How EMS saved my life!

I’m not exactly sure when it all started…I was 17ish…I was a horribly miserable person.

I hated life…

I hated myself…

I hated God (to a point)…

Believing lies about myself, about God, and about my family…in all I wanted to disappear, wanted a way out from the horrible, miserable mess that I was in.

I thought about killing myself on multiple occasions because if you’re dead all your problems are solved right? WRONG!

I thought about jumping the train to run away from home, not because my family was so horrible, far from it! But because I “thought” I couldn’t take life anymore, and if I hopped the train and ran away, I could run away from all my troubles.

There was one big problem though, it is illegal to hop the trains (yeah I looked it up back when I was considering it),  if I got caught I’d be in trouble with the law…and since I really, really, really, really liked all things fire/police/ems…well I wanted to remain “friends” with them!

 

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A place I have come to love!

I use to talk non-stop (true story…just ask my family! :) ), about anything to do with the emergency services, to a point that looking back I can say that I had to be terribly annoying! Lol!  Around the age of 17 I also decided that I wanted to go into EMS and be an EMT…but it was for all the wrong reasons…the glory of it all and how it would make me look good…that’s just embarrassing!

Over the course of several years I prayed about it to see if that was God’s will for me…funny how I could practically almost not believe in God but I remained firm that if this wasn’t where God wanted me then I would not go into EMS. I wanted God’s blessing on it…yet, I still wasn’t sure if I really believed in God.

 

I believe that God planted in my heart the desire to go into EMS, and with that desire He grew me in so so so many ways and continues to do so. But with that desire He gave me, He used it to save my life.

 

As much as I hated life and wanted to kill myself, there was one thing that kept coming back to me…I really wanted to be an EMT, and as we all know, dead people just really don’t make good EMTs. 😛

 

So even though my motives were wrong at the time, God used it to save my life..and then! Fall of 2011 I said, “Okay God…I’m tired with all this junk that I have acquired, I’m not saying I believe in You, but I’ll at least start on the path that leads back to You.”

 

January 2012 I surrendered my life back to Christ and really owned my faith as my very own! Can I just tell you…OH. MY. GOODNESS!  It’s a very amazing thing to go about your day and think of something besides hate, lies and death!  You have such a better outlook on life (imagine that). The peace and joy that I had was such a HUGE contrast to way I had previously been.

As God changed my heart towards Him, He also changed my heart for EMS. I will be the first one to tell you that the lights, siren and excitement of it all is amazing!  But that’s not my reason for wanting to be in EMS, my core reason is because I love people and want to be a blessing to them, I want God to be able to love them through me! Building on that foundation I have a huge passion for EMS! :)

 

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Having fun with the marker board. :)

 

Days turned into months, and months into years as I waited for an answer from God…I still wanted His blessing on it.

The reason? EMS  is not an easy field, you experience things that can really affect you in a negative way if not dealt with. I knew there would be the happy times, the sad times, and the times that make me want to quit…I believe God is with us where ever we go, but when we walk in His perfect will for us that there is an added blessing. I want to be so in the center of God’s will that when those times come, I don’t doubt myself if I choose the right path…I can know in my knower that I am right where I’m supposed to be and God will help me through whatever I am facing.

 

Two years after I had first asked God about EMS, I attended a conference for people in the medical field. (you may recall a post I did about this conference last year.)

Through the seminars I sat in on and then talking to my parents when I came home…God showed me EMS was a yes!!!

I…was elated! And had an amazing peace!

But I still had a lot more waiting to do! Waiting is SO hard…but SO SO SO  worth it!

 

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Next was “When do I start classes?”

Again, I could rush out and find every class in the state, pick one and go with it. But for me, I wanted to wait on God’s timing.

Last year during elections, us four older girls and Mommy helped out at the polls.  It makes for a really long tiring day but a fun one as well! :)  Mommy was helping out at our local polling location that was at the fire station.  At one point she took a break and went to the EMS lounge area to get some lunch.

A friend of ours was just coming off shift so they struck up a conversation, and through the course of that conversation Mommy mentioned that I was interested in EMS.  The friend then suggested that I come drive for Mentone EMS…get my feet wet and see how I like it.

At the end of the day we all came home from the various polling locations we had been working at…there’s always stories to tell so as we sat around laughing and catching up, Mommy shared with me about the ambulance driving opportunity.

 

Whenever I would hear of “EMS opportunities”, I’d start to get scared, doubtful and want to run the other way…As Mommy shared I started to feel that familiar turning in my stomach…but then I had peace, His peace.

I prayed about it and told God to remember that I promised Him I would not go until He said go!  He reminded me of a verse He gave to me back in 2012 for EMS. It says: “You shall go forth with joy and BE LED FORTH WITH PEACE!” Isaiah 55:12

 

Stopped in my tracks I was like: “Oh wow! This is you God!”  The next Monday I went to the station to meet and talk things over with the training officer about what it all entails.

Needless to say I walked away with an application to be an ambulance driver. :) And on October 21st I was voted in as a member of Mentone EMS.

 

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Trauma Training

 

From my journal:

November 29th, 2014

My very first day on call! Was on call from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and nothing happend. I won’t lie, I was a little disappointed…but it’s okay. :) This morning while trying (note trying), to eat breakfast I said “I’m just going to scream and get it all out, all the pent up emotion!” Leah, Bekah and Anna, the ones that were around, were like uh…and prepared for impact…I screamed  then ended up laughing. :) 😛

 

Here’s what I wrote 9 days later on December 8th.

I GOT MY VERY 1ST CALL!!!!!!!!!!! So very, very, very exciting! I got to the station (note: it’s a volunteer service and since I live close enough to the station, I can be on call from home).

Bobby (one of my instructors),  says: “I’m going to let you drive”

Me: Okay…and nervously gets in.

Him: Do you know where you’re going?

Me: Uh, no…I was so focused on just getting here.

He walked me through every step (thank goodness!), I tell dispatch that “Medic 98 is en route” pull half way out, turn on lights, make sure the road is clear and away we went. Traffic comes to a stand still for me…weird…cool! :) A couple of turns later and we’re there.

“County dispatch, Medic 98″…”on scene.”

Walk in and an elderly gentleman had fallen and needed help getting back up. He checked out fine and didn’t want to go to the hospital.

We helped him over to his chair and as I worked on getting some information, Bobby finished getting the gentleman his lunch (he had fallen while trying to get it).

Made sure he was good to go and walked out.

Back in the ambulance “County dispatch, Medic 98…we are 10/8 (back in service) on a signed refusal.” Drove back to the station and backed in perfectly (the very first time I backed in during some training, I did a terrible job and held up traffic on main street while trying to get lined up with the door…it was embarrassing. :P) Finished up on some paperwork…high-fived on my first call and giddy me left the station.

 

Eight months later…I have so so so very  much enjoyed being a driver, learned a ton and still have a ton more to learn! :)

There’s been good calls, funny calls, bad calls…something I’ve learned is that God’s grace is there when you need it, I’ve come to appreciate it in a whole new way, and the phrase “amazing grace,” means so much more to me then it did in the past!

 

This year  I’ve turned down three opportunities for an EMT class…it might seem like a dumb thing to do when this is where I want to go in life… but they were either not a good fit with my work, or the timing was bad. Like the one that was from June-August and was 4 days a week.  That’s right over the fair and as you know from our previous “Fair posts”…that is no time to do such things! :)

 

Via my EMS people :)  I was given information for a class that starts in August.  I took everything into consideration, distance, cost, timing, choice of instructor…prayed about it and found the familiar peace that I had been given in previous EMS decisions. Let me tell you…that “joy and peace”…I definitely have it!!!

I’m so excited, beyond excited to tell you that in August, I will be starting EMT classes!!!! I dropped off my application yesterday, met my instructor, and became familiar with the location (didn’t want to do that on my first night of class!)

 

…One chapter of life has came to an end…another one is being written…

 

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My favorite vehicles ever!!! :)

 

 

As I sit here sharing my story with you I want to laugh, cry and scream!

Laugh because as I reflect on how I use to be…it seems so ridiculous! Kill myself? Seriously?  Yes, seriously…one time while cleaning up my room I found a paper with this number on it: 1-800-273-Talk. “What’s this?” I thought, then “Oh man, I know what this is.” At one point I had written down the number for the suicide prevention lifeline. So I laugh because it’s hard to believe I use to be that way…but it was all very real!

Cry because God is so so so SO good! His faithfulness and love to me over that time is amazing, and still is! :) My parents, my family, my adopted 2nd mom and some mentors who helped me through that time, and still remain my friends after everything that I put them through! :) (and it was a lot!) I am who I am today because of them! So many people, the friend who was coming off shift, a dear friend of mine, my EMS family, my two main current instructors and many more…they all have helped me to get to this point in EMS and I am forever grateful! God is good and He is faithful!

Scream because I can hardly contain my excitement for the joy that is set before me!

 

I sing because I’m happy!!!

~Cassia

 

4H Fair Week: Day 6

 

4H Fair Week: Day 6

Today was the last day of the fair…the day of the 4H auction.  The picture above is of all of the kids lining up to sell their ‘chickens’…or rather their goodie baskets (since they couldn’t actually sell the chickens this year due to the avian flu quarantine).

 

The also sell ‘milk baskets’ for the goat project.  We used to sell goat wethers, but it is pretty hard for us to get a wether up to the weight minimum, and baskets, or buckets in our case, are more fun!

 

Noah with his bucket

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Charissa

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Bekah

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Anna

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The empty goat barn…all of the goats except the wethers went home last night.

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The sale order list…

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Standing in line in the swine barn while waiting to sell their ‘chickens’

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The auction barn

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Our friend, Asha from India, is visiting for the weekend!  So she got a full fair experience :)  We hung out in the goat barn while waiting until the girls were ready to sell.

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Cassia slept in the goat barn last night with a friend…and the two of them did not sleep much at all 😀  So Cassia was tired, even after having a cup of coffee!

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About ready to sell their chicken goodie bags :)

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Our milkshake count right now is 110!

The girls have to go to the fair to help take down and load up the llama gates, so the count may go up :)  The Leesburg Dairy Bar (the ice cream stand we get all of our milkshakes from) bought one of the girl’s goat buckets, so that more than made up for what we spent there 😉

 

We are so thankful for all of the people and businesses who come together to buy the animals and buckets and encourage these 4Hers!  Thank you Kosciusko!

 

And thank you to all of you wonderful blog readers for following our fair adventures!  It’s been fun writing them for you, and fun to read your comments both here and on Facebook :) :)

 

jessica

 

 

 

4H Fair Week: Day 5

4H Fair Week: Day 5

Day Five!!!  Today is the day every 4Her looks forward to…free rides!  The fair and midway is kind enough to let all 4Hers have an hour and a half of free rides, and oh how we love them!  This year we got THREE hours, because they advertised two different times, so they just made it three hours long instead :)

 

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They used to let 4H parents and committee members ride for free…then last year they didn’t let you.  Leah and I decided to see if they’d let us this year…and they DID 😀  Lol!

 

 

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While I was waiting in line with Noah and Isaiah for the Sizzler, we looked over and saw the whole llama club on the little kids roller coaster.  Okay, maybe not the whole club, but the ride was pretty much filled with club members, including one of the moms!  It was great!

The little roller coaster used to be my very favorite when I was younger.  Our grandpa used to take us to the fair one night in the week when he was alive, and when I’d tell him that I wanted to ride it he’d tease me, “That’s a baby ride!”.  I’d say, “No it isn’t Papaw!  I want to go on it!”

 

And this year I did it again, for the first time in a long time 😀  You can see Cassia in the front seat on this picture.  She convinced Leah, Mommy and I to go on it with her.  It was so funny, but I do like that ride a lot!

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Me, Isaiah, and our friend Sarah on the Sizzler.  Later in the afternoon I was wondering why my side was so sore, then I remembered that I had gotten smashed against a hard seat by two kids every time that thing spun around, lol!

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Later on, Mommy, Leah, Cassia and I went on the Ferris Wheel again :)

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Cassia and Mommy

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Leah and I

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We went over and visited the ‘Echoes of the Past’ part of the fair.  They have a real log cabin that they relocated to the fair, a blacksmith shop, tractors, homemade ice cream, a sawmill demonstration, and a lot of cool old fashioned things :)

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We saw this contraption which was called an “Improved Washing Machine” 😀

I think I like our “More Improved Washing Machine” better!

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Watching the sawmill demonstration

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A baler

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The log cabin.  I forget the year it was built…but the couple raised 5 children in it, then passed it on to one of their children, who raised 7 children in it :)  It was lived in until 1984 with no electricity, no running water, and no gas!

The man who was there to answer questions about it was teasing us and telling us quite a few ‘stories’.

There was a black and white video they were showing of footage taken years and years ago of things that were happening in Warsaw.  It was in black and white, and the man was teasing and saying that the video fit with the log cabin, because it was in black and white.

So I asked him, “If there’s no electricity, how could they play the video?”

“Well,” he said, “they had a system where squirrels would run on these wheels and that powered the video player.  You believe that, don’t you?”

I laughed and said, “Nope!”

 

Then he told us a story about his necklace which had different animal teeth on it,  how he hit a buffalo over the head, six of the buffalo’s teeth fell out, so he picked them up for his necklace, and the buffalo came after him and killed him.

“Do you believe that?” he asked.

“Oh yes” I said, then all of us laughed 😀

 

He told us another story about how he got the shark’s tooth on his necklace, and when he was done, Susannah asked, “Was that before or after the buffalo?”

“Oh, after the buffalo!”

 

A TRUE story that we found, was that a man from Warsaw was one of the men who helped raise the flag on Iwo Jima!  Somebody Sisk…I can’t remember his first name.

But how cool is that?!!

 

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The llamas had to go home today…which to me is one of the saddest days of the fair!  We so love hanging out with our ‘llama family’, playing games, and visiting together.  After the llamas go home, there usually isn’t very many people who stay around the tent on Friday, because we don’t sell llamas in the auction like the rest of the animals.

We all are looking forward to next year!

 

Walking the llamas to the trailer

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Loading up…

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We also saw a hot air balloon float over the fairgrounds…that was neat!

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A few more funny stories…

 

Funny story #1

Daddy, Mommy, Leah, Susannah and I were walking along, and Susannah spotted two teenaged boys who were cutting a hole through some black plastic so that they could watch the show going on.  The plastic is up so to block the general public’s view so that people can’t just watch the show for free.

She slowly walked over there, six feet tall and her hands on her hips, and asked them, “Are you supposed to be doing that?”

They looked at her sheepishly and said, “No.”

“Well, there’s a sheriff over there I can report this to.”

Then they slunk off.

The crazy thing is, we later found out that this particular show was free…and they could have just walked in and watched it instead of cutting through the plastic. 😀

 

Funny story #2

There is ‘The Hill’ which is a great big hill that all of the kids like to run on, the adults like to sit and rest, and over all is just a great place to rest on some nice green grass in the shade.  Anna went over there to read, then she fell asleep, and slept hard for about an hour.  We can see The Hill from the llama tent, and her friends later told her what happened.

The man who picks up the trash saw her laying on the grass and he kind of stopped, as if he was wondering if she was okay.  He’d then pick up more trash, then look over his shoulder as if he thought maybe he should wake her up, or see if she was still breathing.  I guess he did it a few times, wondering if she was alright. Our friends were laughing the whole time and were sure to tell Anna all about it when she finally did wake up and come back to the llama tent 😀

 

See you tomorrow!  Our Very Last Day of the Fair.

 

jessica

 

 

p.s. the milkshake count is somewhere in the 80’s :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

4H Fair Week: Day 3 and 4

4H Fair Week: Day 3 and 4

 Yesterday was our llama show!  One of our favorite (and busiest) days of the fair week!

 

Noah, waiting for his turn to show.  Isaiah can hardly wait to be in 4H next year…he’s lost without his brother :)

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Noah showing his llama during Showmanship

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Charissa completing an obstacle with her llama :)  There are five classes in the llama show: Showmanship, Obstacle, Public Relations (what a llama might encounter if brought to a nursing home or parade), Pack (like Obstacle, but with a ‘backpack’ on the llama), and Costume.

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Anna won Grand Champion over all in Showmanship!

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It seems that every year we have a ‘boys playing in the dirt’ picture 😀  I think they are ‘farming’ while waiting for the show.

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Something we all love about the llama club is how much like a family it is.  Everyone competes against each other, but everyone is also SO happy for one another when they ‘win big’ :)  Cassia got to be the person who handed out ribbons :)  Our friend, Carolyn (in the pink), said that Cassia was ‘the most beautifulest of ribbon hander-outers’, lol! 😀

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Carolyn’s mom, Ami, giving them all high fives…she’s a great encouragement to the kids!

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All of the kids in their costumes, waiting to receive their ribbons for a previous class.  They got dressed early, so that they could focus on dressing their llamas later :)  It was hilarious and so cute to see everyone dressed up.

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I love the costume class!

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Anna was the ‘Once-ler’ and her llama was a Tuffela tree (from the Lorax)

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Rebekah as Princess Leia and her llama as Darth Vader.

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Charissa as an EMT and her llama as a ‘hurt person’ :)

In previous practices, her llama actually wore the pants on his back legs…but he would have none of it on show day.  So she improvised :)

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Susannah also got to be a ribbon hander-outer :)

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I love these smiles!

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I wish Facebook would show me pictures (the internet is being bad)…because I’m pretty sure there’s a good one on there of when our friend, Maddy, won Versatility (which is determined by a point system on how well you did in all of the other classes). It’s the crowning moment of the whole show.  She was crying, her friends were hugging her, and us committee members were trying not to cry, too!  It was so, so sweet!

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I got to announce for the llama show…I was a bit nervous at first, but then it was fun 😀  And April told me what to say…so that helped a lot, lol!  Somewhere there’s a picture of April and me together…on Facebook 😛

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Susannah was the person to pet the llamas for Public Relations :)

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Yesterday was also ‘Dollar Day’ where you can ride any ride for a dollar.  That’s usually when we older girls ride a few (the 4Hers get a free hour and a half on Thursday).  Noah and Isaiah got to ride a few rides as well :)

 

The boys and I on the ‘Yoyo’.  This has always been on of my favorite rides 😀

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Susannah and I on the Ferris Wheel

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Cassia and Leah

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The view below

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Last night, Cassia and I got to sleep in the llama tent. A committee member stays with the llamas each night, just to make sure they’re okay.  It was the first time we’d ever done it, and it was so much fun!  Like camping…only with a bunch of llamas 😀

I was sooooo tired, and could have gone to sleep almost right away, but suddenly I felt a poke in my side.  I opened my eyes and Cassia was grinning at me.  “I can’t go to sleep, so the obvious thing to do is to aggravate you!”  And then she started chanting a silly ‘Makin’ bacon pancakes’ rhyme which she knows annoys me.

I told her, “Well…I know how to aggravate you, then,”  I said.  “My salsa beat your salsa!”

Lol!

Another time, I opened my eyes and saw that hers were closed, so I poked her 😀

 

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Today the girls went up for pictures for the newspaper today with their llamas.  I would post them here, but they’re on Facebook of course!  I’ll post these missing pictures tomorrow 😉

The rest of the day we ‘hung out’ at the llama tent, with a few trips back home.  It’s so much fun to just visit with our ‘llama family’ and play games :)

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The girls showed Kyle (one of our friends from the llama tent) how to milk a goat tonight :)

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Hanging out and eating ice cream :) (We’re up to 75 milkshakes now, I think!)

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Every year they set up a movie screen in the llama tent, show a movie, and make popcorn :)

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This year they showed ‘Big Hero 6′ 😀

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And again…I’m tired!

So goodnight!

 

jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4H Fair Week: Day 2

Today was a loooooonnnnnggggg day :)

Noah, Bekah, Anna, our friend Sarah, and Charissa…waiting for their class of goats to show.

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The boys and I went to see the rabbits.  We used to do the rabbit project a while ago. Our grandpa was really into showing rabbits, and it was a project we did with him.  He’s gone now, and seeing the rabbits made me miss him again :)   I stopped and looked a little longer at the Dutch rabbits and remembered Papaw wondering why on earth we picked such a hard breed to show 😀  It’s pretty hard to get them to have perfect markings :)

When Leah asked him for a Holland Lop he teased her and said, “No, no, no!  You wanted Duuutch!  You wanted Duuuuutch!”  Lol!  But he got her a couple of Holland Lops anyways 😉

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Leah and I waiting…

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Fixing supper by the goat milking stand :)  During fair week, nobody really cares too much if they get a little bit of dirt or dust on our plates :)

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4H Fair Week: Day 2

 

One of the things we do when we’re waiting for shows is walk through the Merchants Tent.  I’m sure we walk through there 50 times throughout the week!   When we were up there tonight, we got to meet Curt Nisly, our state representative :) :) :)  Of course we had to get our picture taken with him!   All of us who are old enough to vote voted for him, so it was neat to get to meet him in person :)

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Anna and Bekah taking selfies

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Getting ready for the llama show tomorrow…

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Usually we have cute little ducklings in this pen…but because of the avian flu, we have rubber duckies 😀

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They also have an alligator show at the fair…Daddy and I stopped and watched part of it :)  The guy is demonstrating how Indians used to hold an alligator’s head under their chin so that they could tie the mouth shut.

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Leah and Susannah

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Our favoritest ice cream stand 😀  As of tonight, we have eaten a total of 41 milkshakes!

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The goat barn

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Showing at last!  It seemed like forever before they got to show 😀

They were good about being patient, though.

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Mommy, announcing for the show.

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We had some extra excitement tonight…there was a tornado watch while the goat show was going on.  And it poured rain like crazy.  It sounded like it was hailing for a little bit, but maybe it was just big raindrops :)

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Bekah with Sophia

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Anna and Noah

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Anna won Grand Champion!

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Talking over by the tack pen

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And I am even MORE tired tonight than I was last night 😀

 

So good night!

 

I may not be able to do an update tomorrow night, but I’ll catch up on Wednesday if that is the case 😉  Tomorrow is the llama show!  Woohoo!

 

jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4H Fair Week: Day 1

 

I was trying to decide if I should count today as the first day, or tomorrow…I decided today, because it was the first day we were all there :)

 

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Today was our annual family reunion with the Smith-Taylor family…Mommy’s side of the family :)  I get to be in charge of putting together fun stuff for the kids, which is always enjoyable :)

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This little girl, Brooklyn, is adorable :)  When they showed up, she came running over to me, gave me a big hug,  and said, “I came BACK!  I love coming here!”  #meltmyheart

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Leah drew this on one of the tablets we have out for the kids to color on :)

4H Fair Week: Day 1

 

 

As soon as we got back from the reunion, it was time to leave for the fair.  The llama club has a carry-in dinner on Sunday night, so we went there first :)  Mommy was up at the goat barn, announcing for the specialty goat show (our goats will be shown tomorrow in the dairy category).

4H Fair Week: Day 1

 

 

After we ate, everyone (except Mommy, since she was still announcing) went up to see what they got on their projects.  We usually like to do this together…and the 4-Hers try to wait until Sunday night to find out if they got Grand Champion on any of their projects :)

4H Fair Week: Day 1

 

Isaiah entered a colored pencil drawing into open class (since he’s not old enough to be in 4H yet).  He won grand champion!  He is so happy, as you can tell 😀

4H Fair Week: Day 1

 

 

Cassia and I competed in salsa.  I hadn’t looked at it yet when Cassia came up to me and scowled and said, “Your salsa!”  Lol!  So I went and looked, and sure enough…I beat her! 😀  Hers is the top right jar, and mine is the bottom middle jar.  If you can’t tell…we kind of have fun competing against each other.

4H Fair Week: Day 1

 

All of the lovely cakes…see Bekah’s? :)

4H Fair Week: Day 1

 

I had my FIRST milkshake of the week! 😀

 

4H Fair Week: Day 1

 

 

Here’s the tally sheet that we have taped up in the tack box to keep track 😀  Before we left, I counted up 21 milkshakes.  That is just from being there yesterday and today 😀

4H Fair Week: Day 1

 

I shall try to remember what everyone got on their projects…I’ll update it later because I’m sure the girls will let me know which ones I missed!

 

Anna:

Grand champion: sewing (remember her dress? :) ), and on her gluten-free brownies and frozen casserole (Foods-Baked and Foods-Preserved)

Reserve grand champion: photography

 

Bekah:

Grand champion: rhubarb pie (Foods-Baked), sewing, and her photography

Reserve grand champion: canned chili (Foods-Preserved)

 

Charissa:

Grand champion: for her spaghetti sauce and her genealogy project

 

Noah:

Grand champion: frozen strawberries (Foods-Preserved), and the apron he sewed :)  (I’m so proud of a little brother who sews so well! Maybe he might not always do sewing, but I think it’s great that he’ll have the basic know-how to do it!)

Reserve grand champion: cake decorating

 

Here’s a short description of the ribbon placings.

 

First, the judge will decide if you get one of the following:

White-3rd place   Red-2nd place   Blue-1st place    Blue Honor-considered for Grand or Reserve Champion

Each project is divided into grade level divisions, so that each grade level competes against each other and a 3rd grader isn’t competing against a 10th grader.  If everyone in a grade-level does a good job on their project, they can all get a blue ribbon, or a blue-honor, but there is only one champion and reserve champion per division.

 

Grand Champion: 1st place over their grade level/division

Reserve Champion: 2nd place over their grade level/division

 

Make sense?!

 

I am soooooo tired!

 

So goodnight!

 

See you tomorrow 😀

 

jessica

 

 

 

P.S. How many milkshakes do you suppose we’ll eat this week?!

 

4H Judging Week: Day 6

 

Today was the animal check-in day…when we bring in the goats (and normally the chickens).  The llamas don’t come until tomorrow.

 

Unfortunately…we got NO pictures of any of that 😀  BUT we did release some little frogs that we’ve raised from tadpoles…and we got pictures of that :)  It’s been fun watching them, and it was pretty funny when their legs started growing, one of the girls squealed, “Oh!  They have LEGS!” 😀  They were so tiny!  And when the tadpoles were really little, you could see their little heart beating :)  We’ve killed a few :(  But Bekah got online and figured out what makes tadp0les happy…and what keeps them alive!  We had 81 of them in the fish tank at one time, until she read that if they don’t have enough room they’ll start eating each other (!).  So she quickly took some back out to the pond.

 

The tadpoles

4H Judging Week: Day 6

 

 

The little frog!

4H Judging Week: Day 6

 

 

Releasing them into the water…

4H Judging Week: Day 6

 

Before they released the frogs, they caught this on camera.  At first the frog jumps on top of the camera…and then he decides to get a closer look!

 

 

Today was also ‘Open Class’ entry day…where adults (and kids), can compete with different projects.  So last night Susannah and Isaiah made muffins to enter.  Unfortunately, they didn’t turn out pretty, so they didn’t enter them.  Fortunately for us, they still tasted good 😀

4H Judging Week: Day 6

 

 

 

Also today I got to help with a pancake breakfast fly-in at a local airport…I LOVE airplanes and being around people who fly them, so it was lots of fun 😀

 

4H Judging Week: Day 6

 

 

So today’s post really had nothing to do with the fair…even though some of us spent several hours there getting the goats checked in…but at least you got a few pictures!

 

Some of you may remember how much we love the milkshakes at the little milkshake stand down by the animal barns at the fair :)  Well, we started our milkshake count for the year…but I’m not sure what it is yet!  They started a tally sheet and it’s in the tack box at the fair, so I’ll let you know tomorrow or Monday what the running tally is 😉

 

jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

4H Judging Week: Day 5

Today was a bit busier…Anna, Bekah, and Charissa washed their llamas :)  A lovely, wet, and stinky job…but the llamas look so pretty now :)

 

Bekah and Annie

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

Each of the 4Hers each had a time slot to come and wash the llamas.  I brought the girls earlier so that they could practice putting their llamas’ costumes on, and work on brushing out their wool.

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

 

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

Jules and Anna are sharing their llama, Lola :)

4H Judging Week: Day 5

“Why are you doing this to me?”

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

It was pretty cute to see Sarah, a beginner, practice being the ‘judge’ for all of the other girls 😀  She did a good job :)

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

Jules and Anna working on a poster to hang over their llama’s pen.

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

Bekah holding the goats for Susannah, while Susannah puts their tags in their ears.

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

 

I ‘got’ to help do some touch up shaving on Cabela, Noah’s goat :)  He did a pretty good job getting most of it, but goats don’t like their heads or legs being shaved, so I helped a little there.

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

 

Cassia helping Noah with his chicken poster. And Bekah photobombing, of course!

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

 

The completed poster!  We can’t actually show our ducks/chickens this year because of the avian flu…they’re trying to prevent the spread of it, so we can’t have any ‘bird gatherings’, lol!  But if they complete a couple of projects, they still get to ‘sell’ their birds.  The buyers don’t usually get (or want) the birds anyway, so I’m guessing that the 4Hers will walk through the sale ring on Friday with a photo of their bird, or a stuffed animal duck, or something!

4H Judging Week: Day 4

Tomorrow is animal check-in, when all of the animals get brought to the fair…yay!

 

jessica

 

 

 

 

4H Judging Week: Day 4

These two first pictures are actually from yesterday…Anna getting her foods project judged.

4H Judging Week: 4

 

 

And Noah getting his farm toy scene judged :)

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

 

Today they worked on shaving goats…I didn’t get any pictures then, but I hope to get some tomorrow of that 😀

Tonight was the Fashion Review and Awards ceremonies.  Noah won Grand Champion in his division/grade (and was awful cute, I must say!).  He also won Reserve Grand Champion over the whole junior division (grades 3 to 6).  Sorry for the poor image quality…we didn’t bring our good camera and the lighting was hard to take pictures in! :)

 

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

 

Anna with her Pinterest-inspired dress :)  Our friend, Ami Pitt, told her that she had to do a twirl on the last spin she was supposed to do…so she did!

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

 

 

The whole senior division of Fashion Review :)

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

 

 

Afterwards, we stopped by Ritters to get some frozen custard…and it was yummy!

4H Judging Week: Day 4

 

 

Tomorrow we will be shaving goats, and washing llamas, getting them ready for check-in at the fair this weekend!

 

jessica

 

 

 

 

 

4H Judging Week: Day 3

Today is the last day of General Project judging…and we all breathe a little sigh of relief! 😀

Not because we don’t enjoy the judging…we LOVE it!  But we are so relieved to have the projects DONE and TURNED IN!

 

This morning, Bekah was weaving in her ends to her knitted baby blanket.  Last minute, of course!

4H Fair Judging Week: Day 3

 

Noah, working on some last minute record sheets.  And the messy table around him!

4H Fair Judging Week: Day 3

 

This picture should have went in yesterday’s post, because Charissa got her genealogy project judged then…but this is our ancestor, Thomas H. McGriff :)  At first I was thinking that this was the Thomas that was almost scalped by Indians as a boy (and escaped!)…but I think that was another ancestor of ours named Thomas 😀

Pretty handsome, isn’t he?  Well okay…stern looking 😉

I believe Charissa said her project was going to the State Fair!  Woohoo!

Thomas McGriff

 

Cake decorating is being judged tonight.  I don’t know the results yet, but I like what Noah did! 😀  It’s awful cute having a brother in 4H, doing the ‘guy projects’, as well as the ‘guy version’ of what we girls have done 😀   Isn’t his ‘CASE’ tractor pretty cute?

 

***UPDATE! Noah told me he got a blue-honor on his cake 😀

4H Fair Judging Week: Day 3

 

Poor Rebekah had TONS to do, and as a result, she was finishing her cake right up until it was time to walk out the door to leave for judging!  Our poor grandma would have had a cow!  Hehe!

 

***UPDATE!! Bekah also got a blue-honor 😀

4H Fair Judging Week: Day 3

 

We weren’t being much help!  I was trying to get a picture of her decorating it, and everyone photobombed the picture 😀

4H Fair Judging Week: Day 3

 

She finished it!  And it’s pretty cute :)

4H Fair Judging Week: Day 3

 

One of Noah’s photography pictures (he got a blue ribbon on his poster!)

4H Fair Judging Week: Day 3

 

Rebekah’s picture of Boden (the 2-year-old we babysit).

Doesn’t he just melt your heart?!

4H Fair Judging Week: Day 3

 

Anna’s photography picture.

4H Fair Judging Week: Day 3

 

And thus is the end of the Three Days of Judging 😀

Leah is still busily helping with all of the judging projects.

Cassia has helped a lot with the llama ‘committee’.  I think she is helping get the tent site ready tonight, so that there aren’t as many sand burrs to get stuck in the llamas wool.

I’ll see if we have anything exciting to post in these next few days…it’s kind of the ‘lull before the storm’ when the actual fair starts up on Sunday :)

 

jessica

 

 

 

P.S.  I almost forgot!  Noah’s Farm Toy scene :) He just came home and said that it got a blue ribbon :)  By the way…the ‘dirt’ in the field is coffee.  :)

4H Fair Judging Week: Day 3