See you at the fair! About 55 kids and 30 families from 4-H and FFA in Hamilton County have worked hard most of the year to get ready for one week of exhibitions and competitions. And with that comes a parade, street dance, demo derby, Ranch rodeo and much more for the community to engage in!
By next Sunday it will all be over - the fun, the work, the ribbons and the tears.
So what will we have walked away with? When we look back did our child see our support? Were we kind to others? Did we do our best? Could we have done better? Did our family come together? Grow stronger?
What are the life lessons we learned? For me I grew a lot this year in knowledge of sheep. The cost of that is now I see how much more we could have done. It feels like I am going backwards. But maybe that is the learning process.
The pastor last Sunday shared how when you compare yourself to others you end up feeling envious or superior. At least that is what I remember. Sunday feels like it was a month ago.
I look around and see families with animals that seem to always have it together. And I feel like we will never get to be as good as them.
But that isn’t my job to be as good as them. My job is to learn and teach my child as I learn. And I am grateful for better competition out there because it motivates us.
I saw a social media post about a sheep family wanting to make sure they had everything they needed. It was a new barn with air conditioning, fans, concrete floors, treadmills, walkers, and more.
My first thought was I guess we give up because we are never going to be those people. We don’t have that kind of money or time.
In truth the only thing wrong was my focus. My job isn’t to be that family. Our job is to be better than we were and to stand together as a family in love if we fall flat on our bottoms. And to learn.
If I watch a marathon runner and never ran a mile, I could think what’s the point. The point is progress not perfection. Keep moving forward.
See you at the fair!
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