Saturday, October 31, 2009

Beaver Spirit.


Today, we showed our Beaver Spirit.

From the top of Reser stadium, we cheered the Beav's on.

(And when I say top, I mean top. Like we were in Row 82 of 82. But there was tons of space, and we had a pretty good view.)

Clint and I.



For those of you who haven't met Betsy...

Well, that's too bad.

She's the bomb-diggity. Really.

And we were stoked to get to see her (briefly!) at the College of Ag Round Up Tent...

We love you Besty!



Lindsay was representing the College of Ag this morning...

She's an Ambassador, and the President of the OSU Ag. Executive Council...

And she's pretty cool too.

But you already knew that.




Tailgating across from Reser (thanks Matt & TJ!)...



Tom Flynn & Clint.


Two peas in a pod today.

Orange striped polo...Same Verizon cell phone...Same Cinch jeans....funny!



Lane & Kelsey. They hung out with us at the top.




Carley & Randie.

Lovin' them some cookies.



Lindsay & I enjoying some "beer margaritas".







The Beaver endzone...we found it today!








26 to 19.



Success is Reason Enough.
Go Beavs!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Psalm 23


The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness
for His name's sake.

Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.


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Praying today for one of Clint's students who lost his sister earlier this week, and her family.

This Psalm was read at her funeral today, and helped us see God's love through His words.

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On a sunnier note, we're headed to Corvallis this weekend to see my sister and watch the Beaver's win on Saturday.

Can't wait to see you Lindsay!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I believe.

I believe in the future of agriculture.
And after experiencing the National FFA Convention last week with these two, I believe those words even more strongly.

They did it all. 
Attended sessions - check.

Met other FFA members from across the nation - check.
Visited the FFA Career Show & Shopping Mall (ummm....duh) - check.
Aaw Toby Keith in concert and saw the Bulls 'n Broncs Tour - check.
Watched the national finals for many CDE events - check.
Listened to motivational speakers - check.



Ate at White Castle - check.
So not necessarily the high point of our convention....but a memory made still.
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Oh, we ate at The Ram too.
For those of you who read this, and were on the original CDE staff the first year convention was in Indy, this one's for you! :)



Had a fabulous time - check. 



Thanks Tara & KJ for letting me see convention through your eyes.

I grew - check.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Home.

is where the heart is.

is not where you live, but where they understand you.

is the place where it feels good to walk around without your shoes on.

is where you hang your hat.

is home, be it ever so humble.

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Convention was wonderful. It was great to see old friends again, volunteer with the other amazing CDE staff, and introduce KJ and Tara to the "beast" that is the National FFA Convention.

(50,000 FFA members, advisors, sponsors and guests all in one place!)

And in my rush this morning to get to work, I forgot to bring my camera cord, so no pictures yet.

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But tonight, I'm headed home.

To a warm house, a warm bed, a warm dinner, and a warm embrace.

'Gotta love home.

And I hope all of you find yourself in the care of your *home* tonight!

Thursday, October 22, 2009





Peripetia.


Mike Rowe, from Dirty Jobs introduced me to the term last night.


Greek for: "A sudden turn of events, or an unexpected reversal."

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One Saturday morning in 2006, I was leading a group of FFA members in orange t-shirts. We were crammed onto a yellow school bus and were headed to a squash field in Maryland. Over 300 FFA members from across the nation had flown to D.C., and after 5 days of growth and learning, we were headed to glean a 70 acre field of squash owned by a farmer that had donated that portion of his crop to those in need. It was our job to pick and bag all of the squash from those 70 acres.



It took us 2 hours.



We filled a semi.

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I didn't know it then. I'm still not sure if I'm 100% able to fully grasp the concept now.

Servant leadership.

The highest form of leadership one can know.

What once was such an active and present concept, had slipped a little in the mental line up since that summer.

Until last night.

Peripetia.

In the Conseco Fieldhouse, this picture (the orange one in the middle) flashed up on the big screen.




Me.

23.

Young. Naive. Eager. Alive.

And quite frankly, physically exhausted.

It was the fifth straight week of WLC conferences. Five hours of sleep a day for the past two months was starting to get to me.

But that day I was practicing servant leadership with 300 other FFA members from across the country. The young man beside me is from Oklahoma, and was one of the most mature members that came through our conference that year.

(The one giving the bunny ears....well, frankly I can't remember who he is.)

And last night, when I saw this picture, it all came flashing back in a rush.



An authentic leader.



Makes things better.



By serving others.



And what had not even been on my mental radar yesterday...

Is now front and center.

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Peripetia.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lead Out Loud!

FFA National Convention is here.

KJ & Tara (after flying in spectacularly by themselves) have already been to the Career Show, the FFA Mall, and Dow Agriscience for a tour.

We're off to dinner and the opening session tonight (Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs is speaking!) and then the girls have tickets to Toby Keith.

No pictures to post yet...but hopefully tomorrow!

They're "Leading Out Loud"....

Along with 50,000 other FFA members from across the nation.

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Service.

Leadership.

Honor.

Grace.

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How will you "Lead Out Loud" today?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hello new friends.

We've been pretty blessed this year to have lots of good friends come and stay with us for a few days out here in the middle of Eastern Oregon...

And sometimes when those good friends left, they left us a little brown envelope with a gift certificate inside to one of our favorite stores.

Not that they needed to. We LOVE having friends over and don't want anything in return.

Seriously.

Most of you know where we live. It's an effort for friends to come visit, and so we feel like we can only return that effort with a warm bed, and hopefully a well cooked meal.

(Although you never know about my cooking!)

But, if our friends are so inclined, I'm not one to turn away a thank you note. Or a gift certificate tucked inside.

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So this Saturday Clint and I were running errands in town when we saw this sign:

"Hamley's Half Yearly Sale on Now!"

And guess who was waiting for us at Hamley's?

My new friends.





AKA...new Anderson Bean lizard skin, square toed, double stitched, super comfortable new friends!

So thanks to my sister Lindsay and the rest of the OSU girls, and Keely & Nick. We used your gift certificates for these puppies.

(And I do mean we....Clint let me use all of the certificates for something only for me. What a great guy!)

And the only bad part of the day was that they didn't have any sale boots in Clint's size....

But you can bet I'll be sporting these when we head down to Vegas for NFR! (And hopefully we can find Clint a pair just as nice down there!)

Friday, October 16, 2009

It's Friday!

And while this week was filled with lots of:

* Tylenol Cold Medicine
* DayQuill
* NyQuill
* Tylenol PM
* A New Vicks Vaporizer
* Ice Packs
* Trips to the Doctor
and
* More generic cold medicine (so many people are sick in town, that the regular cold medicine couldn't be ordered in fast enough!)...

It was also filled with:

* Rest for Clint
* A productive week at work for me
* And the prospect of a great weekend ahead of us!

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Clint is feeling quite a bit better (but his ribs are still bothering him)...

I haven't gotten too sick yet...

And we have a birthday party (yeah for *2* year old Cameron!) tonight and the infamous Pilot Rock vs. Heppner football game after that.

Join with me in a round of applause for Friday!

(I was waiting for you all week!)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It takes a team.

All ranching families know...


That two of the sweetest words out of the vet's mouth are...




She's bred!

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And while Dr. Pitzer might have gotten tired of saying "She's Bred" over and over again....

(Because he said that a lot!)

I'm pretty sure those words were music to the Jensen's and Murdock's ears!

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And while one could preg check a group of cows all by themselves...

Why would you want to?

Many hands make light work...

And there were many hands on deck Saturday!










And after all the cows were pregged and counted...









The caravan's hit the road, and headed home to a well earned dinner and warm bed!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Rock solid.


The Rock Jack:
Crafted through hard work,
a cluster of large rocks piled upon each other,
engaged and supported by wire or wood,
spaced as needed along barbed wire fences
to serve as a point of stability.

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The rock jack integrated into a fence line is a common occurence here in Eastern Oregon.


Where one cannot dig a hole for a brace post....one builds a rock jack.


And quite often, even when one can dig a hole....one builds a rock jack around it still!

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Stable.
Supportive.
A solid spot for a tense wire to be pulled tightly to.
Around each corner, and at each bend.
Long lasting.

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You may not live in beautiful, Eastern Oregon...


But we have *rock jacks* all around us.


*Significant others who are there through thick and thin.


*Good friends who we are able to lean on unconditionally.


*Family that is always there to weather life's ups and downs with us.


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*Rock Jacks*


Pull tightly to them. They won't fail you!



Thursday, October 8, 2009

Worry not.


Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives:

Where we focus our attention.

~Greg Anderson

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And -

Like PW said today...


Love is a decision.

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Go love someone, why don't ya!



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Whew!

Holy smokes...where did October come from?

And why did September feel like it needed to leave so fast?

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These last two weeks have been fast paced and filled with

...trips
...leadership camps
...brandings
...a house with no water
...bachelor parties (and no, not Clint's)
...livestock shows
...meetings
...visits to the vet

And let me tell you, I'm ready for a nap!

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But before I do, I thought I'd post a few pictures from the Pendleton Junior Show.

It's great knowing that the next generation of agriculturalists is a strong one!

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go take a nap.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Arched.

The ancient Romans had a tradition:

Whenever one of their engineers constructed an arch, as the capstone was hoisted into place, the engineer assumed accountability for their work in the most profound way possible:

They stood under the arch.


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My trip to St. Louis was a full one.

Two days.

A beautiful hotel.

Fabulous weather.

Tons of learning & growing.

Great people and new friends made.




I was in St. Louis for a training conference, where we learned about a new disaster program every FSA office is going to roll out in November.

Did I say a complicated, detailed, and technical program?

Because I should have.

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This complicated program, and new training system has been met with resistance.

It's going to need some maintenance.

But the main pieces have been installed.

And just like the Romans, the leadership from our D.C. office came to this training conference to put the capstone on their "arch".

They assumed accountability and stood stolid as the capstone was placed on their project.

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And the *arch* held.

And thanks to our D.C. *engineers*, this program we call SURE is going to keep on holding.