Tis the season for Christmas Cards and well wishes once again! What a year it has been! This year I thought I would use my 2015 Christmas letter to highlight some of the things that I have been so grateful for during this year of growth and renewal.
1. I am so grateful for the family who reached out to me and helped while I was moving. Thank you to all of you who were generous, who allowed me to land while I waited for God’s plan for my life to unfold. Thank you for the family who loves me unconditionally and have shown me what unconditional love looks and feels like. I hope I can return your love.
2. I am so grateful for my friends that have been there through everything with me. What a blessing you have been to share my journey, to listen, to send me a text just saying hi, and it is an even greater blessing it is to be able to listen to you and share in your journeys. I am so blessed to be able to see your vulnerabilities, to see your strengths, to watch you grow. I had some of the best times with friends at concerts, events, girls’ weekends, a Friday night out, or just enjoying the company of you and your families!
3. I am grateful for the opportunities that I took this year to go to conferences, growing my leadership and personal skills, reading more books, and meeting more people. I am so blessed by the opportunity to live in the moment and experience life to the fullest, to have conversations with new people I meet, and marvel in how great these people are. I am blessed to have attended several Women in Agriculture events this year, and each time I went I came home with so many more ideas to apply to my personal and professional life.
4. I am grateful for the job I have as a dairy specialist. I get the pleasure of working with dairy farmers, some of the greatest, kindest people I have ever known. I get to help them make their farms better, and while I don’t have a farm of my own it still allows me the chance to still be involved in making food for people and providing the best care possible for cows. I am also being challenged to learn new skills like welding and plumbing, while working with our team.
5. I am grateful for my nieces, nephew, goddaughters and “adopted” nieces and nephews (my friends’ kids). While I don’t have children of my own, it is such a blessing to see life through these innocents’ eyes. It is a blessing to be a part of their lives, make play dates and watch them grow into awesome people, just like their parents. I try to never take their little hugs and kisses for granted.
6. I am grateful for the house I now call my home: for its cute rooms and DIY projects, its bountiful vegetable garden in the back yard, the beautiful flower beds in the front yard and the kind neighbors I now enjoy. I am so blessed to live in New Ulm, a city with a lot of history and charm as well as amazing people and even though I miss my country living, this will keep me happy for now.
7. I am grateful I have more time to use social media and my blog to educate others about what is happening in agriculture. It is priceless to open the eyes of just one consumer to the importance of agriculture and the value of avoiding fear tactics in marketing. It is a blessing to make these connections with others as well as connect with other farmers who are striving to do the same.
8. I am grateful that I have my health and I was able to participate in several 5K runs with friends this spring and summer. More importantly I was able to go on bikes rides, walks, and runs with friends and family.
9. And Most of all I am grateful for our Lord and Savior, who during this Christmas season reminds us of his selfless sacrifice. How blessed are we that God sent his only son as an infant to die for our sins, to love us unconditionally!?! I pray that when you gather with your families this holiday season that you too, can reflect on the many blessings in your lives, how even the hardships and the suffering can be blessings in disguise and then be sure to express your gratitude to God, for through him all things are possible.
God Bless You, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!