The Friendsgiving

Thanksgiving has now come and gone and with that being said I have much to be thankful for this year, friends providing me with good company and laughs, family bringing warmly cooked meals and constant scholarship application help, and an FFA officer team excited to participate in a Friendsgiving dinner. On Sunday December 1st the officers gathered together each bringing a home cooked meal and lots of cheer to the table. Now I’m not going to lie, my dad made the Mac and cheese and Walmart generously supplied the rolls but my genuine heart was still present in the kitchen! While at dinner we filled our little bellies and spent lots of time playing card games and talking about things we are thankful for from our time in FFA. That question is so simple for me yet so challenging. I have so many memories and warm thoughts when reflecting on this organization, it is so hard to pick just one moment. All I can say is thank you to the countless shows for teaching me to work harder, contests, camps and conventions for teaching me to be patient and humble, and to the people involved in every step in between who have made me who I am today. As Vice President Kaitlan and I attended our last Skiatook FFA Thanksgiving we have nothing left to say but Happy Holidays!

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-Agvocate in Action, KC

FCLC

The annual Future Collegiate Leadership Conference or FCLC was held at Oklahoma State by CASNR on November 9th & 10th. For all students in attendance, including myself, had the chance to tour the campus including all agricultural facilities though the most laughs and memories made in FAPC where we made chocolate dip n dots. The food and agricultural processing center is not known for their dip n dots but they were a delightful treat compared to the frozen carcasses of cattle sheep and swine hanging in the cool rooms. While at FCLC we also had the chance to engage in small groups led by CASNR Ambassadors, set goals for our future college experience, and participate in workshop rotations discussing all things Oklahoma State. This previous weekend I was so blessed to meet people from around the U.S. and hopefully have the chance to maintain those connections throughout the coming years as an OSU cowboy, Go pokes & Go FCLC!

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-Agvocate in Action, KC

 

The Calves

As senior year is almost halfway done my feet have never stopped running, whether it’s from stall to stall at a show, life as a student athlete on the volleyball court, chasing the calf that got out because I left the gate open or running after The Lord, I have yet to take a break. With that being said I am not the only thing running at C3, tractors are running to put out hay as temperatures drop, trucks are running and hooked up to trailers as cows are being moved from pasture to pasture and new born babies are hitting the ground running faster than I have time to count. This time of year is always such a beautiful season at the family farm, not only because the leaves are changing but because calves of all breeds are taking their first steps. We are so excited to welcome these babies to C3 and encourage you to stay tuned as photos come out from our previous show calves and experienced cows of these newborn calves.

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-Agvocate in Action, KC

The Change

This week has been one unlike any other. Oklahoma weather has seemed to be chilling in the low 90’s for what feels like months on end, but within the last seven days Pendleton jackets came out, the cows needed hay and truck heaters cranked on full blast. As a senior in high school my schedule seems to be more relaxed as I don’t start class until the afternoon, this gave me the chance to wake up and sit at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in hand (primarily creamer of course), staring out the window that faces a pen of cows close to giving birth and a tree that somehow occupies no birds. Sitting here on this 40 degree morning with Christmas music in the background, I spent time reflecting on change. The weather change that will bless our family with much needed time tending to the herd or tending to each other as fire place conversations are just around the corner, the change in holidays as Halloween and Thanksgiving will fly on by bringing the ultimate celebration of Christ and the change in heart as I am learning to accept the seasons. As people of this world we fear change, we find ways to stay in the now and hold tight to what we have within our grasp; but as followers and friends of religion we are taught that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, he will be with us through every joyous moment or time of great trial. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” As advocates of agriculture we must embrace the seasons and take every opportunity to glorify our God and our organization. Whether the barn needs repairs or plants need picked before the next cold front I hope you’re holding tight to the promises of The Lord and finding peace in his name. DSC_0346

– Agvocate in Action, KC

The Jacket

After being absent from school for 11 days I had a lot to catch up on, homework, jokes, memories, but most shockingly the yearly pass out of new Skiatook FFA Jackets. As I walked into the ag building the last thing I expected was my last Skiatook Jacket to be waiting for me in the office. The weather is chilly and that made this moment feel like Christmas Day! With each year that passes I somehow need a new jacket, whether I am growing up or out a few inches, adding an office or a year, changing sleeve length or the jacket is just simply worn and color faded, each jacket has held me so tight. They keep me hot in the summer and cold in the winter, they soak up the memories from every camp, conference and convention. They wipe up slobber from that stubborn calf in the show ring and overflow with notes and pens inside each pocket. This senior jacket will watch me grow and complete my year of lasts, I can not wait to break in my final Skiatook FFA Corduroy Jacket.

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-Agvocate in Action, KC

The Fair

The hustle and bustle of the Tulsa State Fair is slowly approaching its end as there are only two days left but don’t let that fool you, I’m still moving as fast as the horses I’m picturing. With each day that has passed I am learning different techniques when it comes to shooting anything from cattle, sheep, hogs and goats to the fun angles of equestrian or broilers. Though all species differ the one thing that remains the same is the fun environment of each barn and the people that fill them. All work and no play doesn’t apply when it comes to being at the fair, the dairy bar has the best milkshakes around, just don’t tell my boss! With the conclusion of the show on its way, C3 will be getting ready for the American Royal and the quickly approaching cold season. I can’t wait to be back with my family after 11 days away as a result of the fair and I can’t wait to be back on the farm. img_6485

-Agvocate in Action, KC

Crazy

Summer has come and gone, leaves are close to falling but the calendar for C3 still remains full! Within the last couple of months I have traveled the U.S. coast to coast and visited a third world country on a mission trip. I have also attend multiple cattle shows as the Oklahoma State Hereford Queen, managed volleyball season, college classes and more! Though schedules may conflict my time spent in the cattle barn are not taken for granted. I am currently working as a Tulsa State Fair Communications Intern where my daily tasks range from taking photos ringside and around the barn or managing social media pages for all Livestock Exhibition Records or 4-F/FFA projects. Though my days here at the fair are busy, C3 still had time to bring three Hereford heifers and one Maintainer heifer to the open show which ended with a first place ribbon and lots of laughs from the fitting crews, friends and family. We know your schedule remains full too but stay tuned for more exciting news, photos and memories from C3 Cattle Co.

-Agvocate in Action, KC

The Adventures

Hello agvocates, kc here! Guess where I have been, if you said at home you’re wrong! Since we last talked I have visited San Diego to live it up on the beach enjoyed a few hours at home then traveled to Washington, d.c. for the Washington Leadership Conference. The weather may have been a bit warm up in D.C. but myself and 400 other FFA Members were more on fire for the leadership curriculum we were taking on! While in the area we toured Mount Vernon, the major monuments such as Lincoln’s Memorial and Vietnam Memorial, and visited the holocaust museum. Though it sounds like I was jam packed I still had the opportunity to meet up with Bart Fischer representing the state of Oklahoma at the U.S. capitol to receive a private tour along side a few close friends of the agricultural committee rooms and fun areas of the capital. It has been a whirlwind of a summer but the winds are continuing to blow me from place to place and I couldn’t be happier carrying Jesus’ love with me and a strong passion for agriculture everywhere I go!

– Agvoacte in Action, KC.

The Summer

Hello Agvocates, showman, friends, and family. What a busy season of life I have been in. Within the last month I’ve spent a week in León Nicaragua on a mission trip, traveled over 800 miles with 50 friends for the once in a lifetime camp “Youth Leadership Oklahoma”, Showed a yearling hereford heifer at the Red Dirt Rendezvous show in Stillwater, spent a week in San Diego growing closer to my family, but coolest of all, had the opportunity to be crowned the Oklahoma Hereford Queen! As queen my duties range from ring help, chatting with members of the state and national association, and helping girls grow in their faith and love for agriculture! I am so excited to serve at the 2019-2020 Oklahoma Hereford Queen

– Agvocate in Action, KC

The Water

Welcome to Oklahoma ladies and gentleman, flash flooding, tornadoes, and the cancellation of school all mean one thing, The Lord is making sure there is no drought left in the great state of Oklahoma! C3 has been crazy busy lately with the finalization of school, Parker came home from college, the great flood of 2019, and the conclusion of calving season. Now that summer is here and starting to hit full swing we are so grateful that Parker is here to help around the farm as I start my summer travels! He came back just in time to pull a couple calves, move bulls from pasture to pasture, take multiple steers to the butcher, but most importantly hug his little sis! When the rain started coming, life off of the ranch was put on pause as cattle had to be moved to higher ground and we were busy getting every vehicle got stuck. Luckily I didn’t have to worry about filling water troughs and the cows got a much needed shower! Though the water came right after pastures had been sprayed for weeds we couldn’t be happier to finally be drying out and watch the green grass grow! The flood brought much needed rain but it also took the life of livestock submerged in mud, The Lord giveth and The Lord taketh away, but he always provides!

– Agvocate in Action, KC