Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Eagle Scout Speech

Well, as most of you should know, the oldest son of the Collier family received his Eagle Scout Award this summer. Yes, it was the greatest day of my young life! Since then, I've received several requests to post the speech I gave at my award ceremony, and I dealt with them maturely and decisively by procrastinating on the matter for months. Because that is apparently what I do.

But no longer! Here, for the first time in print, is my speech.

As a very young boy, I read my father's old Scout handbooks, and I learned that he was an Eagle Scout, and I said to myself, I wish I could be an Eagle. When I joined Scouting as a young Webelos, that was the shining, far-off goal that I aspired to, and I had the luck of meeting some amazing young Eagles when I was only a Tenderfoot. They acted as inspirations for me as I continued on, earning merit badges and advancing through the ranks of Scouting. Over the years, my goal became less of an abstraction and more of a reality, and I got the chance to really understand the ideals of Scouting as I sought to achieve the pinnacle of Scouting. Looking back to those old Scout handbooks, I can see that the ideals of Scouting are visible through all of them, from the oldest to the newest. Be prepared, do a good turn daily, respect the outdoors, and make the most of yourself that you can. I've learned, through Scouting, on my Trail to Eagle, that there's a difference between saying that you believe in something and actually acting it out through service to others. I learned that there's more to people than first meets the eye, and I've learned that I'm more capable in the outdoors than I thought I would be. I've learned about leadership, and that the best leader is not self-serving but a servant who helps everyone around him; I've learned that procrastination is evil, which is why I had this speech written before today, and I've learned that cheerful service to others is much more rewarding than it first seems. I've learned that, through personal diligence and the support of my loved ones, I can achieve my dreams. Because that's what this award is, to me. Most of all, I've learned that becoming an Eagle isn't only an honor, it's a responsibility. It's a promise to myself, to everyone who's helped me, that I won't forget everything I've learned here in Scouting. That I will live by the Scout Oath and Law. That I will do my best to do my duty, to God and my country. That's what being an Eagle means to me. Thank you.

- Tartan A. Collier

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Tartan's Birthday

Can you guess his age?





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Alex & Kyrie's Baptisms

This took place back in June. The day after the Eagle ceremony, actually.


Kayleigh's 6th Birthday

Kayleigh had a fun time turning six. She had a cooking-themed party and she also got to go to Build-A-Bear and get her own bear (Strawberry).

(I haven't included many pictures from the party because I know some people don't like pictures of their children online.)







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Eagle Ceremony

I think I posted this to FB, but obviously not here. These are pictures from Alex's Eagle Scout ceremony in June.

Eagle Ceremony

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Antshillvania Pics (finally)

These pictures are mostly from dress rehearsals. A few are after-performance shots. Sorry Aidan's are all fuzzy, but those were the best of the blurry ones. It was too dark on the stage to capture motion.


Friday, 4 February 2011

It's February

And I haven't blogged at all in the new year. Don't have much to add at the moment, but I am in the process of uploading a slideshow with a few of our pictures from Disney. It will be playing at the top the blog once I have it all set up. Then I'll need to add some more photos to it.

From our busy household to yours!
>Naomi for the Colliers

-- Trust in the Lord, for He is good.