Photo Friday: Young Farmer Conference

This past weekend I attended the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Conference. It’s the second weekend in a row where I’ve surrounded my self with individuals involved in the Agriculture industry. Farmers and ranchers are best company to keep…well in my opinion. I had such a great time with future industry leaders learning about advances in ag technology, ways to promote yourself, and of course socializing.

The keynote speaker was Josh Bleill, a Marine that lost his legs in active duty. He now works as a motivational speaker for the Indianapolis Colts. His story of hope and courage moved me to tears. Josh comes from a farming community in Indiana and was so appreciative to all the farmers in the crowd, “Farmers are a lot like Marines. They get up early, go to bed late, and come in at night with dirt on their boots.” After everything Josh has been through he remains positive about life, “Life is a blessing, look at it that way.”

Josh Bleill

Accepting IFB award

I am a member of the Marion County Young Farmer group. Our group was recognized as top county in donating number of volunteer hours and food dollars raised. I got to go up on stage to represent and accept the awards for our county.

Marion Co members w: award

I am so blessed to know and work these young ag professionals.  We all had such a great time at this year’s conference. I look forward to another successful and exciting year for our Young Farmer group.

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What I Am Thankful For

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I am thankful for:
my family and friends
my home
my education
my faith
farmers and ranchers

I will use my family and friends in times of need. I will use what precious time I have with them to enjoy my relationships with them.  Life is short. Show your love ones how much you love them.

I will use my home as a shelter and a place to appreciate who I am and how I was raised. For if ever I leave I know there will always be a place to call home.

I am extremely blessed that I grew up in a home that values education. I plan to continue pursuing my degree to become an educator. I hope to teach my future students the value of being educated.

I will use my faith to believe in the man upstairs and to have faith in His plan for me. I will continue to thank him for my blessings every day.

Last and certainly not least, I will continue to support farmers and ranchers in the agriculture industry. I will be an advocate for agriculture and thank them for all they do every chance I get.

I hope that you all have a blessed Thanksgiving and that you plan to SHOW your blessings how thankful you are.

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Thank you for your support and stopping by my blog. I am thankful for you.

Cheers to the future!

Two weekends ago I had a lovely afternoon at a local winery with two of my best friends catching up on our crazy, busy lives. We laughed a lot, cried a little, gave advice, shared funny dreams, discussed our futures and reminisced. I felt so much better after that visit. Of course I still thought about all the things I need to do and all the things I wish I could change. Those thoughts were no longer my own because I had shared it all with them. A few days later, one of the girls sent me a text with this verse along with some words of encouragement. It instantly made my day. It reminded me that I can accomplish my goals and continue to keep my cool even on the toughest of days. It also reminded me that my future is going to be awesome because I will continue to reach for it. To sum it up, again I have amazing friends and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me and for all of them!

Liz, me and Emily at Oliver Winery

Photo Friday: Friendships That Last

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Today’s Photo Friday goes out to two of my oldest and dearest friends, Meghan and Kendra. I have known these ladies for more than half my life. I love that we can go days, weeks, or months without seeing each other and be reunited and act like we see each other every day. People are always surprised when I tell them that my best friends have been the same ones since preschool. They say that those school friendships never last. Well, I beg to differ. From preschool days, church camps, playing school in my basement, playing taxi with the Gator, long summer days at the Maxwell pool, Kendra moving to Florida and then back home, awkward middle school days, high school, going to different colleges, natural disasters, deaths in families, weddings, and laughing non stop with and at each other we have remained great friends. I cannot imagine my life without them and I know I’ll never have to. I believe that friends are the most important thing in a young person’s life. We are all going through this crazy thing called life together. On the road to college graduation, making those big decisions about future careers, experiencing love and life together. I can’t think of two better people to continue on this life adventure with than my two oldest friends.

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Kendra, myself, and Meghan last Saturday at Meghan’s sister, Leslie’s wedding.

Too busy lovin’ my life

Your mission: Be so busy loving your life you have no time for hate, regret, or fear.

I have been very busy lately! So busy that I have not had very much time to myself. Surprisingly I have been alright with this (I have to have some me time). All summer I was busy working at my internship every week day and loving it.

After finishing my internship I was busy attending my county fair to watch my favorite 4-Hers show their livestock and having conversations with some of my favorite farmers.

Next thing I knew I was meeting my mentor teachers for my student teaching placement. Lucky for me my school is close to the Indiana State Fairgrounds and I was able to attend the 2012 Ham Breakfast to kick off our great Indiana State Fair. That next day I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity representing Marion County Farm Bureau. I also worked for Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom later that day. It was a long and busy day but I loved volunteering and teaching!

I made it through my first week of student teaching. I absolutely love my school, I feel so welcomed and the staff is so supportive of me and the other student teacher interns. The students are awesome! Who knew I would ever love the 6th grade again!

After my first day of student teaching I headed over to the State Fairgrounds to watch the Grand Champion Drive. I love watching 4-H kids showcase their livestock! It’s a great way to show people how the ag industry cares for their animals.

This past weekend I visited Nashville, TN for a great family friend’s wedding. I loved that city and cannot wait to visit again. Of course I purchased a pair of boots. I may have an addiction to boots, but twenty years from now I’ll be so glad I got them!

To sum it all up, I’ve been one busy gal! I’m loving every moment of my busy life and have no regrets, except maybe the shoes I wore to student teach in yesterday!

Have you been as busy as me? Are you loving it or do you need a break? Either way I hope you are loving your life!

Soul Mates

Words to live by this Wednesday:

“Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates.” 

— Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City

 I believe in soul mates, I really do. And I believe in having more than one. So, before the man of my dreams comes into my life he will have to share the term “soul mate” with these lovely ladies…

Some of my soul mates at Red’s Place

Some soul mates also serve as role models.

Birds eye view of the most incredible women in my life.

The Curly Q’s and Straighty Q’s

Thomas girls are always ready….Garrison girls are NEVER ready!

Laughing with my soul mates is my all time favorite thing to do.

To sum it up I have amazing friends in my life and they will forever be my soul mates!