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For Granted

By Kathleen Schubert As I grow in my professional career and see high school kids doing the things I miss so much, like showing, it gets me thinking. When I was in their shoes I never thought twice about how many miles we were putting on the truck, or the cost of diesel to get us to a show four hours down the road. All I knew was that my parents were going to make sure we got there and that we had everything we needed to make sure we put our best feet (or I guess in this case, …

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Better With Age

By Katie Thacker I’m sitting here trying to plan a birthday party for my second child. His party is next week and I’m thinking I better get my act together. So far I sent out invitations. My first son’s birthday party was a giant Pintrest over-the-top first birthday party celebration. There was a photo booth with handmade props, a time capsule, a video of his first year, cake toppers with his face on them … the works. Just thinking about it makes me tired. My beloved second child will be lucky if I remember to pick up the cake. Life has …

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We Have Lost Connection

By Katie Thacker As a work-from-home mom, I face many challenges (like all those before me, after me, and presently) – work life and home life so tightly intertwined can be both a blessing and a bit tricky. I work late-night but spend mornings listening to my boys laugh over cartoons and Cheerios. When one falls sick I cuddle him on the couch while explaining to a co-worker why I need to push back a deadline. When an unexpected work call needs attention, I apologize ahead of time for the giggles, squeals, and screams they might hear (and I put …

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ShowBloom Is Family

By Alex Ailshie I was at a fair the other day talking to a family who uses ShowBloom and it got my wheels turning about ShowBloom, the F.L. Emmert Company, and family. The F.L. Emmert Company is family owned and operated and has been since 1881. They have been in the yeast business a long time! A lot has changed since way back when, but the family has carried the torch and continued in the proud tradition of their parents and grandparents and so on. It kind of reminded me of the show industry. A lot has changed in the …

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Vacation Hotspot

By Katie Thacker What comes to mind as a vacation hot spot? Is it Maysville, Kentucky? Have you even heard of this place? You probably haven’t, but let me tell you if you’re six and under (or my father), you beg to come here. Since we moved to Maysville you wouldn’t believe the excitement that comes from my nieces, nephews, and friends’ kids when they get to come to the farm. It’s funny how you see life in a new way when you see through the eyes of a child. The countless times they stand at the fence to watch …

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All That’s Meant For Me

By Elizabeth Barber Across the conference room sat two self-assured businessmen – one twice my age with a decades-old career; the other just a generation or so ahead. They were visiting my family’s 133-year-old business to talk about the ins and outs of multigenerational family companies and we’d stumbled upon the ever-controversial topic of career vs. stay-at-home mom. Just a few weeks pregnant with our third child, I told them I planned to continue working part time and wondered how the decision might affect my decade-long career: Could I still add value to the family business while caring for my husband …

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Where Would We Be Without Agriculture?

By Kathleen Schubert As Toby Keith sings: I wanna talk about me, Wanna talk about I Wanna talk about number one oh my me my. What I think What I like What I know What I want what I see. I like talkin’ about you, usually, But occasionally I wanna talk about me! Ok, so maybe I’m not Toby Keith, but I do wanna talk about me! Hi, I’m Kathleen. I grew up on a small cattle ranch in South Texas. You’ve probably never heard of Riviera, but that’s the place I call home. It’s where I grew up and where …

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Nowhere I’d Rather Be

By Elizabeth Barber There I sat, head down, eyes fixed on my desktop. Certain my embarrassment was as obvious as could be, I avoided passing glances as if caught cheating on an exam. My friend Lauren sat a few inches taller and smiled widely at her mom a few feet away. It was career day in our 1st grade classroom and today my dad would reveal my secret shame: My dad’s job was to make livestock feed. While Lauren’s mom stood poised and pretty in her Izzy’s restaurant apron, wowing her young audience with stories of serving meals and greeting customers, my dad …

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Opposite Of The Animal Whisperer

By Katie Thacker If you haven’t read my bio, let me tell you quickly – I live on a farm and I have no idea what I’m doing. My dad has always worked in the ag business, but we always lived in the suburbs. Somehow I married a man who dreamed of being a farmer. Living, breathing, and daydreaming about a farm. One of my friends’ favorite stories she makes me retell over wine is my first farming experience. My father and husband David decided it was time to get our feet wet in the cattle business. We lived on …

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