My favorite teenager made the transition last week from Cross Country to Basketball. As always, she lamented the end of the XC season as running is her first love. However, she is excited for basketball and looking forward playing a little bit of hoops
Ashley Grace shares many things in common with me, but struggling through transitions ranks near the top. We are both creatures of habit and changes to our life schedules are challenging to deal with. I am proud of the way that she is maturing and learning to deal with transitions as that is an important life skill.
As I wrote about earlier in the fall, we just built a new shop/steel building behind our house. Knowing our girls’ love of sports and their need for some “active decomposing” time in their lives, we built the new shop with a high enough roof pitch to be able to make a partial basketball court in the building.
My favorite engineer turned farmer teamed up with my favorite teenager over the weekend to paint the court. I love to watch Matt work with the girls. The engineer in him mandates a level of precision while doing tasks, yet he is also extremely patient with the girls as they work together.
I doubt that my girls really understand how truly lucky they are to have such a wonderful dad, but I thank God every day for all that Matt brings to our lives. While there is certainly more to life than straight lines on a basketball court, it doesn’t get much better than completing a project that will bring joy and memories for years to come.
Today I head to Dakota City to attend my second Tyson Fresh Meats Animal Wellbeing committee meeting. Although I will miss both my family and the farm, I know that I leave them in capable and loving hands.
It is always interesting to arrive back home after a couple of days on the road—I know that I can count on my favorite teenager to tell the entertaining tales of life with my favorite farmer steering the helm…