Monthly Archives: May 2014


Life Lesson No. 6 – Compassion, Humor and Style.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a recovering farm broadcaster.  Almost a year ago, I made one of the hardest decisions to-date. I left my dream job as AgriBusiness Director for 1470 WMBD and 1290 WIRL in Peoria and accepted a position at LG Seeds as their Marketing Coordinator. It was a big step, but at the time, it felt like it was a step in the right direction for many reasons. While I dearly miss farm broadcasting and the people I worked with, LG has been a great learning experience that has given me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. My new role has also enabled me to try new things like blogging and podcasting…

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Life Lesson No. 5 – Small Town Syndrome.

On our first date, a blind date mind you, Braden was very blunt, but honest. He said, “If you don’t plan on living in the Spring Lake Bottoms and farming for the rest of your life, this is our first and only date.”

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Nathan and Brooke! Aren't they adorable?

Lesson No. 4 – The First Day of the Rest of Your Life.

In our community, May is filled with many events, prom, family birthdays, Mother’s Day, graduations and confirmations. Proud parents and grandparents share these Hallmark moments through Facebook. Two weekends ago, I took prom pictures of our friend’s daughter and her boyfriend. It’s so much fun to see all of the kids in the community spiffed up and ready for a night out on the town. It also reminds me how old I am as I attended my first prom nine years ago – crazy how time flies! Seems like only yesterday…

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Life Lesson No. 3 – A Life that’s Good

If you haven’t figured out by now, I’m all about quotes and sayings. My mother-in-law, Debbie, has this saying hanging in her kitchen, “We plan, God laughs.”  Amen. It’s one of my favorite sayings because it applies to our daily life on the farm and some of my life experiences…

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Life Lesson No. 2 – The Best is Yet to Come.

A wise person once told me, “Experience is what we get, when we don’t get what we want.” It is a mantra I carry with me every day that also applies to life as a farmer. Drought, flooding, strong winds, hail, insect invasions, resistant weeds and plant diseases are all experiences that can happen throughout the growing season.  No two years are ever the same and good or bad, each year is an experience…

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