Merry Christmas From Our Family To Yours!

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 🙂


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10 responses to “Merry Christmas From Our Family To Yours!

  1. Wendell Davis

    Merry Christmas Anne. Please keep up the good work, although I know you are a target for the animal radicals. Agriculture needs more voices like you. I have attached our Christmas card. I hope it reaches you. Wendell Davis, D.V.M.

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  2. Russell Cross

    Same to you and your family Anne. Would love to have you pay us another visit. Russell

    • We will definitely do that Dr. Cross. Meg and I are still having fun talking about our visit this fall. Thank you for having us!

      Merry Christmas!

  3. Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year to you and the whole family. I have loved getting to know you and the family over the pay few years and look forward to many more years of our blogging friendship. Who knows maybe 2016 hubby and I will finally get back to NE to visit my grandma and see y’all too. Have a joyous Christmas. 🙂

  4. Bill

    Whew. Thank goodness. I thought Awesome might be a Backstroker. Instead, she is more mid-distance bound with a record in the 200y Freestyle. What is her time?

    What is Karyn doing in the pool? I don’t know about you, but Racers with long legs are always terrifying. The longer stride is great from Cross Country for sure. If she knows how to kick in water, it translates into more range of motion and thrust. Either way, they are a tough to beat when those legs are used right.

    My girl can’t figure out ‘Big Arms,” and I’m lucky the boy hasn’t drowned.

    Merry Christmas, Anne. I hope you, Matt and the girls have a great 2016!

    • You’ll have to bring them to Cozad so that I can teach them how to swim, Bill 😉.

      Yes, Karyn has an awesome kick. She prefers freestyle and breaststroke. She was undefeated this summer in the pool.

      Hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas!

  5. royaleemn

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Anne! Thank you for all you do for the beef and agricultural community. Keep up the great work!

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