The 19th annual Burkholder Christmas card and letter goes electronic…
Tales from the home of four females and one very brave male…
2015 saw many great milestones for the Burkholder clan. Matt and I continue to get *younger* every year, but the girls refuse to fall in line with this philosophy.
Ashley Grace attained the great age of 16 this December, a couple of months after leading her Lady Haymaker Cross Country team to a Nebraska State Runner Up Title. Her love of running and dedication to training provide a powerful combination. In her *spare* time, she sings in the Haymaker Chamber Choir, competes in speech, is an officer in FBLA, serves on the Student Council, and regales us all with her sarcastic awesomeness. She will attend her 2nd Duke TIP study course next summer likely on the campus of Duke University, and has high aspirations for her future college career.
Megan is my right hand cowgirl at the feed yard. Possessing an impressive understanding of cattle, she is well on her way to being a cow whisperer. She made her Pole Vaulting debut last spring clearing 8’0” and bringing home a 9th place finish at the Nebraska Junior High State track meet. She spent the summer garnering gold medals in the swimming pool and set a record in the 200 freestyle. The fall brought volleyball and basketball as well as the completion of her first barn quilt. Her sunny nature and perpetual smile lights up our house and brings joy to all that know her.
Karyn continues to rock any and all athletic venues. Her long legs make her a natural runner and her nick name in the swimming pool is barracuda. She added volleyball and basketball to her schedule last year while also continuing her love of soccer in the fall and the spring. She is incredibly proud to report that she now stands at 5’5” clearly leaving her Mama behind. Kar-Bear’s stubborn nature enables her to continually yank her older sisters’ chains. It provides for many entertaining (and a few exasperating) events on the home front.
Matt and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary this coming June. I guess with children aged 16, 14, and 11 that should not be surprising but we both feel entirely too young to hit the big 20! We continue to farm in the Platte River Valley in addition to chasing after our three greatest blessings.
We wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas!
Regular ramblings from the Feed Yard Foodie will continue after the first of the year 🙂