Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Giving Thanks

I've just returned from a much needed weekend back home at the farm. In a shocking turn of events, there was no cattle work to be done. This was entirely the fault of the rain that muddied up our corrals, thus preventing us from giving our females vaccinations as was planned. I did, however, pay a couple visits to my lovely bovines and I am happy to report they're as content as ever. Chewing their cud and what-not.

Look! Cows!
It's Canadian Thanksgiving, so in the true spirit of the holiday, I thought I'd share a few things with y'all that this city-dwelling, education-getting, country girl is thanking her lucky stars for.

1. My family. It's not very often anymore that we get all three girls and my parents together in the same place. I'm grateful for the laughs my sisters and I have quoting silly YouTube videos and being able to sit down and brag to my parents about what I've been up to. My grandparents and their excitement over our latest adventures, as well as hilarious comments, always make the holidays special.

Rosie, Byron, Roberta, Carolyn, Jocelyn
Picture by the very talented (and coolest photographer I know), Grant Rolston 
2. My involvement in 4-H. I attended the Southern Alberta 4-H Regional Celebration on Friday night with my sister Jocelyn and my parents to be recognized for a scholarship. My ten year career as a 4-H member allowed me to build communication and leadership skills, and motivated me to pursue a career in agriculture. I am thankful for my years as a member and the fact that the program keeps giving back to me in the form of scholarships and opportunities as an alumni.

3. The farm. Living in a city full-time has truly made me grateful for my upbringing in agriculture. I enjoy the city and university life a lot, but nothing quite compares to the fresh air and open space back at home.

Happy place.

4. My education. I'm grateful to be pursuing an education in the field that I grew up in. I know this is what I was born to do, and I'm extremely grateful to be able to do it. I'll try and remember than next time I'm writing a history paper at 2 am and cursing my university (ahem..last night).

And just since four is a weird number for a list, I'm going to cap it off there. What are you thankful for?


  1. Great post, Rosie! I, too, am always in shock when there's no cattle work to be done during a weekend at home. :) I'm thankful for friendships with great people such as yourself who are passionate about agriculture. Keep up the good work, girl!

  2. Love the post! Do you have an instagram?! I need to be following you!


  3. Thanks gals! Rachel, Im also very thankful to have great friends in the ag industry like you! Maybe that should have been number 5 :)

    Yes Hannah! I'm @rosietempleton. I think I follow you.