going on. The Cub Master didn't have a single thing he needed. At one point, he left to go home and get some stuff during the middle of the meeting! We got the notice to register the DAY BEFORE registration! Nobody came and talked to the classes, so there are only two boys Finn's age, which is disappointing. Especially since the pack expects the two "brand new to boy scout" parents to run the den. I was hoping for more experience and for it to be more official. I told Finn to invite his friends to join, so we will see (he keeps forgetting!). The good thing (if we do end up running it ourselves) is the Lion Cubs don't earn badges so the monthly meetings are more about going over a theme at the den meeting and should be "easy." We will see, I guess.

The being said, since Finn is now a Cub Scout...he is selling wreaths and popcorn! If you feel your front door needs some Christmas cheer or your tummy needs some yummy popcorn, Finn would appreciate your order. The cool thing is that a portion of what he sells actually goes into an "account" in his name that he can draw from to buy things like his uniforms, badges, trips, etc. So in theory, he can "pay" for his own way! I thought that was cool and you know you are helping Finn directly.

Here is a picture of the popcorn order form:

I, personally, LOVE the Chocolatey Caramel Crunch. It is like crack (in that it is totally addicting). Jim loves the Classic Caramel Corn. Whatever you pick, it will be super yummy. Oh, they had the Jalapeno Cheddar to sample at the meeting and Finn will tell you that it was a little too spicy for him!

Here is the wreath information:

Finn will tell you that the cross wreath is the best. He told Katie it was the fanciest! I think they are all beautiful, so good luck figuring out which one(s) you need! If you can't read the images, let me know and I can email it to you.

Orders are due Oct 25 and payment is due at the time of order. You can mail me a check made payable to "Pack 494." The product will arrive the Saturday before Thanksgiving and Finn will personally deliver it, for those who live somewhat locally. If you live far away, but would still like to order, let me know, as there are shipping options so it can be shipped directly to you!

A huge thank you to anybody who places an order. Finn (and I) really does appreciate it.

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