FFA Convention 2015

I have to say that FFA State convention turned out to be a huge success this year in Silverton, Oregon!  While I wasn’t there wearing the most popular blue and gold attire, it was really fun to be involved again with an organization and event that brought back so many great memories.  And brought back a lot of friends, so many people who I haven’t seen in ages were there, mostly as ag teachers and parents of current FFA-ers.

We were able to connect with many students and talk to them about how Young farmers and ranchers creates a unique opportunity to continue with leadership after graduation.  We talked about how we have a few similar competitions, and provide  a great way to keep in touch and network with other young farmers throughout the state and nation.

20150321_092840_resized20150321_094833_resizedOur booth was very popular, probably mostly due to corn hole games and our giveaway of a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner.  That lucky guy was Kurt Norton from Enterprise FFA.  When I handed off his prize today he was so grateful, he said, “I should have bought some lottery tickets because I won my proficiency and a new Kindle…what a lucky day!”

IMG_3187We also had a good time meeting many state degree recipients and serving them up some good apps and great ice cream floats!

20150321_160322_resizedIt took the whole weekend, it was a lot of work, and it was a lot of fun.  Overall I think it all paid off and many of us walking away from convention this year not only feel hopeful for the next generation of farmers coming through the ranks, but also optimistic for a future where FFA continues to provide leaders for Oregon.

20150321_165323_resizedThanks for everyone’s help and organization this weekend….especially Kathy Hadley, Chairman of Young Farmers & Ranchers!  She worked her tail off to make this all happen!!


Happy Thanksgiving

I will make this short, as I know we are all busy this week.  Getting food prepared, making plans with family, traveling to see those we love…basically it’s all good stuff and it makes me so thankful.  And boy do I have so much to be thankful for this year!  I know though that if you’re at all like me, you understand how easy it is a get sidetracked of what really matters in life; I’m looking forward to some great low key family time to remember just that.

FullSizeRender(3)Two that make the top of my “What I’m most thankful for” list!

As I promised, I’ll keep it short.  Happy Thanksgiving and wishing you all a great day with family and friends, full of taking a step back to look and see how truly lucky we all are in our lives!

Happy_Thanksgiving_20131222_HappyThanksgivingAnd for all your social media junkies…


Make-Over…for the blog

Blogs, although very much public, many times take on a personal feel to them.  The colors, the photos, they all start to tell a story of who someone is, or at least a part of who they are.  For me, I’m a pretty open book, and as most of you who actually know me in person know this to be very true on my blog and in “real life”.

So asking someone to come onto my site and help me out with any suggestions they may have to make it work better for me, or make it look nicer, was in a way a bit scary for me.  But then I saw that a blogger friend of mine, who has been writing farming blog tips for sometime, was doing farm blog reviews.  You can find her at FarmNWife.  So I thought I would give it a shot, let her in, and see what things that she sees that I don’t when I look at my page.

Here is what she came up with.  Take a look if you wish, or you can wait and see what I have in store for taking her suggestions in and doing a bit of a make over to the site (coming soon!)

Thanks so much for all your help Judi!!

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