Well, Fall is here. The temperature dropped to a comfortable cool yesterday, and the animals are all getting frisky.
Our county fair is just around the corner, and we are smack dab in the middle of BUSY.
I don’t think I ever got a full post put together of all of our summer stuff, but life goes on. It was an amazing summer for Morgan as she won 3rd overall at the state 4-H competition in horse judging and 2nd individual and 3rd overall in horse educational presentation. She got to take her horse to a natural horsemanship trainer and spend a whole week there with her best friend Abi doing an internship where they worked on the ranch to pay for their training sessions. She then went to Texas A&M at College station for the second year for horse judging camp, but this time got to take her sister Taylor and friend Kaitlyn. They had a ball and learned a lot. Moving on in accomplishments, Morgan and Taylor both won 1st with their record books at county and district levels. Since only seniors advance, Morgan went on to state to win 12th. She even received a “surprise” check in the mail for $100 for her state record book win!
Just as our school year got started off and we are preparing our animals and other projects for fair, the 4-H County Food-Show and Food Challenge came along. For Food show, Morgan, Taylor and Levi all worked hard to learn their health and nutrition facts and all three won first in their categories. This is the first year Morgan and Taylor participated in the Food Challenge which is a team event. Both girls’ teams will be advancing to District Food Show and Challenge in Laredo in December!!
Here’s Taylor (right) and her best bud Kaitlyn:
Group picture of JWC 4-H Food Show and Challenge kiddos: Levi is the short kid in the front 3rd from left, Morgan is just to the left (behind) Taylor back right of picture. This is a super-great bunch of kids!!
Our Horse Judging season also started with a bang last Saturday. We arose at 2 am, out the door by 3am for a 4.5 hour trip to arrive in Conroe, TX by 7:30. The girls were so excited and looked amazingly-awesome in their blazers! We had two seniors and two intermediates, and since this was a county competition they were matched up with individuals from other counties to make complete teams. This was a real blessing as the girls were able to exhibit some major leadership skills in helping two younger first-timers in the competition, as well as helping the newbies win their very first ribbons! This is amazing as most horse judging events don’t afford the opportunity to win very often. Our first several competitions were major stock shows where the ribbons were waaayyy out of reach. Well, except the second year at San Antonio when Morgan came up in SECOND place in intermediate competition and we all liked to fell out of our chairs. 😉
Needless to say the girls brought home some major ribbonage this weekend!!
Morgan, Brooke, Kaitlyn and Taylor with their ribbon-chains!
Horse Judging has been an incredible learning and educational opportunity. It’s a great leadership opportunity, as well as a perfect way for kids to learn focus, concentration, decision making and communication doing something they love. It’s invaluable to their futures and I’m so very thankful that God put this in our paths. They’ve made some amazing friends, and made some priceless lifelong memories.
On top of all this, Morgan was asked to be a part of the new Youth Praise and Worship Team at church. They have been practicing a few hours a couple of days a week to get ready to lead 1st through 5th grade worship on Sunday mornings as well as play for the Youth Crew Sunday nights. This past Sunday was their first Sunday to play and they did great. I just love seeing their amazing creativity and talent! The Youth Crew is an absolutely amazing group of kids! We are so blessed to be able to be a part of Cross Trail Cowboy Church and their ministries.
The girls have both been hard at work with their school work this year. I just love seeing their motivation and perseverance.
Our October calender is packed full as fair prep and then fair is this month. They are both working hard preparing their goats and horses and Taylor her rabbits for show. Glory to God in all we do!!
Happy, Busy, and Following His Lead,