Monthly Archives: October 2013

Prentice Man-Venture 2013

For several years in a row I have taken the boys on a dad and son get-away to another country that some people call Eastern Oklahoma (I grew up there). The  boys eagerly look forward to this time and so do I. You will see in the pictures below that for the first time we invited a couple friends of the boys to come along, which made for even more adventure – especially in Wal-Mart trying to shop for man-sustenance. BTW, God taught me a lot about patience through these blossoming young men.

We live in an ultra-busy culture that seems to be steaming ahead at a relentless pace, robbing relationships of quality time. I want my sons to have memories that serve as reference points that remind them that their dad was not too busy to intentionally plan for time with them. I have also found that some of the best teaching moments and conversations come around a fire, with a fishing pole in hand or during a walk-about (hike).

And it is not as if I don’t spend time with my sons. After all, I live with them, take them to soccer practices and games and do all other manner of daily activities with them. But I see the need to create traditions with them that cultivate conversations and memories. So as a means to an end, I hope in part that this blog will help me remember this and spur fathers to plan special times and traditions.

Setting out for an exploration adventure.

Setting out for an exploration adventure. AKA a Walk-About.

My boys really like to climb this shell bank. It's just steep enough to be a little scary.

My boys really like to climb this shale bank. It’s just steep enough to be a little scary.

As far as I know, the only casualty of the trip - a frog that died at the end of a Red Rider BB Gun.

As far as I know, the only casualty of the trip – a frog that died at the end of a Red Ryder BB Gun.

What goes down, must come up.

What goes down, must come up. Climbing up a ravine.

A nice sized crappie. I didn't have time to fish we caught so many fish and limbs.

A nice sized crappie. I hardly had time to fish because we caught so many fish and limbs.

We ran some jug lines. This one was about 8 lbs. We also caught a 7 and 3 pounder.

We ran some jug lines. This catfish was about 8 lbs. We also caught a 7 and 3 pounder.

Elij and Landon displaying their catch from a jug-line.

Elij and Landon displaying their catch from a jug-line.

The dock where many a fish was caught.

The dock where many a fish was caught.

Luke and I waiting on the next fish to bite.

Luke and I waiting on the next fish to bite.

Elijah and I picking some apples.

Elijah and I picking some apples.

Campfire, hot-dogs and smores with my long-time friend Daniel Milligan and his  daughter, Maggie, and son, Reese.

Campfire, hot-dogs and smores with my long-time friend Daniel Milligan and his daughter, Maggie, and son, Reese.

Four great boys.

Four great boys.

Dinner at Poppy and Grammy's house on the way home.

Dinner at Poppy and Grammy’s house on the way home.

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