Posts Tagged With: Holidays
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.
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!
One thing I’ve learned over the past few years is that my siblings and I are very traditional. We’ve had our family traditions since we were little kids and every year we look forward to our said traditions. Like picking out the best Christmas tree on the lot to get it home and figure out it was lop sided or enjoying mom’s special stuffed blueberry french toast Christmas morning or grandma’s famous cheese soup or the cousins’ dollar gift exchange. Over the years, if mom tried to change the menu we’d get very upset…I mean it just wouldn’t be Christmas without the stuffed blueberry french toast!
Fast forward a few years and here we are all grown up and married, starting traditions of our very own. I remember when I got engaged, a very wise woman told me it’d only get better from there. I nodded and smiled, but in the back of my mind I didn’t think anything could get better than the Christmas I got engaged. I mean the love of my life getting down on one knee, professing his undying love, and slipping a very sparkly rock on my finger with a tear in his eye. Nothing could beat that moment!
Or could it?
One year later, I’ve realized that very wise woman was right. It really does get better. This will be our first Christmas as husband and wife in our home together. While we don’t have too many Christmas decorations yet, we did get a steal on an artificial pre-lit tree and got a few BOGO ornaments to add to our collection we’ve gathered over the years. It’s been fun seeing the gifts pile up and deciding which family traditions to carry on and which ones to start.
We enjoyed putting together our very first Christmas card from the Sanden’s and dressing up our dog as a reindeer (she hates it but we love it). This year, we’ve decided Christmas morning will be all ours. We will make my famous, homemade cinnamon rolls, drink our coffee (his hot chocolate), and open our presents from each other. Then we’ll share the rest of the day with our families.
That same wise woman also said it gets even better from here when babies show up. Until then, I’ll take her word on that and enjoy posing our dog in front of our tree.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
P.S. AgriEnergy Resources will be closed for the holidays December 24-January 3. We will re-open for business on January 4, 2016. We sincerely hope you can enjoy your traditions during this special season!
It’s no surprise the final month during the International Year of Soils recognizes soils, cultures, and people in the same month that Americans will gather in the homes of loved ones to celebrate Christmas and New Years. In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences made a resolution proposing December 5 as World Soil Day to annually celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being.
Over the last year we’ve been able to join the world in celebrating all the amazing characteristics soil possesses. Such as the direct relationship between soils and the climate, products we use, environment, health, recreation, construction, water, urban life, and agriculture. It has been a great year raising awareness of just how important soils are even in our day-to-day lives. We believe life begins in the soil and that with healthy soil, we can change the world.
Healthy soil is the base for healthy plants, healthy animals, healthy food, and healthy people. So, as we gather this holiday season with our loved ones, lets not forget to be thankful for the world’s agriculturists as they enrich lives one healthy field at a time.
Today, we’re thankful. Thankful to live in small-town U.S.A., capturing scenes like this, even in the midst of a storm.
Reminders from up above that there is always a silver lining; you just need to know where to look. So, yes, today we are thankful to be a part of a growing agricultural community. We’re thankful for our roles in providing America with healthy food, beginning in healthy soil.
From our table to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
You know you’ve all heard it and typically when a story starts off with “that one time in ag class” you know it’s going to be good.Like that one time in ag class when we went to the National FFA Convention and were jamming out to classical music at a stoplight, drinking starbucks, wearing cowboy hats. Or, like that one time in ag class when we went to State FFA Convention and we got lost on our way to the dance, ending up in the ghetto. Or that one time in ag class when I drove my pony cart to school. Yep, you never know what you’re going to get when you enroll in an ag class.
Well today, is National Teach Ag Day and here at AgriEnergy Resources we are reminiscing about the good ‘ol days like that one time in ag class.
Needless to say the majority of us have many fond memories of ag class:
“My ag teachers really encouraged me to be involved in FFA where I learned leadership, public speaking, and many other skills that have carried over into my adult life.” – Gary Campbell, Agronomist
“My high school ag teacher/FFA advisor, who recently passed away, helped develop my appreciation of soils when I participated on the soil judging team.” – Ken Musselman, Agronomist
“Back in the Dark Ages, when I attended high school, girls weren’t allowed to take ag or be in FFA. But I am forever indebted to my 4-H Leaders and to all the world-class animal science professors at the University of Illinois who fueled my passion for agriculture.” – Mardel Robinson, Special Events Coordinator
So, if you’re reading this and you happen to be an ag teacher, maybe one of our ag teachers, thank you so much for all you do and continue to do for our industry. Enjoy your day!
Back-up-blogger Mardel here again. Thanks for bearing with me. Katlyn will be back soon – I promise!
Today is my Aunt Charlotte’s 90th Birthday. A great milestone for a beautiful, gracious lady who looks a lot like Queen Elizabeth!
Aunt Charlotte and other beloved family members and friends from generations past are the ones who taught me about hard work, responsibility, honesty and trust, faith and family, stewardship and serving others. They helped me appreciate the simple things in life, and realize how blessed I was to grow up in a farming community.
Because of the examples set by my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles (Aunt Charlotte is the only one left) and a great bunch of neighbors, I understand that farming is much more than a livelihood – it’s a lifestyle. And I understand that farmers are much more than potential AgriEnergy customers – they are a very special group of people with whom I’m honored to travel through life. In fact, working with farmers is almost like opening a birthday present every day. It is indeed a blessing and a gift to work alongside the very men and women who feed our world.
Happy 90th Birthday Aunt Charlotte! And, thanks for the life lessons.
This picture was taken Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Illinois Beef Expo and was 11 years in the making.
It was taken after my sister won Grand Champion Breeding Heifer, an honor we have all strived for since 2004. An honor that my brother and I hadn’t achieved in our years of showing.
This picture symbolizes the best day our family has had. This picture symbolizes the emotion swirling through the air that day. The snow. The early morning preparation. The pre-show jitters. The judge’s speech. The slap. The handshake. The disbelief. The hugs. The happy tears. The overwhelming sense of accomplishment.
It symbolizes a legacy my brother and I started that my sister ended. It symbolizes the amazing support we’ve received from other show families, and most of all our parents. It symbolizes the sacrifices made to get to this moment.
But most of all, it symbolizes the countless hours in the barn when nobody sees. The time spent learning everything there is about the breed and more. The encouragement from our parents.
They never missed a show. Even if it meant driving 14 hours one-way.
So, dad, if you’re reading this thank you for making our dreams come true. Thank you for teaching us “kids” it’s okay to lose, because one day, with a lot of sweat equity, the winner’s circle will feel even more amazing than the hurt of losing ever felt.
And to dad’s everywhere, you truly do have a special role in developing tomorrow’s leaders.
From myself and all of us here at AgriEnergy Resources, Happy Father’s Day weekend!
The poster on the left commemorates the 140th Flag Day on June 14, 1917. Since 1777, the week of June 14 has been designated as “National Flag Week.” It’s the day the flag of the United States was officially adopted.
The United States of America has come a long way since then. The 13 original colonies have now grown into 50 booming states and our forefathers have paved a road of opportunity if you know where to look. Today, the flag is displayed on all government buildings, in front of office buildings, schools, and even some farms.
As farmers we have our nation’s trust to care for our greatest resource and provide food for everyone. Not a day goes by that we aren’t thankful for our freedoms that allow us to follow our dreams. And for that, we will forever be grateful to our forefathers who paved the way before us.
We are proud to be American. Happy Flag Week!
There are two groups in this country that people depend on every single day, but don’t realize – the farmer and the military.
Somewhere in the world, we’re being protected every single day and every single day we eat. That is what led our friends over at Peacefully Organic Produce and CSA (POPs CSA) to start a veteran-led community farm. They grow all kinds of organic vegetables and herbs, both for CSA boxes and farmers’ markets in the Madison area.
The cool part though, is they get grants from the VA to employ vets who struggle with PTSD. They’ve found the concept of working in the soil and growing food to be very healing as returning veterans try to assimilate back into society. Veteran employees are compensated with a monthly living stipend, fresh produce shares, and full access throughout the year to food production workshops, organic farming conferences, small business development seminars, and much more.
Established in 2014 by Steven Acheson and Stephanie Krueger, POPs CSA is proud to be the first veteran-led CSA and produce farm in the Madison area and strive to give back to those who’ve sacrificed everything for us.
So, as we prepare for what may be a long holiday weekend, for some, it’s so much more than that. Let’s take a moment to reflect and thank those who have devoted their lives to protecting and feeding us. Often times, they are the same people – one and the same. For it’s THESE people that are America’s heroes.
Interested in working with Steven and Stephanie? Click here for employment details.