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Happy Thanksgiving

As I was going through my emails this morning, I came across the following quote. Usually, I think to myself, “What a nice thought!” And that’s as far as it goes. However, this quote really resonated within me.

The quote: “God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. It is when we stop thinking about what we don’t have or what we lack, and become grateful for who we are, that we can gain access to true unlimited inspiration. Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.– Frank Arrigazzi

God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. How many times do you catch yourself groaning? There are so many days where I tear myself down. Whether it’s, “I wish I could be as good at my job as ______,” or “I wish I had the endurance of ______ at the gym,” or “Too bad we didn’t have a house like _____,” or “If only I could be as good of a wife as _____ is to her husband.”

But then I remember. God doesn’t make mistakes. He made me for who I am and I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this very moment. It is when we stop thinking about what we don’t have or what we lack, and become grateful for who we are, that we can gain access to true unlimited inspiration. I realize my life isn’t so bad; it’s actually pretty great. I mean I have a job I love (and awesome customers!), a CrossFit box (gym) that’s always challenging (and cheaper than therapy!), a charming little house (filled with love and some chaos!), a supportive church family, and an adoring husband. I can’t imagine my life any other way. Now, I realize in the blink of an eye, life can change and things won’t go according to plan. But in this very moment, in this very minute, I have everything I need. I am thankful. I am grateful. I am blessed.

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Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. My Thanksgiving wish is that you, too, will gain true unlimited inspiration, even if it feels the world is caving in around you.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

 

 

 

 

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It’s fair time in Princeton!

The Bureau County Fair is set to open Wednesday! There’s always a sense of excitement during fair season, watching the fairgrounds come to life. It’s the one time of year to catch up with old friends, eat junk food (and not feel bad about it), and take in some local entertainment.

The Bureau County Tractor Pulls will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Each year, the grandstands are packed.

The Bureau County Tractor Pulls will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Each year, the grandstands are packed.

This is why we, at AgriEnergy Resources, fully support the Bureau County Fair in Princeton and urge you to enjoy local agriculture, food, traditions, and progress our great county has to offer.

Here’s what we’re looking forward to most:

“Elephant ears!” – Bob Warren, Purchasing/Logistics

“The FOOD! And watching my grandson on the rides.” – Linda Dickinson, Human Resources

“Neat exhibits! I personally like county fairs better than state fairs because they’re smaller and closer to home. Heck you might even know who is exhibiting.” – John Mayernak, Sales Agronomist

“Cattle shows and cheese fries. There’s nothing better!” – Katlyn Rumbold, Communication Strategist

“What I like best about the…
Flowers and floral arrangements
Animals, especially the Angus heifers
Inevitable over-indulgance
Ribs from Kramer’s” – Mardel Robinson, Special Events

The Bureau County Fair will run August 26-30.

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Z-Tour to stop at AER

Every July for the last 5 years, brilliantly decorated bicycles begin to dot the picturesque towns and countryside of Bureau County. This year, we got in on the action!

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The famous Z-Tour Bike Ride will use our facility as a re-fueling station this weekend. The Z-Tour Bike Ride benefits the Zearing Child Enrichment Center and features the hills, rolling terrain, and beautiful views of Bureau Creek with minimal traffic. It is a family-friendly road ride where participants can choose between 5 routes – 10 miles, 30 miles, 50 miles, 65 miles, or 100 miles.

We are looking forward to meeting all the cyclists Saturday as they use our facility as a resting point!

In other events, we are also helping the Illinois Organic Growers Association sponsor a Crop Cycle in Champaign, Illinois September 12, 2015. Choose from 3 routes – 6 miles, 30 miles, and 60 miles and enjoy a ride through the countryside touring farms along the way. The Crop Cycle is all about connecting people to the sources of their food by educating them on a healthier way to eat and supporting their neighbors that grow and raise the food. This event will feature delicious farm fresh meals, snacks along the way, and activities at the farm stops. Register online at illinoisorganicgrowers.org/crop-cycle or call 217-528-1563.

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The beauty of a small town

Princeton, IllinoisSmall towns are magical. Growing up, I couldn’t wait to get out of a small town and make it big in the city. Looking back, I am thankful for my small town roots. Rural communities are the backbone of our great country. If I went to a larger high school, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to participate in cross country, track, FFA, cheerleading, choir, theater, and so much more.

The same goes for our small communities. Living and working in a rural community we get the opportunity to serve on several boards because there truly is a need. We, at AgriEnergy Resources, truly believe in giving back to the community. We try to have a presence within the community whether it’s serving on the farmers’ market board, the cattleman’s board, the chamber of commerce, or just being available to help out when needed.

So today, we are so excited to have been selected as the Chamber Member of the Day! Throughout the rest of the day, we will be mentioned on our local radio station simply for being part of the chamber. If you can, be sure to tune into WZOE and let us know if you hear us mentioned. There may be a special prize if you do!

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