Finishing the year #AgProud

2015 was a great year. A whirlwind year. A year of learning. A year of struggle. A year of trials, a year of triumph. I’m better today than I was one year ago. I can finish this year content, knowing I did what I could. And I’m looking forward to what WE can accomplish in the years to come.

“No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you.”*

The above pictures are my tribe, my support structure, the people that keep me sane and keep me motivated. I’m proud to be part of Linn County, the city of Albany, Willamette Valley, state of Oregon, Pacific Northwest, West Coast, and the grand ol’ USA. I’m proud to be deeply rooted in the great world of agriculture. And as always, proud to be the daughter of a trucker.

I finish with this…

A New Year’s Prayer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

Dear Lord, please give me…
A few friends who understand me and remain my friends;
A work to do which has real value,
without which the world would be the poorer;
A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed;
An understanding heart;
A sense of humor;
Time for quiet, silent meditation;
A feeling of the presence of God;
The patience to wait for the coming of these things,
With the wisdom to recognize them when they come. Amen.

 

*From all I can find, this quote can be attributed to both Wilma Rudolph and Althea Gibson.

We’re a little nutty… and that’s fine by me.

My girls are out of school for the summer so yesterday they came to work with me. And I have to admit it was the best day of the year so far! To watch them get older and be more responsible on the farm out on their own, well it was a blast to watch. They had a great time running around the farm with the golf cart and we needed some help with some of the irrigation lines in the new hazelnut orchard.

The girls having fun riding around in the old golf cart.

The girls having fun riding around in the old golf cart.

Some of our irrigation line had slipped away from the trees, so the girls spent the afternoon moving the lines back to the base of the trees. The weather was coming in, and they finished up in between rain storms.

Kyndall and Ashlynn moving irrigation lines.

Kyndall and Ashlynn moving irrigation lines.

Classic Sammie Jo with her umbrella a few steps behind. Miss Caboose. :)

Classic Sammie Jo with her umbrella a few steps behind.       Miss Caboose. 🙂

Also found time to play around with my brother's dog Copper.

Also found time to play around with my brother’s dog Copper.

Seeing the pictures that both Kyndall and I took yesterday made me once again ever so grateful I get to share this life with my 3 girls. So many people came before me and paved the way for a female farmer to be a large part of a farming operation. In fact, I just read an article from Farm Bureau about Female Farmers on the Rise. My girls can do anything they want to as they grow up, but I am grateful to say farming is a choice they can have in today’s world.

I attended a SEDCOR luncheon today, and the outgoing President, Theresa Haskins said this: Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago (Warren Buffet). So very true. This picture is of my girls standing on property purchased and farmed by their great-grandpa. The farm has changed a lot over the years, but the love for the land continues.

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Today is just one more day I’m so thankful for the life I am able to live. And, once I saw this picture, I just had to share. Oh sweet Sammie Jo.

Sweet Sammie Jo.

Reflections from an almost 35 year old…

I don’t know why I was born in the USA. I don’t know why I was born to a family so caring, with a legacy of Godliness and love. I don’t know why I’m able to pursue agriculture as a career. I don’t know why I was given my specific talents and gifts. I don’t know why I was given 3 daughters to raise. I don’t know why I was given a third chance at love. I don’t know why I was able to recover from the mistakes I made in life.

I do know one thing…

I am grateful.

My family: Geoff, Kyndall, Sam and Ashlynn

My family: Geoff, Kyndall, Sam and Ashlynn

And just maybe our job in life is not to figure out the WHY we were given what we are given, but to appreciate it, to use our God-given talents, to treat others as we expect to be treated, and to love your neighbor as yourself. This is what I’ve learned so far in my 35 years of life. My dad tells me I’ll be smarter once I’ve learned 40 years of life, and even smarter at 50. (I think that is his way of saying he’s still and always will be smarter than me.)

“There will always be a reason why you meet people in life. Either you need them to change your life or you’re the one that will change theirs.” Those that have crossed my path so far has changed my life, my perspective, my thinking, and my motivation. My hope is that I’ve changed yours, too.

Cheers to the next 35!