The past two weeks have been a never-ending Mother's Day for me! I received a phone call near the end of April that I had won the Southwest Regional Farm Mom of the Year and was a finalist for the National Farm Mom of the Year! Wow! What a surprise and honor!
I knew that my aunt Mary Ferguson, who is more like a friend than an aunt, had nominated me. Mary and I are fairly close in age and while she was in college at K-state I was finishing high school, and she spent a lot of time with my family. My mom is her big sister and Mary was like a idol to me! She has done so many awesome things in her life, that to have her honor me with a nomination meant a great deal. Mary and her husband Mike Colvin are Angus cattle ranchers in western Kansas. Their ranch is Wolf Creek Angus. She said she had written an essay--had to be less than 300 words--and sent it in. I felt very special just being thought of in that way by her. Thank you so much, Mary!
When I received the phone call, he said that I had received two nominations! I couldn't imagine who else would nominate me, so I thought he was wrong. I asked who the other was, and he replied that my five kids had sent in an essay to nominate me. That choked me up! What an honor that my children would want to nominate me for Farm Mom of the Year--especially this time of year when we are working hard to get cattle bred, fences fixed, cows to grass and we are all often out until 9:30 pm working. We have been coming in to gulp down supper and get a hot shower then fall into bed exhausted by 10:30 pm most nights! As I thought about it, I realized that meant that they had to write an essay without my help, too! I am an English major and I enjoy editing their writing. Recently, they don't have much editing needed, and obviously, I can quit doing it now that they have more than proven their competence.