2014 started out on our farm like it did for most of you, COLD. But on a farm, that means more chores and more checking on our stock. But it was also time to give our new puppies vaccinations. So, in the middle of five degree weather with zero wind chill, my middle daughter and husband had to vaccinate our new puppies, and get them ready for the cold. Then it was off to the state 4-H show for hogs.
I’ll put the pictures from the show on here when I am not in the middle of four back to back work shifts ( and I have some cute pictures of my eight year old drawing up meds for the puppies too) but what I really wanted right now is to use my blog for something more than my personal place to let of steam.
The Tennessee state 4-H program is having a photo contest and Ella is in the running for this, so if you have a moment to go to their Facebook page and like her photo “Stepping out”, she has a chance for another ribbon. She got third this year in skill-a-Thon, won the photo contest at the state, got fifth and ninth for her hogs, but she ask if there was anyway that I could help get her more “likes” for her picture online. So I thought that I would be a good mom and try this.
That is her photo so you know what you are looking for. Thanks in advance for any and all help. As a 4-H kid they work really hard with this project and ask for very little in return.
Thanks from a grateful 4-H,farm Mom
By the way, before anyone gets concerned or worried – the kids don’t hurt the hogs with those little driving sticks. They tap the animal on the head and ears and upper back – never on a meat cut, to move the animal where they want it to go, because as you can see that is my ten year old in the arena with her 250+ pound animal and several others. As a Mom, I often worry more about the kids, but they all love it. Clay county 4-H took 24 kids to compete with their siblings and parents.
Thanks are not enough words for all the help and support from Mr. Randle Kimes for his preparation of our kids, but also the help of his entire family, from his wife, his daughters, and his son – who was also competing – but who exemplified sportsmanship – made sure to help others. Actually all of the Clay county kids exemplify sportsmanship and helpfulness to each other.
But I digress, go and like the photo.