· I am so grateful to live in a country where we have dedicated servicemen and women who sacrifice their lives for my freedoms; I will forever be grateful for their service, God bless them all!
· I am grateful to live in a country where I am free to practice the religion of my choosing; a freedom a hope to never take for granted by continuing to develop my faith in God.
· I am so grateful for a government that while it is dysfunctional at times, does provide leadership and democracy for our nation when so many other countries live in oppression.
· I am grateful to have family and friends that are near and dear to me; that have been there for me in my darkest days and shared in my brightest joys. These people are irreplaceable and I know God has blessed me with them for a reason.
· I am grateful for a career in agriculture which allows me to work with some of the best people in the world, those who would give you the shirt off their backs and invite you to supper. Farmers are some of the most humble, honest, and caring people and I pray for all of them.
· I am grateful to be me, with all of the wisdom and knowledge that I have acquired in my few short years and I pray that I have the ability to be open to whatever may come my way in the years to come. I pray that I will be open to new opportunities, have the courage to take risks and the strength to pursue my dreams with love.
· I am grateful to have grown up on a dairy farm where I was taught values and morals that have helped me to be the best person that I can be, caring about my community and environment. I am truly grateful for all of the times this farm offered me the opportunity to show love to people, to animals and to the land.
My father shared some precious wisdom growing up. On Thanksgiving, many years ago, we worked as a family to get milking and chores done as quickly as possible so we could enjoy a huge family meal, made by my mother, with my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. After a few hours we had to leave our company and return to the barn for milking and chores, which we also did as a family. As we walked out to the dairy barn I will always remember the words my father said: “I am thankful to be able to go to the barn and do chores at the end of Thanksgiving Day! How else can you work off all of those calories and still have room for another piece of pie?” I sure do love my father! Thanksgiving Blessings to All!