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4h and coffee shops

The kids had multi judging with 4H today and when we got there they kicked the parents out. We did the only reasonable thing and spent the next few hours visiting in the local coffee shop.

I forgot how much I like the town of Olds.

I needed the soul nourishment of the visit.

I remembered how grateful I am for our club and my tribe.

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Speeches and sushi

The kids had the next level of competition at 4h communications day. They both did really well, but neither moved on. My cousins kids both moved up to the next level and we are looking forward to cheering them on.

It was a good lesson in losing graciously and I really feel like all the kids did a great job. Just getting up in front of all those people and talking is an accomplishment.

Then the club took us out for sushi and we ate and laughed and shared stories. That is just as important as the competition – the bonding and relationship building.

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Curling fun

It was a curling day with our 4h club today. My kids have only curled one other time and it was at the same event last year. They’re total novices, but they love it. And it was fun since the other teams weren’t really experienced either.

Competition is fun, but sometimes just going out and having a good time is even better (with some made up competition included)

Everyone was full of smiles as we left the rink

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Communication Day 2019

It was speech day at our 4H club today. Both kids were nervous and complaining about how they didn’t want to do it all week – but both got up and gave fantastic speeches. They are quite gifted public speakers it seems, and both have moved up to the next level to compete.

The boy, who likes it more than the girl, could actually have a career as a speaker. I was told by a leader today that he reminded them of my dad – charismatic, able to explain his point clearly, and well composed. That’s high praise – my dad was a really skilled speaker and really enjoyed drawing people in. Winning aside, that was huge praise for the boy.

4H has been a huge blessing for our family.

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4H weigh day

It was weigh day at our 4H club this morning. I love our club – it’s small but the families are awesome and I’m grateful to be part of it

We finished off the day seeing the Grinch movie. I love the story – love can conquer all. It really is the most important thing in the world. We choose either fear or love every second of every day.

Fear still gets in there a lot, but love is winning. I can feel it.

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Awards banquet

Tonight was the awards banquet for the kids’ 4H club. Our club is small enough that each kid gets at least one award, which is awesome considering how much work everyone does over the year.

I was feeling very blessed as we were there tonight. For a few minutes I was overwhelmed with sadness as I looked around at the grandparents and relatives from other members who were there to celebrate. But then I realized that since we are related to half the club, my kids also had family there! I’ve been really missing my parents lately and I think this is how it came out

However, the evening was a huge success and much fun was had by all.

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