Everything Happens For A Reason

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Just a quick post today, but about something that I am a firm believer in. Recently, through my travels I watched as several juniors dreams may have been crushed, or they were put in a situation they weren’t prepared to face. From a father having a heart issues and being in the hospital during Jr Nationals, to not making the junior board, to not being named a a national breed queen, to just simply not placing as well with a heifer. I watched the tears and the broken dreams scatter across the paths of my journies, however instead of feeling sorry for those individuals I choose a different path. To those I knew, I said a comforting word and reminded them that : Everything Happens for a Reason”. I am and always have been a firm believer in this saying. We may not understand why at that moment, tomorrow or the next day, but someday we will be thankful that things turned out like they did. There have been many times I have worked my butt off for things I wanted, and didn’t get anything for my work. Eventually, it became clearer why those things didn’t work out and some things I still don’t understand; however I realize that God has a plan for me and he has provided me with so many things that I should be thankful for such as: a loving family, a healthy family, great friends, a home, food, and a life of showing cattle.  I am writing all of this to remind everyone to be thankful for what we have, pray everytime you get a change, and the next time things don’t work out just the way you had hoped, remember that EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON and look ahed to the positives that are waiting for you. I challenge each and everyone of you to wake up everyday and write down 3 things you are thankful for, without repeating, so that you start each day off in a positive light and are reminded to be thankful for all that you have.

“When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade”-


Bleeding National Blue and Corn Gold

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, I have been battling bronchitis and finally feel like a human being again. This is the second time bronchitis has entered my lungs. I am beginning to think it feels welcomed however, I am going to have to inform it that we are not friends and my body would appreciate it if it would leave and never come back.

Moving on, many things have happened since my last post. To begin with, the University of Illinois Livestock Judging team and myself traveled to Tyson Packing Plant to practice for the Meat Animal Evaluation Practice Contest in Madison, WI. To say the least it was an eye opening experience. I was able to survive without passing out. I realize I am a cowgirl who has a passion for animals, but the reason I am not becoming a vet is because of 3 of my four biggest fears. BLOOD, NEEDLES, and PAIN. After spending a day in a large meat cooler with freshly harvested beef carcasses around me, I appreciated the people around me for what they do everyday. Working in Tyson is not something that I could wake up every morning and go do, and for the people that do I applaud and I enjoy the products they make available for me and thousands of others.


Tyson Beef

Moving on beyond that, the real point behind this post is to celebrate NATIONAL FFA WEEK. It’s the week to bleed National Blue and Corn Gold. I recently saw that some our celebrating this by posting their Facebook status as “FFA members and former FFA members, unite! Find a photo of yourself in your FFA jacket and post it as your profile photo. Leave it up for National FFA Week. Make this your status. Let’s turn Facebook NATIONAL BLUE!” and then changing their profile picture to a picture of them in FFA. Make sure you join the cause and do this!

The National FFA Organization is a wonderful organization that helps thousands of young adults mold into respectable individuals. It helps develop key skills that young adults will use the rest of their lives. During FFA, my wonderful advisor, Mr. Tim Reed, helped encourage me to go beyond my comfort zone and participate in things I wouldn’t have done on my own. I also had a wonderful livestock judging coach, Mr. Rodney Knittel, who taught me the basics of livestock judging and as a result I am now on the University of Illinois’ judging team. With the help of my mentors, I was able to receive my greenhand, chapter and state degrees, as well as being in the top ten for the Star Farmer award and being second overall with my beef proficiency record books. I was also able to serve as the Chapter President becoming the 3rd generation from my family to serve as the Southwestern Chapter FFA President. Lucky for me, my sister followed in my footsteps in that area. I was also able to serve as the Section 15 Vice President. FFA taught me about being a leader, public speaking skills, team building skills and how to have a successful team. I also learned organizational skills, responsibility and good record keeping. In reality, I could probably go on all day long with the things I learned from FFA.

Most importantly though, I got to participate in many wonderful contest and activities and meet the most amazing people who have become some of my lifelong friends. I want to take the time to thank Mr. Reed and Mr. Knittel for helping me become a successful individual.

judging team

Southwestern FFA Livestock Judging Team

Seniors 2008

Little Sissy n Me at my Senior Year FFA Banquet