Marty and Crystal at the Speaker’s Ball along with fellow Harvest Watch Bloggers Zac and Amy Harris.
As busy as this month has presented itself to be, it’s only customary to throw in a couple sick kids to make sure a mother doesn’t get caught up on lesson plans, laundry, or the blog! The flu is on its yearly rampage through our county and has been for at least 2 months. We’ve been fortunate to elude it somehow, until this week. Morgan had a 104 temperature, which it is just awful to see a child so sick. Thankfully within 24 hours his temperature was down and we got through it. Pretty sure when the kids are sick we gain an extra grey hair or ten, but also gain extra appreciation for what we have this day in age to help the little ones get through illnesses.
Morgan getting sick came just before the Speakers Ball, an event we were graciously invited to attend. Marty and I pretty much considered it a late “prom”, but for a greater cause.
This event is a fundraiser hosted by the Oklahoma Speaker of the House to commemorate the start of the legislative session. This year’s proceeds were to benefit and honor an organization called Project Woman. Project Woman dedicates time to raising awareness and funding for women of all ages who are diagnosed with breast cancer and may need support. Speaker T.W. Shannon’s wife, Devon, spoke of her diagnosis (she’s my age ya’ll), and the unfaltering support her husband and family gave her, a beautiful young mother of 3, a young wife of a busy Speaker of the House. It makes you want to find a way to contribute.
Crystal and Marty at the speakers ball.
I would want nothing more than for someone to buy the dress I wore to allow us to donate to the funds…even if it’s a drop in the hat, it’s something little ole me can contribute. I don’t have the lifestyle to wear this dress again and would love for someone to enjoy wearing it to a prom or formal event knowing they helped contribute to a good cause. If anyone is reading this and takes interest, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . The money is to be donated to Project Woman, helping someone like you or me, like any of our loved ones, facing a hard time not only mentally and physically, but financially. Please and thank you.
Farmer and Daughter Dance
Daughter Ava ready for the Farmer and Daughter Dance.
It just worked out that Marty’s tux would get another go at sprucing up the farm boy on another night for the father-daughter dance held at the grand Marland Mansion. Ava absolutely loves this event. Not so much for the “dressing up” part, more for the dancing with dad and other friends with cookie breaks in between. The parents usually go out to eat afterwards, but this year it was nice to spend Morgan and Mommy time at home, especially after a week of him being sick and us gone for a couple days. These days are oh so messy and hectic, but precious and beautiful no less.
Dustin and Virgil, our hired hands, have been keeping things together while we’ve been kicking off the New Year, Farm Bureau style. Though in between all of the Farm Bureau conferences, meetings, and events, Marty is right back in the thick of spraying, scouting fields, feeding cattle, and attending other committee meetings.
It has been very cold these past few weeks. Marty says about 170 hours below freezing, which for the guys means chopping lots of ice for the cattle to stay hydrated.